Friday, March 5, 2010

Stila Olivia dupe and how to reuse your old lipsticks

You all know that I've fallen in love with the Stila Olivia lipstick but this is one of those lipsticks that's hard to come by. Why do all GOOD lipsticks get discontinued? I went to MAC earlier this week with my Olivia in tow with a mission to find a good dupe. I found one in a lipstick form and one in a lipgloss.

MAC Shy Girl looks pretty close to Stila Olivia if you ask me. MAC Shy Girl has a touch more pink in it where the Olivia as a peach/pink tone. But, for me this one is as close as you are going to get.

MAC 2N in my opinion is pretty close to Stila Oliva but in a gloss. It's a little more peach toned but it's the best dupe I could find. Very pretty. This gloss is also LE so get it while it's hot!

(L-R MAC Shy Girl, Stila Olivia, MAC 2N)

How to fix your old or broken lipsticks
I ordered 2 more back up's of the Stila Oliva on ebay and they came today. I was so excited but that didn't last long. I opened one up and put it on my lips but it was so hard that I could barely get any lipstick on my lips. It smelled SO bad. You know the smell. Old lipstick. It's just plain nasty. The lipstick looked really weird and broke in half when I was looking it over. So, I had a plan. I was going to try and save this nasty lipstick.

Gross, bumpy, stiff, stinky old lipstick

This is what I did:
First I scooped out all of the lipstick with a clean kitchen knife and a clean boobie pin.


I then put all of the product in a glass microwavable safe bowl

I then placed the bowl in the microwave for 6 seconds. I took it out and mixed it up then put it back in for another 6 seconds. I did this process about 5 more times until it was nice and creamy.

I found an old concealer/powder palette and removed the pans from that. This was the only palette I could find because this was a spur of the moment experiment.


I then took my knife and a small spoon and placed the product in the palette. It was really hard to get the product to look even half way decent in there but it does the trick!!

This is what the color looks like on the lips. I actually think it looks better this way than in the tube. It feels and looks much creamier. I'm really happy I did this because I was really upset at how gross these lipsticks came when I got them. So, now I know... you can always save an old or broken lipstick... and it maybe even look better on than it did in the tube!

Night beauties,
Sarah

18 comments:

Eclectic Musings said...

See if you can find swatches of NARS Barbarella lipstick. It looks like it might be close. I have it, but my camera sucks so I can't get a good swatch.

Hope said...

That color looks gorgeous on your lips!

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Sofee said...

Love it!! Great Idea

Dressjunkie said...

Fab idea! Glad there was a happy ending for the lippies :)

Natasa said...

Great! I might try to do it with some oldies that I'm reluctant to throw away.

Hollywood said...

Shy Girl hates me =( everytime I try to buy it from a store it's ALWAYS sold out...My I will keep trying ! cause it's such a cute color ! and I can understand why it's always out of stock <3

glossaddict said...

It looks so pretty! Is the final picture of the Stila lipstick by itself or with the Mac gloss?

neesha said...

great idea! and the color looks lovely

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noga said...

WoW great idea, am gonna try it.thx for sharing.

Muhsine said...

looks gorgeous on ur lips! also tip - next time scoop the lipstick onto a sppon and hold it over your cooker hob or a candle until it's 100% melted and pour it into wherever u want, less messy! X

Marce said...

Great idea! It's a pity you received it in a bad state but great that you could fix it! And as usual, it looks so pretty on!

A Lovely Blogger said...

That is a great idea! Love the lipstick too. ;)

BunnyDays said...

I'm curious to know if this color looks great even when you're not tanned? Have you tried it in your natural paler state, Sarah? I'd like to know because it looks gorgeous, and I'm very light!

Miss Crystal Makeup said...

Great idea and the color looks great on you!

arabian_eyes said...

omg no homo but u got such nice lips lol!!!

dreamawake719 said...

You and I definitely ordered from the same ebay seller!!! I received mine the other day in the EXACT same state, and I'm so glad I can save it!! Love the color, but it's sooo dry and smelly lol. Thanks for the idea!!

Rebecca-Kristi said...

I didn't think the gloss 2N was limited... It was from a Spring 08 collection, so I just assumed since my MAC had it that it was made permanent. Hmmm.

stuffnsew said...

does it still smell? did you mix it with anything else to make it softer??