Save yourself some time getting ready with these useful hacks.
How long is your morning beauty routine? When I was younger, I spent at least an hour doing my makeup or regular beauty routine. It wasn’t always because I was getting a little extra glammy – I thoroughly enjoyed the regimen.
Now, I find myself looking in the mirror every morning singing, “Wrinkle, wrinkle little star – time to open up another moisturizing jar.”
As I have gotten more seasoned – ladies, we are like fine wine: we don’t age, we mature – I have found that I don’t like wearing as much makeup, and I am spending less and less time on my beauty routine. Not because I don’t need it – trust me, I do, but because I have found some seriously great beauty hacks that help me streamline the process.
Allow me to share my mature methods with you.
Bye Bye, Under-Eye Circles
Keep your coffee grounds and use them on your eyes. This is especially useful for me for two reasons: one, I am a coffee fiend, and it is a great way to recycle my leftover coffee grounds. Two, I don’t have to wear under-eye concealer, which has always creased on me anyway. Mix one part grounds and one part coconut oil, then gently rub onto the skin. Leave for about 15 minutes and do this routine 3-4 times a week.
I know I am not the only woman who stares in the mirror and looks at her pores. Makeup can settle into large pores and accentuate blackheads if you try and cover them up. So, why not break up blackheads before they become an issue? This mask will take care of those pesky blackheads.
Mix 1 tsp warm water, 1 tsp honey, and 1 tbsp flour. Dip a cloth into the solution, then apply it to your skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Natural and beneficial, this mask has been great to my skin over irritating chemicals and peels.
Salty Hair, Don’t Care
There is nothing worse than greasy hair, but I refuse to wash my hair every day. It is horrible for your hair’s structure, and shampoos can strip your lovely locks of essential oils and nutrients. Of course, there are dry shampoos, but sometimes they leave residue on my scalp that has me wishing I’d just 86’d the idea in the first place. Instead, add 2-3 teaspoons of sea salt to your shampoo and shake. Now your roots can stay clean longer.
Free the Tatas
I am one of those women that agonizes over how, ahem – “gravitationally challenged” – my tatas have become. Have you ever seen the movie Sweetest Thing? Cameron Diaz stares in the mirror and holds her arms up and says, “twenty- two” drops her arms down and watches her tatas drop inches and tilts her head and says, “twenty-eight”.
She repeats this pattern several times and I related so much I raised my wine glass to her in a tata solute – “Yes, my sister, yes!”
So, I went on the hunt to find something I could to “perk” up my twin peaks. I found a hack that said to rub Vaseline on every night before bed, and you will notice that your breasts are firmer, and the skin is more elastic after just two weeks. Although I can’t stand the feeling sometimes, it has done wonders for me, and my skin is feeling moisturized during the Winter season.
I find that the longest part of my beauty routine is working on my eyebrows. I am terrified of micro needling and I prefer an at-home approach, but my goodness getting those babies twining is a task.
I will finally get my eyebrows on point and then inevitably itch my eye or rub my brow subconsciously, and then my beautifully sculpted eye wigs are ruined.
I found a little hack that works just as nicely as brown setting gels and brow wax. After you have filled your eyebrows just swipe a small amount of – again, Vaseline – using a clean mascara wand for an eyebrow gel replacement. It kept my brow hairs in place, and they get a good conditioning. I have also found that because my brow hairs are more conditioned, I am able to brush and sculpt them easier. A two for one!