10 Brilliant Beauty Hacks That Save You Cash

Beauty emergencies fall into two main categories: You run out of an important product when you need it most; or you discover you’ve had an appearance disaster. In the worst-case scenario, both hit at the same time. The good news? A clever, inexpensive solution may be as close as the medicine cabinet or the kitchen. The 10 best beauty hacks for common crises follow.
 “OMG, I’m out of….”
Mascara: The classic hack is a touch of petroleum jelly applied with a mascara wand or spoolie brush to make lashes shiny so they look longer and thicker. Or, if you’ve got a nearly empty or dried out mascara tube, add a few drops of contact-lens saline solution to get the last bit of color out.
Makeup remover: Grab the coconut oil from the kitchen. Apply it to your face to melt makeup and wipe off gently with a warm washcloth. Bonus: It will leave your skin feeling super soft.
Toner: Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of water and spray or dab onto your face. This isn’t a hack for every day because even diluted vinegar is too acidic for regular use on facial skin, but it’s okay in an emergency.
Cuticle cream: Use lip balm. Out of lip balm? Petroleum jelly also works in a pinch.
Dry shampoo: Spray the roots of your hair lightly with spray starch and brush out. Alternative: baby powder. Only apply a small amount!
“Uh oh, I have a problem! It’s….”
A self-tanning mistake: Baking soda to the rescue! If you overtanned your knees, palms, or elbows, make a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub it on the area where you need to remove tanner. Wipe off.
A too-prominent part: If your hair is thin, you may have too much scalp showing at your part. Smooth some brown eye shadow at your roots to fake thicker hair.
A pimple: White toothpaste (not the gel kind) works to shrink that one-time angry red zit. It’s okay in an emergency to dot a little bit onto a pimple, but it’s too harsh to use widely on facial skin. You can also try a warm, moist teabag to quell the inflammation.
Under-eye bags: Teabags save the day again! This time, chill two dampened teabags briefly in the freezer before lying down and applying them to the undereye area for 5 to 10 minutes. The astringent effect of the tannin in the tea leaves plus the cool moisture should help relieve the puffiness.
Hat hair: If your hair is frizzed out because you’ve been wearing a knit hat or the weather is dry, just swipe a dryer sheet over it to tame the static. Or rub a tiny amount of petroleum jelly on the surface of your palms and smooth it over your hair to settle down flyaways.


Strobing 101

A Beginner’s Guide to Makeup’s Hottest Trend

A lower-maintenance cousin to last season’s contouring craze, strobing uses well-applied highlighter to emphasize the areas of your face that get the most natural light. The result? A youthful, dewy and radiant sheen that looks amazing on everyone. Better still, unlike contouring, you don’t need a ton of time to achieve maximum impact. In fact, one of our favorite things about this hot, hot, hot makeup trend is just how easy it is to execute!
Here’s your guide to strobing in five simple steps:
First, moisturize!
Dry, flaky skin is not a good look! So, before you get started, make sure your skin is well-hydrated. Choose the moisturizer that’s right for your skin type (oily, dry, combination or normal). Then, apply your foundation…. or don’t. One more perk of this on-point trend is that it works whether you start fresh-faced or apply on top of your base!
Next up, select your highlighter
Champagne, pink and gold tones work best for most complexions – and JAFRA’s White Soufflé Highlighter is made specifically to be versatile. It will work for most skin tones. However, if you’re super pale (think: Snow White) you may want to opt for an even more pearlescent or slightly silver hue. Likewise, if your natural skin tone is darker than olive, start by trying neutral peach tones until you find the right fit.
Which you’ll know for sure only once you begin to…
Apply the highlighter
Starting at the top of your face, focus on prominent areas – those that would catch the most light. Not sure what that means? The center of your forehead, below your browbones, your nose, your cheekbones, the corners of your eyes and above the cupid’s bow are great places to start. Once you’re satisfied you’ve hit the most reflective surfaces, it’s time to…
Blend it in
But not so much that the highlighter winds up all over your face. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking oily as opposed to glowing. A big, soft brush should do the trick in most cases.
And finally, finish your look
Apply any complimentary products like blush and eye shadow, opting, if you dare, for those with a little added shimmer to go with the flow – or in this case, your glow!


Be Good to the Skin You’re in

Skincare blunders you may not be aware of can be compromising your efforts to achieve glowing skin.  To keep your complexion at its very best, watch out for unexpected skin hazards that cause breakouts, irritation, dryness and aging.
Good Phone Hygiene
Unless you are wiping it clean daily, your cell phone can be a hotbed of smudge from makeup, sweat, grease and dirt. After all, you’re taking the phone everywhere, setting it down and passing it around—so it’s bound to get grimy. “This harbors bacteria that can aggravate your skin,” says Pragna Chakravarti, JAFRA’s Chief Scientific Officer.
Pillowcase Practices
Your pillowcase can undermine your complexion, too.  Wash it weekly and don’t share your pillow with anyone who uses hair gels, face creams or other products that will leave a deposit on the case.  “If not cleaned regularly, says Chakrvarti, “germs can cause bumps and irritation.”
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If your face gets taut and irritated, be aware that long hot showers lasting more than 15 minutes dry out your skin. Try turning down the water temperature and always follow up with a hydrating facial moisturizer. When blow drying wet hair, be careful not to aim the dryer nozzle at your face. You’ll avoid jeopardizing your skin’s glow.
Workouts and Wash-ups
After a hot yoga session, a daylong hike, or any other workout that causes you to sweat, wash your face immediately afterwards. “Sweat is loaded with things that are meant to be excreted from the skin. Staying sweaty for long periods leads to clogged pores,” says Chakrvarti.  If there aren’t any facilities for washing up, at least use a face wipe. It won’t do the same job as your cleanser and water, but it will remove some of the grime.


Get Hot Hands...

With or Without Long Nails

If hand care is not part of your beauty regimen, it should be! Hands are one of the first body parts to show signs of aging and they are on display 24 hours a day – which is all the more reason to take exceptionally great care of them! The good news is that soft, sexy hands are not as hard to come by as you may think – even if you don’t have long fingernails. A little TLC goes a long way. Don’t believe? Try these tips:

You slough off the dead skin on your face, décolletage and even your feet – why not your hands? Take whatever extra scrub you’ve got left after a deep facial cleansing and rub it on your hands to lighten/lessen dark spots and keep skin soft and smooth.
Show your cuticles some love!
One of the keys to strong nails lies in a healthy nail bed. By pushing your cuticles back and oiling them (being sure to get under the cuticle itself… just not too far), you’ll give even the most delicate nails a fighting chance. You’ll also improve the overall appearance of your hands! Trim those hangnails, ladies… as long as you’re careful while doing it!
Don’t be afraid of polish!
Short or long, a clear coat of polish (or non-toxic color) will not only help strengthen your nails, it’ll give you a put together look. If regular manicures are out of the question and you’re not super-skilled with DIY painting, try decals. Short nailed girls, take note: some of the trendiest ones are actually designed for you!
And finally, amp up the moisture!
The importance of replenishing moisture cannot be overstated – especially on thin skin! To help you remember to replenish your hands any time you wash them (or the dishes!), keep a bottle of your favorite moisturizer by your sink. While you’re at it, throw a bottle in your purse. A little dab a few times a day, especially during the colder months, will help your hands stay soft and youthful. Just be sure to keep it on the backs of your hands – this way, your fingertips and palms aren’t greasy when you touch your steering wheel, smartphone, computer keyboard, etc.
For an extra boost, try slathering your hands in salve at night before bed and wearing cotton gloves to sleep. It’ll have the same effect of a paraffin dip and done regularly, will last longer!
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