Friday, March 28, 2014

How to De-pot bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows

For those that are unfamiliar with the term "de-pot", in the makeup world this term is used to refer to the removal of a product (pressed eyeshadow, blush, etc.) from it's case/palette.  Why would one want to do this?  The main reason is that it allows you to conserve space.  For example, instead of having 27 individual MAC eyeshadows in their cases, you can "depot" them and fit them into one large Z-palette, which has a magnetic bottom that will secure the shadows.

While I didn't have a gazillion individual MAC eyeshadows taking up space in my cabinet, I did have 10 bareMinerals Ready eyeshadow palettes in varying sizes.  Not only was I interested in consolidating for the purpose of gaining some extra space, I also thought that if I had all of my Ready shadows in one palette, I would be able to come up with a lot more color combinations without having to open up 3 or 4 different palettes. 

I was determined to figure out a way to remove these shadows from their cases and after much trial and error, I succeeded. Here's a "BEFORE" picture of one of the 4.0 palettes....
For the remaining steps, I didn't take the pictures until after I'd removed the shadows....oops ;-)  Just pretend the shadows are still in their case as I demonstrate the de-potting process....

Step 1:  Use a screwdriver with a thin tip and insert into the corner of the palette.  Note:  You might need to use a hammer to gently tap the screwdriver into place so that you can then pry up the inside palette from the case.
You may also need to move the screwdriver over to the other corner to loosen that side before the palette will completely release from the packaging.

Step 2:  Place a piece of parchment paper onto a hot flatiron; place the plastic tray with the shadows that you just removed from its case on the parchment paper.  Move the plastic tray over the top of the hot surface slowly for 30-60 seconds.  The goal is to soften the plastic and the adhesive on the back of the shadows so you can push them out from the underside.  

Step 3:  Turn the palette face down on a paper towel or another piece of parchment paper.  Using a knife or a small pointed tool (I used a small screwdriver), press firmly into the center of the back of each shadow.  This will push up the shadow so you can remove it from the case.  Use caution when removing the eyeshadow as the metal pan will be very hot!!

Step 4:  Clean off any extra glue on the back of the shadow and it's now ready for the Z-palette.  

Personally, I like to know the name of each shadow after removing it from the palette.  You can just write on the bottom of each pan with a sharpie but I prefer to transfer the label for each shadow, as outlined below:

Step 5:  Place the back of the outer case on the parchment paper on the flatiron and slowly move over the hot surface for 20-30 seconds.  Remove the case and gently start to peel the label off the back of the case.  If the label isn't coming off very easily, return it to the heat for a few more seconds.

Step 6:  Trim the label around each square....

....and stick on the bottom of the corresponding eyeshadow pan.

Step 7:  Arrange shadows in desired order in your Z-palette.  

Even though this project was a bit time consuming, I couldn't be happier with the results!  I went from ten separate palettes to one that I can arrange anyway I want....
I hope you found that helpful or at least entertaining :-)!  If you are interested in purchasing a Z-palette, they come in a variety of sizes and are available on the following sites:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simply Fruit - Fruit Rolls Review

As a kid, it wasn't often that my mom would buy Fruit Roll-Ups.  So it was a GREAT day when I'd open up my sack lunch and see a Fruit Roll-Up in there.  There was something about that tangy sweetness and the chewy texture that made them one of my favorite treats.  As an adult, I'll admit that a few boxes of Fruit Roll-Ups may have made their way into my shopping basket on occasion ;-).  However, while the calorie count was low, one look at the ingredients (e.g., partially hydrogentated oil, corn syrup, sugar, artificial colors) told me this was probably not the healthiest "snack" for my body. 

One day, while perusing the fruit snacks at Target, I saw this box....
Simply Fruit - Fruit Rolls, by the makers of the original Fruit Roll-Ups.  I looked at the ingredients and was thrilled to see that they didn't contain ANY added sugar, corn syrup or artificial colors.  And, they were still only 50 calories, per roll.  The box went into my basket, and I couldn't wait to get home to try them. 

As you can see the packaging is just like the regular Fruit Roll-Ups....
 They unroll the same way and have that peel-away cellophane wrapper just like the originals....
 And, most importantly, they taste great!  The chewy texture and the slightly "tangy", fruity taste is there but without all the bad stuff!
I'd say that Fruit Roll-Up found a way to make my favorite childhood snack with adult approved ingredients.  Next time your kids are begging for fruit snacks, give these a try.....I think everyone will be happy :-)

Where To Buy:  Super Target (this is the only store locally where I've seen them)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Browse My Stash - bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Pinks/Oranges/Reds

Welcome back for the much anticipated, final Part 5 of my bareMinerals eyeshadow collection!

