Bonjour les Amis! I am so excited to share with you all these 20 beauty tips that I have been really enjoying over the last couple months! There is so much here, but so much more I could add! I hope you enjoy! Without further ado….
Tip #1: Egg White Blackhead Remover
Blackheads can be so frustrating and this really helps to clear them away. Separate the egg white from the yolk and put it in a small bowl (please don’t waist the yolk!! As touched on later in this blog… put it in a hair mask!). Lay a paper towel or soft napkin in the egg white for several minutes until the egg white has soaked in. Place the napkin over the spot troubled by blackheads and let it sit there for five to ten minutes. If your end result was anything like mine, you should see tiny little black spots in your paper towel where the egg has drawn out dirt and other gross stuff from your pores! Gross but cool!
Tip #2: Hot Water and Cold Water Face Rinse
This works so well for me and I will do it several times throughout my day. Massaging the warm water then the cold water into your skin will stimulate blood flow and give your skin a bright glow! This totally seems to wake up my skin and improve the overall look.
Tip #3: Coconut Oil to Replenish Eyelashes
I don’t know about you, but oftentimes after wearing mascara consecutively for several days my eyelashes feel thin and unhealthy. As funny as it sounds, I can just feel them suffocating. I know I have talked about my love of coconut oil before, but here is yet another reason to keep it readily on hand!! Coconut oil hydrates and encourages hair growth. It helps hair replenish itself and recover from products that you put on. I was shocked and in disbelief at first that coconut oil was actually effecting my eyelashes for the better. So I looked it up and found that coconut oil is full of fatty acids and proteins that your hair really does love.
To apply coconut oil to my eyelashes I took an old mascara bottle and washed it out thoroughly… was it easy? NO it was not! lol …but worth it! After I cleaned out the bottle, I filled it with coconut oil and now apply it to my eyelashes every night. Please give this a try and let me know what you think!!!
Tip #4: Hair masks
Hair masks are so worth all the trouble because they really give my hair a much needed boost! Some are meant for hair growth, others for shine, split ends, texture, thickness, replenishing damaged hair shafts, etc. They really do work! I recommend doing one a week… but whatever works best for you! Here is a list of things I have used (really whatever was on hand at the time) and I love them all. Experiment with different ones and mix and match them together. My favorite so far is a mixture of the egg, yogurt, honey, olive oil, and aloe. Ironically, as I sit here writing this, I have an avocado, honey, olive oil, and yogurt mask in my hair. For real though, make it your own!
For those who are curious about doing this, I do one mask a week. I will massage the mask into my hair for five minutes, let it sit for 15 to 40 minutes then wash out in my shower. Easy!
- Rice rinse (Soak a cup of rice in water overnight and strain the rice out of the water. Massage the water into your hair in the shower after your conditioner and don’t wash out! Continue the process for five to seven days. I tried this for a month over quarantine and, though the texture of my hair changed and did get a bit more “tangly”, my hair grew a lot faster than normal.)
- egg (the egg yolk and egg white are both very beneficial in different ways for one’s hair)
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- apple cider vinegar
- jojoba oil
- argon oil
- baking soda
- tea tree oil
***Warning! Banana and cinnamon did not come out of my hair when I used them!!! Though they are supposedly very good for hair… Proceed with caution when using banana or cinnamon!
It can get expensive to continually buy face masks from the store… (though I absolutely love the avocado and clay face masks from the brand Freeman)… so literally use whatever you have on hand! Do a quick google search to make sure what you choose is not harmful (especially for your face) then go for it! I would stay away from highly acidic things that could irritate or cause a rash to break out on your face. Here are my all time favorites!!! Feel free to mix and match different ones together.
- Rosehip oil
- Lemon juice (I know… very acidic. However, this helps so much with acne and my skin is fine with it. Just proceed with caution and make sure your skin can handle it!)
- Olive oil
- Coffee grounds (So weird, right?! The coffee grounds seriously help exfoliate, smooth, and soften my skin! Coffee grounds notably give me softer lips too. And, though I have never really seen this on myself, coffee grounds are also know to reduce puffiness under the eyes. So go for it!!)
- Shredded Carrot (Obviously this won’t really stay on your face unless you add it to another mixture… but carrot is one of my favorites!!!)
Tip #6: Nail Polish Remover to Whiten the White on your Shoes
Don’t ask me when I first decided to try this lol!! Place a bit on a rag or cotton round and start scrubbing!
I don’t like to use bleach on my hands without gloves, so bleach is a “no go”. I have also heard that Windex works well… I have just never tried that myself. (;
Tip #7: Hose Filled with Baking Soda to Freshen Smelly Shoes
If you have any old hose, cut the legs off of them, fill them with baking soda, tie the end in a firm knot, and slide them in your shoes. Baking soda is natural and does a really good job of giving my shoes a fresh smell.
Tip #8: Paper Clip to Hide Bra Straps
If your bra straps are showing on the outside of your shirt, take a paper clip and attach the two straps together in the back. Voila!
