DIY Cream Eyeshadow

I…am a fan of black eyeshadow. I cannot get enough of it. Literally. I can’t get enough of it, because I have yet to find one that is dark enough to show up on my eyelids in photos as a true black. They show up really well in person, but no matter how much I pack it on, it will not show up well in photos. So I keep picking up eyeshadows, and eyeshadows…and eyeshadows. I was browsing around on YouTube and of course saw people using MAC Carbon, which is definitely dark, and came across Urban Decay’s Blackout, which is also super dark. But before running out to the store and throwing money around, I came across a few tutorials on how to make your own cream eyeshadow, and I thought that was pretty interesting. Which of course led to today’s experiment. 😉

What you will need:

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Eyeshadow, moisturizer (lotion or facial moisturizer), a clean jar/container to store the concoction in, something that you can use to scrape eyeshadow out of its pan, and a mixing utensil.

I’m not sure if there’s an exact science to this DIY, but here’s how I did it:

1) Start with a small amount of moisturizer in the jar/container. You don’t want to start out with too much, because you may end up with more moisturizer than eyeshadow, depending on how much eyeshadow you want to use. You can always add more later.

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2) Take your eyeshadow pan and scrape out as much of the eyeshadow as you think you will need for this project. As with the moisturizer, you can always add more later. I used the entire pan (plus another dash of moisturizer) just to see what would happen. Add it to the jar with the moisturizer.

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3) Carefully mix the two together until it has a creamy consistency.

DIY Cream Eyeshadow

Honestly, this looks better in person.

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And there you have it! You have now made your own cream eyeshadow! I decided to swatch what was left of the original eyeshadow and the creamy one to see how much of a difference it made:

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Um, yes. Huge difference. The eyeshadow on the left is supposed to be a dark, matte black. Emphasis on “supposed to be.” Which is why it’s been sitting around after only being used once or twice. The eyeshadow on the right? Clearly it has no problems being seen.

If you decide to try this, please let me know how it turned out, or if you have any suggestions! And now that I have been enlightened, I will be busy emptying out all of the rest of the eyeshadow pans that I have not been using due to them not showing up very well in photos. 😀

New dress…project semi-fail?

It was a partial project fail, but in that “I can cover it up so no one notices” kind of way. 😉

Modified McCall’s 6319. View C. No lining. I added 1″ to the bodice, but will add 3″ next time as recommended by a few other people who have made this dress. *sighs* I know where I messed up with this dress, and will be doing this one again – the right way. In three different colors. Because I love this dress.

*looks around*

I am so glad that I bought more than one yard of this fabric. 🙂

Pics from cell:

Project 10 Pan

Hello hello! I will be starting two or three challenges tomorrow (January 1, 2012!), and the first of those challenges will be…Project 10 Pan! This is a challenge where you use up all of your beauty products before buying new ones, and I’m excited, because I have a ton of stuff and I need to use it all. I actually just got rid of some makeup that was well past the expiration date…because I never used it! Last summer I challenged myself to use up my hair products before I bought new ones (of each kind – no more conditioners until I used the ones that I had, etc.). I was victorious, I tell you! VICTORIOUS! Now let’s see what will happen with this one. 😉

Makeup/Skincare:

1. Shahnaz Husain Shaeyes Herbal Eyeliner (super dark, which I love!)

2. Rimmel Kohl eyeliner in Black

3. Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation

4. Laura Geller Baked Blush-N-Brighten in Honey Dipped

5. blinc Mascara

6. Benefit – The POREfessional

7. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

8. Rosewater spray

9. Sephora oil free makeup remover (FACE)

10. Sephora Instant Moisturizer

Once these are all used up, I’ll challenge myself to use up 10 more products. 😉