How to Fix Broken Lipstick, Smashed Eye Shadow and More

When you find yourself stuck with a broken lipstick, a smashed eye shadow, a clogged spray or a stuck nail polish, do not throw it away! We’ve got the quick fixes that will save you from being wasteful and ensure you restore that favourite blusher that happened to smash in your make-up bag, the lipstick that snapped suddenly and more…

1. Broken Lipstick

– Take the broken piece and put it on a sandwich bag or something similar then pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden it (this will make it easier to work with)
– Remove the broken piece from the freezer and get your tube. Wave a match or lighter over the lippie that remains in the tube and the base of the broken piece
– Attach the broken piece to the tube and use the match just around the outer edge where the two pieces meet then meld them together
– Put the reunited base and lipstick back in the fridge and leave it to set for 10-20 minutes
– Voila! Like new

2. Shattered Eye Shadow
– Place the shattered mess of shadow into a sandwich bag and use a blunt butter knife (or something similar) to crush the remainder of your shadow into fine pieces, until it looks like dust.
– Take a small cosmetic jar like these found at Priceline and careful pour the dust into it.

– Use a tissue to firmly but carefully press the eyeshadow down until it molds together
– Continue to use your eye shadow with a brush or sponge tip applicator as per normal

3.  Clogged Spray Bottle
– Hold the nozzle under warm to hot water.
– Remove residue with a tissue and if the hole is still clogged use a toothpick to scrape away any debris that maybe left over.

4. Stuck Nail Polish
– Take a cotton round with nail polish on it and remove any excess polish from the top of the bottle.
– With your finger, take a small dab of Vaseline and rub around the top of the bottle.

5. Smashed Blush Solutions
When life gives you smashed blush, make lip gloss! 
– Take a small jar (similar to the Priceline option above) and mix whatever powder is salvageable from your blush with a little bit of Vaseline or even paw paw ointment
– Now you have a pretty pink lip gloss or a high-shine cream shadow. No, this one isn’t as good as new but it does save you from causing waste.

Do you have any broken make-up fixes to share? Leave them in the comments or tell us on Facebook!

Nailed It! The Best Nail Polish Designs on the Web

Nail art has become more of an art form than a mere beauty trend. There are so many incredibly creative nail artists (with very steady hands) out there so we’ve gathered some of the most incredible nail designs we’ve found on the world wide web…


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Why Mineral Nail Polish?

While the benefits of using mineral makeup on your face are widely discussed and generally understood, the benefits of ‘safe’ nail polishes are less well known.
We’re here to tell you why you should ditch the highly toxic polishes in favor of a safe formula…

What’s the difference? 
Safe polishes are Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free

Umm… pardon?
We understand that, to most people, that statement is about as useful and exciting as hearing the intricacies of an algebraic equation so we’re here to break it down for you.

Toluene –  This is the solvent that contributes to that distinctive lacquer smell. If inhaled, Toluene can cause headaches, forgetfulness, and confusion. If you’re exposed to it at low levels every day it can also cause fatigue and nausea and it should be avoided completely if you’re pregnant.
TIP: Watch out, some labels may use the terms  ‘toluol’ or ‘phenylmethane’ instead of ‘toulene.’

Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde is used as a preservative and appears in many of your run-of-the-mill nail varnishes. It has been tagged as a chemical that might cause cancer and has caused many an allergic reaction over the years.
TIP: Some labels may use the terms Diasolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl or Quaternium-15 to throw you off. They’re all basically Formaldehyde.

DBP – Short for Dibutyl phthalate, DBP is a plasticizer so it molds the polish and leaves a shiny polish. Unfortunately, DBP is absorbed through the nails, and then enters the bloodstream, the liver, and so on. It is toxic and definitely not something you want in your bloodstream.

We get it… now what?
As people have become more savvy about what they are actually using on their nails, companies like ELES have seen the demand for safe nail polish that even pregnant women can use without fear.

Island Nights Collection

Our nail polishes are made with the best of Australian quality ingredients and a chip-resistant professional patented formula that holds its colour and shine for days but they don’t have any of the nasties. You won’t have to sacrifice bold, bright colour, shine or the long-lasting effect for a polish you know is safe.
We  also have all the goods you need for a flawless french polish, a rapid dry top coat, a cuticle remover and products to nourish and repair your nails. Get them here.

Customer Review:
Alicia said of our Base Enamel: “This base coat has been truly amazing! My nails had become yellow and weak from other ordinary nail polishes/products. But since using this base enamel I have watched my nails grow out to be healthy and pink and strong again! There is actually a clearly visible definition on my nails from before and after using this product! Will continue to buy and use under every ordinary polish I own as well as building my Eles nail polish colour collection. Love it!”

Having on-trend, well-manicured nails doesn’t mean you have to expose your body to harmful chemicals. Shop safe and rest easy knowing your polish isn’t toxic.