The tenth week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
This week’s theme is… From Nappy Bag to Beauty
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 64
I had received nipple cream as part of a press drop and really didn’t have much use for it. Now, it’s a firm favourite and my go-to, especially during the winter months. You know how lip balms coat your lips for a hot minute, so you’re constantly reapplying (and losing) them? Well… you’re in for a treat! Nipple creams are a great (and affordable) alternative to those pricey 8-hour hydrating balm offerings. If ever you find yourself struggling with chapped lips or are looking for something that will help soothe your lips, this one is definitely for you. A tiny bit goes a VERY long way and helps to soften and rehydrate even the most sensitive skin. The balm can also be used for dry elbows, heels and just about anything else that needs that extra bit of TLC.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 65
Sudocrem has so many uses that it may as well be a blog post on its own. The beauty community has sworn that Sudocrem is one of the best-kept beauty secrets for nearly 80 years! Before we even begin, I should let you know that Sudocrem is NOT moisturizing, in fact, it does quite the opposite. The cream helps remove grease and dries up any excess moisture which is why it’s so good for rashes, chaffing or chub-rub. It also doubles up to be an excellent after-sun ointment, helping soothe the burn while reducing any redness. Speaking of redness, whether it’s a rash, break-out, cold sores or a random zit, Sudocrem is a great remedy to help dry out any spots. Put a dab of the cream on your face before bedtime and you will find that by the morning, it’s drawn out any blemishes and helped treat the skin. Better yet, try the Sudocrem mask once a week, which just means smearing a thick layer of the barrier cream all over your face (or focusing on the problematic areas) and leaving it over night. However, be warned that your pillows (and everything else) will be covered in white traces, from the cream. Another handy little use for the product is a primer – it helps prevent foundation from sinking into the pores, giving you a better finish. The best part is that if you suffer from oily skin, you won’t end up looking like a grease ball by the end of the day! A little goes a long way with this guy, and believe me, you won’t regret giving it a twirl.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 66
I never used baby powder on Axl – I didn’t really see any use. But I landed up with so many bottles of the stuff as part of gifts, samples and more but in turn, learnt some life hacks that have me buying more baby powder and believe me, that you will be adding baby powder to your trolley too. Firstly, baby powder works as a great and affordable dry shampoo, you can put some in a salt shaker so that you have better control on how much you apply. It also can help if you’ve nicked yourself shaving and are struggling to get the blood to clot. Do you wish your favourite lipstick shade came in a matte variant? Just apply your lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and dust baby powder over it by using a blush brush. The baby powder will create an instant matte effect and help your lipstick last longer by applying another layer over it. Looking for thicker, voluminous lashes? Apply your mascara before using a spare (clean) mascara wand to dust baby powder to your lashes, finish up your look by applying another layer of mascara and enjoy gorgeous lashes! Baby powder can also work as a translucent powder, by dusting it lightly over your t-zone to absorb any oil. Besides all these beauty tips, it can also be used around the house to cool sheets in the heat, remove odours from sweaty gym shoes and bags, and absorb oil from clothing before it becomes a nasty stain.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 67
Look up procrastinator, and you will most likely find a picture of me. I absolutely hate having to wash my makeup brushes and dream of a day where the container that they sit in, will do the job for me. Until then, I will be using today’s product: baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes which help to remove the build up of grease, oils and any bacteria that may be lingering on the bristles of my brushes. The subtle scent that is left also might have something to do with my love for this product. Baby shampoo is also very useful if you’re wanting to clean shoes or even pets, and when mixed with a little baking soda, works great to shine chrome and other metals. If caught soon enough, baby shampoo helps to remove blood stains on clothing and apparently if you’ve shrunk your favourite top, soaking it in a sink of water and baby shampoo for 15-20 minutes helps restore it back to size. I am not so sure about that but I do like using baby shampoo to wash my delicate clothing items, that require a little TLC like underwear and lacy tops or dresses. Lastly, if you’re looking to remove any oils from your hair brushes and combs, fill a sink with water and baby shampoo and soak them in the mixture which will help gently clean your hair tools.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 68
Baby oil is a wonderful way to restore hydration to dry skin, especially during the seasonal shift to winter. Try adding just a few drops of baby oil to your bath water, for a subtle uplifting scent and to lock moisture in, the heat helps open pores which allows for the oil to sink in and nourish your skin. Baby oil is also very helpful when removing water-proof makeup, especially for eye and lip products, as it helps break down the product making it easier to wipe away, without the need for any harsh removers that leave your sensitive skin feeling tight or dry. Of course, baby oil also makes for a great and affordable massage oil, which is what I ended up using a lot of mine on – Axl would get a baby-massage every morning before starting the day. Other uses for baby oil includes a post-shaving product which will leave your skin feeling smoother than ever, or even softening your dry and cracked heels. Not beauty related, but perhaps helpful nonetheless, baby oil can help remove latex paints and primers as just like with makeup, the oil degrades the latex (which is why it’s a no-no with condoms, yes I want there – sorry!) making it easier to remove with water and soap after massaging the oil into the messed paint.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 69
I had about 6 tubs of vaseline and just couldn’t figure out what a person actually does with the stuff. Turns out there is literally hundreds of uses and it’s especially useful in your beauty routine. If you’re not used to wearing earrings and struggle to get them in, rub your earlobes with vaseline and the earring will just slip through. If you’re into a minimal and natural look, swap mascara for vaseline which makes lashes look longer and fuller without any makeup at all. You can also use vaseline as an eyebrow gel to tame unruly brows or a highlighter to create fresh dewy cheeks! There’s no denying the moisturising benefits of vaseline, so use some on dry and cracked heels, nail cuticles, under your nose when you have the flu after you’ve shaved as a balm or to help soothe sunburn (and thus preventing peeling). If you’re wanting to dye your own hair, then prevent the horrid clean up routine by generously applying vaseline around your hairline, or apply it around problem areas like ankles, knees and wrists before self-tanning as the vaseline works as a barrier, preventing mishaps. If you’re a falsie wearer (or new to applying falsies and messed up – like me) you can also count on vaseline to help break down the glue to remove it with the greatest of ease. Oh, and I almost forgot – soothe cracked or dry lips by using vaseline on it’s own to soothe the sensitive area, or add some sugar and create a gentle exfoliator for smoother lips!
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 70
I know, I know… I have already spoken about shampoo. But this is the creamy kind and a lot more nourishing and gentle on your skin. This kind of baby shampoo is great when used as a shaving cream, it doesn’t dry out your skin and is A LOT cheaper than most shaving creams on the market. You can also use it to remove makeup, especially eye makeup as it doesn’t burn your eyes. Of course, just like the other baby shampoo, it’s great for cleaning makeup brushes as it removes all the stubborn build-up while leaving them soft and smelling fresh. Keeping the cooler season in mind, it can even double up as an awesome light-weight moisturizer or body wash when your skin is feeling dry or itchy
And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?