Monday, August 23, 2010

Beets me!




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.

Onward!



Supplies needed:

- 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)


42 comments:

  1. This is so great, Vanessa! Thanks for sharing this. The other stuff is so expensive, and I'm so weary of putting the majority of commercial cosmetics on my skin. I'll totally have to try this!

    See ya so soon!

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  2. What a wonderful idea! It looks quite lovely on you.

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  3. really lovely colour on you! you look great.

    http://nothingbutapackofcards.blogspot.com/

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  4. That's so cool! I'm gonna have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    :o)Sarah

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  5. oooh making your own make-up, i like that!
    I love make up and I don't wear it constantly either! It's just so much fun!

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  6. Oh, cute. I was just reading about how to make eyeliner out of activated charcoal. Fun!

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  7. I just read an article in Ready Made Magazine about making your own eyeliner, mascara and lipstick and then I read this! I just made some! I couldn't believe how easy it was to make! Thanks!

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  8. this is brilliant! I will have to concoct a batch of this before heading off to college!

    have you tried using this as a lip stain?
    -mmmelanieyates.tumblr.com

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  9. Fun! I love the original product in question but you're right, it's so expensive... Right now I just have the little pot balm, but once I bought the liquid version at Nordstrom on my lunch break and it BROKE when I opened it! And not just a little chip or something- the bottle split in half and I got Bene-... I mean eh, "the liquid"- all over my hands and cream-colored suit. I was furious then but it's kind of funny, looking back. My hands were red for days because I didn't have anything in my car to clean them off with!

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  10. yep i love the object in question so much but it is so so expensive! im glad you did some research and shared your recipe with us. going to have to try this out when the little bottle of pink extravagence runs out.

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  11. This is so lovely! I just saw your comment on Hannah & Landon and was very intrigued. I've got to try this. Your blog is great. I'm gonna look around a bit more. Thanks!

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  12. beautiful photos! and the idea is really original!

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  13. lovely!
    it looks exactly like benetint! Such a good idea

    xx

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  14. so cool!

    www.nowthatspanache.blogspot.com

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  15. That looks like such a nice produce. I'm all for using something made from natural ingredients instead of a chemical filled commecial produce. Btw your new hair colour is beautiful!

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  16. Wow!!! Hun I love cheap!! I really do hahahaha who doesn’t right? well am definitely doing this doll and a huge fan of organic natural products and it cant get better than this……..you know what I’ve also used beet for lip-stain, I mix cinnamon and salt with Vaseline and create a lip scrub, scrub lips remove ---------then I add beet like a lip stain and re-apply until its really red/plume and Vuala!!

    Awesome Blog!!

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  17. I love this. so inspiring and yummy.

    xxx kissmequick

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  18. awesome diy.
    and i adore you hair- im a little envious even! :)
    -kellie

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  19. love this! i just ordered some beet lip stain from etsy, it has basically the same ingredients, but i will definitely try this out one of these days, too. i wonder what else can be used to make it an even deeper shade of red?

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  20. this is SO flipping cool. <3 beets!

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  21. @Ashley Louise
    ooh! I'd love to read that article, that sounds so interesting. I get that magazine too...it's quite possible I just completely forgot about it

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  22. That is REALLLLLLLLLLLLLY creative. What a good idea. Amazing. Yes.

    xx
    Rebekka

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  23. Thank you so much for teaching us how to make this! "That other super-expensive tint" is one of my favorite things ever, but I was only young and foolish enough to purchase it when I was working on the same block as the flagship of that super-expensive product's line and had a neighborhood merchant discount. I can't fork it over now, but I love a kitchen beauty-fest!
    xoxo,
    Gina

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  24. Thank you thank you thank you for the photos and the steps. I have read every beet cheek stain article that google put in my way before i found you, and none of them made me feel at ease with what my final product would turn out like.

    THANK YOU.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/saltyblueocean?ref=pr_shop_more

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  25. Thank you thank you thank you for the photos and the steps. I have read every beet cheek stain article that google put in my way before i found you, and none of them made me feel at ease with what my final product would turn out like.

    THANK YOU.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/saltyblueocean?ref=pr_shop_more

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  26. so cool!

    www.nowthatspanache.blogspot.com

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  27. love this! i just ordered some beet lip stain from etsy, it has basically the same ingredients, but i will definitely try this out one of these days, too. i wonder what else can be used to make it an even deeper shade of red?

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  28. this is brilliant! I will have to concoct a batch of this before heading off to college!

    have you tried using this as a lip stain?
    -mmmelanieyates.tumblr.com

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  29. That's so cool! I'm gonna have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    :o)Sarah

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  31. Hello! This is awesome! Thanks for experimenting and sharing - we love a tutorial! Lovely images too!

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  32. It looka wonderful. At the risk of sounding dumb (all I've ever used is powdered blush), how do you apply it?

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  33. Jeez, took me a while to find this....but HELLO darling. I'm an DIY cosmetic fanatic and I have to admit I own the expensive tint you talked about...I didn't even think about making one myself. LOVE IT!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this.

    xoxoxo
    Melanie

    btw. Love your hair in these pictures :)

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  34. What a great recipe! I was rather depressed today because I found out that powdered titanium dioxide is a carcinogen when inhaled and it is found in many so-called natural and so-called safe blushes, including my own. So I've been researching how to make my own beet cheek tint and I stumbled upon this wonderful tutorial with great photos and clear steps! Thanks!

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  35. Great idea! So I found this on Pinterest, didn't have any beets at home, but thought, "oh, I've got canned beets. They can work in a pinch until I go to the store." Poured out some of the juice, added the glycerin, starting mixing then realized I had the PICKLED BEETS and not just the regular one, lol. Needless to say I don't wanna smell like pickling juice, so I tossed it out, but before I did I decided to try it. Looks wonderful! Thanks so much :0)

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  36. wonderful! just made this...so easy and cheap, and it's a perfect color for the cold weather that's coming soon. thank you!

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