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How-To: Get Every Last Bit From Your Beauty Products

Sick of paying big bucks to replace your favorite lotions and gels? There's a way to hold off a little longer. You might think you're already getting most of the good stuff out of the container, but there's often much more hiding within. (Case in point: Urban Decay Primer Potion.)

Fortunately, PartySugar shared how she squeezes a few extra uses out of her favorite hair gel when it's running low. It's really easy to do, and you'll get your money's worth. To see how it's done, just grab a plastic tube of your favorite product, then


Step one: You'll need the tube and scissors for this project. Squeeze the product as close to the opening as you can, then cut the tube in half. Use your finger or a tool to remove the extra product from the top half of the tube. Place the product in the bottom half.

Step two: Pinch the bottom half and slip it inside the larger half, as shown. You'll still be able to squeeze the product out a few more times before returning to the store for a replacement.

c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
i always cut open any lotion/foundation :) i'm tempted to smash the glass sometimes on a glass bottle!!! :) cheap skate :)
strwbrrymlk strwbrrymlk 8 years
this is hilarious. my dad actually taught me to do this as a child. creams, lotions, and gels never get wasted this way
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I just pulled my tube of conditioner out of the's getting a new go at life tomorrow!
misfitgirl misfitgirl 9 years
I know this is an old post, but I'd still like to say thanks. I have no idea why I never thought of's so simple, but it never crossed my mind. Now I do it all the time and feel ever-so-crafty.
omfgz omfgz 9 years
i swear u must think that we cant think for ourselves.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Ladies, this is something my mom taught me. I now do it everytime.
Missy-Prissy Missy-Prissy 9 years
and I ask myself, "Why didn't you already think of this Nicole?"
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
THANK YOU - i always want to find ways to get that last bit out of my tubes of whatever - and's sad when you know that there's more and you can't do anything about it. it's like that with the shampoo and conditioner bottles. i know that i can fill them with a bit of water and i can get another wash, but with makeup and other products, it's a bit harder. now i'm going to try this and pray that it works!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Glad to hear I'm not the only frugal gal in town.
scully22 scully22 9 years
AmberHoney: I do the same thing with lipsticks! It's amazing to see how much is wasted! UUGH!!!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I'm a tighta**, I always cut my tubes open. I even scrap out the bits left in the lipstick tube.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 9 years
I totally do that with toothpaste. For creams/lotions -- if you're REALLY low.. you can put a few drops of water in the tube (before you cut it).. • Apply body oil (baby oil/whatever) (before drying off, • towel dry • then apply the watered down lotion • and some fragrance.
kickinthecherries kickinthecherries 9 years
That is incredible how much was layered on the sides. I agree about watching your knife, that's the first thing I was thinking about, especially with something that would move around. For tubes, those slide on plastic deals that you get from your dentist would probably work well, if they're wide enough. I had a problem with a Lancome eye serum dispenser not dispensing. I tried twisting the top off and that didn't work. I couldn't believe that I'd managed to run out already. I kept at it though, and after a couple days, it finally started pumping again and it's been fine since. I'll have to try cutting it open when the time comes.
Seka21 Seka21 9 years
The primer potion kills me. its my fave and best product yet i want to kill the manufacturers
janellethechef janellethechef 9 years
I've done this for years. But...I have a horror story. Be careful how you hold the tube as you're cutting it!! I was trying to get the last little bit out of a tube of facewash in the shower one morning and was holding the top half of the tube in between my index and middle fingers and the bottom half with my thumb. As I was cutting the tube I cut into the palm of my hand with the scissors!! Tons of blood and five stitches later I am much more careful with scissors!!!
samantha999 samantha999 9 years
I find rolling down the tube and clipping it the best way to keep it from drying out, once cut.
michlny michlny 9 years
too funny! I do that ALL the time! Amazing how much stuff gets left in the bottle/tube.... Good point Mintie....I also reseal them with those office size clips...
kahribar kahribar 9 years
That's a great point Mintie!
Mintie Mintie 9 years
Keep in mind... if you're doing this to a serum, once that product is exposed to the air, it loses effectiveness. This is why serums are never served in jars.
details2 details2 9 years
great idea my lotion is running low... and I can't decide whether to repurchase it or try something new... I'm savoring every lash drop until pay day...
theglossarie theglossarie 9 years
Brilliant! Any ideas for pump lotion bottles??
emalove emalove 9 years
I've done similar before too...I hate to waste stuff.
iuliasuavis iuliasuavis 9 years
I've done something like this before. It really helps.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
uggg this happens with SO many products...such a waste!
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