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Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:01 pm      Reply with quote
If you are going to press your makeup, instead of using a paper towel or whatever was suggested.

Use parchment paper- that is non stick and absolutely nothing sticks to it.
It is my favorite kitchen thing ever now.

You can melt chocolate,marchmallows...whatever and everything just slides right off Smile

It would be less messy then other things for mineral makeup or pressing makeup,,,and cheap too!
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Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:32 pm      Reply with quote
Ottawa Shopper wrote:
If you are going to press your makeup, instead of using a paper towel or whatever was suggested.

Use parchment paper- that is non stick and absolutely nothing sticks to it.
It is my favorite kitchen thing ever now.

You can melt chocolate,marchmallows...whatever and everything just slides right off Smile

It would be less messy then other things for mineral makeup or pressing makeup,,,and cheap too!


I love Parchment Paper also Ottawa Shopper, however the reason why I use and suggested paper towel or kitchen paper is to absorb the excess moisture from the eyeshadow or whatever makeup your pressing in order for it to set properly. I only leave it on for approx 20 minutes before removing it and allowing the shadow etc to dry fully over-night.

This works particularly well if you add Rubbing Alcohol or Jojoba Oil to the shadow before pressing it. Smile
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Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:26 pm      Reply with quote
Since its Friday night & I'm being a recluse, I'll try & make myself useful here! Laughing

I just started using gel eyeliner & a tip I just learned was to store the pots upside down so they don't dry up as fast.
tada!

I've got way more but I'm hesitant to post since I probably learned most of them here and you'd be going, hey I just posted that yesterday!

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Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:33 am      Reply with quote
ooooh, I have another I may not have read here! Pieces of old wool or fleece are AMAZING for removing nailpolish. They're soft, yet abrasive enough to do the trick. Soak, hold to your nail for a few seconds, and wipe. Forget paper tissue, this is MAGIC!

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Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:55 am      Reply with quote
The idea of using Parchment Paper is an excellent idea!
I wish the paper is slightly thinner and less embarrassing to use in public.
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Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:52 pm      Reply with quote
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ooooh, I have another I may not have read here! Pieces of old wool or fleece are AMAZING for removing nailpolish. They're soft, yet abrasive enough to do the trick. Soak, hold to your nail for a few seconds, and wipe. Forget paper tissue, this is MAGIC!


You go girl! I like that idea!

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Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:51 pm      Reply with quote
LoriA wrote:
Since its Friday night & I'm being a recluse, I'll try & make myself useful here! Laughing

I just started using gel eyeliner & a tip I just learned was to store the pots upside down so they don't dry up as fast.
tada!

I've got way more but I'm hesitant to post since I probably learned most of them here and you'd be going, hey I just posted that yesterday!


For products I want to not dry out like my clay mask, I put them in a ziplock bag or even a "lock and lock" container or whatever those containers with the silicone seals are called!

That always work.
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Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:57 pm      Reply with quote
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Ottawa Shopper wrote:
If you are going to press your makeup, instead of using a paper towel or whatever was suggested.

Use parchment paper- that is non stick and absolutely nothing sticks to it.
It is my favorite kitchen thing ever now.

You can melt chocolate,marchmallows...whatever and everything just slides right off Smile

It would be less messy then other things for mineral makeup or pressing makeup,,,and cheap too!


I kind of thought that also- maybe press the makeup with parchment paper and then out some paper towel on it to dry?
that way you lose less makeup when pressing??

or maybe poke some holes in the parchment paper with a pin so the alcohol can evaporate?

Can you put the mineral makeup in the oven at a low temp?
if it was in a metal pan it could work?
I love Parchment Paper also Ottawa Shopper, however the reason why I use and suggested paper towel or kitchen paper is to absorb the excess moisture from the eyeshadow or whatever makeup your pressing in order for it to set properly. I only leave it on for approx 20 minutes before removing it and allowing the shadow etc to dry fully over-night.

