For those of you who have searched blogs on how to do this they always say to use alcohol and in the UK we can't buy that stuff but I have found the alternative! SURGICAL SPIRIT! It's available from Boots and I'm sure many other places. It does exactly the same thing as what they call rubbing alcohol in America.. HOORAY
I'm sure you all have watched many a youtube video on this subject but the best by far is Kandee Johnsons which you can find here. Her tutorial was easy to follow and has mended one of my favourite bronzers so I am a happy lady :)
If you're trying to fix a broken eye shadow or blush I recommend you watch her tutorial but here is the 'break' down of how I did it.
What you will need:
- Broken product
- Surgical Sprit
- Tissue or an old t-shirt (I used an old t-shirt. Just cleared my cupboard a few days before so had loads to choose from)
- A Ziploc bag
- A small brush just to tidy the edges
- And an item to press. I ended up using a smaller blusher. You will see why in a few pictures.
1. Put your broken item in to the zip lock bag. Using the end of an old blusher brush or anything really crush all the entire product down so it looks like a pigment or Barry M Dazzle dust.
2. After you have done that you should having something that looks like the above.
3. Pour some surgical spirit into the lid of the bottle. Now, slowly and carefully (because it stinks) pour it over the product. This is what will help it all stick back together, you want to pour enough but not too much. Just so it is dampish all over but not like a runny texture.
5. Press down firmly on to the product. As you can see from the below picture it leaves a small imprint of the fibres which I wasn't too fussed about.
6. VOILA! You have your favourite product back. I'm not going to lie this does smell a bit like surgical spirit but I'm not complaining as I have my favourite bronzer back and will get much more use out of it than I would have if it was a compact full of crumbs!
|My bronzer was still damp when taking this picture.|
Wait a few hours or overnight before use :)
The surgical spirit cost somewhere between £4 and £5 and I think it's defo worth having under your kitchen sink. I'm sure there are many other uses for it like creating newspaper print nails! (A post coming up over the next week). I am so so pleased to have this item back the texture of the product is slightly less powdery to how it was originally (think I used too much spirit). However, like I said it's better than a compact full of crumbs.
Have you used this technique before, or did you do something different that I haven't?