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How I repress my powder make-up

There’s nothing more annoying than dropping you favourite blusher. It’s one of those ‘oh crap, how bad is the damage?’ moments. No one wants their favourite blush to end up a powdery mess all over the floor do they? 

 Best case scenario, and this is providing the packaging remains closed, it’s going to have broken into a few pieces. That’s okay though, we can salvage it still by doing a little bit of DIY repressing. 

Here’s how I repress my broken powder make-up. It’s very quick and simple and I actually find it kind of fun to do. I learnt this method from watching a girl called Ammie on YouTube a few months ago. I’ve linked her video for you to watch as it works so well. 

I have even have begun to use this method to repress nearly finished products that become awkward to use. You know the ones, you’ve hit pan, and all you have left is that little bit left at the side of the pan that you brush won’t pick up. 

All you need is a cheep bottle of rubbing alcohol (I use the brand haz which is available on eBay very cheaply) , an orange stick and a cotton pad.

Step 1 – Using the orange stick, crush the remaining product into a fine powder. 


Step 2 – Measure out half a capful of rubbing alcohol. Gradually add this to your powder mixing to create a smooth paste. Spread the paste across the pan as evenly as possible.

Step 3 – Take your clean cotton pad and press this firmly on top of your smoothed out paste. The rubbing alcohol will be absorbed by the cotton pad. Repeat process until you have removed as much of the alcohol as possible. 


Ta dah! You now have your repressed and much easier to use powder product. 

Please note this method does change the formula of the original product slightly. I find though that it’s not enough to effect the performance of the product.?
If you try this out for yourself at home let me know how you get on. 

Maximise your eyeliner’s potential – Illamasque eye colouring pencil

About a year ago I was fortunate enough to attend a master class hosted by Illamasque at their Beak Street Store. One of the techniques I took from this was how to create an easy smoky eye look by using their eye colouring pencils as a starting point. This acts as a guide as to where to apply colour, whilst at the same time adding depth to your look. The make-up look below uses this technique.

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As this is one of my favourite way’s to create a fail safe smoky eye, I thought it would be nice to share this technique with you, If like me you hadn’t seen this before.

First up it’s a good idea to use a lid primer, it just makes things easier to blend, but also prolongs the wear of your eye make-up. I’m currently using Elf’s lid primer, a steal at £1, you can use whatever you have available though. I then used Illamasque’s eye colouring pencil in Fidelity £15 to draw lines in my crease. Keeping within the eye socket.These marks I made wider as I moved from inner to outer crease. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy as you are going to blend this out with a fluffy brush.

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For the next step I took my chosen lid colour, L’oreal Infallible’s Intense chocolate and with a dome shaped brush I applied this to the lid concentrating the majority of the colour to the crease area but blending out in an winged shape. The blended eyeliner acts as a guide as to where to apply the colour, the smoky effect comes from then blending this out. In this way you avoid the over application of product and thus minimising that muddy look that can sometimes happen with over application of product.

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For the final step I went in with Emite Makeup’s mono eyeshadow in NECT. I used this to highlight my inner corner and also to soften the edges as a transitional shade. This has a pearlescent finish to it which has helped to create the multi demential shape pictured above.

Lastly I lined my upper lashes with Elf’s liquid liner in black. I then used Illamasque’s medium pencil again to line my waterline. I finished of with several coats of black mascara.

This technique will work with any eye pencil, as long as it is soft enough to blend out. The Illamasque pencils are particularly good for this purpose though. You can also experiment with different colours, I like to do a similar look with plum and Khaki shades. So what do you think? Have you any fail safe ways of creating a smokey eye?

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Bye for now, Katy