So when I saw this fantastically easy tutorial by a former makeup artist on EcoEtsy I thought: I can DO that! Seriously. I can. Three ingredients? I am a GO.
We just had to buy some beets. Which typically come in bunches. Since neither Andrew nor I eat beets, the rest will get donated to Home Heather, who LOOOVES them :)
There were definitely a few little bumps in this process of making the beet blush, but in the end it ACTUALLY WORKED. Even Andrew was shocked and surprised. So here's the process with a few little editorial comments on the process from yours truly:
1 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Blender or food processor
wire mesh strainer
glass container for storage
dealy to squish beet mush through the wire strainer
Step 1: 'Cut your beet in half and trim off the skin. Cut in tiny pieces'
(the colours are so pretty!)
Ok- at first I honestly thought that despite the ingredient list calling for 1 beet, that cutting it in half meant we used half the beet. Not so- after trying to blend half the beet I quickly realized that it really didn't look like enough. **Note: you need the WHOLE beet.
ALSO- since when is peeling a vegetable easier after you cut it in half?? Too late I realized it would have been so much easier to peel the beet first then cut in tiny pieces.
Modified Step 1: Peel your beet and cut in tiny 0.5 cm pieces
Step 2: 'Add all your ingredients in the food processor and blend until liquified, strain and separate liquids from solids'
(ew- horror movie worthy)
I saw in the pictures that she had used a magic bullet. Whoa, we TOTALLY have one of those! Score. So I gave it a whirl. It was noisy and a long and painful process. If you have a food processor please use it. Or a stick blender even.
The straining of the beet barf (seriously, it had chunks, it was weird) was not fun. I realized that Andrew and I don't actually own a metal mesh strainer or even cheese cloth. I do have a straining mechanism in my reusable tea mug... So that's what I used.
(my ghetto straining process)
It was pretty darn awkward. I had to use a plastic spoon that I had kept from a previous outing (I know, but at least it got used!).
After the separation I noticed that MY blush was especially liquid-y while hers looked more like a smoothie. WTF? How the crap did she 'strain' hers?? Anyhoo- I kept the weird chunky stuff in case I would need it.
Modified Step 2A: In preferably a food processor or stick blender, add olive oil, honey and cut up beet and blend until liquified or smoothie texture.
Modified Step 2B: Using a large metal mesh strainer, strain the larger chunks out.
'Step 3: Pour liquid stain in a glass jar or other air tight container.'
This was a moot point- I had to press the chunks into the glass container. DONE! yes :)
'Step 4: Using a lip brush or cotton swab, slide the stain over clean dry lips.'
Oops, forgot to try this. Will after blog is finished!
(before picture, I actually have face powder on to make sure it worked with my regular makeup routine)
'Step 5: Using the same tool, dab three dots of stain onto the apple of your cheeks. Smile to help placement.'
(after, I don't like a lot of blush, so it's pretty subtle, which makes me happy)
'Step 6: Blend onto cheek in a circular motion until skin absorbs the stain. Repeat on the other cheek.'
I so didn't use any tool... I just used my pinky finger. It was clean and worked just fine. And I'm lazy and only like my kabuki brush and angled eyeshadow brush. That is all.
'Step 7: When done, store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.'
I was a little nervous that this stuff wouldn't wash off my face- I mean my fingers appear permanently stained right now. However, I tried it before taking pictures first. I was totally able to wash it all off to redo for the Before-After pictures no problem at all!
Amazing stuff. It's also not as purple or pink as it appears when you first blend it up.
I am suitably impressed. Who knew that beets could be used as blush? Now I know they're good for something :)
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