How To Give Your Lipsticks a Makeover: Lipstick Hacks

With online shopping becoming so popular, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and let our eyes get bigger than our wallets. One of my guilty pleasures is buying makeup online, but unfortunately, I ended up with some shades that were…not so pretty. So I decided to experiment and find a few hacks to fix them, because I don’t know about y’all, but I definitely don’t have money to waste on a lipstick that I can’t use.


So here are the offending colors from left to right: Lime Crime velvetine matte lipstick in Squash, Colourpop ultra matte lipstick in Midi, Colourpop ultra metallic lipstick in 3-way, and Dose of Colors matte lipstick in Truffle. It’s worth mentioning that 3-way and Truffle are fakes that I brought from the Wish app, so that more than likely accounts for their bad quality. Also, a quick disclaimer about buying fake makeup online: it’s important to know what risks you’re taking when you buy makeup from online sellers like Wish or Aliexpress. Usually, these products are coming from countries like China and their regulations are different from what the FDA has in America, so you never really know exactly what they’re putting in your makeup. I honestly don’t mind taking that risk, because hey, if it doesn’t work out, at least I’m only spending $2 or $3 rather than wasting $15 on an original that might even have the same harmful ingredients, because you’d be surprised what the FDA allows in things nowadays.

But I digress. Back to my tacky lipsticks.

The other two are definitely real deal, straight from the website, OG originals though, so Lime Crime and Colourpop had no excuse for those lipsticks to look the way they did. You’ll just have to see for yourself how bad they were.

So to begin this roasting session, let’s start with my least favorite of them all: Squash

lipstick lime crime squash

I don’t know how I decided that orange lipstick was the shade for me. I read the name and thought “ooh, squash sounds interesting! They’re usually pretty colored, right? It should be perfect for the fall!” More like perfect for Halloween. And on top of the color being terrible, the actual quality of the lipstick was bad too. It went on really patchy, had a weird consistency, and dried my lips out way more than a normal matte lipstick should. Not what you expect from a $20 liquid lipstick, right?

Hack #1: Adding lotion

lotion cocoa butter brush

So as crazy as this sounds, this hack actually worked out pretty well and I ended up doing it for all of my unwanted lipsticks. Not only did it improve the consistency, it stopped the matte lipsticks from drying out my lips too much. You can use a small eyeshadow brush to gently place the lotion in the lipstick tube and then use the lipstick applicator to mix everything together.

The after-look:

lipstick squash lime crime

After I mixed in the lotion, I also patted a little bit of gold eyeshadow on top just to give it a little bit of sparkle. It’s still not one of my favorites, but at least it’s a small improvement. Ah well.

The next lipstick on my “fix-it” list is Midi, and Lord, does this one need to be fixed.

lipstick colourpop midi

I just…I can’t with this color. All I wanted was a cute baby pink and instead I look like a clown. Colourpop usually has amazing shades, like Tulle or Zipper, but they really tried my whole life with this shade. Got me outchea looking like Dave Chappelle.

dave chapelle gig

Hack #2: Mix in another lipstick


I actually used this hack for both Midi and Truffle since it worked so well. I used an old school Fashion Fair red lipstick for Midi and a bronze Black Radiance lipstick for Truffle. Since these were lipsticks that I no longer plan on using, I just scraped off the top of them and mixed them into the liquid lipsticks. Make sure to use small pieces and gradually add in more as needed, otherwise your lipstick tube will overflow and get all over your black shirt that you just got finished washing.

The after-look:

colour pop midi doseofcolors truffle

I absolutely loved how these ones came out. Midi went from being entirely too light for me to being this perfect shade of bubblegum pink, and the Fashion Fair lipstick mixed in made it super soft and silky on my lips. Truffle turned into this gorgeous mauve, almost nude kind of shade with a little bit of metallic shine to it from the Black Radiance lipstick.

Speaking of metallic, that brings me to my last shade: 3-way

colourpop metallic lipstick 3way

I’m sure the original shade would have been gorgeous, but this fake just wasn’t cutting it for me. It was really patchy and sheer, it dried a little too quickly, it seemed really liquidy. It was just weird altogether.

Hack #3: Add in a few tiny scoops of eyeshadow

colourpop eyeshadow lagirl concealer

After adding in the lotion and concealer to thicken the mixture a little, I also added in a few scoops of eyeshadow to help it keep it’s metallic finish. I used the shades Animal and Sunset Blvd from Colourpop. A little goes a long way with this hack.

The after-look:

colourpop 3way metallic lipstick

This was another one that I wasn’t super impressed with, but it definitely improved the overall feel of the lipstick. I might go back and add another color to it, just so it doesn’t look so bland.

Overall, I’m pretty content with how the new colors came out. I’m glad that I was able to find a use for them and not have them go to waste. Have any other lipstick hacks to add? Or have you tried these ones out before? Let me know in the comments section below!


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Peach Cobbler Makeup Tutorial

Here’s my second installment of my food inspired makeup series: peach cobbler! I’ve been dying to do a peachy type of look for a while, so I challenged myself to do one without the Sweet Peach palette, because that would make it too easy, right?

