Hacks

7 Vaseline Beauty Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

The cult product is more versatile than you think.

17 Life-Changing Ways To Organize Your Makeup This Weekend

Your beauty filing system ’bout to get next level.

6 Genius Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Use Nivea Creme

Who knew Nivea could replace all these products?

8 Fashion Hacks That’ll Save You A Crapload Of Money

Who would have thought DIY-ing could look this good? 

7 Hacks For Getting Away With Wearing Activewear In Any Sitch

Anybody who tells you it’s just for the gym is kidding themselves.

7 Old Wives’ Tales That Are Actually True

Most old wives tales are stories which have been passed down from our mothers and grandmothers for centuries, but carry no significant merit – they’re just tales!

Whether you choose to believe it or not, some are actually quite true. Still don’t believe us? Keep reading to find out more!

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Chicken soup fixes a cold

There’s something old satisfying about having a warm bowl of chicken soup when you’re sick in bed. But how? It helps to reduce inflammation and actually helps your white blood cells fight back the sickness.

Cheese causes nightmares

Now we had to learn this one the hard way. For some reason, cheese has been known to cause some seriously weird dreams… must have something to do with the bacteria.

Plants help to purify the air

Certain plants such as philodendrons, ficus, and bamboo palm actually help to clean the air in the house. Add one into the kitchen or bathroom for a sweet-smelling home!

Peanut butter to remove gum

Who hasn’t had gum stuck in their shoes before? Apply a thin layer of peanut butter over the area, then scrub it off with a sponge.

Hot baths lower fertility

For men at least. If you’re trying to conceive, make sure your man avoids a hot bath since it can lower his sperm count.

Hair of the dog

Sometimes a terrible hangover can only be cured in one way – keep drinking. Small doses of alcohol the next morning have been proven to subside a debilitating hangover.

Walnuts to remove scratches on wooden furniture

Keep your coffee table looking in pristine condition by rubbing an unshelled walnut over any scratches. Walnuts are rich in oils and will help to mend any imperfections.

What are some of your favourite old wives tales?

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5 Affordable Storage Hacks

De-cluttering the home and coming up with unique storage solutions is easy if you have the correct tools and techniques. You can use more of what you have and avoid spending additional cash on things you don’t actually need. So, if you want to liven up your home without breaking the bank, try the following hacks – which are easy even for beginners!

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Stair storage

Anyone with a double storey house will tell you that the clutter never ends, especially if you have kids around! Make use of the space beneath your stairs by creating small drawers or cupboards to store things you use on a daily basis. This could be anything from children’s arts and crafts, cleaning supplies and even toys.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Jewellery

Keep your jewellery looking neat and tidy by using an old cutlery divider. Most of the time you’ll have to trim them down to fit the dimension of the drawer, but after that it’s smooth sailing!

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Carefully manage your cosmetics, jewellery, and other little knick knacks which will always have their place.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Charging station

Transform one of your drawers in the kitchen, bedroom or living room into a portable charging station. Simply thread through a large adaptor through the top and discretely charge all of the essentials – cord free!

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Linen closet

Bring some life to the standard linen closet by adding some favourites into the mix. We’re talking about candles for relaxation, pampering items such as moisturisers and nail polishes, then finally the essentials at the bottom. If everything has a label, it’s much easier to decipher and leaves no room for clutter.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

Magnetic spices

Now this is a cool one! Store all of your favourite or most used spices in little magnetic containers. This way, you can easily see everything set out neatly, plus you won’t get confused about what each compartment contains.

5 Affordable Interior Design Hacks

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9 Life-Changing Makeup Hacks

Ever wondered how you could make the most of your current makeup products? Or even avoid buying in-excess, and possibly save some money on the side? Then you’re certainly in the right place! Be sure to bookmark the nine following makeup hacks which could make your life so much easier.

Set your lipstick

Noticed that your lipstick never sits in place? Next time you’re done applying it, cover your lips with a tissue then pat over with a makeup brush. This will allow the lipstick to set, and won’t cause it to bleed for as long as you’re wearing it.

No-fuss smokey eye

Achieve a perfect smokey eye by drawing a slanted hashtag at the outer corner of your eye. Use an eyeshadow pencil since it is easier to control, then blend out with a small-medium blending brush.

Bigger eyes

For instantly bigger and brighter eyes, simply line the top and bottom of your waterline with white eyeliner. Avoid using black since this will only minimise the look of your eyes.

Fabulous lashes

For long-lasting lashes, blow some hot air on your eyelash curler before using on your eyes. This will make lashes hold their shape for longer.

Dark eye circles

To remove those dark bags under your eyes, by using an orange primer before applying your makeup. Pat the product into your skin using your fingers for a flawless application. This will cancel out any blue tones!

