How to depot & fix broken makeup

how to depot makeup

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We all know that horrible feeling, when your favorite palette hits the floor and in worst case both the packaging and the product gets broken. But did you know, that in both cases, it can be fixed?

In this post I will show you how depot and fix broken makeup at home, without any fancy tools. The only things you need for depotting your makeup is a straightening iron, some parchment paper and preferrably something, where you can put your depotted pans. I suggest getting some Z-palettes, because they come with magnets and very handy.

For me, depotting is also like tidying. Some palettes are just too big and some palettes are so plain, that I forget that they even exist. Oh, and then there are those palettes, that have only a few shades, that I would use. Depotting gives me the opportunity to be creative and create my own palettes. And Z-palettes take up less space, than some other palettes. And what I love about them, is that I can see the colors through the packaging. And yes, they’ve also saved me, when I’ve had a broken a packaging, but have not been ready to let go of the product.

Depotting is also the ultimate test for your favorite products: is the actual product (the pan) good, or was it just a pretty packaging?

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Make sure you’re prepared for a mess, because melting stuff and dealing with powders is messy.

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How to depot makeup

The easiest way to depot makeup is to lift them up from the packaging. But not all the pans come off that easily. Actually, most of them don’t. The glue is usually pretty strong, and when you try to lift up the pan, the powder can get shattered. You can carefully try this method at first, and if it doesn’t work, try some heat.

Makeup depotting with a straightening iron is pretty simple (and sounds scarier than it is). The idea in using a straightening iron for depotting makeup is simply to melt the glue. When the glue melts, the pans either fall off the packaging, or they can be easily lifted from it.
I do most of my depotting this way.

How to depot makeup with a staightening iron

Before you start melting your products, make sure you’ve ripped the outer layer of the packaging off, if there is one. In this case, I ripped these two big boards from this big packaging. But with sleek palettes, I didn’t have to rip anything off.

how to depot makeup tutorial

First, apply some parchment paper on the straightening iron, so that you don’t melt the plastic packaging or ruin your iron. The plastic is gonna melt a little anyway, or at least it gets a little softer. The glue melts as well. The time varies, as it has a lot to do with how thick the plastic is.

There are two ways to get the pans off after the heat. You can either push the plastic from behind the pan, so that it simply just falls off, or you can lift the pan off, since the glue has melted and it’s not there anymore to keep it in place. Pushing if off works best, if the plastic has melted soft and it’s not too thick.

You also need some kind of a tool to work with. I used a makeup spatula, which is also thin enough for lifting the pans off from the sides.

Once you’ve got the pans off, you need to clean them from any glue residue. I usually do this once they’ve cooled down, so I can just scratch it off without burning myself (because obviously the glue is on fire).

makeup pan with magnet

After that, you need to glue a magnet on the pan, so that it stays on the Z-palette. Now some pans are already magnetic, but not all. Z-palettes already come with magnet stickers, so this part is easy.

Then you can just create your own palettes and enjoy the extra space, that depotting makeup gives you!

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Here is what I intended to depot – and what I ended up saving. I was gonna save more colors, but once I had a good look at the colors one by one, I realized I didn’t need it all. Decluttering – success!

How to fix broken makeup (powders) with alcohol

how to fix broken makeup

  1. First, grind the powder as fine as you can get it. I used my spatula for this.
  2. Next, pour it to a clean pan.
  3. Then, pour some alcohol in it and give the mix a little twirl. Then you can just press it gently and leave it to dry. That’s it!

how to fix broken powders

Here it is (almost) dry! How gorgeous is that shade? That’s why I had to save it.

I know pure alcohol is the best for this (since it just evaporates), but I’ve accidentally found another thing, that works. I actually use my brush cleanser, which is from*. It’s mostly alcohol, which explains why it works for this as well.

depotted pans in z palettes

I’ve bought all my Z-palettes from Beauty Bay. You can shop them here*. They also sell eyeshadow pans*, if you want to build your own palette that way. One of my favorite eyeshadow pans is Peach Smoothie* from Makeup Geek, which I also purchased from there.

Have you ever depotted your makeup?

