Friday, September 20, 2013

DIY: Turning OCC Lip Tars into Lip Balms

When I did my first batch of OCC Lip Tar reviews, my fellow blogger friend Lulubelle suggested that I could turn my Lip Tars into lip balms because I mentioned that the Lip Tars are not very moisturizing and they feel a bit tacky on the lips. So I googled and found a great video tutorial from EnkoreMakeup. To see how my DIY turned out, click......
I really wanted to capture the process of the DIY but the melted lip balm dried so quickly that I had no time to snap photos of the steps, but I'll just give you a rough overview. I pretty much estimated everything, but for more precise measurements and directions, definitely check out the video I linked above.
What you will need:
-lip balm (I used a mint one from Burt's Bee)
-OCC Lip Tars
-a bowl/container for mixing
-a spoon or rubber spatula, also for mixing
-some alcohol wipes to sterilize the bowl and spoon
Directions:
1. Twist up the lip balm all the way, break off the balm and put it into the bowl.
2. Microwave the lip balm stick for ~30 seconds.
3. Use your spoon to mix the lip balm to ensure all of it has melted.
4. Add in a mixture (~1 teaspoon) of Lip Tars of your choice while keep stirring the melted balm. (I  eyeballed everything, I added enough Lip Tar that the melted balm started to look opaque because I wanted more color.)
5. Retract the empty lip balm casing, then pour the mixture back into the tube.
*You may have to re-melt your mixture along the way, the melted balm solidified really quickly so I had to re-microwave a couple of times.
So here is the result, I am super duper impressed with everything! Because I added a good amount of Lip Tar (maybe one teaspoon, but since they are so pigmented, a little goes a long long way), the balms are actually quite pigmented. Also, the lasting power of these are surprisingly great, and my lips felt moisturized all day.
So in conclusion, I want to give a huge thanks to Lulubelle for the suggestion, if any of you have Lip Tars stashed away, give this a try, you will love the result!
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