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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Workout favorites with Makeup Wars

When Makeup Wars decided that they would do a post about workout favorites I was sort of stumped. I’m not a gym rat. As a matter of fact I scurry away from the gym. But since August I am in a gym at least 3 times a week though it’s for physical therapy. It’s the most workout I’ve gotten since writing those checks for my gym memberships that I never actually used.

At first I had nothing on my face other than sunscreen but now that I’m out and about I’m usually coming from somewhere or going somewhere so I do some makeup after all. This list is what I usually chose from when going to do my exercises.
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LAVANILA HEALTHY DEODORANT in Lemon Vanilla – Lavanila’s deodorant comes in 7 different fragrances and two sizes. It’s a solid stick deodorant and never sticky. I find it gets me through my therapy sessions no matter how long they last and I still feel fresh as the day goes on. A full size is $14 (mini’s are $8) and I’ve barely made a dent in the months I’ve used it.
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WAXELENE LIP TUBE is the product I’ve been using since the weather changed. There’s no color but I don’t usually want much color when I’m working out. This is a great protectant. I have a giveaway going on for a tube if you want to enter.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM comes in 5 sheer shades plus clear. If I want just that touch of color then I like to wear it in Natural Rose. I get the comforting lip balm with Vitamin E and color in one little tube.
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IT COSMETICS CC CREAM is one of several CC Creams that I reach for. I also like Pur Minerals CC Cream and the pick of 2014 CoverFX. I’m on my second tube of the one from IT Cosmetics and I’ve completely transformed my sister into being a fan of this CC Cream and the brand. This gives me plenty of coverage, SPF50, anti-aging benefits and hydration. Plus when I’m done working out my skin isn’t dripping color.
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PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH POWDER is what I use to set the CC Cream. This silky soft powder gets raves from me every day. It works wonders setting any foundation or CC/BB Cream and it makes my skin look finished. I rave about this all the time and I’m doing it again!
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MAYBELLINE COLOR TATTOO – I have several shades of Color Tattoo eyeshadows though I tend to wear the base shades like Nude Compliment or Barely Beige on workout days. These wear like iron on me so they are perfect for any time I want color that isn’t going to budge.
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MAKEUP GEEK GEL EYELINER is one of my favorite brands of gel eyeliner. I think a gel is perfect for the days you want to wear some makeup yet need your exercise. They never budge on the top lashline though sometimes they’ll wear off a little on the bottom lashline. Makeup Geek makes this in 8 shades, I wear Mobster (brown) all the time.
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EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH MASCARA is my OMG mascara. I am in love with this mascara and always have one open. I usually buy mine from Dermstore. This dark black mascara has an innovative tube that allows you to go from “nice lashes” to “va va voom”. Eddie always notices when I’m wearing it.
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MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA is my favorite mascara that I can pick up at the drugstore. It sells out quickly so when I see it I’ll usually pick one up just in case. It’s not va va voom like Eddie’s is but it doesn’t smudge and gives me well defined eyelashes.
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PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH was supposed to be reviewed way back in the summer. My best makeup friend raved about this line so much that I had to buy it and see what the fuss was about. Since then I’ve used it constantly. I prefer this liquid blush on the days I’m going to be getting ‘moist’ because it’s more like a stain. It doesn’t ever wipe off. It stays where it belongs. It will fade during the day so I sometimes have to refresh it but in general it lasts really well.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEER CHEEK GEL makes me look like I already have that workout glow before I even get in the gym. I have it in Rosy which was on one of my wishlists a long time ago. I love the stain and I love the ease of it. It’s easy to pop into my bag in case I feel the need to touch up but I rarely have to.
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Considering that this is all new to me, this post made me realize what has become important on the days I want to remain fresh and need to do my therapy. I’m sure my fellow Makeup War warriors have some great suggestions including what clothes to wear and I can’t wait to read them. What would you recommend that I add to this list? — Marcia

*some products sent for editorial consideration while others are purchases

Waxelene – a winter savior giveaway

Waxelene Lip Balm

Waxelene Lip Balm

Earlier today I did a Top Ten post about winter saviors and Waxelene was one of my choices. There’s a very good reason for that. This is a product that you need for your dry winter lips. I received it this summer and used it sporadically. I forgot about it until my first cold of the season struck. Suddenly my lips were dry and hurting. I needed relief.

Waxelene

Waxelene

Waxelene is a name that doesn’t draw me in but the product is worth overlooking that. This is an all natural lip gel that has no petroleum in it. It isn’t greasy but you can feel it on your lips. It’s very soothing. I don’t wear it under most lip colors but as soon as I’m home for the day, on it goes.

Waxelene calls themselves “the petroleum jelly alternative”. It gives you the relief that you think of with petroleum jelly but the texture is much more pleasant to use. According to their website: Waxelene® is revolutionizing skin care. It creates the same waterproof barrier that doctors recommend petroleum jelly for but contains no petroleum or hydrogenated oil. Instead we use our patented aeration process that won’t clog pores and makes Waxelene® highly effective for any kind of dry skin. Not only that, it can be used for hundreds of other things just like petroleum jelly.”