Mad about waves – perfect products for wavy curls

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This year I’ve been really into treating my naturally curly/wavy hair. I’ve been both trying to learn as much about it as I can – but also just experiment with different products myself. In this earlier post I went through my routine and some products I started my curly hair journey with.

Since then I’ve switched my products and I haven’t been as strict about certain ingredients, as I was before. I guess I took a new approach: not to stare at the ingredients, but to just try some products and see for myself, if they work. I know I talked about avoiding silicones, but after now trying products that do contain them, I’m not so sure, if they are that bad after all. Because now that I’ve been using these new products, my wavy hair has looked better than ever before. My curls are more defined and altogether my hair looks more voluminous and healthy.

The products in this post are pr-samples.

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My curls (type 2B,2C) after using these wavy hair products.

Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves

Schwarzkopf has two lines: Mad about waves for wavy hair & Mad about curls for curly hair. I got some products from the Mad About Waves -line, since my hair leans more to the wavy – hairtype. If we’re talking about curl types, it goes to somewhere around 2B, 2C category. Here is a good photo showing the different curl types. Though it is important to note, that everyone’s curls are unique.

And because there are different types of curls and waves, it makes a difference of what products you use and for what curl type they are – wavy or curly – to begin with.

Wavy curls can be tricky, because heavy products can weigh them down. Actually now looking back at the products I started my routine with – I think the products were a bit heavy for me, for day-to-day use.

The two star products I’ve been using lately are the conditioner and curl cream from Mad about waves line.

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Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves Windswept Conditioner

This conditioner comes in a very practical, cute bottle. It is indeed lightweight – and actually when I’m applying it, it doesn’t feel like it does much. But it does! It brings just enough moisture to my hair, without being heavy. It untangles my hair, and it’s lightweight enough, so that I don’t need to rinse it out properly. Usually I just lazily rinse it out, so that some of it is left in my hair (a good technique for all the curlies!).

I know I said not to stare at the ingredients, but I had to take a peek. And I was surprised, that there were no silicones in this! That might explain, why it doesn’t feel that silky when applying it, and how it lefts my hair quite airy and nice. I checked if it was CG-approved on this app, and it said that it is.

wavy hair curl cream

Schwarzkopf Mad About Waves Windy Texture Balm

This curl cream is awesome for wavy hair types, like mine. It’s very watery and thin, so that it doesn’t feel sticky or too heavy. It keeps my curls in place and gives them amazing hold and definition. I scrunch this in my hair, when it’s quite wet to get the best results. It’s so lightweight, that I can use it quite a bit, and it’s almost impossible to use too much of it.

Now this product is not CG-approved, since the second ingredient in it is Dimethicone (a silicone). Now as I said, I don’t know if silicones are that bad for your curls after all, or if it is water-soluble or not. But what I do know is that my curls look amazing with this, so I will definitely keep using it – at least for parties, or when I want my hair to look extra-good and keep the curls in place.

Those two products are my go- to, but there are also some other products I use every once in a while besides these, when I want to smooth out my hair or need some extra moisture. These are from Schwarzkopf’s Oil Ultime -line.

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oil ultime marula rose oil light spray

Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime Marula & Rose Light Oil-In-Spray Conditioner

How beautiful are these products? I can’t seem to get over them. Anyway, this light oil-in-spray is very nice as a leave-in-conditioner. It doesn’t weigh down my curls, so I can use it after shower to bring some extra moisture to my hair.

The only thing I don’t like about it, is it’s scent, which is nice, but quite heavy for  my taste.  I am quite sensitive to perfumes, even since I started using natural cosmetics.

oil ultime rose finishing oil

Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime Rose Finishing Oil

This oil is obviously heavier than the spray, but it’s still quite light. Schwarzkopf has other oils in the Oil Ultime -line, and this is the lightest of them. So if you need a lightweight oil for your hair, this might be the right choice. It leaves my hair silky, but even this doesn’t totally straigthen out my curls. I sound like a broken record, but with all these products, it’s all about being lightweight. Which, again, is crucial for fine wavy hairtypes, like mine.

Since this is a rose oil, it has a rose scent.

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Are there other wavy curlies out there? What are the best products for your waves?