I’ve been reading Gray’s anatomy (the book, not the series :D) for my studies for the past couple of hours so escaping into beauty feels like that much needed mid-afternoon caffeine boost! So here goes a continued list of my beauty tricks that save me from ending up with overdraft fees:
instead of curling my eyelashes by squeezing Shu Uemuraeyelash curler for half a minute, I found out I get much better results by squeezing 5 or 6 times for a couple of seconds! Alternatively, you can get your own heated curlers by heating them with a hairdryer for a few seconds to get a better, long-lasting curl. Be careful not to burn yourself – check the curler with your fingers first!
after a long day of wearing a lot of mascara my eyelashes deserve an overnight treat…putting a drop of castor oil on my fingers and gently rubbing it on my eyelashes before applying eye cream does the trick! I started using castor oil after I clumsily pulled out quite a few eyelashes with the curlers (yup, bald spot, not pretty at all!), years ago… I remember being surprised how the castor oil really helped the regrowth. Highly recommended and very cheap!!!
one of the biggest makeup faux pas is applying eye pencil not close enough to the lashes, which looks rather cheap. You want the line to start in between eyelashes, so do it like a pro – instead of closing your eye while drawing a line keep your eyes opened and make dots with the eye pencil in between lashes and then connect the dots with a bolder line. Finish by filling in the line as close to the eyelash roots as possible with a very thin, liquid liner (something cheap but long-lasting will do – I use S.he Quick eyestyler : http://www.s-he.at/en/products/eyes/)
finishing your eye makeup with a white liner on the inside rim of the lower eye will make your eyes look bigger and brighter! Especially useful after a long night 😉
Do you ever feel like your day is waaaayy too short? Or that your salary is waaaaayy too low given how much you work? Same here. So here is a list of my favourite beauty tips & tricks that make my every day beauty routine a bit more hasslefree and my salary a bit more manageable 😀
keep your feet moisturized by applying your regular body lotion (I absolutely adore Nivea Q10 Firming Body lotion) to your feet and toenails every day – you will save a few quid on pedicures as the skin on your feet will stay soft even during winter. Key words: every day!
if your skin is not extremely sensitive, consider using an AHA based body exfoliator/ scrub every week (L’Oreal Exfotonic is my HG) – the effect is immediate.
the best way to prevent razor cuts and burns while shaving is to do it S-L-O-W-L-Y!
clean your nails with an alcohol wipe before applying nail polish – removing all traces of grease will help the polish last much longer!
to whiten your nails take two halves of a lemon, dig holes in them with your fingers and soak your nails in this fruit nail salad for 10 minutes 😉 Caution: don’t do it if you have any cuts on your fingers – it will sting!
nail polish can be cheap as long as you like the colour and you use a good top coat (my HG is Sally Hansen’s Dry & Go Protein Top Coat). Frankly, I haven’t noticed much difference between Chanel and those cheap mini no name ones – they all last at least 5 days with Sally Hansen top coat on.
apply hair masks or treatments / oils before washing your hair and leave them on for as long as possible, but avoid the scalp! Continue with your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. This way you will get nourished but not weighed down hair.
if your scalp gets itchy only on certain parts consider the way you wash your hair – it might be the problem is only shampoo residue! If you do it in the shower chances are your scalp gets itchy on the back as it’s harder to rinse that part of scalp thoroughly in that position, so pay attention to that – divide hair as to rinse the backside of your head properly. If you wash your hair upside down, pay attention to the front part which gets harder to rinse that way!
never apply conditioner to your scalp, it will only make your hair greasy sooner! Hair ends is where you need it the most.
always finish rinsing with the coldest water you feel comfortable with – the colder the water the shinier the hair! It’s an ancient trick that never gets old – cold water closes hair cuticles and thus makes your hair shiny.
always apply hair serum on towel-dried hair – this way, even if you use too much of it, your hair won’t look greasy.
if your hair gets greasy easily always use lukewarm water – hot water will only overstimulate sebaceous glands resulting in more oil production. Moreover, be very gentle when washing and towel-drying your hair – oil glands will get turned on (no pun intended this time!) by too much rubbing, too! 😉
More simple beauty tips to cum in the next post…and then some sex, finally! ❤
After a hard day of using my brain at work for no less then 10 hours I need my sedative to keep me balanced. Yes, you guessed, my diazepam is actually makeup. Sometimes a damn expensive one I must admit! 😉
I have green eyes and love brown eye pencils, especially when I’m in a rush! My fav so far are Clarins, as they are of decent quality but rather affordable. I couldn’t decide between regular or waterproof version so I got them both.
Although their number is the same – 02, the waterproof version is as the name says – more bronze than proper brown. When compared, waterproof version does stay on longer and smudges less as expected, but when it comes to colour I prefer the regular version. Some pros and cons:
There is a handful of beauty staples I wouldn’t be caught naked without (on nudity some other time :P) :
1.) YSL touche eclat – a well-known HG product among beauty addicts, great for covering those nasty (or perhaps naughty?!) under-eye circles. Tip: NEVER rub it, but tap it very lightly!
2.) CLINIQUE clarifying lotion – there are very mixed opinions on this one, people seem to either love it or hate it! I’ve been using number 2 for years now and would rather give up on chocolate than this little miracle! True, my skin probably is my best organ (no pun intended this time!), but this toner makes my skin flawless. I use it in the morning and evening, before moisturizing. My skin used to get quite flaky, especially during winter, but since I’ve been using this that doesn’t happen at all.
3.) Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion – I’m yet to find a better moisturizing lotion than this one! Rich but not sticky, pleasant smell, does exactly what it says…for a decent price! Could go on for pages…
4.) Dior 5-colour Eyeshadow – the only eyeshadow that I came across so far (and there were quite a few, believe me!) that could be applied without a quality brush and still get a great blendability and colour pay-off, amazing. The one below is Pink Extase, 804. Might do some swatches soon!
5.) L’oreal Lash Architect Waterproof – The thing is, I like my makeup glamorous, meaning I’d prefer Chanel or Dior over L’oreal. Yes, I am a makeup snob. But no matter which other mascara I occasionally stray to, I always come back home to this one! Unattractive blue packaging, true, but it does wonders to otherwise average lashes. Will post before/after pics so you can see for yourself.
Hi! I’m a 29 year old girl who has been obsessed with makeup since…well, pretty much since I can remember (I recall being very disappointed with my Ken doll as he didn’t have enough makeup on!). My second obsession started showing at about the same time when I realized that Barbie and Ken didn’t look quite the same with their clothes off…
20-something years later, I’m a high school language teacher training to be a clinical sex therapist, having a hard time figuring out how to combine teaching, sex and makeup and NOT face certain legal consequences! It seems I have found it 🙂