Beauty tips, beauty hacks, beauty helpers

TOP TEN TUESDAY has an interesting topic this week. Beauty Hacks is the official name this week which I see as beauty helps. I was initially reluctant to do this but as I started coming up with ideas, I realized it was fun!! I hope you have fun reading this and hopefully learning a new tip you weren’t familiar with.  — Marcia

1)  My number one tip is a microfiber cloth. I’ve become addicted to my microfiber cloth so much that I have spares. I use mine to clean brushes. What you want is a nubby cloth that’s not too hard. The yellow one in this picture is perfect. There’s enough texture to it that you can gently rub your brushes onto it and the color is removed. I clean all the brushes I use with powder products on this so I only have to wash my brushes biweekly. Saves me time and I just throw it in the laundry with my clothes, lay it out to dry, and I’m done. They dry quickly too. The ones I have are from Scotch but I think other brands would work well too.

microfiber cloths
microfiber cloths

2) Speaking of washing brushes, this is where Johnson’s Baby Shampoo comes in. I’ve used this for years as an alternative to a brush cleaner. If you run out of your brush cleaner or just don’t want to spend the money, try this gentle shampoo. I pour a small amount in a plastic cup without adding water. I swirl my brush/es around making sure that the product gets out. Next I pour that out, add some water, and swirl until the water runs clean. Don’t put too much shampoo in since it’s not needed. Next dab on a towel to get rid of the excess water, lay to dry, and VOILA – clean and nice smelling brushes.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

3)  Tip 3 is also using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and this comes from my ophthalmologist. He recommends washing my eye makeup off with this shampoo. I don’t do that since I find mascara too stubborn. But I do have a small bottle of this in my shower and wash my eyes with it then. What my doctor recommended too is that any time my eyes bother me or I feel something building up that’s the time to use this gentle “no more tears” shampoo. He told me this over 20 years ago and knock-on-wood it’s been a perfect tip.

4) Everyone has tips for Vaseline Jelly. It’s been around longer than any of us have been and is used so many ways. While I haven’t tried it as an eye makeup remover, I’ve read that people do use it this way. One of the ways I use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is when I color my own hair. I pull my hair back, apply Vaseline around the edges of my face so that my skin doesn’t pick up the color. I also put it on my earlobes. As I’m washing the color out, I’m also washing away the Vaseline. Other uses are to protect skin against chafing and helping with dry skin.

Vaseline Jelly Original
Vaseline Jelly Original

5) A product I like even more than Vaseline is Waxelene which is an alternative to petroleum jelly. This makes a wonderful lip balm especially when your lips are horribly chapped. Waxelene is non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, and has no GMOs. If you cut yourself shaving, apply Waxelene on it to stop the bleeding and help the healing. It really works. I also like to use this on the cracks on my feet. waxelene jar2

6) Carbonated Water is your friend too. Two beauty related ways to use carbonated water or seltzer are on your hair. If you suffer from frizzy hair, use carbonated water as your final rinse water. It won’t remove the frizz entirely but it will help reduce it. Also if you are in a chlorinated pool, rinse your hair after with carbonated water. It will restore luster to your locks especially if you color treat your hair.

carbonated water
carbonated water

7) Elmer’s Glue can help you when you manicure your nails. To get a clean edge use an old brush and paint around the edge of your nails, let it dry, and then do your manicure. When done just peel off the glue and your nails will look like you had them done. There are more expensive products that are sold for this job but why not use a product that you probably have in your house or can use for lots of other uses?

Elmer's Glue
Elmer’s Glue

8)  No need to buy a fragranced body lotion when you can do double duty with your favorite unscented body lotion. My suggestions are Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Fragrance Free and Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion. Just add the fragrance of the day to your body lotion and you won’t clash. Perfume companies charge a lot for their fragranced body lotions and a lot of times they are too strong. You can get the strength you want this way and be sure you like wearing it all over.

Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion
Delectable Scent Free Body Lotion
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion #AveenoDailyChallenge
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion

9)  What happens when you buy a mascara that you just don’t like? Sometimes it’s not the mascara but it’s the wand. Here’s a way to get double duty out of mascara wands you really like. When time is up for your mascara toss it but keep the wand. Wash it well and put it aside. You’ve got it ready now to repurpose it with a different mascara. You won’t be able to screw it in so keep the original wand but you’ll have a favorite wand to revive a mascara that just wasn’t cutting it.

repurpose your old mascara wands
repurpose your old mascara wands

10) More to do with mascara wands

* use it as an eyebrow spoolie, you really don’t have to buy a separate spoolie since you can repurpose

* spray it with hair spray to hold down those little flyaways that are static prone

* a clean mascara wand can help separate your lashes before applying mascara. Instead of allowing them to clump together naturally, comb through first.

* is your gray showing at your temples? Add color to the wand and cover it up. A matte eyeshadow that matches your hair color would work for a day.

Which is your favorite hack from this list? Is there a tip you can share?

Let’s see what other tips the Top Ten bloggers have created…

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  1. Lola Seicento | 23rd Feb 16

    What great hacks, Marcia!

  2. Never Say Die Beauty | 23rd Feb 16

    Fabulous tips, Marcia! I do a few of them, but the one that I’m going to try right away is the microfiber towel for cleaning makeup brushes. I know you said you clean the brushes that had powder on them, but do you use baby shampoo on them first or will the microfiber towel do it by itself? Also, I’ve gotta check out Waxelene! thank you 🙂

  3. Krystal E | 23rd Feb 16

    I have Waxelene and never thought to use it on cuts! Love this posting!

  4. Carol | 23rd Feb 16

    Use a clean mascara wand to gently flick away the shedding hairs on your cheeks that some makeup brushes leave behind! MAC brushes she’d like crazy!

  5. Carol | 23rd Feb 16

    Use a clean mascara wand to gently flick away the shedding hairs on your cheeks that some makeup brushes leave behind! MAC brushes she’d like crazy!

  6. Nina | 23rd Feb 16

    Carbonated water to help with frizz! Really?! Living in the humid south and I’ve never heard this….you just changed my world! <3

  7. Melissa | 23rd Feb 16

    This is fantastic!! I have been using the glue and vaseline tricks for ages. I also use vaseline when I remove heavily pigmented polishes to prevent stains.

  8. Cindy (Prime Beauty) | 23rd Feb 16

    I always forget to save my mascara wands–there are so many uses for them!

  9. Erika | 23rd Feb 16

    That mascara want trick is a good one! Too bad I heaved all of my old mascaras. There were a couple of wands in there that I really liked. Oh well, they’ll come around, again.

  10. Sandy | 23rd Feb 16

    Love the Elmers Glue for manicures. Never thought of it but plan to try it

  11. Kristi V BeginNails | 23rd Feb 16

    I am now going to be keeping mascara wands!! Haven’t heard of Waxelene but that little bee on it is adorable so i must try it!

  12. Emily Draher | 24th Feb 16

    SO MANY great tips here! I am definitely going to pick up a microfiber cloth and baby shampoo the next time I’m out!

  13. Honeygirlk | 24th Feb 16

    I have heard about the elmer’s glue for nail manicures. Never tried it though. Do I let it dry before I paint my nails? If so, that would be one of those things I would struggle with because I usually paint my nails on the fly.

  14. Kath TheFabZilla | 24th Feb 16

    I like the Johnsons shampoo for makeup removal. Great hack tips!

  15. Lisa Heath | 24th Feb 16

    Great hacks list!

  16. LacquerExpression | 25th Feb 16

    Great hacks! Love the ones about mascara wands!

  17. Kristin Bassett | 25th Feb 16

    Great tips – haven’t tried most of these

  18. Ann @ Mani On The Move | 26th Feb 16

    Love all of these!!!!!

  19. Lisa Foster | 27th Feb 16

    I like the tip about using a microfiber cloth to clean brushes, I plan to try that.

  20. Joy | 28th Feb 16

    Great info, Marcia. I love the microfiber cloths, too! I found them at Doller Tree. And, the mascara wands!
    I’ve been doing this for years.
    Another tip: I keep a roll of toliet tisse on my m/u table. One square is usually enough to wipe away loose podwer e/s, etc. And, it’s soft! Just make sure you use one that doesn’t have lots of lint.
    And, surprise Tresemme! I have been conditioning my hair first & shampooing second for a few years now. It’s especially nice w/scented body washes that can be used for shampooing. It’s my first layer of scent!

  21. Phyrra | 29th Feb 16

    I love Waxelene!

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