Today, you get to browse my stash of 
bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Pinks/Oranges/Reds
Favorite, Most Worn Colors: 
Pinks ~ Beautiful Lisa, Heart
Oranges ~ Bare Skin, Citrus Twist, Ginger Peach Smoothie, Pinot Noir

Reds ~ Black Ruby, Here Kitty, Now
(see * color swatches below)

 As you will see, several of these colors could fall into other color groupings, but this is how I group them in my makeup drawers :-)

Individual Swatches  - Pinks
(In Alphabetical Order)
bareMinerals Glimmer - Beautiful Lisa*
Description:  Dark, cool-toned pink with frost finish
How I wear it: In the center of the lid with Nude Beach in the inner corner, a dark green (Lush Topaz) or matte navy (Midnight Sky or Marina) in the outer corner and Frolic or a matte nude shade in the crease.

bareMinerals Eyecolor - Demure*
Description:  Pale matte pink with slightly peach undertones
bareMinerals Eyecolor - Frolic
Description:  Cool-toned, medium pink with a satin finish
bareMinerals Glimmer - Heart*
Description:  Beautiful shimmery mauve
How I wear it: Love this all over the lid with a dark plum (Legit or Sugar Plum) in the outer corner and Nude Beach in the inner corner.
bareMinerals Glimmer - Hope
Description:  Medium, shimmery neutral pink
bareMinerals Glimpse - Salsa
Description:  Shimmery pink, slightly warmer and brighter than Beautiful Lisa
bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Silk Rose
Description:  Medium, warm rosey pink with a satin finish
bareMinerals Glimmer - Take Me
Description:  Cool-toned, baby pink with a slight pearl finish

Individual Swatches  - Oranges (In Alphabetical Order)
 bareMinerals Glimmer - Bare Skin*
Description:  Shimmery, peachy nude
How I wear it: All over the lid with Sure Thing or Queen Tiffany in the outer corner and crease.
bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Citrus Twist*
Description:  Shimmery peachy-pink
How I wear it: All over the lid with Sugar Plum or Devotion in the outer corner and crease.

bareMinerals Glimpse - Ginger Peach Smoothie*
Description:  Shimmery golden peach
How I wear it:  All over the lid with Frills in the outer corner or softly blended in the crease with Graphite all over the lid.

bareMinerals Glimpse - Pinot Noir*
Description:  Medium burnt orange with a slightly shimmery finish
How I wear it:  All over the lid with Now or Midnight Sky in outer corner and crease.  This is a beautiful color that makes blue and green eyes pop!

bareMinerals Glimmer - Radiant Rebecca
Description:  Shimmery peachy tan
  bareMinerals Glimmer - the 70's
Description:  Bright medium matte orange with silver glitter

Individual Swatches  - Reds (In Alphabetical Order)

 bareMinerals Liner Shadow - Black Ruby*
Description:  Shimmery blackened burgundy
How I wear it:  This is gorgeous! Love it blended into the outer corner with Celestine or Finesse all over the lid and Here Kitty blended in the crease.  Also works great wet or dry as a liner along the bottom lash line.
bareMinerals Glimmer - Here Kitty*
Description:  Deep shimmery cranberry
How I wear it:  For a beautiful, cranberry smokey eye, I put it all over the lid with Queen Phyllis in the inner corner, Wearable Pecan Medium softly blended in the crease and Black Ruby in the outer corner.  For a softer look, I love it blended in the outer "v" with Celestine all over the lid.
bareMinerals Liner Shadow - Now*
Description:  Matte dark plum with reddish undertones
How I wear it: In the outer corner and crease with Pinot Noir or Cupcake all over the lid.  Also works great, wet or dry as a liner on upper and lower lashline.
bareMinerals Glimmer - Sex Kitten (who comes up with these names?!)
Description:  Shimmery coppery/reddish brown
bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Shantung
Description:  Reddish purple with pink shimmer
bareMinerals Liner Shadow - Sure Thing
Description:  Dark brownish plum with a hint of red shimmer

I hope you have enjoyed browsing my stash of bareMinerals eyeshadows!  This was the final part in the bareMinerals series.  If you've missed any of the other blogs, click on the links below to view them:
bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Light/Neutrals (includes full review of bareMinerals loose shadows)
bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Grays/Blues
bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Browns 

Coming Up....
How to depot bareMinerals Ready eyeshadows
Simply Fruit Rollups review
Browse My Stash - NYX Mega Shine Lipglosses