This works particularly well if you add Rubbing Alcohol or Jojoba Oil to the shadow before pressing it. Smile
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Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:02 pm      Reply with quote
When you smudge your eye with mascara, don't rush to wipe it off right away. Wait until it is completely dry and take it off with Q-tip. It leaves no trace.

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Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:44 pm      Reply with quote
I look better with less makeup but def I need it. I started dying my eyelashes black (28 day mascara).....it's surprisingly non-irritating, easy to do and I have seriously sensitive/painful eyes.

With my dyed eyelashes I no longer use mascara but use a little more eye liner. It looks fantastic, natural, and really easy to remove at night.

Before I apply the eyeliner I dust my eyelids with a little mineral makeup on a small brush....helps keep the eyeliner in place all day.

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Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:06 pm      Reply with quote
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I kind of thought that also- maybe press the makeup with parchment paper and then out some paper towel on it to dry?
that way you lose less makeup when pressing??

or maybe poke some holes in the parchment paper with a pin so the alcohol can evaporate?

Can you put the mineral makeup in the oven at a low temp?
if it was in a metal pan it could work?


Ottawa Shopper I have been experimenting over the weekend with different pigments, eye-shadows etc and have come up with a fool proof way to press broken shadows, pigments etc including mineral eyeshadow, powders etc.

Pressing Eye-shadows, Pigments, Broken Shadows etc using Rubbing Alcohol.

2 Teaspoons powdered eyeshadow (if you have a broken blush etc just crush it up to form a powder)

1 Teaspoon Rubbing Alcohol

*Place powder in a bowl and add the Rubbing Alcohol and mix to form a smooth paste.

*Pour or spoon into a pan and use the back of a knife or spatula to run across the top to remove any excess and smooth.

*Allow to slightly set before adding a piece of absorbent paper towel, tissue paper or if using parchment poke some holes into it.(the paper needs to be able to breathe so if using parchment make sure you poke holes into it)

*Also before adding the paper over the top, make sure you have allowed enough time for the mix to firm up, as you don't want the paper to stick to it. I allowed 1-2 hours.

*When dry enough place paper over the top and then using a coin, press down on the shadow etc to bind it together.

*Allow to set for approx 24 hours before removing the coin and paper. It should now be dry, however I left it for another day before using it.

*Note: If your in a hurry, you can press the shadow etc before placing in an over on 180-200 C for approx 20-30 minutes, before turning off the oven and allowing to cool before removing.
I tried this and it does work quite well.

Now I found a product over the weekend that I will be sticking with now that I know about it.
It's Ez Prez Pressing Medium. This works for all kinds of pigments including Mineral and gives such a professional finish I have no idea why I didn't find out about this before.

Pressing Shadows, Pigments, Minerals etc Using Ez Prez Pressing Medium.

*1.5-2 Teaspoons Powder, pigments or minerals

*15-20 Drops Ez Prez

*Place powder into a bowl and slowly add drops of the Pressing Medium until the powder sticks together.

*Make sure the mix isn't too wet and start to press into a pan a little at a time.

*After all the mix is used smooth off the top with the back of a knife or spatula etc.

*Place a piece of tissue paper, absorbent paper towel or parchment over the top and press down firmly.

*Remove paper and using a coin that has been disinfected with alcohol press down firmly and leave overnight or for approx 24 hours.

*If your in a hurry you can also place this in the oven for approx 30 minutes at 200 C and allow to cool in oven after this time.

*When cool remove and your shadow etc is ready to use.

I must say this is the best product I have used and will continue to use for pressing all my shadows, pigments, minerals etc, as Rubbing Alcohol doesn't work very well for minerals.

If your not wanting to use any of these products I will be testing out today to see if you can melt your powders in the oven on low. I'm not sure how this will go or if it will dry out the product because it is dry heat??

I will post back on my mad scientist experiments after I have tried them out today.

Also Coastal Scents sells the Pressing Medium for $9.95 if your wondering where you can find it. I got mine from a store near me, as the lady does workshops on making your own makeup and sells this Medium.

