Monday, August 20, 2012

The Beauty Industry is Taking All Your Money

 
This is my favorite lipstick. It’s YSL’s Rouge Volupte Perlein Impetuous Beige. It’s $34 a pop. So when I get to the end of a tube, I am, to put it mildly, sad. Having seen a few different tutorials on getting the last bit of lipstick out of the tube once it hits that point where you can’t push it up any further, I figured I’d give it a go. I mean, I think we’re all aware the beauty industry is flipping us over and giving us a good shake to take any last shilling they can squeeze out of us, but I never expected there to be another $10 worth of product just kickin’ it underneath! With the leftover product I dug out, I probably won’t need to buy another tube for at least a few more weeks. So yeah! Take THAT YSL Beauty!! (JK, I love you so much, please feel free to send me free stuff, kthanksbai.)

The whole process is mindlessly easy. You only need two things: A toothpick, and a vessel to hold the lipstick once you remove it. I used a small jar I got to hold a sample of a NARS face mask.  

Step 1: Push your lipstick up as far as it will go.Step 2: Run your toothpick along the sides of the lipstick to loosen it from the container. Then start scooping it out into your jar.

Step 3: Keep scooping out the lipstick until there is no more. I was a little horrified to see that it went all the way down to nearly the bottom of the tube. 

I mean, just look at it! You can see all the way down. *Shakes head* What I do for beauty.

There’s probably a final step about microwaving the jar for a few seconds so the lipstick melts into a nice smooth flat surface, but this was enough work for me for one day. 

I dropped the toothpick in the tube when I finished hollowing it out just to show you how far down it goes. THAT'S MONEY DOWN THERE LADIES!!!!!!!!!!! In the spirit of back to school season, no dollar left behind, y'all.
Step 4: Seal it up and apply with a lip brush.
Does anyone else do this? What are you supposed to do to make it smooth and flat in the container? How many wears are you able to get from the stuff you scoop out???

15 comments:

Ariel Lea said...

I don't know if I'd microwave it...might mess up the chemical composition. You just gotta lip brush it.

Lauren said...

That has to be one of my favourite colors too. I've brought it 3 times but mom isn't happy with the cost, so I'm holding back for a few months. I might just add it to birthday lists and Christmas lists instead.

Lauren,
Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

Blue Dog Belle said...

SO guilty of just throwing things away once it one crank up any further. It's a good reminder to get creative, it's my money! Might as well get the most out of it!

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Genius! I am totally doing this with my Rouge in Love ones, those babies are almost 30 bucks each!

xx,
Erin

Jessica said...

Love it! What a clever idea! I am definitely trying this one out!

Katie Wall said...

That's insane that there is so much left. I fell like this needs to be on Dateline or something, I'm halfway joking.

Rachel said...

Genius! I'm known for doing this to my beauty products as well- although mine ends up a lot messier than this. Thanks for sharing!

Life Unsweetened

M. Flynn said...

AMAZING

Jenna | The Paleo Project said...

this reminds me of when we discovered our personalities based on our lipstick shape.

Jamie said...

Good God, I'm sharing this on Facebook and Twitter because I'm annoyed at how much these companies try to rip people off.

Ilse said...

Thanks for sharing! great idea!

www.theluxuryrehab.com

REESHELL said...

i heard you can hold a hair dryer over it and it should melt down (this will take a while though)

best of luck!

xo

jackie said...

you're a genius.

CupcakesOMG! said...

@REESHELL omg, you're right!!! such a good tip, thanks!

Alayna said...

Being a cheap-o, i have been doing this since high school! Usually I just get a lip brush and dig straight into the tube though, because look at all the lipgunk left on the toothpick. That's like...two more applications!

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