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We've all been there. We're putting on our face for the day and - whoops - the compact containing our powder/blush/bronzer/highlighter flies out of our hands and smacks the floor, turning our beloved product into a cracked, powdery mess.
Your inclination might be to pitch it and head to the store to pick up another one.
Here's where I am a good person, but a terrible store owner - I'm here to tell you NOT to do that. You CAN salvage that product and save some money.
Here's what to do:
1) Scoop up as much clean powder as you can. If there are whole chunks left in the container, scoop those out. Place them on a small plate (you may want to use a paper one if you have it) and smash away. Pulverize it all.
2) Carefully return the now crushed powder back into the compact.
3) Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol (or vodka, if you don't have rubbing alcohol). Let it sink in.
4) Once the alcohol is fully integrated into the powder, cover the product with plastic wrap and, with the back of a spoon or your finger, start mashing. Mash it all down and smooth the product out.If the product doesn't come together, repeat steps 3 & 4.
5) Leave the product to sit overnight, uncovered, to let the alcohol evaporate.
6) Check the product in the morning - it should be as good as new.
And you can spend your money on that new lip color you've been eyeing instead of on replacing a product that you just bought.
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Spring Beauty and Bling
The Gilded Girl and Idia’Dega blend their collections of cosmetics and jewelry for a special pop-up event in Lawrenceville
PITTSBURGH, PA – May 23, 2018
On Saturday June 2nd, two Pittsburgh-based women-led brands team up to create unique spring through summer looks - pairing radiant cosmetics from The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium with gem-toned inspired sustainable jewelry from Idia’Dega.
“This new season add more color, more playfulness and a new approach to your look,” says Liz Quesnelle of The Gilded Girl. “Spring and summer offers a cornucopia of different events and activities. Black-tie or beach weddings, music festivals, BBQs and travel – now is the perfect time to add some fun.”
“For 2018 we added new colors to our jewelry collection inspired by gems and metals of the earth – sapphire, ruby, rose gold, emerald and jade, to name a few,” Tereneh Idia explains. “We thought that a great way to bring out those colors is to pair them with the unique collection of cosmetics that Liz carries. Beautiful cosmetics you can find nowhere else in Pittsburgh.”
The Gilded Girl offers cruelty-free, organic and vegan beauty products. Idia’Dega jewelry collection is made from glass beads, recycled/reuse plastic and local materials from Kenya, Oneida Indian Nation and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in collaboration with OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya and The Beading Wolves/Beading by Holly. Sales proceeds from Idia’Dega products benefits the women artisans of this collaboration.
Spring Beauty and Bling
Saturday June 2nd 12-5pm
5104 Butler St. Pittsburgh PA 15201 (412) 450-0578
Join us and discover the unique cosmetics featured at The Gilded Girl and pair them with the new sustainable jewelry collection from Idia’Dega.
Light refreshments, wine and beverages will be served.
About The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
Featuring exclusive luxury and indie cosmetic brands, The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium is the hot spot for local, national, and international beauty finds unavailable anywhere else in Pittsburgh. With a distinctive vintage vibe, The Gilded Girl offers a comfortable space to experience new products, take skin care and make-up classes, and create your own signature look. Our carefully curated fragrance, skin care, and cosmetic selections (many of them organic and vegan) include old world brands, as well as small-batch and hand-crafted goods that have been featured in top magazines and boutiques around the globe. In addition, our classes, with professional instruction and complimentary wine, provide a venue for friends to enjoy a night out in a non-traditional setting. With professional level advice, unparalleled service and selections, The Gilded Girl will become your go-to destination for all of your beauty needs.
The Gilded Girl Beauty Emporium
5104 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Idia’Dega is a global eco-design collaboration, developing a new creative community of artisans committed to cultural, creative, economic and environmental sustainability. Idia’Dega designs with The Beading Wolves/Beading by Holly of the Oneida Indian Nation and OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya.
IG: @IdiaDegaFashion Twitter: @IdiaDega phone: 347-681-2284
There's been a lot of buzz about Squalene and Squalane Oil recently. But what is it and should you add it to your regimen?
Squalene is a colorless poly-unsaturated hydrocarbon liquid that’s found naturally in many animals and plants, including human sebum (you know sebum as oil). Essentially, it’s one of the many natural lipids your body produces to lubricate and protect your skin. Squalene is estimated to make up 10 to 12 % of your skin's oil! Usually, the squalene you use on your skin comes from olives or rice bran.
Squalane is hydrogenated Squalene. Squalane is lighter and more shelf stable and less likely to oxidize than Squalene
What does it do?
Squalene/Squalane is highly-effective emollient and natural antioxidant. It provides moisture to the skin without weighing it down.
Who should use it?
EVERYONE! As a natural emollient, it helps to moisturize the skin. This means that it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, reduces the potential for injury that comes with dry, unlubricated skin, and may provide some protection from environmental skin destroyers, such as the sun, pollution, and smoke.|
We love Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil and Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream. They are the the perfect compliment to your summer regimen!
The weather has finally turned and we are loving it! But with the sunshine comes more time spent outdoors. It's so important to protect your skin from all of the elements, but no element is more dangerous to your skin health than the UVA/UVB rays of the sun.
Skin cancer is on the rise here in the United States and around the world. Luckily for us, it is also one of the most preventable cancers around. Just follow these steps:
1) Use A Minimum SPF Of 15 (30 if you are extremely fair, have a history of burning, or a family history of skin cancer).
For most people, 15 provides a good level of protection from the most damaging of rays. Bear in mind that the higher the SPF, the smaller the increased benefit: That means that SPF 30 isn't twice as strong as SPF 15. In fact, SPF 15 filters out 93% of UVB and SPF 30 filters out 97%, which is only a slight improvement.
2) Reapply EVERY 2 HOURS (more often if you've been swimming or sweating). While mosty people happily put on sunscreen when they're heading out, they are far less likely to reapply as necessary. The sunscreen degrades as it sits on your skin. This means that one application a day is not enough to keep your skin from burning, aging, or worse. Keep sunscreen in your purse/backpack/car/office - basically everywhere. That way, you will never be without it.
3) Use Mineral Based Sunscreens if you have sensitive skin. Those with rosacea, eczema, psoriosis, or other skin disorders that result in sensitivity should use mineral based sunscreens. Look for Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide on the ingredients list. These do not absorb into the skin, rather they tend to sit in the very surface layers, reducing the possibilities of irritating your skin.
Please don't hesitate to ask Liz any questions about your skin and the sun this summer. She is here to help you stay healthy and safe!