Friday, 28 September 2012

Best Beauty Tips I Have Heard Recently

How to remove glitter polish

1. Saturate small pieces of cotton with nail polish remover
2. Place one piece of saturated cotton on each finger (for easier manoeuvering, do just one hand at a time).
3. Cover each piece of saturated cotton with a small piece of aluminum foil.
4. Let them sit for 1 full minute.
5. Pull cotton, aluminum foil (and polish!) off in one swipe!
6. Use additional remover to get off any residual pieces but do not rub. (Rubbing the polish off will only stain your cuticles and can further damage and weaken nails in much the same way over exfoliating your skin can.)

Exfoliating Baking Soda Face Mask

I read recently in Marie Claire that Amber Valetta regularly uses baking soda face masks at home to keep her skin looking fresh and young.  If I can look half as good as her when I'm older then I'll be a happy bunny! Apparently baking soda dries up the oil on the skin, speeding the healing of existing blemishes and minimizing the occurrence of future break outs. It's inexpensive, contains no harsh chemicals, is fragrance-free, alcohol-free and is all natural.

You just mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water in a little bowl until a nice thick paste forms. This will give you enough to cover your face, neck and chest if you want to exfoliate that too.  Starting with clean skin, cover each area slowly using a GENTLE circular motion. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, and gently rinse away. After your skin will feel a bit tingle, and it will be in need of some moisture. Pop on your usual moisturiser. After doing this, my skin feels like velvet!  I have talked loads before about the aspirin mask which has a similar effect.

Don’t use Vaseline et al

Cocoa/shea butter based balms actually moisturise your lips. Vaseline creates a near impenetrable barrier but does not actually moisturise, and lips can apparently become 'dependent' on petroleum jelly.  They then need it just for basic protection because they've become accustomed to it for so long.  The more you use it, the drier your lips seem to become...and so it goes on.  I love the Korres Lip Butters.

Speedy Hair Fix

You know those days when you want to look like you have made an effort but just don't have the time to section off your hair and thoroughly curl it with tongs? Well I have a tip I found on Pinterest to give you relaxed wavy hair that looks like you HAVE made an effort and only takes a matter of a few mins.  

1. Apply some heat protection spray and serum to the ends of your hair.
2. Split and braid your hair into two sections and tie with a rubberband. 
3. Twist the braid away from your face and then twist the flat iron onto your hair in the same direction your hair is twisted. 
4. Do not touch rubberband or else you will get that weird crease. 
5. Repeat this process twice! After hair is cooled, then take them out and run your fingers through the braid.
6. Apply hairspray as required to give some more volume.

Ta-dah! Relaxed waves in a jiffy!

Maximise your bath time

If you suffer from dry skin or just want to give yourself a super moisturising bath treat, then oats are the way to go! Just fill a muslin cloth with rolled oats (not instant oats), tie the top tightly and drop into the bath as you run it.  Don't put the oats in the water on their own as this will clog your drains!

Oats are a natural skin soother, they hydrate and stop your skin from drying out.  After doing this my skin feels sooo soft.  Try it!

What are the best beauty tips you have heard about recently?


  1. thanks for these, they are really interesting!

  2. These are some great tips. I am definitely going to try the hair one. x

  3. I used to do the hair one a lot, gives nice relaxed waves. Have you heard about the pva glue tip for glitter nail polish? You paint your nails with pva glue, let it dry and then apply your glitter nail polish, when you want to take it you just peel off the glue. I haven't tried it yet, but I think I'll give it a go! x

  4. Wow I hadn't heard of the hair tip - will have to try it out! :) x

    :: LUCYSLUXE ::

  5. oooh, I really want to try the relaxed waves tip now! thanks for sharing xx

  6. Love these tips! I always wondered if they baking soda tip was actually true.
    Will have to try it out :)

  7. Such great tips, I'm off to try the hair tip now x x


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