We all know sticking to a beauty regimen can wreak havoc on our bank accounts, not to mention a lot of those costly products are filled with chemicals that do god only knows what. But, us mere mortals can finally rejoice because household beauty hacks can save us some serious time and money!
From apple cider vinegar to coffee filters, using everyday products, we can spruce up our regular beauty routines and liven up our hair and skin with little to no effort on our behalf.
We’ve all been having the benefits of coconut oil drummed into us, but did you know that it works wonders to soften your hair and save split ends, without giving them the cut. Using it as a conditioning treatment softens the look of split ends when it’s dry and helps add moisture to your hair before you wash it. Washing your hair strips it of its essential oils, so it’s important for us to replace them. Pure coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, so you can expect your hair to look healthy, shiny, and hydrated.
Use a homemade salt spray to create texture
Soda water and a teaspoon of salt is all you need to get that gorgeous post-beach look all year-round. Mix 600ml of the soda water with a teaspoon of rock salt in a spray bottle to make your own ocean spritz at home.
Lemon and sugar facial scrubs
Fashion blogger Zanita swears by this! All you have to do is mix lemon juice with caster sugar until you achieve a scrub consistency. It works to de-clog your pores and leaves your skin looking bright and fresh. Plus, for an added bonus it helps to clear pimple prone skin.
Apple cider vinegar that doubles as toner
Yes ladies, this is true and it works! Apple cider vinegar is a putrefying agent and acts as an astringent. So you can use it as toner and to fend of nasty breakouts or acne.
Blot your face with coffee filters
These are actually made from similar ingredients as blotting paper – but are a lot cheaper! Just stash them away and get blotting when you need to reduce shine.
De-puff your eyes with green tea
Green tea bags quickly de-puffs and tightens your under eye area. Applying cold caffeine based products under your eyes for five-to-six minutes can work wonders on tired, droopy eyes and serve as an instant pick-me-up.
Listerine and vinegar foot scrub
This at home foot treatment gently removes the dead skin from your feet, particularly the nasty hard skin that has a habit of forming on our heels. Mix the following ingredients together in a bucket and then soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.
1/4 cup of antiseptic mouthwash (Avoid blue as it can stain your skin).
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup of warm water
Use plain yoghurt on burns
You’re casually straightening your hair, or adding some volume with your favourite curling iron, when you slip up and burn your ear. Ouch! But instead of spending the rest of the day complaining about your burn, try soothing it with some plain yoghurt. Immediately after you scorch yourself, apply it thickly over the surface of your burn and leave it for approximately 10 minutes. Yoghurt contains a lot of natural probiotics so it helps to restore your skins natural barrier.
Wash your face with olive oil
You’re probably thinking who the hell in their right mind would was their face with oil? Well, it’s more effective than you may think! The oil acts as a magnet for the oil in your skin and pores, it draws the oil out and leaves with you with softer skin and an extra glow.
Use sticky tape for perfect eyeliner application
Nail the tail of your smoking cat-eye look every time by placing some clear sticky tape in line with the end of your brow you can get a perfect flick by tracing your upper lash line along the edge of the tape. It’s that easy!
You can finally quit wasting hours standing in the beauty aisles at your local supermarket, everything you need is already in your cupboards.
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Who doesn’t love to learn a few new beauty hacks? It’s the best way to make the most of the products you do have, especially if they are cheap and effective!
Be sure to check out our ten beauty hacks below, and don’t forget to leave a comment with some of your own.
Cotton tips can really be your BFF. Use them to smudge out the perfect smokey eye, remove makeup from those hard to reach places, and also help to create the perfect cat-eye flick.
If you suffer from chronic puffy eyes, simply use tea bags to decrease the swelling. Let them sit in a cup of warm water until they run cool, they apply over your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
Who knew that coconut oil could be so good for you? Use it in your daily meals, apply it onto your skin to cure dry patches, use it as a hydrating hair mask, or even onto your face as an all-natural way to remove your makeup.
Apple cider vinegar
This trusty ingredient has been used for years as a natural way to cleanse hair and skin. After shampooing your hair from the shower, rinse it with about 300ml of apple cider vinegar to remove dandruff and leave your scalp feeling soft and smooth – without over-drying it!
If you can’t quite master a flawless cat-eye (not many of us can!), then scotch tape should easily be in your makeup kit. Apply one strip extending from the bottom waterline and the other from the top, then simply fill in the middle.
Now this might seem a little odd at first… but trust us on it. Dry shampoo is often one of those products we always forget to buy, but always seem to need at the last minute. Use a trusty can of starch from the laundry room to soak up all that excess oil in your hair!
