I love make up. I truly do. I tend to stick to the same things nowadays, after spending many lunchtimes in Boots (other sellers are available) loading up on new this and new that.
And I like to get all of the product for my pennies. I am on a fairly tight budget these days. Sigh.
One of my major bug-bears is inaccessable packaging. If I am in the market for a new product (usually foundation, namely because I am a sucker) then I make sure I can get into the bottle. Because, once the pump has stopped pumping or shaking a plastic container vigorously to get one more splurge out has ceased to be of use, these items are thrown away.
I have found there can be up to another weeks worth, usually more, of application in that there bottle or powder container headed for the bin.
Here is what you need and how I do it...
Next time you stop off for a hot beverage, be it on the high street or in your work canteen - see if there are any wooden stirrers lurking about. Grab a handful. I find all sorts of uses for these - getting crap out of the plughole to a plant stem splint. And a cat toy that gives The Moof endless minutes of "but I can tap it and it moves!" entertainment.
A knife, scissors and away we go..
Foundations: As I have said, I check before purchase, that the pump top of most foundations has some room for removal. It might simply be twistable, or you might see when handling that there is a gap between the lid & the bottle. Either way, you should be able to tell by having a quick feel round the top.
Simply place the knife between the base of the plastic lid and wiggle it in. Then, pull the knife down slightly until the plastic starts to bulge. Keep going until - voila! It has been removed!
There should be at least one applications worth on the straw, and using your handy wooden stick, you can get to all the rest of it.
Wipe off stick after use and put the pump back on. I don't push it all the way back on, I just rest it on top.
Next up, a cheaper foundation that comes in a squeezy tube affair. Once it has splurged it's last, simply snip off the top and behold the inside. I use a clip peg to insure that it does not dry out between applications. This particular brand might only be £1.99 - but I want all of it.
Powders: These come in various containers, but the brands I use with my kabuki brush come in this type. There comes a point when, no matte how hard I shake, no more powder will come forth. Enter the knife, the wiggle and the voilà. I usually recycle the perforated bit and just keep the lid. I have made a powder last an extra 3 weeks using this method.
Pencils: I have only been using lip and eyebrow pencils this year, after much time spent in the company of the plastic screw up crayon types. And I am mighty pleased I made the switch. I get SO much more use out of them. A decent make-up pencil sharpener is worth it's weight in gold* My advice is to not scrimp, and do not, like I did, buy an 11p sharpener off the market. It shall leave you with untold frustration.
These are pretty straight forward, but do clean between use. I use the same side for brown and red. If I forget to clean, I can end up with red streaks in my brows or a nice brown outline on my lips.
And there you have it.
What are your make-the-most of tips?
* I vividly recall my Ma going doolally at me as a child for shoving one of my crayons into her's and trashing it. I think she may have wept. Or maybe that was me after the shouting at I received.