Waxelene

Waxelene

There’s no fragrance from Waxelene and it’s cruelty free. The main ingredients are Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Natural Vitamin E Oil and Rosemary Oil. The size I have is the lip tube ($3.99, 0.25 oz) and it also comes in a flip top tube ($4.99) as well as in jars ($8.99/2 oz and $17.99/9 oz).

2 oz jar of Waxelene

2 oz jar of Waxelene

Now why would you want a jar of this? Because it’s not just for lips. Waxelene is good for dry skin, baby bottoms, after shave, anti-chafing. removing makeup and much more. Rub it on the heels of your feet or your elbows and you’ll notice the difference within days. You can find Waxelene online or at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS and Whole Foods.waxelene back

For this giveaway we’ll have 2 winners of a lip tube for an international giveaway. It’s a small prize but one you’ll adore if you win it. The giveaway ends on 1/11/15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected] so you can continue adding your Rafflecopter options. I know you’ll love this if you win or if you purchase it. — Marcia

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*product sent by PR for review and giveaway

Top Ten Winter Helpers

1419727169_waxelene_lip_balm_tube_0WAXELENE Lip Balm, the Petroleum Jelly Alternative – I not only have a review of this scheduled for later today (12/30/14) but I also have a giveaway for this. I have a ton of lip balms that I can recommend to you but Waxelene is different since it’s soothing and healing plus it has so many uses. It’s more than a lip balm, it’s for dry skin, diapers, chapped lips, makeup removal etc. It comes in many sizes including this lip tube. A winner at only $3.99.*
1419727088_lip-rx-kit-800x800GABRIEL RX LIP KIT containing a lip balm and a lip scrub – a review is coming up for this kit soon. It contains a lip scrub to help banish the flakies and make your lips soft and smooth to prepare for lipsticks. It also contains a great lip balm that is great under lipstick.*
1419727038_31axlo1yjel._sy300_MIRACLE OF ALOE, MIRACLE FOOT REPAIR – I have a lot of foot creams that I use for softer feet but this is my miracle foot cream. My feet were such a wreck after the harsh water of the hospital and a month without showering that I thought I’d never get them back to normal. I slathered this on twice a day and my feet are so smooth now that it’s hard to believe. I’ve bought it several times and it’s something that’s shared by my family.
1419726913_1195078AVEENO SKIN RELIEF MOISTURE REPAIR – This is a winter savior and it’s fragrance free!! It’s for the dryest of skin which is what happens to mine in the winter. Last winter’s Polar Vortex made me rush out to purchase this.
1419726840_rocgoldday30_fulRoC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE DAILY MOISTURIZIER WITH SPF 30 – A long name for an excellent product. It’s not a heavy moisturizer so your skin can breathe easily. The SPF30 is great because it’s broad spectrum.*
1419726783_fvlbodybutterLAVANILA BODY BUTTER in Fresh Vanilla Lemon – La Vanila makes this in several fragrances so you can pick the one you like best. It contains 100% pure shea & cocoa butters so it’s a great winter protectant. You’ll smell good and you’ll feel soft. Full review (and a giveaway) will be coming up.*
1419726698_lemon_hc_largeBE DELECTABLE HAND CREAM in Lemon + Cream – I love the be Delectable line and can recommend all their products. I chose the Hand Cream today because while I need a hand cream all year, I’m desperate for it in winter. It contains mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your hands and cuticles. The smell of the lemon is divine.*
1419726602_large_dnabarrierNEOVA DNA BARRIER – This is one of my favorite moisturizers for night. I love how this feels on my skin and how my skin looks when I wake up the next morning. It’s rich but doesn’t clog pores, it has no fragrance, it’s soothing and it’s wonderful. I just finished one and I’m ordering another for sure. *
1419726516_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP ANTI-AGING CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM – This turned into my favorite sunscreen. If the product that I’m using for daytime moisturizing doesn’t have sunscreen then it’s Supergoop to the rescue. No fragrance which is important to me. Gentle and non-greasy. It works great with or without makeup. I wrote about it in July and I am writing about it again at the end of December so it’s a love all year round.*
1419726422_aaa_oil_30ALGENIST ADVANCED ANTI-AGING REPAIRING OIL – I’ve grown to love oil on my face but they aren’t all created equal. This past summer I was testing one by Yes to Blueberries and while the price was right, I finally gave up on it since it was too heavy. An oil needs to be gently absorbed and not sit on top of your skin. Algenist does just that. You can use a few drops or mix it with a serum. Either way it’s protecting my skin this winter and helping with the dehydration that I see.
There are a lot more products that I could have included in this Top Ten list but these are the ones in my current rotation. They are all products I’m thrilled to count as winter saviors. — Marcia
See what the other Top Ten ladies want to share so you can get through this winter.


*some items sent for editorial consideration, some purchased by me and some sent have been repurchased.