I decided to go with an even better palette: The Nubian 2 palette from Juvia’s Place. You might be noticing a theme with these palettes, because they’re the only two high quality palettes that I own. But, until the big bucks start rolling in and I can buy more palettes, you’ll be seeing a lot more of these palettes. I promise to keep all the looks versatile and unique! Without further ado, let’s start with the tutorial.

morocco shade juvias place nubian2 paletteeyeshadow juvias place palette

After putting on eye shadow primer to help the colors pop a little bit more, I started off with the shade Morocco along the crease of my eyelid. Even though this color was closer to orange, it was the closest thing I could find to a peachy type of shade, so we gon’ make it work! I also used the shade Madagascar as a transition color beneath my eyebrows and to tone down Morocco just a bit.

cut crease la girl concealer

Using an angled eyeliner brush, I then went in with my LA Girl Pro concealer to carve out the cut crease. I realized later on that this wasn’t really a necessary step since I ended up putting shadow over the crease, but it still helped the overall look come out just a bit neater.

eyeshadowseyeshadows juvias place

Then for the fun part! I gently patted on the colors Nefertiti, Nairobi, and Zuri to my eyelid. I absolutely love shimmer shades and these colors went on perfectly. For the bottom lashline, I went in with an orange eyeliner and smudged it out with Morocco.

covergirl finishing powdermascara eyeliner

So just to switch things up, I decide to try baking for the first time today. I used the Covergirl professional loose finishing powder in translucent fair. I’m not super fond of the smell of this powder, but it’s good for a beginner such as myself.  As the powder was setting, I went ahead and lined my eyes with my trustworthy Maybelline Eyestudio gel eyeliner in black and did my lashes with Maybelline mega plush mascara. Quick side note: please don’t be cheap like me and keep using the same eyeliner for over 4 years. Makeup does have an expiration date and it’s not healthy to use it past that date, especially with eye products. So as much as I loved my gel eyeliner, I finally had to cough up the $11 to replace it.

melted liquid lipstick chihuahua

After I brushed off the setting powder and added highlight, I finished the look with my Too Faced melted liquid lipstick in the shade Chihuahua.

peach cobbler makeup tutorial

And here’s the finished look! I can’t tell you guys how much I really love these Juvia’s Place palettes. The amount of looks that you can do with them are endless. Who would have known it was possible to do a peachy eye look without having to drop over $40 on a peach palette?

Any more ideas for #FoodieFriday looks? Let me know in the comments section!


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Smores Inspired Makeup Tutorial

As I was coming up with ideas for new ways to experiment with makeup, I figured why not base a look after the most delectable, amazing dessert in the planet? Smores!

Everyone who knows me knows that smores have been my favorite food lately. I live, eat, and breathe smores. So of course I had so much fun creating this look. Keep in mind that I am faaaar from a professional MUA, so this is all trial and error.

makeup fresh faced

As always, I start with a fresh canvas (fresh, meaning foundation on and eyebrows fleeked) and tape along the corners of my eyes to make the shadow appear sharp and clean in the end. Just a quick heads up, the tape will pick up some of your foundation, concealer, or highlight when you peel it off, so that’s a major concern for you, then it’s best to do that after applying the shadow.

For this look, I mainly used my Nubian 1 palette from Juvia’s Place. This palette has so many gorgeous, warm brown shades that give off this chocolaty vibe. I also used the shade Zuri from the Nubian 2 palette for the “marshmallow” part along the crease.

Nubian 1 palette

First, I start off by highlighting my brow bone with the lightest brown circled at the top. Since it was a matte shade, it turned out to be more of a transition shade rather than a highlight, but it gets the job done either way. Since I couldn’t choose between which of the bottom three shades to use, I just tossed all three of them bad boys on there at once and blended like my life depended on it.

makeup cut crease

Once I finished blending, I dabbed a little bit of my LA Girl Pro concealer on my hand and used an angled eyeliner brush to create the cut crease. Y’all, please don’t let these makeup gurus on YouTube and Instagram fool you, cut creases are hard as hell to do. This step alone took me at least a good 15 to 20 minutes. That’s per eye!

Anyways, once I got through the task of creating the cut crease, I used a few more of the dark brown shades to pack onto my eyelid with a flat shadow brush. To make the crease line look a little bit more “fluffy” (lame pun, I know), I used NYX liquid crystal liner in silver along the crease and while the liner was still slightly wet, I gently went over it with the shade Zuri from my other palette to create that soft, marshmallow effect. After adding eyeliner and lashes, we’re done with the eyes!

makeup lips

For the lips, I used a black lipstick as a base and then layered my forever favorite Colourpop matte lipstick in the color Limbo on top. On a sidenote, don’t sleep on these beauty supply store brands, because that black lipstick was amazingly pigmented and gave me exactly the dark chocolate lip color that I was going for.

makeup finished look smores

And here’s the finished look! I was actually pleasantly surprised with how it came out, considering this only my second time trying a cut crease. Let me know what you guys think in the comments section! I’m thinking about turning this into a series and coming up with different food inspired makeup looks to try out. Let me know if you’d like to see more looks like this and leave suggestions for different foods to try. I’m currently eyeing this peach cobbler in my fridge, thinking of a master plan.


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