Multitasking Products for A More Sustainable New Year
When was the last time you cleaned out your makeup drawer?
Or the cupboard under the sink where you keep all of those old products that didn't quite work the way they claimed...
I love taking this last week of the year to clean out closets and cupboards, wash all of the makeup brushes, and get everything set for a fresh start in January.
If you're feeling this too, I thought now might be a good time to share my favorite multitasking products so you can start the new year with less.
In no particular order...
I used to make 4-5 different lip balm scents *and* a lotion stick *and* a hair pomade *and* a bikini balm, but at the beginning of 2022 I figured out a way to combine all of those products into one handy little biodegradable tube. PHEW. Let me tell ya, minimizing feels SO GOOD!
Balm is 4-5 products in one, and it really does work just as well as all of those products it replaced. Actually, it's better. The texture is perfection. If you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for? The little jars are $8 and they can do it all - give it a shot!
I even use this as a clear mascara and eyebrow tamer when I want to define and lift my lashes and brows without adding any color. It works perfectly. Even my old lip balm and wave pomade formulas couldn't do that.
Speaking of mascara...
2. Eye Tint
Talk about multitasking. This is the Twinkle Apothecary answer to mascara, brow tint, eyeliner, and it even works as a cream shadow. And thanks to my expert-level minimizing (slash overhead-reducing) skills I was able to lower the price recently (even though this is such a messy, slow, all-around pain in the butt for me to handcraft,) because, ugh, you know, uncertainty around the economy and all of that...
So, please, buy this one $20 product that I work very hard to make, use it for everything, have healthy, non-irritated eyes, save money while supporting a small business in these troubling times, and seriously reduce your plastic beauty waste this year. (Because it will actually last the entire year unlike a liquid mascara in a plastic tube that dries out after a few months.)
And to remove your eye tint I recommend...
This can be your everything moisturizer. And I mean EVERYTHING. I combined all of my previous facial oils, hair oil, body oil, and makeup remover + cleansing oil into this one do-it-all product.
It took me months to get the texture just so as to cover all of those bases, but I know you'll be pleased with the results. Instead of buying a bottle for every body part, you can just get one and use it for everything.
In 2023 we're streamlining and buying less, but we're still every bit as soft and nourished as before.
Don't worry, if you prefer a rich moisturizer texture, I've got you covered too...
This is what I made to replace the Beauty Butter, Facial Balm, and Sensitive Butter, but in addition to being a fantastic non-pore-clogging facial moisturizer, it can be used as a body butter too.
It even comes in a big 4 oz jar for $45 so you'll have enough on hand to cover your whole face and body for months. Winter skin and body care: check!
And last but not least...
5. Shimmer Balms
I just love the ease of a sheer, dewy, monochromatic makeup look for every day, which can be accomplished with one of these $12 non-pore-clogging balms in your favorite color.
They do it all - lips, cheeks, eyes, highlight, and contour.
And if you haven't tried the new formula (brighter color payoffs with a less glossy/oily finish,) you are missing out.
They are seriously great if I do say so myself. And I just did.
Shimmer Balms have a shelf life of one year, so while you're cleaning out your makeup drawer it may be time to switch yours out for a fresh one.
If it smells like an old crayon, it's probably time for a new balm.
Instead of tossing them, (although, no judgment if you do!) try scooping out any leftover product with a spoon and washing the jar out in hot soapy water.
You can recycle it with your glass or reuse it for something else.
I've been told that these little jars make great earring organizers, and in that vein, I imagine they could also make a nice little minimalist ring dish. You could also spoon some powdered products (like setting powder, facial cleanser, or body powder,) into them to keep in your purse or overnight bag. They hold about a teaspoon of dry product, just enough for a night or two.
Or, if you're local you can bring your empty jar into the shop when I reopen on January 3rd and I'll fill it with a shimmer powder for you!
Not local? I offer mail-in refills for members of my Patreon and the shipping is always free.
Stay tuned for more info on reusing and refilling bottles to come very soon.
In the meantime, go - clean, minimize, refresh, and have a sustainable new beauty year.