Stayed in the sun too long? Apply some full-fat Greek yoghurt to the area and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Yoghurt is packed with probiotics to help it heal faster and cool down the burn.
Exfoliate your skin using a mixture of 2 parts brown sugar and 1 part lemon juice. Not only will it help to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, but the scrub is also effective at increasing circulation.
Out of shaving cream? Use conditioner as a way to achieve smooth, soft skin without any itchy patches or razor burn.
If your nails are looking yellow and discoloured, it’s time to put down the dark nail polish and treat them to some toothpaste… seriously! Use a whitening formula to scrub those yellow stains right off your nails. Just remember to moisturise with a cuticle cream afterwards.
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Cotton tips, sanitary pads and sticky tape… Who knew that these products could also be used for your makeup? Make the most of your beauty routine and try the following 10 crazy tips and techniques today!
1. Cotton tips
While this one is a little average, they’re extremely handy and really easy to get your hands on. Dip a cotton tip into micellar water to remove mascara stains, apply highlighter and even create a signature smokey eye.
2. Coffee grounds
Notice a little cellulite making an appearance on your thighs or stomach? Simply combine a handful of coffee grounds with some lukewarm water, then apply in circular motions over the area. With time, they should diminish completely.
3. Ice water
If you’ve given yourself an impromptu manicure and need it to dry ASAP, fill a bowl with icy water and submerge your hands in it every few seconds. It will help to set your nail polish without creasing it.
4. Sanitary pads
Do you ever notice fall-out from your eyeshadow after creating a smokey eye? Simply cut a panty liner in half, then stick it just under your lower lash line. It will catch all of the colour without ruining your makeup. This one can’t be too out-there, especially if Chloe Morello uses it!
5. Red patches
For nasty rashes or red patches which might occur as a sign of stress, simply cool two teaspoons in the freezer and place them over your face. Spoons help to cool down the area without causing additional distress to your face.
6. Face primer
Do you suffer from extremely oily skin? You should probably try Milk of Magnesia. Although this product is actually a laxative, if applied directly onto the skin it has a matte effect on any oily patches – trust us.
7. Broken nails
Fix those broken nails by cutting a tiny piece of fabric from a tea bag, then applying it directly over your nail. After you’ve done that all you need to do is paint over the patch to seal it in place.
8. Puffy eyes
Keep puffy eyes away by chopping raw potato and laying it directly on the most sensitive parts of your face. Potato is full of starch which helps to decrease any puffy or hyper-pigmented patches of skin.
9. Haemorrhoid cream
Did you know that haemorrhoid cream works perfectly to keep dry patches of skin away? The super-concentrated formula is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, especially during the colder months of the year.
10. Sticky tape
Create that perfect winged liner by using some sticky tape as a general guide. Place it directly between your lash lines, draw it on, then carefully remove for a flawless cat-eye flick.
What are some of your crazy beauty tips? Share in the comments below!
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Gel nails are the easiest way to keep your colour without a touch-up for weeks on end, but how easy are they to remove? You have a few options – return to your nail salon, and for an additional fee get them to remove it, or simply use some of our tricks below and do it yourself at home.
What you need
Acetone or nail polish remover
10 cotton balls
- Using the rough side of a nail file, carefully rub down over the top of your nails until the gloss wears away.
- Wrap each nail individually into a cotton ball with acetone and one thin layer of aluminium paper. Press it down firmly over the top of each nail, and work one hand at a time.
- Wait for at least 10 minutes for the acetone to carefully remove any gel polish off the nail bed. After this, soak your hands in a bowl of warm water, then remove any remaining pieces with a cuticle stick.
- For extra hydration, use a thick moisturiser and lather it over your hands and nail bed before relaxing for the night. Then move onto the next hand and repeat the process again.
Easy! Would you try this method at home?
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Ever woken up with tired, droopy eyes that just won’t co-operate?
There are a few simple makeup tricks which can turn your look from drab to fab, without burning a hole in your pocket. Next time you wake up with tired eyes, try a few of these tricks to transform your entire appearance before stepping out the door.
Not only is white eyeliner extremely easy to find both in-store and online, but it is also really inexpensive. Rather than lining your eyes with a black pencil (which also makes them look smaller), take a white liner and use it instead. Line both your top and bottom waterlines, to create the illusion of bigger eyes. This is a perfect trick to use if you haven’t had enough sleep the previous night, and need an instant pick-me-up.
