Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Back to MAC quicker

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I'm a big fan of lipstick though I am not always motivated enough to wear it. I prefer to apply lipstick with a brush, and many of my lesser-worn lipsticks from MAC just sit around so I wondered if there was a way I could de-pot them (or de-stick them as it were) to save space, keep them organized, and also recycle them at MAC for free products.

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The little acrylic pots from Muji (or similar) are the perfect solution! You can get a stacking set of 5 for about $5 in the US (I picked mine up in New York), or £2.50 ordered online, if you don't live near a Muji store. FYI, you can order internationally from the UK Muji website! I've done it before without problems. If you don't have a Muji nearby (like me) and don't want to order online, check at beauty supply stores, craft stores and dollar stores for something similar. If you have a Daiso store near you I'm pretty sure they have something like this.

It's pretty straight forward if you want to de-pot your lipsticks, and also weirdly satisfying to cut through a lipstick like they do in the magazines.

- decide which lipsticks to de-pot. I only did the ones that I don't normally wear very often and wouldn't take out with me to reapply, though theoretically you could take apart the stack and use the lid from the top pot if you need to take one with you.

- clean an exacto knife with alcohol

- slice through the stick horizontally right at the bottom and pop it into the container

- there will be a little bit more left in the plastic holder that you can scrape out if you like

- remove the sticker from the bottom of the tube and place it on the bottom of your clear pot. If it doesn't come off easily with the edge of your blade, you can place it on a hot flat iron for a few seconds to melt the glue a little bit

- fill all your containers and trundle off to MAC to recycle them.

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At MAC you can recycle any 6 plastic MAC containers (empty or not) for a free eyeshadow, lipgloss or new lipstick. I've heard this recycling policy varies per store (freestanding vs pro store vs store-in-store) but at my local free-standing MAC pro store you can recycle for any one of those three options. You can even mail them back if you don't live near a MAC store: click here.

13 comments:

Melissa said...

Ooohhh...thanks Steph! I LOVE this idea. I never wear lipstick cause I can't be bothered/am too lazy to reapply, and half the time I can't even find a single tube of anything when I need it. This is the perfect solution!! I just might have to buy several of those pots though...just so I can put a stack in all my bags!

Stephanie said...

Glad you like the idea Mel! There are lots of videos on youtube that show you how to depot eyeshadows, so you can put them all in one palette. I've done this to all mine and it's awesome!

Joy said...

this sounds fantastic and is such a great idea. *makes a bee line for MUJI*

mode archives said...

Love the idea-genius!
On another topic- I was just reading your post on Byredo perfume (Pulp is my fav.), just wondering where if you would know where I could purchase it on the internet. Their official webshop doesn't deliver to Japan (and I was too stupid not to have bought while I was still in Australia).
Love your blog xo
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Stephanie said...

moda- Thanks! I can't decipher Barney's Japanese website, but Barney's USA carries Byredo (though doesn't ship to Japan strangely) so you might want to check there. Otherwise, Colette.fr ships internationally :)

A La Mode said...

What an excellent idea!

I love your new header too btw! xxx

garçonmanqué said...

What a brilliant idea!

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Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

a clever idea, and the little stacking pots are brilliant!
i must remember mac's recycling policy. i have been known to throw away empty tubes, before i knew...

Emmy said...

OMG! I could never do that to my lipsticks!

Stephanie said...

A La Mode- thanks! I needed a change :)

Stephanie- even some of the pencils are made from plastic, and those count towards your 6!

Emmy- I've only done it with some of my MAC lipsticks I don't wear much, in order to recycle them and get a new product. I don't think I could bring myself to cut up a Chanel or Tom Ford lipstick!

Chuck said...

I'm simultaneously drawn to the idea of cutting up my lipsticks and slightly scared by it. Definitely interested though...

JoJo said...

I actually had this discussion w/my mother & sister on Christmas. For any Washingston readers, if you take your containers to Nordstrom (which is the most popular place to purchase MAC around here) you only get the choice of a lipstick, but if you go to an actual MAC store you get the 3 options. Thankfully we have one in Seattle.

mode archives said...

Thank you!!