Makeup Products Tips & Tricks

Midas Touch

I’m actually kind of shocked I haven’t already told you guys about this.
It’s one of my favorite tricks.

Add some glow to pretty much anything for nearly nothing.

A while back I decided to start making my own makeup, ordered a bunch of ingredients and thought I was a chemist…

until pretty much everything I made turned into some form of mud.
While my dreams of being a brilliant chemist died almost as soon as they were born, I was left with a few consolations.

Like a jar of gold dust pigment that I salvaged from the wreckage and have been using ever since.
I use it to add shimmer:

In body or face lotion
As eye shadow
In lip gloss
In fingernail polish
Mixed with hairspray or hair oil
& Above my cheekbones

and 3 years later I still haven’t made a dent in it.

Plus as an extra bonus? It only cost me 4 bucks.
Apparently, dabbling in your own makeup mixing can be a very frugal venture.

Get yourself some HERE and let me know if you come up with more ways to use it!

PS. My lipstick in the above photo is NYX Matte Lipstick in Pale Pink HERE with (of course) some golden glow patted into the center.

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:04 am

    The link for the golden highligher does not work!

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      March 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

      so lame! I’m sorry, it was late when I posted! I just fixed it though:)

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:04 am

    This is gorgeous! I love that gold glow I am definitely going to check it out. You should do a tutorial on false lashes…which ones are the best and how to apply them…just an idea 🙂 I would love to know. Thanks for everything you do!!

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      Johanna M
      March 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

      She has one already on here. It’s fabulous btw! 🙂

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:05 am

    The link didn’t work for me.

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I love that golden shimmer! Unfortunately I have not found the perfect product for it (to buy). A shimmer bronzer from The Body Shop came close, but not nearly as nice as yours selfmade.

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:07 am

    I wish the link would work! I have been looking for an affordable way to “shimmer” my face/body. Thanks for the info…hopefully you can get that link up!

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I’m dying to try the gold shimmer! There is a pressed gold eyeshadow from Ulta that I love! But yours is wayyy cheaper 🙂 The link isn’t working for me though 🙁

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Wish the link worked 🙁 love this trick!

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    Amy Moore
    March 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

    The get the gold “HERE” link doesn’t work… but I love this tip!

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Love this idea! So pretty! (link did not work for me)

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    March 13, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Yay! just in time for Spring/Summer, this is a pretty cool tip! Hehe, it was funny to picture you going all “Walter White” on the makeup mix!

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    Kelly Gardner
    March 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I found this ELF version online:{lpurlpath}&gclid=CKC-1OHz-bUCFQbqnAodMQsAIw.

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    March 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Link didn’t work for me either. :-/

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    Gari A.
    March 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Do you still make your own primer? Ever since reading your blog on making your own primer I have been on the hunt for natural chapstick and that stuff just can’t be found in this town!!! I’m wondering if they even make it anymore. Thanks!

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      March 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

      lame! I have since used regular chapstick and it worked just fine:)

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      Alice K
      March 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      You can find Neutrogena Naturals Chapstick at Target and Walgreens. That may work?

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    Gari A.
    March 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    So I called Pfizer and found out they no longer make the Natural Botanical Chapstick. Wondering what you are using for primer…..

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    Lisa grahek (@lucyg0925)
    March 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Love this idea, I do the same thing with a champagne colored pigment on my cheekbones and on my lips but never thought to do it in my hair! I’m excited to try it! (I know you have heard this before but the link to the pigment doesn’t work )

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    March 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Dying for the link to work!! :))

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    March 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

    if you copy the link location you can see it’s to amazon 🙂

    this is the working link–

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      March 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

      thanks so much love! I hadn’t checked this until now so I had no idea! it’s fixed now though!

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    Maddy Cane
    March 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love gold, especially for summer and this look is amazing! xxx

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    March 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thanks Cara! I have been looking for something like this. I just ordered the gold mica from your link and the pearl white mica as well. Not sure what i could do with the pearl white though.

    As always, I just LOVE your blog!

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    March 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Omg I would love to buy this! I would love to see how you use it or how much to put in products though!!! I am going to buy it thanks!!

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    How do u add it to nail polish? So cool!

