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Make Lipstick and Lipgloss

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Published February 9th 2011

Lipstick is the most popular cosmetic for women but it can also be the most expensive; this diamond encrusted variety is the worlds most expensive at $62 000 USD, but even the Priceline variety can cost up to $50. Save your money and use inexpensive household items to make your own lip stain.

You will need to stock up on lip gloss pots or lipstick tubes for the finished product. These can be purchased online, at stores like Crazy Clarks or in bulk on Ebay.

Easy lip gloss
Create your own personalised brand of lip gloss by making your own. All you need is Vaseline and your preferred colouring. You can use food dyes, fruit juice or even crushed up flowers be creative! Just make sure that whatever you're using is non toxic.

In a small, microwavable container (a ceramic egg cup works well), combine your Vaseline and your colouring. You will need to experiment here to get the shade right; more colouring will create a more vivid hue, while Vaseline will dilute the shade. When you are ready, microwave your creation on high for about thirty seconds.

Remove from the microwave and allow your mixture to cool to room temperature. Now, you can add any extras like essential oils, scents or glitter.

Make lipstick from old lipsticks
Don't throw away your favourite lipstick once it's worn down to a nub there's still several centimetres of stick left beneath the surface. Use a long stick, like a wooden skewer, to scoop this out. Place your lipstick into a small, microwavable container and microwave for about thirty seconds on high. Pour the result into a plastic pot and leave overnight to set.

To make a lip gloss that is tinted with your favourite shade, add roughly one teaspoon of Vaseline to your lipstick. Microwave and stir before pouring into your plastic pot.

Make lipstick from crayons
It might sound crazy but lipstick and crayons have many common ingredients. You will need three non toxic crayons in your preferred shade. Place them in a resealable bag and break them into small pieces using a mallet or hammer.

Next, cut an unscented, pure beeswax candle into three centimetre pieces. Place one of these pieces and your crayon bits in a heat resistant cup (like a mug) and place in a saucepan. Fill the saucepan so that the water is at the same height as your crayon and candle bits.

Turn the saucepan up to a low heat and stir until the ingredients melt together. Remove the pan from the cup and, when the contents have cooled slightly, pour into plastic pots or empty lipstick containers.
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Wow. Turning crayons into lipstick is really rather inventive. Just got to remember to colour between the lines... I doubt I have the patience to make-up my own make-up, but must admit I have found myself dipping a lip brush into an almost-empty lipstick cylinder because I love the colour and it's been discontinued. It's heartbreaking. Maybe I should try the crayon thing after all and see if I can recreate it myself!
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