Highlight 

Many women forget to highlight their cupids bow (which is located just above the upper lip). If you want to accentuate this area of your face, simply dab a bit of white eyeliner into a V shape just above your lips.

Bigger lips

Create the illusion of big, full lips by using your favourite pale eyeshadow. After you’ve applied your lipstick, simply use a frosted eyeshadow on the centre of your lips. Blend in well to avoid any harsh lines.

Oil-free face

If your face tends to get oily, grab a coffee filter to remove the excess oil and makeup from your face. They act as a great blotting paper, which effectively reduces shine.

Clean your brushes

Don’t spend money on brush cleaners which never entirely remove the makeup from your beloved brushes. Instead, soak them in extra virgin olive oil, then wash off with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water.

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15 Timeless Skincare Tips

As women, we are always looking for new and effective ways to care for our skin – for less. From simple tips such as removing your makeup before bed, or even using an eye cream (regardless of your age), there are a number of tricks we should all incorporate into our skincare regime. Incorporate one or all of the following hacks for smoother, and de-stressed skin.

1. Reduce redness

Did you know that drinking a cold glass of water helps to reduce redness in the face? Drink one glass of water the next time your skin is feeling flushed, and notice the results!

2. Eat your greens

Green vegetables such as spinach and kale are packed with antioxidants which help to reduce blemishes and overall breakouts on the surface of the skin. Enjoy a side of greens with your lunch and dinner.

3. Lazy self tanner

Don’t have time for a spray tan, or run out of your usual self-tanner? Don’t stress! Simply mix a few drops of liquid bronzer or illuminator to your usual moisturiser and apply onto clean skin.

4. Moisturize

The best time to moisturize your body (and face) is immediately after stepping out of the shower. Massage the solution directly onto damp skin – this will hydrate it much quicker than if you’re working with dry skin.

5. Cracked lips

Suffer from chronic cracked lips? Apply a touch of honey to remove excess skin, and leave your lips feeling soft and nourished. Also works just as well on cold sores.

6. Clean your phone

Ever wondered why your breakouts are only concentrated to one side of your face? This may be caused by a dirty mobile phone. Think about it – they accumulate lots of makeup and dirt from the entire day, and they are then pressed onto the face for prolonged periods of time. Clean your screen once a week with a cloth and mild antibacterial solution.

7. Prevent crows feet

Wear a pair of sunglasses every time you step out into the sun, since this will prevent any signs of ageing around the eyes. Search for sunnies which offer UV protection (but are also fashionable!).

8. Stretch marks

Reduce the appearance of stretch marks by slathering on that sunscreen. Not only will this minimise scarring, but also protect your skin from future sun damage.

9. Catch those Zzzs

Not getting enough sleep can irritate the skin by causing breakouts, inflammation and an overall dull complexion. Plan your evening ahead, and log off all devices at least an hour before you decide to doze off.

10. Brighten skin

Dip a washcloth in a tiny amount of soy milk, and place over the face for 5-10 minutes. This will help to brighten the appearance of dull skin, and also decrease the effects of wrinkles and skin damage.

11. Change your pillowcase

To avoid those nasty blemishes, make sure to change your pillowcases on a regular basis. This could be the reason for those breakouts, since hair product, leftover makeup, serums and creams come into contact with your pillow every single night.

12. Use a face towel

Don’t use the same towel for your face and body. This will only promote the spread of bacteria, and cause breakouts on the face and neck.

13. Avoid smoking

Smoking can lead to premature ageing, and speed up the process of defined lines and wrinkles. Even second hand smoke contributes to skin sagging, and is extremely harmful.

14. Exfoliate with oatmeal

Add one teaspoon of organic oatmeal to your usual cleanser, and apply onto the face. Wash off with lukewarm water, and notice the appearance of smoother and more defined skin.

15. Don’t pop!

Step back and leave those pimples alone. Touching the infected area will only introduce more bacteria into the pores, which could lead to scarring.

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10 DIY Beauty Tips For Skin, Hair And Nails

Look and feel your best by incorporating some new beauty techniques into your makeup and skincare routine, which will revolutionise the way your skin looks and feels. From how to make your mascara last longer, to softer legs, here are just a few tricks you need to know.

Shaving rash

Ever find that your pores are irritated by constant shaving, and even a shaving gel isn’t doing the trick? Try using baby oil to achieve softer legs and a closer shave. It will also leave skin feeling deeply moisturised, and will avoid rashes or breakouts.

Hair mask

If hair is feeling rough and lacklustre, massage raw coconut oil into the ends 2-4 times a week to repair problem areas. Apply to damp hair for 20 minutes, then wash off well with shampoo and a deep, nourishing conditioner.

Dry mascara

Make your favourite mascara last longer by adding just a bit of your favourite eyedrops. This will keep the formula intact, and won’t irritate sensitive eyes.

