If you want to wake up with clear skin, removing makeup the night before is essential. I use a variety of methods and products to remove my makeup. When I do not have a makeup remover on hand I substitute natural methods for my beloved remover. Here are 3 methods I rotate between:
1. Use coconut oil
Coconut oil has a range of benefits for your hair, skin, and nails. Combining coconut oil with a soft facial cloth is a quick way to remove stubborn makeup. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your fingertips and gently rub your face to melt makeup.
2. Combine honey and baking soda
This simple combination acts as both a makeup remover and a cleanser. Start by adding a small amount of baking soda to raw honey. Add a few drops of essential oil and whip the mixture until it forms a paste. Apply with a facecloth, and you have a gentle, effective makeup remover!
3. Use chapstick
This method may surprise you. Chapstick is an effective eye makeup remover. Swipe a small amount of chapstick onto your eyelid or underneath and gently rub it in with a cotton ball to remove makeup residue.
What is your favourite way to remove makeup?
Maintaining healthy, shiny hair can seem like the ultimate challenge. I often find myself wondering: How well am I cleansing? Are my heated styling tools too harsh? Here are tips I use weekly to keep my tresses healthy and strong.
Don’t over-wash your hair
Unless your hair is very oily, it is best to wash it every other day. Washing hair daily causes dryness and breakage. Over-washing hair strips strands of their natural oils. If you want hair to feel squeaky-clean every day, try using a dry shampoo in-between each wash.
Take care when brushing
Using a wide-tooth comb when brushing wet hair will prevent breakage. Your hairbrush should contain softer bristles to keep strands soft and even. It is a good idea to brush through hair every morning and night to remove dirt, dust, and dryness.
Condition, condition, condition
Condition hair regularly to maintain softness. I condition daily. A moisturizing conditioner strengthens hair and prevents dryness. If your hair feels limp or oily from conditioning, reduce your conditioning regime and only apply conditioner to the ends of hair.
Concealer is one of my holy-grail makeup products. While I use it daily to conceal blemishes, it has become a versatile tool in my makeup kit. A lightweight, buildable concealer formula is ideal for use in unexpected ways:
1. Use it as an eyelid primer
Concealer quickly became my eyelid primer. Priming your eyelids with concealer creates a smooth, even base for eyeshadow. Gently dab concealer on your lid before applying eyeshadow for crease-free, vibrant color. Concealer is also an excellent primer for the lips because it neutralizes your lips’ natural hue.
2. Enhance your contour
Once you’ve contoured your cheekbones, use concealer to “reverse contour” by applying concealer above and below where you’ve applied your bronzer. This trick will sharpen the contrast between your contour and highlight, chiseling your cheekbones.
3. Brighten your eyes
I adore using concealer to brighten my eyes. Dab concealer to the inner corner of your eye and below the browbone for an instant lift. Applying concealer underneath the eyes will brighten and add dimension to your face.
Do you have any creative uses for concealer?
I recently discovered the incredible product that is micellar water. I’ve tried both micellar waters from Marcelle and Garnier with great results! I use this product daily to remove my makeup and refresh my skin, but did you know that the cleansing product can be used in unexpected ways? Here are three other ways to use micellar water that you might not know about!
What is micellar water?
Micellar water is a cleansing product for the skin that is composed of purified water and micelles, which help pull impurities, makeup, and dirt from the skin when soaked into a cotton pad.
Unexpected Ways to Use Micellar Water
Use it as a toner
Micellar water acts as a great toner. It is a cleanser that acts similar to a toner, but it doesn’t contain the oil-stripping ingredients that are often found in toners. Micellar water can be used as a toner after you cleanse your skin and before applying the rest of your skincare products.
Use it as a makeup brush cleaner
Because micellar water removes dirt and oil on the skin, it can also do the same for makeup brushes! If you don’t have a makeup brush cleaner on hand, micellar water can replace it in a pinch. Simply switch the micellar water for where you would brush cleaner and clean your brushes as normal.
Hydrate your skin on-the-go
I regularly use micellar water if I need to refresh my skin and don’t have my trusty MAC Fix+ nearby. A small bottle of micellar water fits into purses and bags for easy transportation. The product is refreshing and works well in a pinch.
Do you use micellar water?
Even if you weren’t born with long, voluminous lashes, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get them with a few easy tricks. I love experimenting with new tips and ideas to apply mascara to lengthen and enhance my natural lashes. Here are my top tips to enhance eyelashes with mascara!
Twirl your mascara wand for maximum effect
Twirl your mascara wand inside the tube instead of pumping it to avoid letting excess air into the product. Pumping the wand into the tube increases the likelihood that bacteria will get into the mascara. Twirling your mascara wand inside the tube will also help dispense extra product onto the wand.
Find the best wand shape for your eyes
Not all mascara wands are one-size-fits-all. If you have monolids or a smaller eye shape, a smaller mascara wand will enable to reach all your lashes. The point of mascara is to ensure that it reaches all your lashes. If you have a smaller eye shape, look for a smaller shaped mascara wand.
Curl your lashes for 10 seconds at a time
Your eyelashes are fragile, so they should only be curled once at a time. Hold your eyelash curler on your lashes for 10 seconds to give them volume without causing them to loosen from your eyelid.
What is your favourite tip for applying mascara?
Blogging takes time and effort. I’ve learned a few lessons since I began my blog, and have compiled a breakdown of some of things I wish I’d known when I started my blog that I will share with you.
Maintaining social media can be tiring
It takes time and work to maintain various social media accounts. As I write this post, I mentally note that I’ve barely opened my Instagram app in days. I sometimes feel pressure to consistently post on my blog and social media, but it is a good idea to take a break from posting. Consistently posting and preparing content can feel draining and it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay if you don’t have posts prepared for every day of the week!
Writing about topics that you are passionate about will majorly benefit your blog. If you aren’t passionate about your niche and ideas, you’ll find it difficult to make it as a blogger.
Joining social media groups in your niche will be helpful
I’ve joined multiple Facebook and Twitter groups related to beauty and lifestyle topics since I began my blog. These groups are beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it’s wonderful to have a place where other bloggers share the same ‘language’ as you do. I also adore these groups when I’m stuck for inspiration. Finding new bloggers or content to read is an excellent source of inspiration when you encounter writer’s block.
Blogger’s block is inevitable. I’ve often found myself staring at a blank page and a blinking cursor, willing myself to write a new post. In the past few months, I’ve lacked inspiration and sheer willpower to write new content. Now that I’ve become re-inspired to write new posts, I’m sharing three quick ways you can overcome blogger’s block too!
Breathe new life into your writing or workspace
Where do you typically write your blog posts? I do most of my writing in an office space that became cluttered with extra items that are unrelated to my work or the overall space. I refreshed the space by dedicating my desk solely to my blogging and introduced fresh flowers into the space. You’ll be surprised at how refreshed and motivated you feel once your workspace has been revitalized.
Set deadlines for yourself
While I write this post, I’m aiming to have written all my content this week by 9pm today – Sunday. Creating a deadline for yourself is a great way to stay motivated and on-task with your writing. For me, having a deadline is an extra source of motivating to get tasks accomplished.
Search for inspiration
You can find new inspiration in almost anything. Seek out new reading materials, explore your surroundings, or get into nature to overcome a blogging block. I recently started exploring new WordPress blogs and searching through my ‘Explore’ and ‘Tags’ feeds to inspire myself to start writing fresh content.
What are some tips that you use to overcome writers block?