Wednesday, July 22, 2015


beauty hacks tips and tricks

Let’s be real for a second.  We’re busy people and if there are any beauty hacks or shortcuts out there we need to know about them.  That’s where I come in.   Over the years I have picked up so many amazing beauty tips & tricks that I find it only my sincerest obligation to share them with all of you.    A well-mastered hack can help you escape many a beauty emergency, revive old products, and help you shorten your makeup routine.   Keep reading to learn my 22 game changing, or should I say life changing! beauty hacks.  Clumpy mascara and frizzy strands, begone!!

21 Game Changing Beauty Hacks You Need to Know
  1.  If you’re having trouble covering up a zit due to dry skin, dab a little Vaseline on the spot and then go in with your concealer.  This should only be used for special occasions as Vaseline has a tendency to clog pores, but as a last resort this tip is great for helping concealer adhere and lay smoothly on the skin.
  2. Have lashes that don’t want to stay curled?  After going in with a trusty eyelash curler coat lashes with a thin coat of waterproof mascara and after allowing that to dry proceed with your mascara of choice.  This quick step will ensure your lashes stay curled all day long.
  3. If you love a fragrance consider purchasing the perfumed lotion instead of the bottle.  They’re generally cheaper and the scent will last much longer on the skin.
  4. When you want your lip color to pop cover your lips in concealer before going in with the product.  This will create a base on your lips and intensify the color.
  5. If you find you've been a little heavy handed with the fragrance use a baby wipe to clean off the assaulted area.  Works like a charm at downplaying the scent.
  6. Have a cheap toothbrush lying around?  Instead of tossing it spray it with hairspray and use it to tame flyaway hairs.
  7. When your at a store and shopping for foundation make sure you match the color to your neck.  If your face and body are two different colors you always want to match your body.  Casper on top, J.Lo on bottom?? Not a good look.  Also, if you’re going to have your hair up make sure you apply foundation to the tops of your ears as well to ensure continuity.
  8. Got a clumpy dried up mascara wand?  Don’t fret.  Take your mascara wand and run it under hot water for 15 second or so.  This will get the dried gunk off the brush and the next time you apply it will feel as good as new.
  9. Adding a couple drops of nail polish remover to an old & clumpy polish will improve the texture and revive the lacquer pack to its original form.
  10. Out of oil absorbing sheets?  You can absorb excess oils on your face with one ply of a tissue in a pinch.
  11. So you’re finishing up your makeup and get a big mascara smudge on your eyelid.  The worst.  Don’t fear...let the mascara assaulted area dry completely and then using a q-tip slightly rub, rolling over the spot, and it will come right off.  
  12. Really want your eyeshadow colors to pop?  Cover lid in a white pencil (Such as Nyx’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk) before going in with shadow.  This will create a neutral base and intensify any product you apply producing vibrant color.
  13. There is nothing worse than trying to apply matte or vivid lip color onto dry & flaky lips.  In a pinch an old toothbrush works great as an exfoliator.  Just wet with warm water, buff onto lips, and follow up with a lip balm to moisturize.
  14. If you’re like me you love a good cheekbone highlight.  The trick is to make sure your highlighter is placed correctly.  It should be on the top of your cheekbones, but making sure you’re not going too high as we dot want to accentuate any dark circles or puffiness.  Other great places to use your highlighter: right above your brow bone, under the brow bone, inner tea duct, down the bridge of your nose, collarbones & shoulders.
  15. Tried self-tanner and produced an oompa loompa?  We’ve all been there….especially for trouble spots such as hands, feet, and elbows, it’s easy for color to gather.  To remedy the problem mix a cup of water with a half cup of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda and using a loofah or sponge gently exfoliate to lighten up any blotches or dark spots.
  16. A quick way to fake awake tired eyes is by using a nude color on lower rims.  This will cancel out any redness and brighten those peepers.
  17. Best hair mask out there is natural coconut oil.  Warm a couple tablespoons in the microwave and leave on hair for twenty minutes.  Rinse off and shampoo in the shower and you will be left with luscious moisturized locks. 
  18. Intimidated by false lashes?  Use this simple trick instead:  Between coats of mascara use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to dust some baby powder onto your lashes.  The powder will adhere to lashes making them appear thicker and longer. 
  19. Facial moisturizer is your friend.  To dilute heavy foundation mix a little in to create a tinted moisturizer in a snap.  Having trouble with cream blushes?  Grace your cheeks with a little moisturizer before application and the product will blend like a dream.
  20. The best way to apply under eye concealer is in an upside down triangle shape.  This flattering way conceals dark circles and creates the illusion that your face is lifted by drawing the focus upward. 
  21. Have an old eye pencil?  Transform it into a smooth gel liner by with the help of a match or lighter.  Hold the product under the flame for one second, wait 15 seconds for the product to firm up, and then voila!  Should be smooth sailing from here on out.
I hope you found this post helpful and you can use some of these tips & tricks in your beauty routine.  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you're having an amazing week!

xoxo Nicole

P.S. For those of you that read my post last Friday, you will know I took a paddle board yoga class for the first time on Sunday.  As I am sure you are on the edge of your seat dying to know how it went, I thought I would update was a blast!  I seriously had such an amazing time, it was a great workout (my arms were killing me Monday) and it was so relaxing to be out on the water doing yoga.  If you have a class nearby or an opportunity to partake in paddle board yoga I would highly recommend it!!

P.P.S.  Just wanted to give you a heads up content will be light on Brazen Brunette this week.  I'm spending time with family at the beach in New Jersey and trying my best to unplug and take a break from social media.  (It's so hard!!)  But no worries, I will be back to my regular posting schedule come Monday.

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