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Thursday, 30 September 2010

"You're tacky and I hate you."

Ahhh, I love Billy from School of Rock. Whenever I heard or read the word 'samples,' I can't help but giggle. Anyway, this post is about sample baggies, how I store them, bla bla bla.

Previously, I've not really bought that many samples from websites. I bought the big sample set of Evil Shades and while I love all the colours, boy are the baggies a pain in the ass to use. Anyway, a week or so ago I remembered reading somewhere that someone used a pill organiser to depot theirs into...

...and I thought it was an okay idea, and worth a go.

Pros: Can actually see and use all the colours, don't have to faff about in a bag and make a mess, only cost a quid.
Cons: Can't travel with it, as the lids aren't secure and the organiser is sectioned (although I never touch up my eyeshadow anyway), lids are fiddly to open.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with it. It's full up now I put my She Space stuff in it - I also had the genius idea to put the sticker from the baggie on the lid :| I've actually been using my samples this week so that's good. I can feel happy buying more now that I know they'll be used. But if you did want to use yours up you could make:

-Nail Polish

Hooray for MUA £1 clear polish! This one I made with Hi-Fi Aphrodisiac (sample) and Barry M Old Gold. A bit sheer, but a lovely muted aubergine-y colour with green and gold sparkles. Think it would look better over a black base. Plus it kind of 'gathers' at the cuticles and tips and makes me look a bit grotty. But it's the first polish I ever made, so yay!

For this one I used samples of Evil Shades Suffocation and Hi-Fi's #1 Hit Single. It was really pretty but again, sheer, so here I'm wearing it over Barry M's grey. I got complimented on it by a lady at work and she asked where I got it and was amazed when I told her I made it. If anyone has any tips on how to get these bad boys more opaque I'd love to hear them!

-Lip Gloss

Over Rimmel Jungle Green liner, but it's pretty opaque anyway.

Awesome, huh? This came out exactly as I wanted it in my head. I used my Evil Shades Acolyte and Whooo R U? samples mixed with clear gloss, a touch of some goopy ELF gloss and a Milani Gloss with burgundy glitters in, which you can't see here but look awesome. I think making a green gloss is perfect use for ES pigments, no? Yes, yes, yes, I know you can BUY a green gloss from Evil Shades, but whatever. I just can't bring myself to fork out for one, even though I very nearly bought the new one from Hi-Fi.

Anyway, that's my little bid to actually USE all my make-up. Hooray! Even though to make the gloss and polishes I only use a tiny bit! Oh well. Add than and the fact that today I ordered Hi-Fi's Hallowe'en set (only sample size, sadly) and my boyfriend let me buy some Fyrinnae.... and then put me on a ban for a while... I'm not doing so well. Oh well. I've got...

-Sugar Skulls (Hallowe'en, but an existing shade, methinks.)
-Madame and Eve (Arcane Magic: Hallowe'en)
-Blue Footed Booby
-Moon Child
-Dinosaur Plushie
-Electro Koi
-Polar Bear
-Danse Macabre (Hallowe'en shade)
-Shinigami (thanks Phyrra!)
-Hair Dye lip lustre

... winging their way to me to numb my pain. I can't wait to see Dinosaur Plushie!



  1. I'm pretty crappy at actually using samples also. They just look different in the bag, kind of ugly even if they aren't. :(

  2. I'm actually someone who doesn't hate sample baggies. I have my shadows in relatively small drawers, so it's nice because they don't take up a lot of space. But little jars are even nicer :)

  3. I love the polishes you made, and especially the lip gloss. It's amazing, and looks so good on you!

  4. That's a great idea for storage of samples! I've heard of people using little paint pots, too. I love the polishes..especially the first one. I don't know how to make it more opaque (I've only done one like this and it was kinda sheer, too).

  5. I've never seen pill boxes like that! It's a great idea but I wouldn't have the room to store them - they look kinda big. Whey for 'frankening' polishes with the MUA clear polish! To get mine more opaque I just loaded in the pigments. You could put a few drops of coloured polish in with it, too.

  6. You are so creative! Love the idea of the pill boxes. I actually don't mind the sample baggies because I am a sample whore, and the baggies are easy for me to store in a photo album.

    Awesome gloss and nail polish! I had fun doing my first franken with mineral powder a few weeks ago!

  7. That's such a great idea! I never thought about using a pill box to store samples. I don't really mind using crack baggies but I always worry that I am gonna drop them and spill them everywhere! I've resorted to just buying some empty little jars!

  8. That's one unique lip color!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  9. The organiser is cute, even though I'm like Heather and I quite like baggies :)

  10. @KittenMittens: I know. Thats one of the reasons I got rid of the baggies, because I just think, ew, why did I buy that? even though it's a gorgeous colour.

    @Heather: I don't hate them, I just find them messy to use. If I had a different storage space I might have kept the baggies.

    @kathy: Thanks dude, I really like it too!

    @Megan: I'll be making more - I guess it's just trial and error.

    @Beauty's Bad Habit: I'll try with more pigment next time - duh - and a couple drops of colour and see how it works out!

    @The Peach: Aw, I didn't think of a photo album! Or you could use those things you get to store trading cards in!

    @Kimberley: Crack baggies! Ahahahahhaaa! :D

    @Marie: Merci! x

    @SilhouetteScreams: Not sure if I'll buy another one or resort to having baggies - we'll see how actually using these goes!

  11. This is a really cool idea! I need to find better storage for the few samples I have, as I want to get more... ><
    The whole pigment nail polish thing is funny... I did Oyster Grey (Barry M) + NYC clear top coat and it sort of came out funky, like there were bits and it had weird lines in it. But then I used my RBL Scrangie "dupe" (made with Wet n Wild topcoat) and it didn't have any issues like that. It may be the topcoat?


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