Curl your lashes
Who knew that curling your lashes could make a big difference to the entire look of your face? If your eyelashes are straight, use a curler to give them some body and structure for the day ahead. There are many varieties which include hot lash curlers which are easy to use, and won’t harm your eyes.
To complete this look, use a waterproof mascara and stick to 2-3 coats which won’t clump your lashes. Waterproof formulas have the ability to hold a curl better, and won’t leave your lashes looking too dishevelled or out of place.
If you suffer from prominent under-eye bags or veiny eyelids, then I’m sure that you’re already familiar with this handy makeup trick.
Take your concealer pen, and draw an upside-down triangle under each eye. Carefully dab the product into your skin with a damp Beauty Blender or your warm fingers to create a flawless, natural look with ultimate coverage. Not only does the concealer hide any dark patches of skin, but it also makes the entire eye area look lighter.
To enhance the shape of your eyes, use a shimmery cream eyeshadow on top of each lid. Stay away from dark, smokey shades which could have the opposite effect on your eyes, and ultimately make them appear smaller than they actually are. Light shades of rose, metallics, and beige are best since they enhance your look without creating additional dark patches on the face.
Keep it natural by applying a BB cream or tinted moisturiser to your face. This light coverage is perfect for maintaining a natural-look, and won’t draw attention to any harsh lines on your face. Rather than applying a thick foundation which only emphasises these areas, use a tiny amount of product and mix it with a shimmery skin perfecter for dewy skin. Don’t apply this over or around the eyelids since it can only aggravate sensitive skin.
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Stay chic at any age with a few simple beauty tips which all women should abide by. Keep your skin looking glowing and radiant by investing in trustworthy products which are packed with vitamins and minerals for optimum results. The rest, as they say, is all history!
To nail the perfect cat-eye liner, use a small piece of sticky tape to create the perfect curve. This is a great trick for women who want to try out this look, without fear of ruining the rest of their makeup. Gently pull off the tape after you’re done, and fill in any gaps with a liquid liner.
Create the illusion of larger lips by carefully contouring with a lip liner. Choose a shade which is close to your natural shade, then lightly overdraw the corners. Next, take a white liner and fill in the middle of your lips (and the cupids bow). Blend this out, then apply a clear gloss over the top.
For an instant pick-me-up, mix a little liquid highlighter into your usual foundation. Skin should appear glowing in all the right places, without looking like a disco ball! Use a powder over the t-zone and other oil-prone areas of the face.
We’ve all done it before; over-plucked, used the wrong shade, and even forgot to fill them in at all! Brows are really easy to master, if you know what does and doesn’t flatter your face.
The inner corner of the iris is where your brow should start to curve, the end of the iris should be the arch of the brow, and the outer corner of the eye is where your brow should end.
Rather than investing in a variety of different mascaras, focus on curling your existing lashes. Many women lightly dry their eyelash curler for an extra-hold which lasts all day.
Remove your makeup
Even if you’ve had a big night, it’s important to always remove your makeup (especially around the eyes). If you’re on the lazy side, use a facial wipe or micellar water which doesn’t require water.
When applying concealer to the under-eye area, it is important to dab lightly with your ring finger. Sometimes using a brush can cause the makeup to flake, but fingers are warm and help the product to mesh together.
Make your lips super-matte by setting them with a translucent powder. Simply cover lips with a tissue, then lightly brush the product over with a clean kabuki.
Fix any impending makeup mistakes by spraying a brush with a setting formula, and gently dusting it over your face. This is particularly useful if you need to correct eyeshadow which has creased, or messy pigments.
For a natural pop of colour on the cheeks, use a wide blush brush and blend out the product on your face. Anything too harsh makes the look feel artificial, and won’t photograph very well.
Do you have any beauty tips passed down by your mother or grandmother?
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When it comes to beauty, we are constantly searching for easy tips and tricks to make the wonderful world of cosmetics so much easier. From using a mascara as an eyeliner, or even a concealer as a cheek contour; there are many ways to simplify things when it comes to applying your makeup every single day.
1. Clean your brushes
To ensure the longevity of your brushes, do a deep-clean once a week with olive oil and soap. Firstly, soak each brush with olive oil, then add some soap and water to easily remove any residue stuck on the bristles.
Mix a tiny amount of your illuminator into a matte foundation for a dewy finish. This is a quick and easy way to turn your matte foundation into an illuminating shade just in time for summer.
3. Cleansing oil
Rather than scrubbing your face with a wipe, use a cleansing oil to remove your eye makeup. This is a quick and easy way since it breaks down the makeup, and gently removes it without endangering the skin around your eyes.
