Before we get into the details of the post shall we take a moment and applaud this 20th post on my blog! A big THANK YOU to all those wonderful people who have liked, commented and disliked whatever I have put up here! You appreciation as well as criticism means a lot to me! I am just two days away from “A month into blogging” milestone, and the past days have just flown by! The experience has been amazing and I am sort of getting better at managing time between home, full time work and blogging! A special thanks to my lovely husband without whom none of this is possible!
Before you reject this post seeing that random old T shirt as rubbish, let me explain! Over the few years that I have been consciously taking care of myself and actually investing time and money into it, I have learnt a few things on the way in the form of advice, tips and tricks. I’m sure all of us follow our own wisdom when it comes to beauty and health, I thought ill share a few of mine with you!
1) The T-Shirt trick: Lets get that ugly t-shirt out of the way shall we?! I actually came across an article on Byrdie which got me onto this one. After washing my hair, instead of wrapping a towel around it or drying it with a towel, I use a soft and old T-Shirt! The older and tattered the better. I have been doing it for the past month or so and it has reduced my hair breakage tremendously! The logic behind this is, the texture of a t-shirt is much less coarse so the cuticles and actual hair does not get caught in it, and due to lack of friction everything is smooth and nice! It may take longer to dry, but another advantage of this trick is natural waves!
I usually bathe before sleeping, and my hair-washing happens then. After keeping my wet hair wrapped in a t-shirt for about an hour before I go to sleep, I keep dabbing it between the t-shirt fabric and make sure all the water is out, and then just go to sleep. On days when my hair needs extra care I rub a serum on the ends. Next morning lovely curly hair glory!
2) Another one for the tresses: This advice rescued my hair from the depths of hair-gloom! I had the most dry and frizzy hair possible not very long ago! This genius of a hair dresser that I go to, asked me on one of my first visits, how I conditioned my hair if at all I did! I always condition my hair but it never had much of an affect, to which he pointed out the simplest of things: towel dry your hair after shampooing and before conditioning! Oh God! How did I not see it myself! This was a life saver!
Getting rid of excess water from the hair before conditioning, exposes the hair more and the conditioner is able to work on the actual hair strand instead of the water that coats it! Try this and thank the hair dresser later! :P
3) Half the refrigerator is for my beauty stash: Oh yes it is! My husband is royally irked when there is no place in our tiny fridge for the freshest produce because the Clinique’s, Chanel’s and Dior’s are residing there! The three things I definitely store in a cold storage are A) Eye creams B) Face Mists C) Nail polishes.
Cold storage not only prolongs the shelf life of most skin care and liquid makeup it also keeps them fresh and increases their potency, especially eye creams. Start storing your eye cream tubes and pots in the fridge and you may never need an eye roll on! Same goes for face mists, specially in Summer, when nothing can beat the feeling of a cold spray of natural goodness on your face!
The nail polish trick is new but totally works. I somehow manage to fit all my expensive nail paints in the fridge. I don’t use them very regularly so keeping them in the fridge keeps them from spoiling and getting thickened.
4) Fail-proof eyebrows: Guess what! I came up with this one when I was struggling with filling my brows, and a few days later I discovered the amazing Lisa Eldridge and she did her brows the same way! The actual trick is simple, instead of brushing your brows in place before you fill them up with either powder or pencil, brush them downwards so that all the gaps are properly exposed. Then just go ahead fill those areas in the direction of the hair (which is downwards at this point). Now brush them back in place!
This has always given me the most naturally filled brows. Love this one!
5) Jojoba oil is still good for you: Yes oils are totally in right now and this one was raved about a lot last year while this year is dedicated to Coconut oil and its goodness! I use Jojoba oil on a Q tip to remove eye makeup and coat my lashes for some healthy volume! Its non scented, non stingy, not very thick, stays the same in cold weather and amazing for hair growth! ‘nuf said!
6) A full pout in a jiffy: Inspite of hoarding like a zillion lipsticks, nothing gives me a more natural pout than a good lip pencil on a good lip balm! Lip pencils usually have a harder formula so need some medium to get them working. I usually work some Reve de miel or any non shiny slightly thick lip balm on my lips, then go around with a lip pencil on my entire lip, not really worrying about the shape ( its all natural after all). I find MAC pencils to be the best out there with Spice and Dervish my favorites. Naturally full pout in under a minute!
7) My nose needs to shine: yeah most of us will hate the idea of a shining nose, but when done very precisely and subtly it adds dimension to the face. Whenever I add blush to my cheek I make sure to touch a little bit on top of my nose on the bridge. That tiny bit makes everything look very natural and tied up.
When highlighting, for everyday i use the tiniest amount possible of the 8 hour cream just at the “C” at the corner of my eyes and then run the remaining on my finger, down the bridge of my nose. A bulb suddenly glows! This is the best makeup trick that I picked up and I do it every every time! Its the best!
8) Natural creamy mascara: This one works for me, may not work for you if you have sensitive eyes. I use shiny lipbalm like vaseline, 8 hour cream or the Rose petal salve on my lashes to give then shine and instant volume. This is specially good for colder weather, as the balm is not too flowy and nourishes my lashes while giving it that kick! Natural mascara without the gloopines and clumps!
Which of these do you like best? What are your beauty hacks? I would absolutely love to know!
Happy Hump Day!