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Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:09 pm      Reply with quote
LoriA wrote:
ooooh, I have another I may not have read here! Pieces of old wool or fleece are AMAZING for removing nailpolish. They're soft, yet abrasive enough to do the trick. Soak, hold to your nail for a few seconds, and wipe. Forget paper tissue, this is MAGIC!


I love this idea LoriA and gave it a whirl last night because I find darker coloured shadows on my toes are a lot harder to remove, however this did the trick. Thanks for the tip. Very Happy
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Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:03 pm      Reply with quote
It should have read Polishes and not Shadows on my post!! I think I have Shadows on the brain. Bad Grin
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Divine Diva wrote:
Great tips Mountaingirl! I particularly love the tip on brushes, as yes these can be quite expensive. I must go and check out my local craft shop.

Here's some of mine that may already be known but it's good for reference.

*When I come to the end of a tub of lipgloss and can no longer get anymore out, rather than cutting open the tube and making a mess trying to get the remaining product out. I will place the tube right side up with the lid on in a tub of boiling water that has cooled a little, wait for it to melt and run down, I will then cut the bottom off and tip the remaining into a little contain with a lid.
You can buy little screw top containers in craft stores cheaper than Beauty Stores that sell something similar. It will set again when it cools down or you can place into the fridge to speed things up and then I just use a lip brush to apply.

*If you have powdered eyeshadows that can make quite a mess and would rather these be set. You just use your Hair Straightener if you have one on low and place a little metal container on the iron and add the powdered eyeshadow. Give it a few minutes to melt then remove and pour into a pallet. This will set and you can use it much easier.

*If you have pump products that you can't get the remaining product out of, place right side up and place into a tub of boiling water that has cooled a little. Wait for it to melt and tip the remaining product into a little container, allow to cool and apply the lid. The product will set and be easier to use with no waste.

*Eyeliner pencils that are quite small and hard to use, you can remove the middle from the pencil by gently shaving of the wood around with a vegetable peeler, when you get get to the middle, place in a metal container and use your Straightener on low to melt the pencil and pour into a container with a lid, this will set and you can use it with a brush to apply to the eye's

Great! Divine Diva,
the ideas are very helpful, I threw the eyeliner pencils away when coming to the end , this time I will try to melt it!!!
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Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:28 am      Reply with quote
When you want super long,full eyelashes,I use a product called fastlash by tweezerman. You first put one coat of mascara on upper lashes,then you put a very gentle stroke of fast lash.These are tiny white fibers that add volume, then you do one stroke of mascara and your lashes will be huge!It takes a special technique to do it properly,you may have to practice first. I actually tap the wand in my palm, loosening the white fibers in my hand and then I apply to upper lashes with my fingers,sometimes the wand puts on too many white fibers....you have to have just a small amount.If you perfect the technique people will think you are wearing false lashes.I use for special occasions....
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lucyluc wrote:
When you want super long,full eyelashes,I use a product called fastlash by tweezerman. You first put one coat of mascara on upper lashes,then you put a very gentle stroke of fast lash.These are tiny white fibers that add volume, then you do one stroke of mascara and your lashes will be huge!It takes a special technique to do it properly,you may have to practice first. I actually tap the wand in my palm, loosening the white fibers in my hand and then I apply to upper lashes with my fingers,sometimes the wand puts on too many white fibers....you have to have just a small amount.If you perfect the technique people will think you are wearing false lashes.I use for special occasions....


Never heard of this. Cooooool!

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wow! Next time you go to walmart(I know I kinda hate this store since they turned all of the ones here into super walmarts and it takes me 2 hrs to get outta there,I get lost! I prefer Target now...but..)go into the hardware department...and in the paint brush section they have what is called"super value pack".Its 25, yes, 25 paint brushes ,small brushes for under 5 dollars!Most of these brushes(with the exception of maybe 3) can all be used for makeup! I have a very small pair of quality hair scissors and I can also carefully trim the brushes to suit my need.This is a killer deal since you know some eyeliner brushes are ten bucks in the beauty store.
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