Makeup Wars is going DIY

Welcome to this unusual edition of Makeup Wars. When our group of bloggers picks a subject to write about every other week we usually don’t have any disagreements but this week’s DIY was confusing for some of us. It’s not our typical type of Makeup Wars but I think that’s why it’s going to be fun and unique.

Our goal this week was to share how we do things ourselves whether it’s homemade masks or unusual manicures or beauty tricks. I’m not much of a DIY girl but I do have a few suggestions for you. Enjoy and let me know if you learned anything. — Marcia

TIP 1:

A new way to use fragrance

A new way to use fragrance

Anyone who knows me knows I am not much of a fragrance person. BUT I do have a lot of sample fragrances around so when I read this tip it made me decide to hold on to a few. If you ever run out of nail polish remover or are in a place that there isn’t any around, you can use fragrance instead. Just spritz some on a cotton ball and apply it the same way that you’d apply nail polish remover. Hold and rub and sure enough your color will come off. Since most fragrances have ethyl acetate in them and so do the removers they’ll work in the same way. But whatever you do, use this for an emergency. While your nails will smell good this can dry out your cuticles.

TIP 2:


scotch briteUse a Scotch-Brite Microfiber Cloth to clean your cosmetic brushes on a daily basis. I’ve been doing this for years. You don’t want the smooth cloths, you want them to be a little bit nubby. I wear eye makeup almost every single day but I don’t wash my brushes every day. I always have one of these microfiber cloths on my vanity and I wipe my brushes off on them. I can use the same brush for half a dozen colors if I want since I just wipe the color away.

First thing I do is fold the cloth into quarters – that gives me 4-8 days of brush cleaning before I have to wash this. When I start to do my makeup I wipe off the brush as a matter of course, it’s routine for me. By using my microfiber cloth and rubbing my brush gently on it,  I’m removing the powder without having to wash too often. Yes I could use paper towel but I don’t think it gets my brushes as clean. I don’t want to use my regular towels just in case they could get stained. I wash the cloth with my regular laundry but I don’t put it in the dryer and I don’t use fabric softener. Once it’s out of the washing machine it dries in half an hour, ready for the next day.

TIP 3:

Use Epsom Salts for beauty routines. Did you know there is an Epsom Salt Council? They have so many tips on how to use Epsom Salts for everything around the house including beauty. Lisa loves the Dr. Teal’s brand but you can use any brand you like.

dr tealsHere’s a list that they sent over for Super Bowl Sunday that I saved. I love the ideas and I love the names.

“Polished Pedicure Punt”

  • Mix ½ cup of Epsom salt with warm, soapy water.
  • Soak feet to soften skin.
  • Remove polish, cut and file nails and calluses.
  • Soak feet in Epsom salt bath for 5 minutes.

“End Zone Exfoliator”

  • For exfoliation, mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with ¼ cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.

“First-Down Facial”

  • Mix ½ tsp of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for deep-pore cleansing.
  • Massage on skin, rinse with cool water and pat dry.

“Blind-Side Bath Crystals”

  • Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with a few drops of fragrance and food coloring or ½ teaspoon of glycerin. Store in an airtight container.

TIP 4:green-teaThere are so many beauty uses for green tea that this could be a long post on its own. Two quickies are to use the tea bags for an eye compress. Now we all probably know to use cucumbers for a cooling eye compress but the reason to use green tea instead is that it contains Vitamin K which helps with dark circles and puffy eyes. Brew a cup of green tea and when it cools down soak some cotton balls in the liquid. Or save your tea bags to use them directly on your eyes.

The other use I find fascinating is to use green tea as a sunburn soother. Brew a pot and let it cool down, then make compresses with the tea to hold on to the sunburnt areas. Don’t rub. Green tea contains a high concentration of tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols and these will help ease inflammation and repair sun-damaged skin.

I hope you found this helpful. I’m actually pretty amazed that I was able to contribute to this week’s Makeup Wars. Now go see what my more accomplished DIYers have shared. – Marcia

photo credits: hand , Scotch-Brite, Dr. Teal’s,  green tea


  1. Wow, these are all great tips. I’ve never heard the fragrance polish remover idea before. Then again, I only use acetone based removers. I would image that wouldn’t work so well on glitters since non-acetone remover struggles as well.

  2. These tips are amazing! I am really in love with the microfiber cloth idea. I will definitely be adopting it! xo

  3. I had no idea that fragrance would remove polish! I use epsom salts all the time in my bath to ease soreness from running.

  4. Tip #2 is literally the best thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. I’m not even kidding, I love you.

  5. I need to try #2, I always use the Cinema Secrets now, which leaves my brushes clean in minutes, but it would be nice for cleaning off in between if I need the brush multiple times for the same look. #1 is great too!

  6. I love the microfiber cloth tip! That is awesome! I do it with baby washcloths but never thought about how much better microfiber would be!

  7. Great tips. I love using epsom salt on my feet.

  8. Oh wow, I had no idea about those sample fragrances working as makeup removers! Thanks for sharing, now I will know what to use in a pinch 🙂

  9. thanks for the tips, especially using fragrances as nail polish remover – i am ALWAYS running out.

  10. These are some pretty great tips! I had no idea that you could use fragrance samples that way!

  11. What a fun post, Marcia! I learned something on all but one tip (the fragrance as acetone). That’s a major SCORE in my book! Can’t wait to try the green teabags under my eyes, the epsom salts scrub, and that microfiber cloth tip!!!

  12. Wow, that tip about fragrance is genius. I’m always out of nail polish remover but never out of fragrance.

  13. Great DIY post! 🙂 I love reading stuff like this!

  14. I love the tip about the microfiber cloth! I’ve been using a hair donut (a tip I got from Elessa of Pursebuzz) and it’s been working really well to clean eyeshadow off my brushes!

  15. Love your tips. Never heard of using the Scotch-Brite Microfiber Cloth to clean brushes. Have to try that and the fragrance idea is great!! Super ideas! xo

  16. I’m totally trying the fragrance as nail polish remover!!

  17. Great tips! I’d never heard of using fragrance as an emergency polish remover! And, I have a bunch of microfiber cloths not getting any use right now. I’ll grab one to use for my brushes. Thanks!

  18. Great tips! I have tons of fragrance samplers, now I know I can use them too as polish remover. Sometimes I use green tea bags for puffy eyes.

  19. Definitely didn’t know that about the Green Tea for a sun burn. That is really good news!

  20. Your fragrance tip is amazing

  21. Thanks @Betzy.
    @Citizens of Beauty – I burn so easily that having some helpful hints is a necessity.
    @Kath – don’t use the fragrance too often on your nails, just in an ER.

  22. Thanks dear Moxie. I am addicted to my Scotch-Brite cloth. I have a few of them and they never get used for my house, just for me.
    @Miranda, tell me if the fragrance works for you as a polish remover.

  23. Great tip on cleaning brushes–I’m going to try those cloths, I hate washing brushes!

  24. great tips! i need to try the epsom salts!!