DIY teeth whitener

Want to brighten the appearance of your teeth without the use of annoying teeth strips? Simply mix one tablespoon of baking soda and three drops of hydrogen peroxide before brushing all over your teeth. Remember to rinse well with cold water afterwards.

Nail polish remover

Out of nail polish remover? No problem! Apply a clear polish over the existing colour, then wipe off with a tissue or cotton wool. This will completely remove any residue left on the nail.

Perfect winged eyeliner

For a flawless cat eye flick, use a small piece of tape or a post-it note extending from the bottom lash line. Apply primer, eyeshadow and finally trace the line that is left by the tape. Remove to reveal a flawless application!

Shiny hair and scalp

The secret to shiny hair has been hiding in your pantry all along. Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar to increase the level of shine, and also to salvage a dry scalp.

Acne, fat and wrinkle solution

Before you’re tucked into bed, use an ice cube and massage it over your face and any problem areas. This will help to minimise the chance of breakouts or wrinkles. Also helps to reduce swelling, redness and inflammation on other parts of the body.

Chapped lips

Bring life back to dry, chapped lips by combining honey, olive oil and sugar into a fine paste. Then apply directly onto the top and bottom lips in a circular motion.

Know your primer

There are many different types of primers which can be used before applying makeup. Green is use to counteract redness and inflammation, while lavender is a must-have for women who wish to brighten up their complexion.

Make your own using Milk of Magnesia mixed with distilled water and apply with a cosmetic sponge or Beauty Blender.

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6 Skincare Hacks You Didn’t Know

Ever wanted to know how to brighten your skin at home, or even reduce the colour of over-painted nails? There are a variety of skincare and beauty hacks which can be made from natural ingredients straight from your pantry, or even extracted from the garden. Below are just a few helpful tips and tricks to improve your skincare routine.

Whiten teeth 

Have you been curious about whitening any stains on your teeth, but hesitant to use harmful chemicals such as peroxide? Next time dip a cotton ball into a mixture of natural lemon juice and baking soda. Allow the solution to sit on your teeth for at least one minute, then wash off.

10 Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know

Painless hair removal

A mixture of 2 tablespoons coffee grounds, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda rubbed onto the skin helps to break down hair at the root. Coffee is a gentle exfoliant which won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. Use for at least one week to see results. Finally a natural way to remove unwanted hair without the risk of breaking out into a rash, or damaging the hair follicle!

10 Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know

Minimise breakouts

Next time you have an irritating pimple breakout onto the surface of the skin, use a single peppermint leaf to relieve redness. Peppermint contains large volumes of menthol and menthone which helps to reduce inflammation. The best way to treat these breakouts is by grabbing a handful of peppermint leaves and mixing with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the food processor. Leave on for 10 minutes then wash off.

10 Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know

Remove blackheads

Don’t attempt to squeeze your blackheads the next time they pop up on your face. This could only lead to infection, since bacteria is exposed to an open area. Simply apply some toothpaste onto a clean brush and gently exfoliate the problem area. Wash face with a mild cleanser then apply moisturiser as usual.

10 Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know

Under eye circles

If you suffer from visible under eye circles, there are a few different ways to relieve this symptom naturally. Cold tea bags help to reduce the harsh colour if placed onto the eyes on a regular basis. Make sure they are cold, so pop them into a refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes before applying onto the eyes.

10 Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know

Soft legs

Use a mild exfoliator once a week to remove dry skin cells, and leave your legs feeling silky soft. Combine 1.25 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons citrus juice (lime or lemon) onto skin to remove any dry skin. Also great to use if before fake tanning.

10 Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know

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DIY Gel Eye Liner

Apart from being one of the makeup essentials you need in your kit, gel eye liner is a great way to take your makeup look from day to night. Rather than spending unless time online or in stores looking for the perfect match, why not create your own at home.

While a simple way to create your own gel eyeliner is by using Vaseline and a black liner pencil, this recipe is for those who want to avoid using petroleum jelly in their makeup. Follow these easy instructions for a personalised product which is also cost-effective and gentle on sensitive skin.

Ingredients

2 tsp coconut oil

4 tsp aloe vera gel

1 tsp cocoa powder (to make brown eyeliner)

Directions

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a small bowl, and mix well until you develop a soft paste.
  2. Then transfer the mixture into an air-tight container and store in a cool, dry place. The product will usually last a few weeks before it begins to harden.

Tips

  • Use a clean brush every time you dip into the mixture – this will avoid the spread of bacteria.
  • Dip a clean eyelash brush into the mixture and use on both top and bottom lashes for flawless mascara.
  • To achieve a dark black colour, simply substitute the cocoa powder and use a generic black eyeshadow which has been softened in the microwave. Then mix in with the coconut oil and aloe vera gel before applying onto the eyes.

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