Whether you’re watching your wallet post-holiday spendfest or you’re looking to repurpose a gift you might not have been too crazy about to begin with, Beauty Cocktailing can not only save you money, but it can create brand new on-trend beauty products you’ve been drooling over at Sephora!
Let me be your personal Beauty Lab Technician and help you score department-store-sittin’, glossy-magazine-seein’ beauty loot you’ll be so excited to use, you’ll forget you almost tossed it in the trash! #beautyscore
BEAUTY WISHLIST: ILLUMINATING SETTING POWDER
Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder, $10
PRODUCT REHAB: You haven’t exactly been getting your tan on – now your setting powder from the summer is too dark on your complexion.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Scrape some shimmer powder highlighter right into your too dark loose powder compact and shake to create a candlelight-glow-in-a-powder-puff effect!
BEAUTY WISHLIST: FANCY NAIL ART PENS
Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens, $7
PRODUCT REHAB: You were really into those gorgeous aquamarine and turquoise liquid liner pens during the summer, but now they have been tossed aside in favor of more classic and winter-appropriate black.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Put your shoes down. Do not proceed to CVS. Do not pick up nail art pens. Start your mani with a “gripping” or stickier base coat, layer on color, another layer of basecoat and use those liquid liner pens to drawn in any design your heart flutters for. Let dry, finish with a sealing topcoat. Crisis averted.
BEAUTY WISHLIST: SPRAY ROOT CONCEALER
Rita Hazan Root Concealer, $25
PRODUCT REHAB: That big bottle of hairspray and the gigantic shadow palatte who’s colors have met too many days of your creasy eyelids.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Spray your mane and with a puffy powder brush fluff on some matte (or heck, if you’re feeling festive) shimmer brown or auburn or yellow/cream shadow to conceal your roots without the $25 price tag.
BEAUTY WISHLIST: PINK, BLUE + GREEN HAIR CHALK
Bumble & Bumble’s Spraychalk, $19
PRODUCT REHAB: Grab those bright blue, green, and pink eyeshadows that you would never be caught dead wearing.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Swipe them in a section of hair moving from the root to the ends, set with spray. Focus on ends for an ombre effect. Ta da!
BEAUTY WISHLIST: PRICEY COLORED MASCARA
BY TERRY Terrybly Mascara in TerryBleu, $48
PRODUCT REHAB: That bright blue eyeliner – the one that hasn’t been touched, for ummm, about a year!
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: For this “cocktail” the brighter the better. Melt the tip of your eyeliner – I love Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide on Pencil – over a match or lighter (be careful here, people!) rub up the warmed liner on a clean spooly brush – or a disposable mascara brush – and apply it directly to lashes. Don’t forget to curl lashes ahead of time since eyeliner may not offer you the all-day lift of a curling mascara.
BEAUTY WISHLIST: Foundation that actually matches your complexion!
PRODUCT REHAB: You splurged. (Shhh, we wont tell anyone about your $42 foundation habit.) Unfortunately your foundation no longer melts in seamlessly and you’re tempted to chuck it. Yes, $39 down the beauty sink.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Thankfully MAKEUP FOR EVER has come to the rescue with their Chromatic Mix Liquid Pigments. Choose from blue, yellow, white, red and more to alter the undertone and shade of any water-based foundation. Don’t go nuts just yet, though, make sure you school yourself in a little bit of color theory before you end up with a larger color discrepancy!
BEAUTY WISHLIST: SHIMMERY BRONZING ARGAN OIL
Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil, $39
PRODUCT REHAB: Those too shimmery shadows – you know, the drugstore ones with the chunks of glitter.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Mix those brown and even cream, beige-y shades into your own apothecary-inspired brown vial of argan oil – this one is $7, people! And it’s identical to the lovely Maran’s.
BEAUTY WISHLIST: LIP MASKS
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26 and Intensive Hydrating Collagen Plumping Mask, $25
PRODUCT REHAB: It’s cold out there and your lip scrub isn’t slothing through the layers of dry skin and vaseline is just temporarily glossing over the problem. Think… Yes, those $1 sheet masks you just really haven’t bothered to use and a hyaluronic acid lotion you might have been using around your eyes.
BEAUTY COCKTAIL RX: Your lips need nourishment – and nourishment that sinks deep, especially in the winter. Thankfully you can plump and hydrate lips in one fell swoop! Cut your sticky sheet mask to fit your lips, stick them right onto your lips and layer on a hyaluronic acid lotion on top (lip fillers like Juvederm feature hyaluronic acid!) – it’ll sink through. Instagram. Wear for 20 minutes.