a compact, a nail, and a piece of paper

I don't typically use pressed powder, but it's easier to use than loose powder when you're just looking for a touch-up. So I almost always keep some pressed powder in my purse. Recently, I dropped my pressed powder compact, the powder broke into several pieces, and the whole thing was generally a mess.

I was going to throw it away, but my chin was super shiny. I thought if maybe I crushed up one of the small pieces, I could get a final touch-up before throwing it out.

I was at work and afraid to make more of a mess (the broken powder was already starting to sift through the openings in the container), so I grabbed a piece of scratch paper and dumped all of the powder onto half of it. Then I folded the paper over itself and just sort of pushed around until the powder was crushed up pretty well. In that moment, I remembered reading a blog post once about someone fixing an eyeshadow when it broke, using rubbing alcohol. I thought maybe I could salvage more than a final touch-up!

I don't make a habit of keeping alcohol with me, though, and I started wondering if I could make do with other items I had on hand. So I glanced around.

 My leftover Diet Dr. Pepper from this morning didn't seem like a viable option, nor did my diet cherry limeade from Sonic.
I looked inside my purse and thought maybe lotion or a Kleenex wipe could be useful, so I pulled them out. 
I poured the crushed powder back into the container, and I realized there were still lots of pretty big pieces. I opened my desk drawer and found a couple of nails. I used the head of one to further crush the powder.
My first attempt at binding the powder back together was with a little lotion.
But it kind of just clumped up and didn't spread to much of the product.
I took the paper, folded it again, and use a clean side to press into the lotioned powder and remove it.
So then I tried using the Kleenex wipe, hoping it was moist enough to make the powder press back together.
 After I had pressed the whole thing pretty good, I put the compact open by the window to...dry? I don't know. I was kind of flying by the seat of my pants, here.
Anyway. After letting it bake for a while, it looked...
Kind of weird. But it gets the job done!

Honestly, I don't know that I'd recommend this whole process to anyone else. I'm mainly blogging it because I took pictures throughout with the intent of blogging, and I thought I'd follow through.

But maybe the takeaway is that it's smart to have a lot of random stuff in your purse and desk drawers. You never know when a disaster-turned-DIY will present itself.


  1. It looks like you were able to salvage your powder and that's like $13 or so. I have read about using the alcohol but don't remember all the steps but I'm sure they are similar to what you did. Thanks for sharing this.


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