The Ladybug’s beauty tips: How to fix broken powder makeup

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On my way back from my last trip I made the same mistake again: I put my makeup bag in my suitcase instead of safely putting in my handbag. Results: when I arrived at home I realized that my Marc Jacobs contouring set and my Kiko favorite blush were completely broken!

I blamed myself (again) for this stupid mistake and I promised myself (again) that I won’t ever do that again in the future!

When I was getting ready to throw them away and to buy new ones I received a very good news from my friend (and incredible makeup expert) Carmen:  “Don’t throw them” she said “Don’t you know that you can easily fix all the broken compact powders like eyeshadow, blush, bronzers, etc.?” Well, I didn’t.

She showed me how to do it and I was totally amazed with the results. I thought that I should spread the word so I decided to create a tutorial to show you how to do it very easily and quickly (just 5 steps).

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Step 1: If your powder is not completely broken, well, break it! You must start with a very fragmented piece to get the best results.

Step 2: Pour in some rubbing alcohol (start with small amounts ) until it’s absorbed and mix it with a stick or with your finger until it looks like a paste (see pictures above).

Step 3: Flatten it out with a spatula or something similar to get a flat surface.

Step 4: Leave it overnight until the alcohol evaporates completely. Your makeup powder is as new and you won’t need to buy a new one! It doesn’t look as beautiful as it was when you bought it but the results on your face will be exactly the same!

I hope it was useful and you will keep spreading the word!

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The Ladybug goes to school with Smashbox at Limoni Beauty Lounge

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If you could rate yourself for your makeup, what would it be? Are there things that you really cannot do or things that you would learn to do better?

Personally I’d give myself a 6: I patiently learned to do many things but there are many I am still awful at: putting eye-liner (cat-eye is definitely the worst thing for me!), eye-shadow and lip pencil; there are also things that I’d love to fine-tune: eyebrows, foundation and contouring!

The good news is that now there is a school for that! At the newly opened Limoni Beauty Lounge in via Fratelli Castiglioni in Milan you can learn the best makeup tips and create your customized makeup with a beauty expert from Smashbox cosmetics.

We organized a small group with my friends and for only 10 euros each we had an hour full of makeup hints, and a real school to create yourself your own makeup based on your tones and skin.

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I incredibly created perfect cat-eye with the eye-liner, I learned how to create hyper voluminous eyelashes (using also the eyelash primer) and how to use foundation and blush correctly.

I also discovered Smashbox Cosmetics, the cruelty-free American makeup that I fell in love with; btw at the Limoni Beauty School you can use your 10 euros registration fee as a reduction for the products that you tested…isn’t it a great news?!

Can you see the results? What do you think?

I’m wearing Please wool sweater, Topshop culottes, Benetton boots and old Alexa Chung for Made.com skull necklace (and Smashbox makeup of course!)

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The Ladybug’s Brow Lift @ Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar in Sephora: Go Big or Go Home!

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It is time for me to confess one of my latest obsessions to you: brows.

Cara (Delavigne) gave us access to this new world which became a trend. And grant it, I’m not the one who goes for trends, but I do appreciate new suggestions in fashion and beauty. And with my personal stake in trying to perfect my brow, I answered the call of the trend that wanted us all with large, long, hairy patches above our eyes to come into the land of perfectly shaped brows.

Being the most classic attribute of myself, I started studying the trend- becoming obsessed by focusing my attention on people’s eyebrows on tv, in films and magazines, but also on the subway.  I must have come across like a fetishist every time I said to someone: “Wow, you have great brows” or “You changed something… is that your brows?”

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What I realized through my research of this obsession is that a well-shaped and manicured brow can completely change your look, your face and your expression…I was intrigued.

One day my colleague Lili (the one that you saw in the ’70s outfit post) came back to the office after her lunch with a totally different face: I was noticing for the first time her eyebrows. I timidly asked where she was at lunch and she said that she ate a quick sandwich to make time for her to get her brows done at Sephora… Bingo! It was all about brows again! But… Sephora?? I thought it was just a perfume and makeup shop…

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Here then began my awareness of Benefit Cosmetics’ Brow Bar. Lily introduced me to Benefit Cosmetics last year and I became totally addicted to most of their products. Not only as a vintage lover (because I die for the retro packaging), but I am really addicted to some of the products inside the packages… and when I say some, I mean all those that I tried. The crazy thing about Benefit is that I didn’t even know what most of the products are for, but once their beauty consultant showcases them I realize that I can’t do my makeup without them! I know, I am a woman!!

And here’s another thing: their beauty consultants are TOP NOTCH! They are all very knowledgeable on the products. Honestly, I gotten some of the best beauty tips (on products and in general) from them and they are always extremely nice and helpful.

Concetta, the Benefit Beauty consultant at Sephora in Piazza Gae Aulenti in Milan is for sure my favorite… and I am not the only one as most of my colleagues adore her as well. Needless to say, I tried my Brow Bar beauty experience with her last month for the first time and now… she is the only one allowed to put the hands on these eyebrows!  I used to have my brows waxed quite thin, but when I went in for my first consultation she asked me to come back after one month of growth.  I wasn’t excited about having to let myself go barbarian. I arrived at my appointment looking like a little monkey, but she made quick work on taming my beasts. My friend and I were AMAZED of her beautifying powers.  Not only has Concetta always been able to tempt us (The Untemptables) to try new Benefit products (which we always buy!) AND give us the greatest tips on Benefit products AND teach us how to use them at their best… She’s also proven to be a Eyebrow Master!  And now, based on the great success of our new brows, we created a “brow group” at work that even includes our boss!

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All in all let me say that the Benefit Brow Bar experience has completely changed my makeup routine; not only as something that’s come to focus on my brows, but I now see how these little things have changed my face and facial expression. Because of my brows, my eyes look bigger and brighter, my cheeks more expressive and my hairstyle looks even more “refined rocker”.  I have the feeling that my new brows add a certain “je sais pas quoi” to my style, especially with red lips.

These are the new products that I can’t go anywhere without:

Brow Zings,  the brow kit including wax, powder, brushes and tweezers  for clean, smooth and perfect brows

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Gimme Brows,  a brush-on fiber gel that creates fuller-looking brows

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So I say: try it! It may change your life… or at least just your makeup routine; but for sure it won’t be a meaningless experience!