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hey! Love this! But I was wondering about exactly how you mixed it with the hair spray, and how much and what other products you paired it with, other than that gorgeous lipstick! Thank

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    March 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I have dent in my forehead from a head injury when I was a kid. Now that I am aging a bit and have gained a some weight, it always looks like I am mad. I have been told the only way to fix it is with plastic surgery and I don’t want that. I usually hide my forehead by having bangs but I don’t want them anymore. Is there anyway I can cover my dent and forehead wrinkles up? Do you have any tricks to make it so I don’t look mad all the time?

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    March 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Just ordered mine, can’t wait to try it out! I look forward to your blogs, tutorials & advice. Love you Cara!

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    March 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    gold is my favorite, it looks great on everyone and really adds the perfect touch to any body part!

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    March 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I am loving your posts! I’ve learned so much just from following for the past month. I do have a question for you though! I just tried looking for past posts on primer and was wondering if you would consider writing a whole post dedicated to the different types of primer, not just for eye shadow. I have very dark circles under my eyes and need to apply a lot of concealer there every day, but the primer I’ve been using forever (Bare Minerals PrimeTime Foundation Primer for Normal skin) just never seems to smooth the skin enough to keep the concealer from making the fine lines under my eyes look deeper than they are! Should I be using a different type of primer instead, or is it simply to product that is failing me? Or am I doomed to choosing between dark circles and lines?

    So many questions, I know. Thank you for all the great posts though! I will at the very least be making my own eye shadow primer =)

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    Jen [email protected], the Arthurs
    March 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I love gold! I seriously can’t get enough. What a great idea!

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    March 13, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Love this, such an easy tip! So smart girl!

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    March 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

    If you live in Canada they won’t ship the product here… do you know of a place that distributes to Canada? I tried and they didn’t have it!

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    March 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Just bought some! Have you tried any of the other colors they offer? I think I might get the bronze if I like how the gold looks/feels. I think the bronze would look great as an eye shadow for my turquoise eyes! 🙂 Thanks for the tip, Cara!

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    March 15, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Thank you for all your advice!!

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    Erica Reinhart
    March 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Wow thanks! I always end up making a MESS & looking ridiculous when I try and self tan

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    Maria Melnichuk
    March 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Hi, Cara! After reading your posts about perfect nude lipstick I bought NYX Matte Lipstick in Pale Pink and it looks horrible on me(( of course it was a mistake to buy something online without trying it first(( But we don’t have Sephora here in Ukraine. Yep, it sucks. Maybe you can advice me what color of lipstick will suit me. Help me out!

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    Ashley Grissom
    March 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Just ordered the gold dust, yay! Is that you makeup line, Cara?

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    Shio W.
    March 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

    You are a thinker! I would not have thought of all those different ways to use shimmer!! But I am bummed, Amazon must have sold out cause it’s unavailable 🙁 Thanks for sharing this great trick/idea!


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    March 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Ok what nail polish are you wearing in that picture? Totally want it! 🙂

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    March 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love all things gold! Thanks for the tip!

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    March 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    The link shows currently unavailable … No known availability :(( really enjoy your blog and tips

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    March 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Just got mine in the mail! Oh my gosh, I already love it! Works great as an eye shadow, very light, perfect! 🙂 So glad I saw this post

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    Emily Jane
    March 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Cara you rule! I’m buying this as we speak! Have you tried Mica Bronze?

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    March 22, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Amazing post but I was wondering, how exactly do you mix it up with your hairspray? I love the idea since I have ombré hair but I don’t know how it would be possible to mix those two things up. 🙂

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    March 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Can you do a video on how to recreate the make-up look you have on this top picture!!Please and thank you!

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    March 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Whoooo just bought some! Ever since my Victoria’s Secret gold shimmer ran out (everything else there is horrid for your skin, trust me, I am a former employee who knows first hand!) I have been searching for something just as great. I am going to put this in my Moroccan oil, primers, lotions, everything! Thanks for the tip!

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    June 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Do you recommend any other color besides the gold? They have a lot of pretty colors, but I’m not sure which ones would look good in lotions and such.

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    December 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    hey Cara I have been trying to contact you for for the past couple of days but no response. I thought I would be able to reach you here. I need to return my HAC packs:( I’m so sad because I was so excited to try it !!! I had an allergic reaction on my skin from it. please get back to me if you can! I ordered 2. if it was only one I wouldn’t ask to refund but I got 2 so I spent about 60$ :/ PLEASE get back in contact with me.

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    Jojo Al
    March 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Omg this is so pretty and glamorous! Im in love! what a brilliant idea! Thank you love, for this glowy post <3 !!

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