Lip Gloss DIY – Let’s Make Some The Easy Way!

All the goodies Ready to go! After sanitizing, of course!

All the goodies Ready to go! After sanitizing, of course!

Hello! I’m such a DIY kind of gal – I cook, I make beauty products, I’m even learning how to turn sweaters into dresses. So when I saw all the tutorials floating around Pinterest about making Lip Stick & Gloss out of Crayon’s, I actually cried. No, really. It’s not a good idea. It’s a REALLY dangerous idea (PLEASE someone ask me why so I can answer on Monday’s Q&A – info@lipglossaddict.com).

I know how fun it is to make things, and here is a MUCH safer and quicker alternative.

Step 1 – CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. I use a 10% bleach solution first (1 part bleach, 9 parts water) and sanitize my whole work area. Then, I use 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to clean utensils and packaging. Do this twice. Give it about an hour for the scent to evaporate.

Step 2 – Gather your gear. You’ll need lip gloss containers, tiny spatulas (or other tiny tools – you’ll see), a mixing bowl (I use to-go containers), base (I am using Rosebud Salve) and colors (I am using Flamingo Mica and Sun Gold Sparkle Mica). If you don’t have a beauty lab, I love Brambleberry.com – you can get just about everything you need. I COULDN’T BE MORE SERIOUS – make sure you’re colors are lip safe. These are.

 

 

All about the base - here its Rosebud Salve.

All about the base – here its Rosebud Salve.

Step 3 – Scoop out the base. I’m reusing the spatula to mix. If I need more base, you’ll have to use another spatula. NO CROSS CONTAMINATION!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two scoops of color!

Two scoops of color!

Step 4 – Scoop out some sparkle. Because these are mica’s, they will have all kinds of crazy shimmer, but not a lot of color. Sparkle is my favorite color so this is perfect!  Use a separate spatula so NO CROSS CONTAMINATION!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Done!

Done!

Step 5 – Stir away! Adding colorants will change the texture. It will thicken it and make it more stiff. It’s better to add color in increments. I’m pretty happy with this tho!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Product - Mixed to Perfection!

Final Product – Mixed to Perfection!

Step 6 – Transfer into containers and VOILA! Gloss!! Check out my Instagram to see how it looks on! @lipgloss_addict!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Product with a color swatch!

Final Product with a color swatch!

 

 

 

There are lots of places on-line to buy lip gloss and lip balm kits. They contain everything you need and are really inexpensive! Safety first, ALWAYS! Once you get the hang of it, you can be off and running! We’ll cover more DIY lip glosses, but this one is simple. The future ones will involve some chemistry and many many more steps! Stay Tuned!

 

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Lip Gloss HG – Rosebud Salve

My HG of gloss and of Love!

My HG of gloss and of Love!

I first heard about Rosebud Salve when it was on every beauty editor’s HG (Holy Grail) list about 15 years ago. After it appeared in Lucky, Allure, and even on Oprah, I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Not that I follow Miss O’s every move, but by the time she’s chanting “YOU GET ONE, AND YOU GET ONE!”, it usually means there is probably something to their fandom.

So I tracked it down. Google wasn’t really a big thing then, which means it was well and truly the olden days, and Amazon? Just books at that point, so it wasn’t easy. It was like those beauty editors wanted to keep it for themselves.

And I understand why! Rosebud Salve was created in Maryland by Dr. George F. Smith in 1895, making it one of the longest running cosmetics manufactured in the country. The packaging hasn’t changed, it is still the adorable, old time-y tin it came in over 100 years ago. The texture is like a lighter vaseline, and it JUST BARELY smells of rose, and its tinted with the lightest ballerina pink that is so faint, it is almost invisible.

It’s a multi-tasker. It’s probably the best cuticle cream I’ve ever used, a fantastic gloss that lasts for hours, and I even use it to blend into pigments to make my own product. Tomorrow I will have a bonus post and show you how to do that!

My beautiful Grandma in Mississippi.

My beautiful Grandma in Mississippi.

But the best part is the sense of memory and attachment it gives me to my 92 year old grandmother. One year I was at her house during Christmas, and we were watching a cooking show together. I whipped out my tub and as I was applying it, she excitedly explained, “That is what I used to wear when I was a girl!”. Growing up in the rural South, the product was sold door to door, and her mother used it as well. They used it for everything – to tame eyebrows, a moisturizer, you name it. And because it so so close to colorless, her father didn’t count it as make up.

I always have this with me, not just because it works, but because I love my grandmother. Every time I see it or use it or feel it, it reminds me of her. It connects me to my family and the great grandmother I never knew. I will always love Rosebud Salve, and having it close makes my grandmother seem not so far away.

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