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Oh no, Christine!!! That sounds like the “gift” (curse?) that just WON’T stop giving! You grief, that is.

Mine was a toss up between two things that happened pretty close together. Last summer, I ordered MAC Royally Riotous, and when it finally arrived 2 days later, it more closely resembled melted chocolate! I was so upset, because my worst fears regarding ordering a lipstick during an AZ summer were realized. Called MAC CS, they sent a replacement immediately! No charge, and even though they said I could just toss the gooey one, I decided to send it back to them.
The other incident involved a FAVORITE nail polish, OPI She’s Golden. Had it for years, used it roughly twice a year. This time when I went to open it, it was stuck. So I decided to use my silicone oven mitt to get a better grip? Bad idea!!! It turned it alright. The top of bottle broke off and my kitchen counter still has some She’s Golden stuck there!

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Aw man, that nail polish accident is the worst! I used to have the same problem. Now, whenever mine get stuck, I just dunk the cap-end of the polish bottle in some hot water for a minute, which melts the dried nail polish that keeps it stuck.

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Right?!? And it was a LE nail polish at that! Luckily I had a similar shade of a Nyx n.p. in a similar, but not as pretty a shade, so I dumped out most of the Nyx one, then poured what was left of OPI She’s Golden into the Nyx bottle. Managed to save half a bottle, maybe? Thanks for the hot water tip, Kimberly! Funny that I think to do that to that to jars of food, but hadn’t thought of it for n.p., LoL ?

Well, thanks to oily lids and a wet waterline, most of my disasters are related to eye makeup. And on top of this, my eyes have also been puffy and watery lately, thanks to spring allergies and a cold. But I couldn’t resist trying on some colorful new shadows that came in the mail, and wore them along with mascara/liner, and within a few hours, everything was smudging, creasing, and running. Uh, don’t know WHAT I was thinking. So it’s basically concealer and boring beige shadow until everything gets back to normal

I have Huntington’s disease and it causes my hands to move when I don’t want them to. And I drop everything. Every time I put makeup on my brushes jump right out of my hand and land on the floor. Anyway I would say the worst thing for me is dropping breakable things like eyeshadows and highlighters. Even when I get them brand new out of the box they still break !? The worst thing that broke was my MUFE artist shadow in black matte. It’s still in my carpet and it took forever to clean up because of the pigmentation. I had to clean the sink with bleach and I still saw it for weeks!

I have Ehlers-Danlos (H3) Syndrome and often get funny cramps which leads me to drop things often, which is why I most often do almost everything from bed, and over a towel! ?. Although, I did drop a red lipstick on my pretty light blue sheets that I had just bought. Sigh.

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Clinique’s chubby lip balm crayons. The cap dislodged itself in my backpack, coating the bottom of my bag, my wallet and my files in reddish lipbalm. The cap is still really sticky. Never bringing that out with me again ):

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Worst I’ve done is drop brought pink nail polish off of a table and could only watch as it spun spraying pinky, carpet ruining lacquer in every direction… Yeah, beige carpet hides nothing.

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I was out with my friend on a Sephora trip and we were headed to dinner but I had a bright red lipstick smear all along my sweater and jeans – I’d leaned against the counter and there must have been lipstick there or something. I had to go home and change before we could go back out. I had to wash both twice and treat them heavily with OxiClean each time to get the stains out.

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Just had one today! 🙁 Spritzed on some MAC Fix+ to freshen up my face but apparently my new BB cream underneath didn’t agree and started pilling up reallllly bad.

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I’m not sure which of these was the most recent but here you go.

For me it’s usually my skin getting so oily that my foundation starts to separate, my mascara running and me getting seriously bad panda eyes or me applying liquid eyeliner so badly that all I can do is take my eye makeup off and start over! It’s even more annoying that when the first two things happen no one EVER says anything to let me know. I’ll come back from sorting it out after finally noticing and everyone will swear blind that they didn’t see it. Embarrassing! ?

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That was my fault: Yesterday I managed to drip foundation down the front of my shirt right before I was supposed to go somewhere.

That was the product’s fault: I got the bhCosmetics Foil Eyes palette, and half the pans fell out when I opened it. I contacted bhCosmetics customer service and sent pictures, and they sent a new one. The replacement did the same thing. They offered me a refund, so CS did right by me. However…last I checked, they still had not posted my review, though they posted a positive review I had for another product right away. Usually they do post poor reviews, so I hope it was an oversight.

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I was trying to use a loose powder (Dior) that came with an attached screen. I was having difficulty getting enough powder on the kabuki brush i was using so I had this brilliant idea to pry the screen/cover off. All was good until I almost had it off and the entire container flipped out of my hand. It was one of those moments when everything seems like it’s going in slow motion as I watched it fly up, flip mid air, and disburse the powder all over the floor, vanity, and me!