4. Coconut oil
Use coconut oil on dry hair once a week to nourish your ends, and keep hair looking shiny and healthy. Leave-in for at least an hour, then use a shampoo and tepid water to carefully remove any residue from the oil.
5. Oily skin
Set oily skin with a powder in between liquid foundation. This makes it so much easier to get the most out of your makeup if you’re attending a special event, or simply a night out.
Get rid of blackheads at home by using Vaseline and a hot towelette over your pores. The hot air helps to open your pores, and then simply use a cleanser to remove any dirt from your face.
7. Baby oil
If you suffer from rash burn, use a baby oil since it has many soothing properties on the skin. This not only gives you a closer shave, by nourishes the follicle, and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry and itchy afterwards.
Make any lipstick look glossy by applying a soft lip moisturiser over the top. The lightweight formula will nourish your lips, and make it so much easier to remove at the end of the day.
9. Big lashes
For voluminous lashes, tug the wand from side to side and work from root to tip. If you want to make your lashes appear full, tight-line the eyes by using a black or brown eyeliner pencil on your top lid.
10. Decrease pimples
To make your pimples look smaller overnight, dab a tiny amour of honey over a blemish before going to bed. The honey acts as an antibacterial agent, which will also treat dry or inflamed skin.
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Most of us know how to protect our skin from the sun, but what about the cold? The air is typically dryer in the winter months, making it more difficult for our skin and hair to retain the moisture it needs to stay healthy, vibrant and supple. Prevent chapping, cracking and dryness with these winter skincare tips.
1. Use an oil-based moisturizer
The cold dries out your skin, so you will need a heavy duty moisturizer for the winter season. Oil-based moisturizers are preferable to water-based, as the oil will not only hydrate your skin, but form a protective layer to shield you from the cold. Keep a travel-sized product in your bag or pick up a tester from your local cosmetics counter.
Indoor heating systems can suck the moisture out of the air – and ultimately, out of your skin! Fortunately, a humidifier can return the moisture to the air, without stealing any of that glorious warmth. Include a few drops of essential oils to help your skin, sinuses and stress levels.
3. Keep a hand cream handy
There is a reason why hand cream is often thicker than other body moisturizers! The skin on the hands is thinner and has fewer oil glands, meaning it is harder for them to stay moisturized. Keep a hand cream in your purse, and moisturize after you wash your hands.
4. Protect your lips
The cold can burn and chap your lips, so be sure to keep a lip balm handy. You will need something thicker than your normal gloss or balm. Avoid a balm with perfumes that will sting or irritate cracked lips and opt for something organic and protective. The thicker and oilier your balm, the better it will work to prevent wind burn.
5. Avoid the heat
Sticking your feet in front of the heater is a no-no for your skin. We know the temptation to warm yourself by the fire, or jump straight into a hot bath is strong, but exposure to extreme temperatures can be more damaging than beneficial. When in the cold for long periods of time, your body hoards heat around your vital organs, reducing the circulation in the parts of your body that are far from the centre, ie. toes and fingers. This can put you at risk of chilblains – a form of frostbite – in these sensitive areas. Chilblains can be exacerbated by sticking your hands and feet directly in front of the heater when you return home. You want to encourage the natural flow of your circulation to these areas so put on some socks and wriggle those toes!
Who doesn’t love a bit of beauty banter between girl-friends, are we right? Finding out new tips and tricks about makeup or even getting the most out that expensive product can often feel like a life saver, so here’s ten more you should know, (and share with your friends).
Beauty Tip #1: Fresh hair
Is your hair feeling a little lack-lustre? Next time you’re applying your perfume, spritz a bit of onto your brush or comb for sweet-smelling hair! Avoid the roots, and apply directly to your ends.
Beauty Tip #2: Apple cider vinegar
Often considered a health miracle by many beauty experts, this innovative product is perfect for a number of different reasons. Use as a skin toner to gently minimise your pores, mix into your shampoo to safely remove dandruff, apply to dark spots (it naturally minimises their appearance), and finally use as a detangler for thick or course hair.
Beauty Tip #3: Blush
Save money on your makeup products and use your blush as an eyeshadow base. Darker tones such as peach or copper are perfect for using on the entire eyelid if you want to achieve an earthy tone. Pack on with an eyeshadow brush, and blend-out any rough lines for a natural look.
Beauty Tip #4: Set your lipstick
Lipstick looks amazing but sometimes darker shades make it impossible to set onto your lips without the colour bleeding. Apply a light coat of lipstick, then set with a shimmery eye shadow across your lips. Concentrate a bit of highlighting powder in the centre to give the appearance of larger lips as well!
