A Beauty Improv Tip to Eek Out the Last Few Drops From Your Favorite Skin Care Bottles

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If you must know, yes, I knew it was coming. The moment was weeks in the making.


Still, there I was, once again, standing half-dressed in the middle of my bathroom and desperately pressing the pump on my now empty bottle of Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion. Surprise!

I thought for sure there’d be one more pump left in there…

Does that ever happen to you?

It happens to me all the time, especially with skin care that I love and use over and over again, like Kate’s Anti Bac Lotion (I LOVE that stuff; it completely changed my skin!). I can’t stand throwing away the empty bottles because I think there’s always a chance I’ll be able to coax out at least one more precious drop if I ever absolutely need to.

What I usually end up doing is what I did this morning, also know as “beauty improv.” I grabbed a Q-tip, broke it in half, then unscrewed the Kate Somerville bottle and, using the side of one of the Q-tip halves (one of the broken ends without the cotton), I scooped out a good enough-sized dollop of lotion from the inside of the cap and the mouth of the bottle.

Whenever I do this, I can usually squeeze out at least two or three last uses from a bottle that I might have otherwise thrown away.

You know how it is. Gotta get every last drop. 🙂


Happy Friday!!!

Ah, the sweet relief, babe… Happy Friday! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA this week, but it’s that secret squirrel project I keep talking about… It’s taking a lot of my time, but it’s gonna be great. I’ll have something official to announce about it in less than a week. I think you’re going to love it.

I hope you did something fun this week. Even though I spent most of the week running around like a cray-cray kitty, I did manage to watch some of the Olympics and, um…can I just say how amazing Olympic athletes are to me? All of the years of hard work, discipline and dedication coming down to a single moment…

Simone Biles is my everything right meow. The grace, the athleticism, and that glitter liner she rocked along her lower lash line during the Women’s All-Around? I swear it looked like Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy… LOVE it!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tatiana says:

    I do exactly the same thing when I get down to the bottom of my skincare. Sometimes it’s just too expensive to waste even a drop of it.
    The olympics!! YES!!! There’s just too much to watch it all. Dear Husband loves the beach volleyball and the swimming. I love the equestrian events (with the sound muted) and gymnastics. I told Dear Husband I loved the sparkly leotards this year. Then they announced that one of those pretty, bedazzled things runs $1200. Ouch! Each one of the girls has four or five of them. Wow.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, girl! Do you ever turn the bottle upside down and leave it that way so that all the product collects in the cap? I do that too.

      I was also admiring the beautiful leotards, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were hand made and custom fit items.

      • Tatiana says:

        Turn upside down? YES!!! I have also been know to crack open the bottles and pumps that seem to be hermetically sealed. When Dear Daughter interned in a bio lab one summer I asked her to bring home a slew of those long, wooden stick, cotton swabs, so I could absolutely swab out every last drop from my bottles.

        I wonder if the person applying the crystals to those leos used a template. The placement seems pretty consistent from girl to girl. The ice skater in me is still oohing and aahing over all those crystals. Sooo sparkly!!!!

  2. Michele DiCola says:

    I am loving the Olympics !🎖Yes ! the discipline and hard work fine to a final moment !
    Kate Sommerville rocks and so does Connor Claire 👏🏻

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michele,

      Me too. The Olympics always makes me feel so inspired! I hope you’re having a great day so far. Any plans for the weekend? I’m going to my parents’ house to visit. Connor Claire is coming of course and she’ll be meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.

  3. I usually cut all my bottles half to really scrape out the remnants of the product.
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  4. Chelsea says:

    I have a special little spatula thing for that!


    Most of my creams, etc, are in plastic tubes and I always cut them open with scissors to put the rest in a little jar or something. Stuff us expensive, gotta use all of it!

  5. Chris25 says:

    That is such a great trick. I turn my bottles upside down. When the last of the product slides down I use a spatula or my finger to get it out.
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  6. Becky says:

    I’m an upside-down bottler too! I hate wasting anything!! I’m THAT guy who cuts open the toothpaste tube for the last drop, too!

    Super excited to hear about your secret project soon!
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  7. I usually just cut everything open. But this a good idea.
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  8. Kim says:

    I’m exactly the same way. I have a counter full of upside down bottles and bruises on my palms from tapping the bottles to get the last drop. 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear about your secret project!! And, agreed on the Olympics. I’ve been trying to watch whenever possible.

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