I know what you mean by moments passing in slow motion. Yst i was making cold coffee for the kids. I blended everything together to get lots of froth. I opened the lid of the jar and reached back to pick a spoon, to taste it from. As i turned back, i saw my 3 year old press the blender switch – while the lid of the jar was still off! Everything happened in slow motion! Needless to say – I had cold coffee all over the place!!

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A few months ago I received sample sizes of a lipstick and matching gloss (Kir Royale, by Bite Beauty). I’m not sure why I did this — I don’t usually wear gloss — but I really liked the color — I applied the gloss over top of the lipstick. Then I dealt with a couple of things before heading to work. Fortunately, I happened to glance in the car mirror on my way to work. Somehow, there were spots/smears of bright, vivid lip color scattered over the bottom half of my face! I pulled into a parking lot and dealt with it. I was so glad that I always carry tissues, cotton buds, concealer, powder, and a couple of good brushes with me. I just really wasn’t thinking — Bite’s lipstick (old and new formula both) has a slight tendency to bleed at the corners of my mouth anyway, so putting a gloss on top of it was just plain stupid. I guess now I’ll remember not to do that again!

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Fran, if you have a gloss you love, you can try just applying it in the center of your lips (obv. over a lipstick). That way, you can use it as an accent (a drop of gloss in the center makes your lips look fuller) and reduce the bleeding risk.

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i dropped my makeup bag recently and i had a pressed powder bronzer that cracked and got EVERYWHERE. all of my makeup, including the inside of my bag was the color of my bronzer. i had to wash my makeup bag and clean everything off but now i just use whatever’s left of that bronzer (since it’s super lose and powdery now the application seems better…?)

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Most of my “disasters” these days have more to do with not being able to find stuff I know I have “somewhere” than with actual product fails or things that make a big mess. I spent ages looking for a small concealer brush, only to find it at the bottom of my little basket where I keep stuff I’m currently using/planning to use. But I wasted a good hour or more looking here, there and everywhere for it and I’d basically given it up for lost/accidentally discarded!

That’s me on a daily basis! I know where I have it, I know where it should be, but it refuses to appear. This is especially true for eyeliners and lipsticks (I probably should find a better way to organize!). Of course, this is always guaranteed to happen when I’m in a hurry.

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Dealing with my skin after a bad foundation sucked all the moisture out of my skin and broke me out like no other. So far it’s taken actual Vaseline on my driest spots to make any difference–normal serums and moisturizers aren’t doing enough. Fun times man.

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Yeah, Glitter for makeup or crafts I usually find like 6 months later after use somewhere. It does suck when it get into your equipment.

My valentines look kept cracking because I layered too much product on my skin… Thankfully it wasn’t a cosplay look that a needed to wear for a full day. lol
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Hope you have a tiny vacuum, like they use for computers. My latest was one that is not uncommon. The ‘wiper ring’ in the mascara gets caught in the brush end, so a huge unusable blob was on the brush. I just uttered a few of the usual expletives, and put it away. I will clean it eventually, but if anyone has any bright ideas…… Since it’s black, probably ought to just toss it. It’s the aggro factor that makes me want to fix it. And the fact that it’s not particularly old, even for mascara.

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I tried to line my lips beyond my lip line with red liner. No bueno.

I was also in a hurry to do a quick eye look one night and used Sidecar from my UD Naked palette. BIG mistake. So much fallout I had to completely redo everything because it muddied my foundation.

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Grrr, Sidecar. It’s such a beautiful color in the pan, but I think it is the absolute worst I have ever used regarding fallout. My current method is: look at Sidecar, apply something else. Haha!

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Haha! Honestly, I have little love for my UD palette. Every single time I use it, I wind up having to “fix” the application. Yet I still reach for it because the colors are beautiful. It was my first “Sucker” purchase.

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Sidecar is usable over a tacky base. I am posting my review of Milk’s Bridge later today on my blog…anyway, if you’re near a Sephora, I suggest going and checking it out. Bridge isn’t meant as a base but I tested it as one (after my product test) just to see what it would do. You can actually finger apply any fall-out fail shade over it and it holds.

In my teens, a woman at a beauty counter lined my lips that way. When I saw myself in the mirror, I wanted to die! ?

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OMGoodness, I had that problem until I foiled it with Hard Candy primer, was too wet for regular primer, and when you dip the brush in it, it holds as if you used glue, without the peeling or cracking and no fall out. For me, it’s perfect.

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