Friday, October 14, 2011

DIY Pretend Makeup Set

Charlotte is obsessed with "makin-up" (makeup). Occasionally, when running late, I will bring my makeup bag and mirror to the breakfast table to throw some on before running out the door. So NOW... Charlotte wants to put "makin-up" on too. I tried letting her play with my brushes once but she immediately started jabbing them bristles down onto the table, so that idea got shot down real quick.

Thus began my search for a play makeup set.

Toys R Us has a Disney Princess makeup kit that looked promising, but after further research I found out that it was REAL nail polish (quite flimsy according to one review) and pasty lipstick; so... no thanks.

Toys R Us also had some vanities... but that's not what I really wanted.

I was oh so tempted by this Mini-Play Makeup set... but $34 it a tad pricey in my opinion.

I HAVE purchased a $12 plastic vanity set from Target but it's not exactly what I was looking for. It also has a (plastic) hair dryer, straightener, and some clips. Also, I don't like giving my kids toys and presents for no reason because then they'll want everything NOW... so I am holding onto it until Christmas (if ever).

So in the meantime, I have decided to make her her own make-up set. Searching through my makeup box I found a shattered blush compact from a drug store, so I emptied the contents in the trash and wiped it out. Then I used a pinkish nail polish and brushed the inside of the compact. Voila.... pinkish blush.

Add in some hardly ever never used brushes and some chapstick "lipstick" and you've got yourself a toddler makeup kit. Ooooh, also... just YESTERDAY I received a free makeup bag and sample lotions/shampoo stuff from target... PERFECT!!

Here was this morning at the big reveal:
Trying the blush


Next I am going to give this eye shadow that I saw this morning a shot from and from Smashed Peas and Carrots AND at Polka Dot Daisy (clearly I was not the first to come up with using nailpolish as fake makeup, lol).

I'll let you know what else I find!


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  1. Such a great idea! This would be great for my daughter who is about to turn 2!

  2. Oh so sweet! I cherish these days that I can pick the makeup... there is coming a time soon where I won't be able to. GREAT POST!

  3. Brilliant idea! Now your little girl can be just like Mummy! :) She'll be delighted! and certainly looks it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. Love it!! I would love you to share your post on my new link party at

    And when you do want to paint her nails check out for all natural nail polish (and remover). I just found it and tried it out on myself before using it on my daughter and love it.

  5. So cute... maybe someday I'll have a little girl to make "makin-up" for!

  6. This is so cute! Makes me wish I still had a little one!

  7. Very cute idea - I'll start saving old compacts in stead of tossing them so I can make makeup for my girl!

  8. I like this idea. I will have to do this when my girl gets a little older. I am you newest follower. Come check out my blog and follow along.

  9. Oh my goodness, I don't know which is cuter - this idea or your adorable daughter putting on her "makin-up". I'm tucking this idea away for future use. Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday. Please do come back next week!

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. Wonderful idea! Lucky little girl to have such a sweet mommy! So glad you linked up to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  11. Awesome idea!! I'll have to remember this when I hopefuly have a girl someday!
    Thanks sharing at Show & Share girl!


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