Today I want to show you all how I salvaged my damaged lipsticks.

My kids are tiny lipstick destroying ninjas. They sneak to my vanity, open the drawers and can demolish 6 lipsticks in .5 seconds. They know the trick for child safety locks, latched train cases and even if I keep them on a high shelf, they somehow manage to get their hands on them. Luckily, I tend to buy cheap lipsticks as it is but I hate to throw away a week old tube just after its been smashed, with all of that perfectly usable product still inside the lid and tube

I picked up a 7 day pill organizer from the dollar store on Friday and rescued the remnants of my favorite lipsticks. Here's how

Scoop the chunks of lipstick from the lids and tubes...or lumps left on the vanity table after an ordeal and scrape them into the separate compartments, making note of which lipstick went into which compartment. I started with Thursday and lined them up in order as I went through them all

Microwave the container with the lids open 30 seconds at a time until everything is melted. I nuked mine for 1 minute.

clean up the edges with a q-tip and label the compartments. I used washi tape from my stash but you could use printable labels, stickers or contact paper.

  • If you have any leftover bits still left in the tube, you can microwave the tube (as long as there's no metal in it of course) and pour it into the compartment.

  • If you have very little product left, mix colors for a new shade

  • Use a small brush to apply color from your new lipstick compact collection

See my other tutorial for How to Refill a Vintage Lipstick Tube

one more very important tip- If you have a lipstick covered child, Walmart and Target carry a great oil free makeup remover for a buck or two- good to keep on hand. In a pinch, vegetable or olive oil followed by a warm bubble bath will take it right off.