Its April Fool's Day. Has this all been just one really bad joke?
Oh, don't we wish.
Long before I ever thought of creating this 'lil makeup blogette, my friend Jen had been telling me "You need to make a makeup blog". She literally had been telling this for years.
You see, Jen is a makeup maven like most of us here. Jen is all around awesome. She is a fellow animal rescuer. She is an insanely talented photographer who has offered to  donate her talents to photograph homeless dogs to help get them adopted. She is also a Mom of 2, actually by the time you are reading this, number 3 should be in her loving arms.

Seriously, have you seen a more stunning mom to be?!

The other day, I reached out to Jen and asked if she had any thoughts as to what would be beneficial to see on here.
Her response had me saying "WHY DID'NT I THINK OF THAT!?"  She said "Every store is closed. Shipping is backed up everywhere. Maybe you could look into how to extend the shelf life of the makeup we currently do own. Oh, and find out who is shipping on a somewhat soon time frame."
Yaaaaaaaas girl!
I'm going to break her suggestions into two separate posts . I have sent correspondence out to 15 different companies to ask what their typical turnaround for shipping is during this tumultuous time. I hope to have those responses for you on Friday.  Today, we'll be talking about how to extend the life of what we already own.
I know that personally when this all started, I was going makeup free everyday. As this progressed though, I needed to return to some form of normalcy. Many of my "old" routines were taken from me and there is nothing that I can do abut it . I find that its good for my mental well being to still partake in the things that I still have control of.  Even if nobody but my hubby sees it, putting on a decent outfit and some makeup is a bit of  a moral boost. If that sounds like you too, this one is for you. These are the ways we can make the cosmetics that we do have on hand last!

1) Do NOT "Pump" Your Mascara

This is one that you might not even realize you are doing.  You go to apply your mascara, but you pull the wand in and out a few times before you put it on. You then repeat that motion before you apply it to the other eye.
DON'T do that.Each pump sends more air into that tube of mascara. As air gets into that tube, that's what makes the mascara get clumpy and dry out.

2) Apply Foundation with a Wet Beauty Blender

Beauty Blender sponges have changed foundation application since they first came out in 2011. 
When you are applying foundation, make sure you have wet your sponge all the way through. If not, your sponge will absorb your foundation, causing you to run out more quickly.

3) Mix Foundation With Moisturizer

If you have a full to medium coverage foundation at home , you can get more uses out of it by taking 2/3 of the amount you would normally use . Mix in 1/3 of your favorite facial moisturizer to make up the difference.  Mix them together, then apply per normal. You'll be shocked at how well this one works.

4) Don't Be Afraid To Cut Tubes Open

I never used to do this. However, on of my favorite YouTubers , Tracy Hensel shows in her videos that she always does this.
Its your product. You paid for it. Why not get every last drop out of it!?

5) Keep All Of Your Cosmetics In A Dry, Cool, Dark Place

Its so convenient to keep your makeup in the bathroom. You jump out of the shower and get ready.
Sadly, its literally THE WORST  place to keep your makeup. Because of the shower, your bathroom is frequently warmer and more humid than any other room in your house. Just like with food, warm and humid will make your cosmetics go bad much quicker than if they are in a cool, dry place.

Okay, that's what I was able to find for you. I hope thus helps. Makeup or no makeup, you are gorgeous. Stay safe and healthy, Mes Amies!


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