A while back, I bought some NYC Color Wheel Mosaic face powder, but I didn’t use it according to directions. It comes as multiple randomly shaped pieces of “four harmonized colors [that] create the perfect single shade when blended together,” fitting together in a round container. You’re supposed to run your brush over the whole thing to mix the shades before brushing it on. I liked the pink shade but thought the darker ones might overwhelm my pale complexion. So I’d just been dabbing my finger in the pink when I wanted a blusher, and in the darker shades for contouring.
That ended during a road trip. I’d put the Color Wheel into my baggage on its end, and all the mosaic pieces fell out of place. Though the lid kept them from scattering through the bag, they were mixed up and some were shattered. I thought of gluing them back into place, but I’ve never been good at puzzles, let alone with broken pieces.
So eventually I put the broken pieces into a clean sandwich bag, sealed it, and crushed them with a rolling pin. Now I just dip my brush into the bag for blush or contouring powder. The color is still a little strong for me, but I just have to be careful to use it lightly. All the good qualities of the powder — lightness, coverage, and a smooth finish — are still there, after all.
But if you take your Color Wheel on the road, make sure it’s lying flat!
In more upbeat news — I’ve discovered Triple Lanolin Mango Vera. This is a hand and body lotion with plenty of lanolin (also aloe vera) and none of the frankly horrible lanolin scent. It goes on smelling like tropical fruit — if the scent’s too strong for you, don’t worry, it doesn’t linger. Your skin feels smoother for hours. It’s not quite the smoothness you get from straight lanolin, but at least you don’t have to smell like a sheep.