Tip #9: Use a Hair Straightener to Iron Your Clothes
Sooo… my mom has really tried to discourage my sisters and I from using a straightener on our hair because it is soooo harmful. However, we were all gifted one and I will use it to iron my clothes when I am in a hurry or traveling. It works like a charm!!! Sometimes I will slip on a skirt, realize it is a little wrinkly, and iron/”straighten” it while it is on!
Tip #10: Fighting Dark Circles under Your Eyes?
Dark circles can get super annoying at times and I have tried several ways to keep them away. Here are a few…
- Tea Bags: After you drink your tea in the morning, press your warm tea bag under your eyes. It really works!
- Metal Spoon in the Freezer: For a quick fix, have a metal spoon chilling in the freezer at all times. Whenever you need, take it out and press it under your eyelids for several minutes.
- Cucumbers: I know… (don’t role your eyes). It seems so old fashioned but cucumbers are seriously amazing for eyes and work miracles at brightening them up! Cut a few slices, lay them on your eyes, and take a nap! Sounds good to me!!! 🙂
Tip #11: Baking Soda to Whiten Teeth
This works super well if I am wanting to give my teeth a little extra clean and shine. Maybe once a week (or whenever you feel like it) put straight baking soda on your toothbrush and brush with that. Give it a go!
Tip #12: Hair Bands Help Pant Legs Tuck Better Into Boots
Instead of struggling to stuff your jeans into your boots and living with that untidy look, slip a hair band over each pant leg just above each ankle. This will keep the pant tight against your leg without bunching up. Now try to slip them into your boots! The look is much tidier for sure!
Tip #13: Use a Clear Elastic Band for Belts that are Too Long but Will NOT Stay in their Belt Loop
I can’t stand it when my belt is too long but isn’t long enough to reach the next belt loop and stay there. It just oddly sticks out to the side and annoys me to death! To fix this, simply slide an elastic band onto your belt for an added but invisible belt loop! Wherever the protruding end is, just slide the elastic band over and use it to secure the long end in place.
Tip #14: Ridding Your Life of Toenail Fungus!!!
Before you get grossed out or think I am weird (or both), this seriously happens from time to time and here is how I completely got rid of it! I sooo wish I had known this when my toenail problems first appeared, and I want anyone who is going through the same rough issues to know this!!! Instead of forgoing the flipflops and hiding your feet in tennis shoes all summer, please try this!
- Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar Mixture: What do these two things not fix??? Once or twice a day, make this paste and generously apply the messy mixture on your problem toenail. Let it sit for 10 minutes then wash off with soap and warm water.
- Soapy Peroxide Foot Soak: Soak your feet in warm water with lots of your favorite hand soap and a generous amount of peroxide. Soak everyday for around 15 minutes then rinse and dry off your feet.
- Clove or Tea Tree Oils: Every morning and night put one of these two oils on your problem toenail! In all honesty, I think this is what cleared up my toenail fungus the most!
Tip #15: Use a Straw to “Knotlessly” Tote Around a Necklace or Bracelet
When you are packing a bag but aren’t quite sure how to safely and effectively pack a necklace without ending up with a tangled up knot, try this straw method. Unclasp your necklace, slip one end through a straw and then clasp it back to its opposite end. This doesn’t take up much space and you can do it with bracelets as well! Just cut your straw in half for a bracelet!
Tip #16: Use Lemon Juice to Remove Yellow Sweat Stains
During the summer, especially for an athlete, everyone has to deal with yellow sweat stains! Eventually it will get so bad that you feel like you need to dispose of the shirt, but try lemon juice first! Take about two tablespoons of lemon juice and pour it on the yellow sweat stains. Let the shirt sit for at least 10 minutes and then throw it in the wash.
Tip #17: Ways to Shorten a Huge Floppy Sweater
Please don’t get me wrong on this one! I am not giving you a tip on how to create a crop top and show your stomach. Use this knowledge modestly!!!
In order to shorten your long, floppy, oversized sweater you can tuck the very edges into the bottom elastic of your bra. I have done this when wearing very high waisted pants or when the sweater was truly like a dress on me. Another method is to put a small belt tightly over the sweater and around your waist. Then you can untuck the top of the sweater until it is folding over the belt and concealing it. This way has worked for me when I wanted to wear a big sweater over a maxi dress. Both of these ways are great tools to have up your sleeve in a pickle.
Tip #18: Where Should You Put Your High Pony?
This is actually different for everyone! A really high ponytail on top of your head is suppose to bring out your jawline and neck. If you have a softer jawline that is not very prominent and want to highlight your cheekbones instead, maybe opt for a lower ponytail. Either way, a neat tool for helping you decide where your pony tail flatters your face the most is to follow the angle of your cheekbones to the back of your head. Just try it and see.
Tip #19: Hair Oil Before Your Shower
Shampoo can can often dry out my hair. Rubbing any oil into my hair 15 minutes before I shower really helped with this. It will hydrate and protect that cuticle shaft so that my hair does not get too dry or brittle while I am washing it.
Tip #20: Smile!
🙂 I had to add this!! Proverbs 15:13, “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.”
I love Marilyn Monroe’s saying that “a smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.” How true!