Beauty hacks and turning 33 goes hand in hand for me right now and whilst I am relatively comfortable (let’s be real) with how I look, I am always trying to find ways I can level up. So what better things to look for than simple beauty hacks 😊.
Here are 5 simple beauty hacks that I have tried and the tried and tested results.
1.Fake falsies with baby powder
If you are like me and just can’t quite get those falsies on for special occasions, I found this beauty hack that actually worked wonders.
First things first, when I looked this up, the first thing that came to my mind was, “how am I supposed to put baby powder on my eyelashes without getting it everywhere else“, answer, you need tools, 😊 and I found this out after my first attempt.
I had tried to use my hands (why? honestly it was just a natural thing to do at the time) but I ended up getting some powder in my eye. Anyway, I finally figured out the world’s biggest secret on how to apply baby powder to your lashes 😊, I used a cotton bud to dip into the powder, before applying it to my lashes.
I like to think I have relatively ok lashes, not short short but not overtly long, however using this method definitely gave me more definition (as opposed to length). Check out the before and after pic below and let me have your thoughts on this beauty hack, do you see a difference?
2. Long lasting fragrances
Okay, let me be honest, I am one of those people that love to compliment people on how great they smell, so guess what, I kind of want the same love 😊. But no matter how much I seem to spray (and believe me, I spray a lot on), the smell literally just disappears within 2/3 hours 😢.
I know, I know, you are probably thinking “Seyi, just spray it throughout the day“, eeerrrmmm no. Do you know how much these perfumes cost 😊. No, I had to find something that kept both me and my bank balance happy.
So what’s the secret to long lasting fragrance? Well this simple beauty hack of course 😊
a. Vaseline – Applying Vaseline to the parts of your body you want to spray helps your fragrance last longer because it locks it in and like the experts say, oilier skin retains fragrances for longer periods of time.
b. Apply perfume to pulse points – First, let’s be clear about where our pulse points are, wrists, inside your elbows, on your neck, below your midriff and behind your knees. Simply put, your pulse points are where the blood pumps near the skin’s surface and because fragrances react to heat, applying your perfume to your pulse points can help release the scent throughout the day.
I can say I have tried both these methods separately and together and yay, I finally got a comment or two at least 2 hours after I initially sprayed the perfume, so guys – RESULT! This beauty hack is something I will definitely be putting to good use 😊.
3. Honey and Sugar Lip scrub
Thank God for this beauty hack because we all have a season of chapped lips, go on, admit it, because I know I am not the only one 😊. With the way the weather has been changing from hot to cold and back again, my lips have really been feeling the pressure and Vaseline wasn’t quiet cutting it for me in the long run. So I rediscovered the honey and sugar scrub beauty hack.
Apparently you should exfoliate your lips once or twice a week to maintain soft, supple lips, and I must have missed this memo, but anyway, all that is behind me now and all I can do is move forward by adding this to my weekly routine 😊.
So, why should you exfoliate your lips? Apart from helping you to remove dry skin and soften your lips so your lipstick application is flawless, it also helps to moisten your lips and keeps them from drying out.
- Mix one teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of sugar
- Massage the mixture into your lips and leave for 10 minutes or so
- Remove with the help of a wet face washer
I have done it twice already and I can already see a big difference with my lips. They are definitely pinker (probably because of all that scrubbing 😊) but it is a lot smoother and makes my lipstick application look much better.
4. Coconut oil as a makeup remover
When I apply eye makeup, I dread applying my mascara because I always think about the hassle of getting it off at the end of the day. The wipes I use just don’t do the job and all that scrubbing is not good for my skin or my eye area. So I used good old google to help solve my problem and found this beauty hack of using coconut oil as a makeup remover.
If you didn’t already know this, you are probably wondering how? Well all you have to do is just put a little coconut oil on your fingers (you really don’t need much) and gently massage over the eye area and your face if you have full face makeup on. Then rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Depending on how heavy your make up is, you might have to repeat this a few times, but guys, it works. Yep, it really was that simple. It took off all that pesky mascara and my full face makeup right off without having to scrub my face to death 😊.
Now, I would recommend that you use organic, unrefined or cold pressed coconut oil if you are going to be using it as a makeup remover because a lower-quality coconut oil might be contaminated or poorly purified, which could lead to a breakout.
Lastly, if your face is already prone to excess moisture, then this method of removing your makeup might not be the best option for you as not all skin types are compatible with coconut oil. However, it does seems to be working for me so far, and I have combination skin. So guys, this particular beauty hack may not be for everyone.
5. Panda eyes (A.K.A Dark circles)
Whilst makeup can help me cover some of my dark circles, the majority of the time, I don’t wear makeup so waving bye bye to my panda eyes would be great.
I will be trying a 7 day challenge where I will use a turmeric concoction, so I will do a video on that and let you guys know how it goes, but in the meantime, I need a temporary fix, aka, a beauty hack. The answer? Cold spoons. Yep, cold spoons. When I first read it during my research, I was like huh? But what can I say, it sounded simple enough and like I said, I wanted a temporary fix, so why not 😊.
- Dip two clean metal spoons in water, and then chill them in the freezer for at least 10 minutes
- When they are chilled, place the rounded side of the spoons against your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes
- A bit obvious, but I am still going to mention it just in case 😊, if you plan to wear eye makeup, make sure to use the cold spoons before you apply your eye shadow, liner, and mascara.
The science behind it is that the metal (the spoon) acts as a good temperature transmitter and when applied cold to the skin, constricts the blood vessels and boost blood circulation. Therefore, it is able to reduce the redness and swelling of dark circles. Yep, you can thank me later guys 😊.
I have also written a post all about my natural hair type (not my curl pattern 😊 which is a 4c by the way) but this post is all about my hair porosity. If you want to check that out, CLICK HERE.
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