Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Easy DIY Beauty Fixes

I will be the first to admit that I am no beauty blogger. I do not wear more than eyeliner and lipgloss most days and quite frankly, I am bored stiff by most blog posts about the best mascara or newest nail art trends.

  However, over the years I have picked up some DIY tricks that I think are shareworthy.

LIPSTICK LEFTOVERS



You know those annoying bits of lipstick stuck at the bottom of the tube? I have never figured out why lipstick tubes are designed in such a wasteful manner. So here is my solution: once I have a few lipstick stumps, I dig it all out with a toothpick and then place them all in a small lipgloss type jar. Then I add a little bit of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and microwave for a few seconds before stirring it all together with the toothpick. Ta da- tinted lipgloss. Chances are that if you have used the lipsticks till the end- the colour is a combination of colours that you like and that suit you, however, you may need to put a bit less of any colour that is particularly overpowering. 

MAKE YOUR OWN LIPGLOSS 

I mix just three ingredients- extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and cocoa powder. Apparently you can add in beeswax for a more solid texture but I like to stick to ingredients that I already have lying around. The cocoa powder will give it a brown tint so go easy on it of this does not suit your complexion. For variety, you can add a tiny (and I mean tiny) bit of very fine edible glitter or add some peppermint essence for a delicious choc-mint flavour.



DIY DRY SHAMPOO

Store bought dry shampoos are expensive and leave an unsightly white residue on dark hair. I have discovered that a mixture of cornstarch and cocoa powder does the same job without that nasty 'I have dandruff' vibe afterwards.


MULTI-TASKING HANDBAG ITEMS


I know women who have truckloads of make-up in their handbags. That just will not work for me since my handbag already doubles up as a nappy bag, so any extra dead weight is a killer. I like to keep items that can be used for more than one purpose, like a warm coloured lipstick that can be smudged as a blusher, or a brown gel eyeliner that can double up as smokey eye-shadow if smudged. 

TEA TREE OIL

You know how everybody has that one thing that is a cure for everything? Well tea- tree oil is mine. Smelly feet, deodorizing nappy bins and even infections in places you would rather not talk about, this miracle oil does it all. It also works well for pimples and bites.


What are your favourite tricks? Please share.