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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If you are a social being and spend your time online with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or any of the social media sites then you want to know more about INFLUENSTER. This is a free box that’s always different. I’ve gotten the Influenster Vox Box a few times to share with you while others have gotten surprise packages with a yet to be introduced product, luxury products like YSL and specific brand boxes like Maybelline or Neutrogena. You don’t have to have a blog to be an Influenster but I’m sure it helps since they are looking to spread the word about new products and experiences.

Influenster Vox Box

Influenster Vox Box

Before I got the box I had no clue what I’d find inside. Luckily I love surprises (the right kind of surprises) so I knew that I’d be in for some fun.

SinfulColors. Blue Diamond Almonds, Infusium 23, Dickinson Cleansing Cloths, Vaseline Spray Moisturizer

SinfulColors. Blue Diamond Almonds, Infusium 23, Dickinson Cleansing Cloths, Vaseline Spray Moisturizer

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER ($6.49) was the item that was the most obvious and one I’ve been very curious about so this was a thrill. I’ve read a lot of reviews about this non-greasy spray that helps to moisturize your body and was happy to give this a whirl. What’s so great about this is that I can get my back. I never have a chance to moisturize my back and really never gave it much thought before. But I do now. This is fast and easy to use, I just spray in a circular motion and it reaches all over. It absorbs quickly and dries fast too. If you can reach to rub it on that’s the best way to get it to absorb. This contains aloe and micro droplets of Vaseline.

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE SPRAY MOISTURIZER

INFUSIUM23 MOISTURE REPLENISHER ($6.99) is a leave in treatment. It’s extremely moisturizing with ingredients like Avocado Oil and Olive Oil. You don’t need much at all. As a matter of fact my advice with anything you apply to your hair is to start small as you can always add more if you want. This was created to help with frizz and lack of shine. The fragrance is a little perfumey at first but it does dissipate along the way.

INFUSIUM23 MOISTURE REPLENISHER

INFUSIUM23 MOISTURE REPLENISHER

DICKINSON’S ORIGINAL WITCH HAZEL REFRESHINGLY CLEAN CLEANSING CLOTHS ($6.99) – what a mouthful. But these cleansing cloths are surprisingly nice. They are both soap and fragrance free to my delight. They are great for removing the oils from the day as well as makeup but they are not recommended for eyes. There are 25 cleansing cloths in the package which is a good size. The top peels back and then seals pretty well to keep the other cloths damp. The wipes contain aloe and botanicals so even though they are fragrance free there is a slight natural smell to them. I go through a lot of cleansing cloths when I’m swatching for the blog so it’s nice to have gentle ones that don’t dry me out.

DICKINSON'S WITCH HAZEL CLEANSING CLOTHS

DICKINSON’S WITCH HAZEL CLEANSING CLOTHS

SINFULCOLORS nail polish in REAL TEAL ($1.99) is one of my favorites in this box. I’m a huge fan of SinfulColors polishes because they last and last on me. I’ve been wearing different shades of theirs for the last few weeks actually. Real Teal is one of their Silk polishes. It’s a metallic teal that’s beautiful. A perfect summer shade.

SINFULCOLORS nail polish in REAL TEAL

SINFULCOLORS nail polish in REAL TEAL

Now to the good stuff – just ask my husband. Inside the box was a package of BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS in BOLD SIRACHI FLAVOR ($1.59). Since I don’t do hot stuff I knew someone who did and he was very happy to be the one to finally get something from one of my many packages. This is the perfect size too for a snack (better have water nearby!). Almonds are good protein and I’d be happy to have these without the Siracha.

BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS in BOLD SIRACHI FLAVOR

BLUE DIAMOND ALMONDS in BOLD SIRACHI FLAVOR

INFLUENSTER SUNSHINE VOXBOX even sent coupons and I can’t wait to take one of these to the store. It’s for a free 4.7 oz bag of BARK THINS ($4.99). If you’ve never had barkTHINS you don’t know what you are missing. It’s a twist on a traditional chocolate bark. They have different ingredients added to them like pretzels, pumpkin seeds, whole blueberries or toasted quinoa. We’ve bought these several times in the big Costco size bag so now I want to get a flavor we haven’t tried yet. In addition to the barkTHINS I received several coupons for $3.00 any Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Product.

Sunshine VoxBox coupons for barkTHINS and Dickinson's

Sunshine VoxBox coupons for barkTHINS and Dickinson’s

Have you applied to Influenster yet? If not, now’s the time. I’m sure that you would enjoy getting a package of products in the mail just because you are a social being. — Marcia

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