So sorry for the lack of updates lately. As many of you know, I recently got a new job at the community college I’ve been working at for about 4 years now. It’s demanding, lots of hours, and I am utterly exhausted when I get home.
And then I don’t get to blog as much. However, behind the scenes, I am working on both bathrooms and getting my DIY list ready for fall, Halloween and holiday crafts.
I am that looney woman who is thrilled that Hobby Lobby has Christmas stuff already. Swoon!
But today, I am back to finish up my frugal beauty tips post. I posted the first half last week. This week, I am focusing more on beauty/makeup. I often Instagram photos of myself when my makeup looks particularly fabulous. I haven’t done that quite so much lately because my eyebrows..oh lord. It’s terrible. I need them waxed like 6 weeks ago.
Often times I get asked about beauty products I use to create lovely neutral, smoky eyes or how do I get my eye make-up not to crease all day. Honestly, it’s by splurging a little on good products that last a long time, but may cost a bit more upfront.
1.) Eye primer: This stuff may seem totally unnecessary, but if you have oily skin (as I do) and live in a hot/humid environment (as I do), this stuff can help your eyeshadows stay on all day without creases. In the long run this will help you not have to re-apply eyeshadow/eyeliner, which can save money. Furthermore, many beauty brands offer shimmery finishes to their eye primer which will help your run-of-the-mill eye shadow look glittery and more dimensional.
2.) Make-up setting spray: Again, as a woman with oily skin, make-up setting sprays have saved me this summer. I didn’t want to spend the extra money on it, but I find myself not blotting as much with powder or blotting sheets during the day. My foundation stays on all day, my skin stays almost totally matte and it even reduces my pore size. Not to mention it literally takes 4.7 seconds to spray this stuff on your face. Because of my oily skin I use it before and after foundation application.
And finally, I have some tips for your nail tips:
3.) Use Vaseline around your cuticles/nail area to help easily wipe excess nail polish when painting your finger nails. I tried this for the first time last weekend, and I am hooked. I usually try to wipe off the extra nail polish ASAP, then I ruin my entire nail…or I use a q-tip afterwards and get fuzzies on my nail. Vaseline works well and is SO cheap.
4.) And much like with my DIY painting projects, a good surface always helps…so ya gotta use a base coat. I know, I know, it’s like a whole extra step, but think of it like priming a wall or furniture- it helps the paint stick on much better and you need less coats. Same concept.
Those are some of my favorite beauty tips that don’t cost a fortune. However, I need sometimes step back and remember that we’re all beautiful. Even with chipped nail polish, acne, huge pores, uneven armpits, hairy legs and anything else we all obsess about.
So while we all want to want to mask, fix or hate ourselves because of our imperfections, maybe the best beauty tip I can give you is to love yourself. :)
I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.