30 December 2012

Beauty DIY: Shimmer Eyeshadow and Body Gel for a Sparkly New Year

This post is written by contributing author Rebecca D. Dillon.

New Year's Day is all about the feeling of being able to start fresh and correct any mistakes as you move forward - which is why we make New Year's resolutions. But it's also about that sparkle and shine of new things to come. So add a little sparkle to your look for this year's New Year's party - and throughout the rest of the year - with this super simple DIY recipe for shimmer eyeshadow and body gel!
DIY Shimmer Eyeshadow and Body Gel - A Handmade Beauty Project for a Sparkling New Year

DIY Sparkle & Shimmer Eye Shadow and Body Gel

What you'll need:
  • 2 teaspoons of diamond dust or pearl shimmer mica (or super fine cosmetic grade glitter).
  • 1 Tablespoon of cold pressed aloe vera gel.
  • Two .25 oz. (7 grams) lip balm sized containers with lids.

What you do:
To create your shimmer gel simply measure out two level tablespoons of mica (or glitter) and place into a small bowl. (For this project I used cosmetic grade diamond dust mica.) Next measure out one Tablespoon of aloe vera gel and add to the mica. Mix well until the gel is a smooth consistency and there are no remaining lumps. Finally, fill your containers and cap. If you like, you can use washi tape to decorate your pots of shimmer. Make one for yourself and gift one to a friend!

To use:
Simply apply a small amount to your skin and rub in. Use less for a little bit of sparkle or more for a more obvious glimmer. You can also apply as an eyeshadow in a thin coat using the tip of your finger over existing eyeshadow or by itself! The aloe gives it amazing staying power!

What activities will you participate in this year to make 2013 shine?

Photos by Rebecca D. Dillon.

Rebecca D. Dillon claims a fine arts degree from Roanoke College and has enjoyed being creative since she was a small child. She resides in the Historic Arts District of her hometown where she lives with her miniature dachshund, Jasper, and works for a small business full time. Part time Rebecca handcrafts and sells homemade soaps, lotions and lip balms for her home business, Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen. In her spare time she squeezes in time for dancing, live music and the occasional karaoke. She is also the author behind Soap Deli News blog where she shares her DIY projects, bath and beauty recipes, handmade finds and other things that suit her fancy. Connect with Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.

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