Monday, August 23, 2010
I have a confession; I love makeup. I don't wear it everyday or even that much of it when I do, but love it. One of the products I am especially enthralled with is a certain rose tinted cheek stain that happens to cost $28 for .40 ounces. And good golly miss molly that is expensive! So I set out to make my own version, and through some internet research this is what I came up with.
This homemade version is a little bit different, mainly its more moisturizing than its expensive counterpart. Well, the real stuff actually isn't moisturizing at all. But anyway, I am very pleased with this experiment. It works really well and the color is almost a dead ringer for the original stuff. It's actually easier to apply as well, you can layer it on and it doesn't dry instantly so you don't have to be as perfect and exact when applying this stain. I will add, however, that in extreme hot weather (100 degrees, 90% humdity) it doesn't hold up as perfectly, but in weather like that what does hold up? Oh, and obviously the best part about all of this is that it's CHEAP to make.
- one or two beets
- 3 tablespoons vegetable glycerine (can be found at most health food stores or this
is a really good deal)
-a jar or container to store your new concoction in (I ended up ordering these and they showed up in less than two days!)
Start by chopping up the beets into small pieces (but big enough where you can easily strain them out)
It gets a little messy.
Make a makeshift double boiler (unless you have a real one) by placing a a bowl inside of a pot of simmering water. Add the beets and glyercine and then cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the 15- 20 minutes is up strain the mixture into your jar to cool completely. I just put a funnel in the jar and poured everything, chunks and all, straight into the funnel. The beets were chopped up big enough where they were caught by the funnel, while the liquid made it into the jar.
Make sure you let this sit long enough to cool off all the way. Then put the lid on your jar and you're good to go. You can either keep it stored like this or pour it into whatever little container you choose. The glycerine acts as a preservative, but I am going to guess this doesn't have as long of a shelf life as commercially made products. I think this would be good for 6 months, just use common sense and if it smells weird- toss it!
Now go, enjoy your new beet-e-tint! (get it...har har)