Monday, February 17, 2014

Makeup Wars DIY Beauty

this week's Makeup Wars is sharing your favorite DIY Beauty tips. one of my favorite tips are all the helpful things you can do with a very inexpensive product - Rubbing Alcohol. be sure to check out other Beauty Bloggers' DIY tips at the end of this post.

rubbing alcohol has many beauty purposes. who knew that rubbing alcohol was so useful, particularly when it comes to beauty? there are several benefits to purchasing that $1.75 bottle of rubbing alcohol, here are just a few:

  • easily fixes broken (powder) makeup. whether it is an eyeshadow, a bronzer or a blush, any powder that has shattered can easily be put back together. simply break up the remaining powder, add a few drops of alcohol and reshape. the moisture will evaporate leaving a perfectly reshaped powder. this is also a great idea for when you hit pan on your palette - rather than digging the powder out of the edges of the palette, reshape using alcohol.
  • hydrates paint pots. you know you dread the moment when your gel liner begins to dry and it becomes more & more difficult to apply. simple add a drop or two of alcohol to your paint pot/gel liner/cream blush and it will help rehydrate, making your makeup like new!
  • sanitizes makeup. i already shared an in depth post on how to clean and sanitize your makeup and brushes. follow the link for more info.
  • DIY hand sanitizer. making your own hand sanitizer is so simple: mix 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup aloe vera gel and mix in a few drops of essential oil for scent. voila! (old soap dispensers can be repurposed or reuse your old hand sanitizer pump)
  • removes wax. no, i'm not talking about candle wax, i'm talking about that sticky-won't-rub-off-adheres-to-everything wax used for hair removal. while i am a big proponent of waxing i'm not a fan of wax residue left on countertops. clean it easily with a little alcohol. 
  • clean your cellphone. women can all agree that the residue left behind on our cellphone screens - whether it is makeup, lotion, or facial oil - is not a pretty sight. plus, it is a breading ground for bacteria (hello, acne). apply a small amount of alcohol to a cotton swab and lightly swipe to disinfect.
  • remove makeup stickers. ever buy a product and find yourself annoyed at the sticky residue left behind from the price tag? me too. alcohol removes the mess quickly and easily so your OCD can relax.
  • removes nail polish from countertops. enough said.


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  1. The removes nail polish from counter tops tip is going to be a lifesaver. I've often been victim of the broken nail polish mail and, thankfully, haven't had it get on my counters but it did get on my floor.

  2. This post is a god send. I definitely need it to remove polish from counter tops and also cleaning my cell phone! Who'd have thought?!

  3. I've gotta try it for removing wax! Great tip!

  4. I'm going to be cell phone cleaning tonight! And my ipad too. I love all of these uses.

  5. And to think I had my Painterly in the trash pile! Reviving it TONIGHT, thanks to you!

  6. wow didnt know that rubbing alcohol could do so much. I am going to try out some of the points you have listed in here

  7. Wow thanks for all the helpful hints!