Beauty Tip #5: Excess tan
Fake tan can stick to rough patches of skin including elbows, knees, feet, and hands. Remove this excess colour by gently rubbing a lemon onto the problem areas. Wash off with soap and lukewarm water, then apply a gentle moisturiser to prevent skin from drying out.
Beauty Tip #6: White teeth
Whiten your teeth naturally by mixing equal parts of baking soda and a handful of strawberries. Mash together until you create a fine paste, then carefully apply to your teeth.
Beauty Tip #7: Puffy bags
Remove puffy under-eye patches by mixing egg whites and applying directly onto the problem area. Leave on for at least one hour before washing off properly with a mild cleansing solution.
Beauty Tip #8: Ingrown hair
If you suffer from ingrown hairs, combine coconut oil and natural lavender then mix together. Apply directly on the ingrown hairs, then remove with tepid water. It should eliminate redness and keep your legs looking smooth and flawless.
Beauty Tip #9: False lashes
While false lashes are a must-have in every girls makeup kit, they can often be a nightmare to apply! To make the process a little easier cut the lashes into 3 strips. Lean directly over a mirror, and with tweezers, apply over your natural lash line. Once the lashes have dried, give them a good curl and apply a touch of mascara so they can blend in with your own.
Beauty Tip #10: Contour
Contour your face by choosing a colour with is 2-3 times lighter than your foundation. Apply this shade under your eyes using a damp cosmetic sponge, for a brighter under-eye area.
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Forget about wasting those empty dollars on dry shampoo which does nothing but leave your hair feeling oily and greasy. Make your own homemade dry shampoo with ingredients straight from the pantry, to keep hair looking clean and voluminous.
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1. If you have extremely light hair, it is best to use the recipe without cocoa powder. This could stain your hair if it’s light blonde, or extremely prone to breakage.
2. Combine the cornstarch and baking soda into a container, and shake well. Keep it as long as you want – this recipe will last for months if stored in an airtight container.
1. Mix the cornstarch, baking soda and cocoa powder in a small bowl then use directly onto your hair. The added cocoa powder will also make your hair smell super-sweet!
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Ever wanted to get more out of your beauty products, or even learn a trick along the way which can save you some money down the line? Use just one or all of these hacks to really make the most of all your skincare and makeup products. Below are just a few beauty and makeup hacks which will not only save you time, but money as well! Adapt some of these tricks into your usual routine to personalise a one-size-fits-all beauty regime.
1. Apply fake lashes
Do you have trouble applying false lashes since they don’t suit your eye shape? Try cutting them into 2 or even 3 parts for an easier application. Then put a mirror on the table and apply the piece just over your natural lash line.
2. Eyeshadow lines
To achieve a precise eyeshadow line every single time, try and use a post-it note or even tape stemming out from the bottom lash. This will also allow you to draw on a perfect cat-eye flick.
3. Quick curls
If you’re short on time and want to achieve glamourous curls, why not try this fast method instead. Separate your hair into 4 strands and plait them all the way to the bottom. Then flat iron your braids each for 20 seconds before removing the elastic. Apply hairspray to keep it together before heading out the door!
4. Natural highlights
Use lemon juice to naturally highlight hair without the use of hair dye, bleach or ammonia. Simply run wet hair over a lemon to your preferred length. For an added boost of shine, soak hair in a lukewarm bowl of chamomile tea before rinsing with water.
5. Mascara as eyeliner
If you suddenly find yourself out of eyeliner, why not use your mascara? Dip an angled brush into a clump of mascara and apply as usual. Genius!
6. Exfoliate lips
Forget about paying money for lip exfoliators that almost never work, anyway. Simply apply a soothing balm over your lips, then brush over lightly with a toothbrush. This will remove any excess skin which could be compromising your lipstick.
7. Straighten hair without heat
Yes, this is actually possible. Mix one cup of water with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Pour mixture into a spray bottle then spritz all over the hair before letting it air-dry.
8. Remove eye makeup
Ever find it difficult to remove panda-eye makeup from the night before? Apply extra virgin coconut oil on a cotton tip over the eyelashes to remove any signs of mascara. Even works effectively to remove stubborn waterproof makeup.
9. Nail polish stain
Often nail polish can stain not only nails but your entire hands. Apply a whitening toothpaste on the cuticles and fingertips, then leave on for 10 minutes before scrub off.
10. Perfume last longer
One simple little trick which allows your makeup to last longer is Vaseline. Simply rub a bit of Vaseline or any other petroleum-based moisturiser onto your pulse points before spraying your favourite perfume. This will help it cling onto the skin better.
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