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
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.
Use 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.
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.
“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.
- 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:There 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