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Broken Bronzer Plus Nail Polish Equals Shimmering Magic

Hello, world. It's me, clumsy Bella. Try as I might, I've got some broken beauty disasters in my makeup bag. Take my adored Lorac Bronzer. It's so well-loved that it has spread the love around . . . in the form of countless little pieces. Since I'm still holding on to it, I got a crafty idea when Spring-cleaning my supply. I grabbed that bronzer and a bottle of nail polish. What did I mix up when I sat down? Find out when you


  1. I started out with a sheet of white paper on a clean, flat surface and tipped out a couple chunks of broken bronzer.
  2. Since I like glittery polish, but hate the bumps, I folded the paper and flattened out all the clumps.
  3. I made an impromptu funnel out of the paper, added the powder to my polish and shook it all up.
  4. Voilà! My nails get a brand new coat and my old polish is back in shimmery business.

Now that I've completed my trial run, next time I'd choose a lighter polish and maybe mix it up with some of my broken eyeshadow. Three words of caution: Less is more. I went a lil overboard this go-round and ended up with a couple chunks at the bottom. Sprinkle in small increments for the perfect combination.

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Glamamom Glamamom 8 years
EuroFAB - thanks for the heads-up on the Sephora powder cannister! I'm totally getting that. (It's also a great little inexpensive item to get you to that $50 mark for free shipping if you only have one or two things to buy - though I usually never have much trouble buying over $50 at Sephora!!)
euroFAB!!!! that is awesome! i always wondered where to find something like that.. i tried to google it but alas no prize! and its only like 5 bucks! that is FAB! thanks (:
EuroFAB EuroFAB 8 years
OMG! I ALWAYS drop and shatter my bronzer into millions of pieces. Sephora sells this great empty cannister for loose powder (think of an empty bare esscentuals canninster) and i put my shattered pieces in there, shake it up a bit, and now I have loose bronzing powder. Here is a link to check it out!
polkadots567 polkadots567 8 years
Very creative, Bella!
Rouge14 Rouge14 8 years
Clever idea, I'm really bad with my bronzer and blush powders too so next time they happen end up in pieces I might try that! :) Thanks for the tip
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
cool trick. I would love to see it done with clear polish, like a bronze glaze. skigurl, that sounds like a great accident.
catstarr catstarr 8 years
great plan!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
my bronzer was broken in the airport (clumsy baggage people were playing football or something with my luggage and i'm still using it. why not??? it's the same product, just not pressed perfectly anymore.
dancer0420 dancer0420 8 years
I thought i remember reading once that to set your bronzer (or anything that broke in a billion pieces) you wet it with alcohol and form it back into the compact, leave overnight, and then it should be back togeher!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Great idea!
emalove emalove 8 years
Great idea!! And Glamamom--bummer about your Shimmer Brick! I love mine and use it all the time!
Glamamom Glamamom 8 years
Love this idea! My 3 year old dropped mommy's Bobbie Brown shimmer brick on the floor and it broke into a million little pieces! Of course, I did not throw it away - just couldn't - but didn't really know what to do with it. I think I'll try this. Sounds perfect for the just-starting-to-get-warm weather. Love your site!
esilenire esilenire 8 years
That is a handy tip. My Lorac bronzer compact looks EXACTLY like that (crumpled bits) and I'm still holding on as well!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 8 years
how 'bout a picture of the result on your nails?
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
this is a great idea bella! i break bronzer in my purse far too often!!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
funny that you show this i have another trick which i found by pure accident and i've never actually done it on purpose but i noticed it worked i put on that Benefit tanning stuff (the tan in a bottle that washes off with soap and water) and i got some on my nails (it stains but would have come off if i had diligently washed my hands with soap and directed contact with the nail) and then i painted my nails with clear polish...and my nails had an orangey/copper hue for weeks until i took the clear polish off it was kinda cool
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
neat trick!
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