Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm Backkkk, And With Fiyah!

I have so many things to share, that I almost don't know where to begin! But since the usb cord for the camera has been rediscovered at the bottom of a u-haul box, I believe I'll be adding quite a few pictures as well!

Life has been hectic beyond belief--planning for a wedding is NO joke, and as the month countdown begins, I can feel myself struggling a bit to breathe. Of course blogging is a nice relaxing break from it all. I'll keep you all updated though, and as of late I've decided that pictures aren't such a bad thing. It's a lot more fun to see real pictures than it is to just check out product photos, right? If I second-guess myself on this in the future, you'll know by the mere fact that all the photos are missing. Hahaha!

One project that I finally got to last month, was the de-potting of my MAC single eyeshadows. I had put this off for ages, as I felt that with my luck I would completely and horribly melt the entire thing, leaving it useless. No way. It was so simple, and the fact that I used a papaya candle really kept the burning plastic smell at bay. There are a million tutorials on YouTube of how to do this--but I tell you, it makes everything easier and more compact. I love space savers.

Begin by purchasing your $12 empty MAC palette, and gathering all of your shadows, tweezers, a knife and some heat (I used a candle, others use a lighter or a flat iron):

With the knife, dislodge the inner palette from the outer plastic rimming. The area in which the lid snaps shut to the base, will reveal a slight break in packaging. Slip the knife into this, and begin to run it around the edge until the pan pops up:

Next, while holding the rim of the pan with your tweezers, let the pan rest above the flame of your candle. Be sure to keep a bit of distance between the actual flame and the pan. You don't want baked shadows:

Keep it there (with a steady hand, don't drop it!) until the bottom has melted away and the silver pan has been revealed. Just a bit of pan peeking through should be fine--you don't need to melt off the entire thing. It should look like such:

With pliars, a pin or tweezers, push the silver part out of the melted casing. It should pop out without a problem:While the glue on the back of the pan is still a bit warm, add a piece of magnet. I cut my magnet strips to about the size of the pan--better staying power. Not everyone chooses to do this step, but I travel quite a bit, and like to store my palettes sideways in my toiletry bag:

Now, since you'll be able to slip each shadow in and out of your palette at your own disposal, I think it's equally important to let each one sport their respective names. Therefore, this is when the outer packaging gets the hot seat over the flame:

The tag on the bottom will begin to show a slight air bubble, and then peel just a bit at the edge. Your work here is done. All you need to do is lift the peeled side up:

Now place it atop the magnet which is already affixed to the pan. The label also tends to be a bit sticky, so it should need more than a little pressing to adhere to the magnet:

Flip it over and pop it into your palette:

A semi-finished product is proof it works:

Why would one go to all of this trouble (it's really not) to have their shadows in a palette? It's more cost-effective (when you buy shadows in the future, just buy the refills for the palettes, which are a break in cost), space efficient and prevents you from overlooking colors that you own. For that matter, it also prevents you from buying multiples of the same color because you have forgotten that 3 Cranberries are lurking at the bottom of your drawer. Have any of you done this? As always, let me know if you have questions :)

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Tali said...

I did this the other day!!
I used my hair curlers so i didnt do too much damage.. then i took the 6 empty pshaddow pot to mac and got my free lipstick!

fantastic said...

@tali yes i got three things from back2mac on this little project, and i think i have two more coming my way once i finish the others. i didn't realize that you can use them to get limited edition stuff too! thanks for reading girly :)

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The only thing we cant get are viva glam products as they are charity!
:) I love your blog im always reading away!

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@tali i feel the same way about your blog!

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