Episode 89: Tried And True: The Beauty Hacks That Are Worth Your Time And Those To Skip
This week, we’re acting as investigative reporters doing the really hard and important work of trying new beauty hacks so that we can report back to you with what works, and what doesn’t. Just think of us as Andie Anderson a la “How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days”, calling BS on those solutions that claim to work wonders but left us less than impressed, but also raving about the tips we tried and were proven true.
Putting foundation on before concealer. Not only did it give me more under eye coverage (praise hands emoji), it also lessened the amount of concealer I needed to use because my foundation covered up little trouble spots of redness or blotchiness.
This trick for keeping my lipstick from smudging. Now, the entire process from start to finish is a bit laborious, partially because I didn’t have all the elements all in the same place. I’ve tweaked this a bit here and there to find a routine that I’ll actually use and the key elements I’ve found are: foundation first, then powder, and blot the lipstick. I have on good authority from a Sephora makeup artist that filling your lips in with the lip pencil is the key, but if I’m trying to swipe on some color right before I walk into work, I don’t have time to mess with lip liner. Maybe you can relate?
My scalp has been pretty dry and itchy, honestly, for the last few months. I think because I’ve been using more dry shampoo and texture spray I have more build up than usual. This mixture boasted to restore shine and I had read other reports that it could relieve an itchy scalp. The verdict? It lived up to the hype! When I woke up the next morning my hair was noticeably smoother and stayed that way for at least 5 days. Caveat- ACV can dry your hair out so this shouldn’t be done daily, but it’s perfect for when you notice a lot of build up or maybe after a big event where you’ve used a lot of product. I will definitely be using this again.
After a long weekend of ingesting my weight in wine and cheese, I was in need of a good detox bath. I scoured my kitchen for anything I had on hand and landed on baking soda. This detox bath claimed to help with digestive issues and skin irritation. I definitely felt my body expelling some toxins by the sheet amount of sweat pouring from my head while I sat in this bath. My stomach also felt slightly more settled, but I would need to try this again to be sure. I’m putting it in the positive category because I didn’t hate it and it did something, as evidenced by all. that. sweat.
What do you use to pat your hair dry post-shower? I usually use a towel, but I tried an old t-shirt, and I am here to report it worked! My hair wasn’t necessarily less frizzy, but just softer. Like a baby’s bottom. I would know.
Can we have an honest discussion about how often we as women are cleaning our makeup brushes? I feel like that’s the real tragedy. We’re too busy working, momming, cooking, leading our packs, that we CANNOT even wash the things closest to us. But maybe we can commit to doing this… It’s quick and easy and works. But watch yourself, don’t make too much. I recommend 1 part witch hazel, 2 parts water, a drip drop of oil (such as almond), and a drip drop of Castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s).
A warm eyelash curler for your lashes? Yessiree, Bob. This is a doable thing. Granted, the hair dryer almost wakes my kid up from his nap, but whatever. Just a little spritz with the blow dryer, don’t get it too hot, curl your lashes, and basically it’s like you paid a zillion dollars for fake lashes. You’re welcome.
“A woman is only helpless when waiting for her nail polish to dry.” Seriously, though, why does it have to take SO LONG?? We tried the whole “1-minute-ice-bath for your nails”, and we’re here to tell you, it was a big fat flop. While the allure of dunking your nails into freezing cold water for a minute of pain in order to save you an hour of waiting is tempting, it’s totally not worth it. While it does zap your nails dry, it only dries the outer layer, resulting in the dreaded peeling off of entire strips of polish. Our suggestion is to set aside a couple of hours for a proper at home manicure with your favorite Netflix show to keep you company while you sit and wait, or just schedule a proper manicure at the salon where they’ll either admonish you for reaching into your purse too quickly or you can get a fast drying polish.