Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY Lip Palette

Hi everyone!
Super excited to share this post with you about a really easy project! It's an eyeshadow palette turned lip palette. About a month and a half ago I went on a de-potting rampage (not as exciting as it sounds LOL). I took lots of eyeshadows out of their quads or larger palettes and combined them into my Z-Palettes to save space. One of the things I depotted were the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips eyeshadow palettes... it's basically one pan that contains multiple shadow colors. After putting those into my Z-Palette, I realized what a nice clear container they came in. 

At the time I wasn't sure how I'd re-use this nice little palette, but I kept them just in case I did come up with something. They have a large empty space, and a separate skinny compartment on the side that used to store a sponge tip applicator.   

The other side to this story-- my rediscovered love for the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars. My sister (the lovely PUP) got these for me for Christmas. The shades are Vintage-- a dark, blood red (sorry, but that's the most accurate description I can give), and Trollop, a pinky-coral. I had a lot of fun with them at first, and then kind of set them aside... I guess I didn't find them to be extremely travel friendly due to the need for the lip brush. But while "shopping my stash" I dug them out again and fell in love with the colors all over again... I also really love the shades they can create when you mix them! One problem-- I didn't have a nice little palette to do this in, and these can kinda stain your hand. Over the weekend-- my ah-ha moment.... those little Physicians Formula palettes!! They can solve two problems-- giving me a place to mix the lip tars and a compact way to take what I've mixed on the go with the little lip brush that comes with the Lip Tars! 
Here's how to do it:
I got most of my information on depotting from this video by MakeupGeek. So in this little diagram, I'm basically following her method. 
  1. Get a straightener and some wax paper. Let your straightener heat up, then place the compact on the hot plate (with the waxed paper in between). I left my compact on there for 45 seconds to a minute. The reason you use heat is because it slightly melts the glue that is holding the pan in the palette. 
  2. Use a sharp object (I use a knife), and stick it down into the small gap between the metal pan and the palette it's sitting in. Assuming you left it on the straightener long enough, you'll easily be able to slip your knife right under the pan, and it will be surprisingly easy to lift up. There are actually only two small bits of glue holding it in there. 
  3. Now you are free to go put that shadow pan in your Z-palette!
  4. You can use some rubbing alcohol to clean up the palette and remove any excess glue. 
  5. Now it's a lip palette! The slot for the sponge tip applicator fits the little OCC lip brush PERFECTLY- and it won't be rolling around into your product!
  6. You now have plenty of space to mix your lip tars (or any lip products you want to use), and I'm happy to report that even the small beads of product I put in here are not quick to dry up, so if you mix up a great new color, you don't have to worry about losing it right away! And you can easily clean up the palette with some alcohol and start fresh anytime! 
I hope that was helpful for you! I realize not everyone has the desire to transplant their eyeshadow pans into another palette, but if you DO want to, or if you just have an empty Physicians Formula palette that you don't know what to do with... this is a great way to recycle it! :) By the way, I'm getting more lip tars. They make me feel like an artist mixing paint- and I love the vibrancy and the finish on the lips. 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Really feeling for those impacted by the Oklahoma tornado. The video just makes me sick to my stomach-- I can only imagine how those directly affected must feel. I posted this link on my Facebook page earlier- it shares several ways you can help the victims. 
  • Went on a shoot this morning for a commercial-- it's for the "It Can Wait" campaign for no texting and driving (it'll run locally). Can't wait to see how it turns out. I am adamantly opposed to texting & driving. I don't think there's any "safe" way to do it... in fact I was nearly run off the road last week by a person who was texting.
  •  A corgi just ran through my lawn. Actually it was more of a waddle. SO CUTE. 
  • Sorry I didn't get a blog post up yesterday. My latest Get Ready with Me video was a 3.5 hour editing project, and once it started uploading, it went especially slow... so I decided it would be best to stay off of the internet rather than slow it down any more. 
  • What's for dinner tonight? I've come up with plenty of things on Pinterest that I'd love to make! If I had the ingredients and the energy ;) 


26 comments:

  1. So the wax paper goes between the palette and the hot iron when trying to depot? thanks!!

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  3. @JenniferSpuehler - yes it goes between! :)

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  4. Left over spaghetti I made last night where I made my own spagetti sauce.

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  5. Creative idea Emily!

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  6. Love this idea of reusing the empty palette! Great way to recycle after depotting.

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  7. Hey Poof, glad you rediscovered the lip tars and can use them easily now! What a clever idea.

    I've been talking with David (who told me you should have this product in the first place), and oh man we are going to have a comfort food FEASTIVAL on June 1. Can't wait to see you!

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  8. I have the same problem with the lip tars. Thanks for the idea!

    Dinner tonight is a Pinterest inspired "recipe" of penne, spinach and ricotta. By "recipe" I mean I'm mostly just throwing things together that sound good using a Pinterest recipe as a loose guideline. :p

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  9. I hate it when people drive and txt, or even talk on the cell phone and drive.
    I'm grilling some hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner.
    Have a great day.

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  10. I have a corgi! They definitely have a waddle to them.. sometimes even a strut :)

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  11. I didn't get it... Do they stay put in the container or is it more like a mixing tray?? (I don't really know what the consistency's like for the lip tars)

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  12. PS. A paper towel works just fine when depoting (between the iron and pallet) (I don't keep wax paper on hand) (also, wouldn't that melt??)

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  13. Wax paper is used for baking in the oven and can withstand very high heat. I'm considering depotting 5-6 of these shimmer strips so it's nice to see someone using the container. I don't use lip tars but maybe I could find another use. They are such a nice transparent case, well... everything but the special collections.

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  14. I am thinking of investing in one of the domed products zpalettes since most of my other eye shadows are depotted and in homemade magnetic palettes. I think i will rewatch your review on the PF shimmer strips because that blue one looks pretty and i dont have any true blue eye shadows. I try to repurpose my containers too. Dinner was home grown lettuce wraps.

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  15. Such an awesome idea! I'm definitely going to try it :) Great post!

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com

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  16. Great Idea! Every time I try to depot eyeshadow strips, they crack. I didn't think about melting the glue. Thanks!

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  17. What a fantastic reuse! I haven't seen one like this before.

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  18. Great idea! I'm always looking for ways to re-purpose old items!

    http://charmingsilence.blogspot.com/

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  19. Very resourceful of you! Nice post!

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  20. Thanks for sharing your great idea with us Emily! I was inspired by it to make my own version of a DIY Lipstick palette. Just wanted to let you know that I linked you to my little blog. : )
    http://frostingandfacials.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/diy-lipstick-palette/

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