Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Unconventional Beauty Tips

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I love finding things that we can use as an alternative, usually cheaper, for another use. I've come up with a list that I've both found and collaborated so hope you like it! I'll get straight into it:

1.      Using baking soda to fix self-tanner streaks. If your self-tanner came out uneven, don’t panic. Instead, grab some baking soda from your fridge, and give yourself a good exfoliation. You’ll be surprised by how much more gentle and effective it is than using a scrub.

2.      Freeze (or burn) your eyeliner. Got eyeliner that always crumbles or falls off the pencil when you apply it? Just pop it in your freezer for half an hour to harden it up for better application. If, on the other hand, your eyeliner formula is too hard, just hold it over a lighter for a second. It’ll soften it up so that you can apply it more easily, and, when it cools down, it’ll stay just as well.

3.      Put toothpaste on a pimple to make it disappear. Pretty sure this one is quite common, but it's effective and works.

4.      Put nail polish in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

5.      Put cucumber slices on your eyes to decrease the puffiness. I love this. Using cucumber on my skin in general is great and so refreshing.

6.      Using cream blusher as a lip product. I really like my Topshop cream blusher in prime time but I prefer using it on my lips. It can sometimes be drying but overall, if you don't like a colour on your geeks, try it on your lips/eyes, you may be surprised.

7.      Using lemon and camomile on hair. If you have blonde hair, this is the best ingredients for hair masks for tired hair. I use them about twice a month to brighten my hair and you can search Google or Youtube for recipes to make your own hair smoothies.

8.      Have you ever seen those young (and old for that matter) girls that wear just foundation on their lips? As awful as I personally think it looks, it can be a great base as a lip primer before your other lip products. Give it a try :)

9.  When removing glitter nail polish prior to the amazing Bourjois 1 second remover, I used tin foil on each finger with nail varnish remover under-neath, waited about 10 minutes and then it came off so easily. 

10.  Here's a new one I've found, some people put powder under their eyes before using eyeshadow, it catches the fallout and sets your under eye makeup perfectly.

11.  Using lip balm to erase mistakes in my eye makeup. Great idea for all my lip balms anyway! It's a great idea for when mascara runs.

12.  Deep cleaning make-up brushes with a mixture of antibacterial dish soap and extra virgin olive oil. It gets rid of more of the dirt, but I still love baby shampoo. I recently found a 6p - yes 6p Tesco baby shampoo, that smells very similar to the Johnsons baby shampoo for a massive fraction of the price, may be worth a go!

13.  Honey supposedly works for razor bumps, ingrown hairs and shaving problems. It's very moisturizing which is why it's used in so many masks or skin treatments but also, anti-bacterial. 
Anyway, supposedly, there seem to be a few different ways to go about it: 
1) one is to just use honey all over your legs or the affected areas, leave on about 10-15 minutes, then rinse; 2) use the honey-crushed aspirin mix that some people use for acne; 
3) use honey, leave on, rinse, and then splash on apple cider vinegar (it has astringent values).
Honey is a really great, inexpensive and quick face mask too. 

14.  If you're as hopeless as me at perfecting the cat winged eyeliner, try using tape to make my cat eyes perfect.

15.  If you live somewhere hot, if a beauty product (like lipstick or eye pencils) gets mushy, I stick it in the fridge for a few minutes to save it! 

16.  Use baby wipes to remove makeup or quick clean brushes, they're a great temporary fixture for on the move.

17.  Use Argan, Olive, Jojoba oils to cheaply and gently remove eye makeup.

18.  Use Castor oil to increase growth of lashes/brows.

19.  Use a click pen type of concealer to draw an arch over each brow,then blend upward to give a lifted look to eyes.

So there we have it, I found some of these tips myself, most I already use and do. I hope I've given you some ideas! :)

Let me know if you have any more suggestions, feel free to comment so I can add them to the list!

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  1. These are some really great tips. Thank you xx

    1. Ah no problem, hope you enjoy them :) x

  2. Great tips!
    Especially because I know a few of them work for sure!
    I need to try them all!

    - andrealamode
    Maybe we could follow eachother?!
    click here for my blog!

  3. I love this kind of post, here's another tip which I use. Add a little drop of olive oil to dried up mascara so that it lasts a little longer.

    Michelle x

    1. Ooh thanks for this! :) I'll add it on :) thank you x

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    1. Oh that's a new one for me! I suppose it dries quickly! :) x

  5. Love this post :) A lot of tips that I'd never heard of before and i'll be sure to try out the eyeliner trick :)Love what you've done with the design btw :)

    1. Thanks Faye, means a lot from you! :) x

  6. These are all brilliant! The best hair conditioner I've ever used is putting olive oil on the ends of my hair, wrapping in clingfilm and leaving for about an hour. It takes a few rinses to completely get out so never put it on the roots but my hair felt so soft afterwards! xx

    1. Oh wow thanks for this, sounds a great idea, I'll give it a go :) x


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