1. This lip scrub will make your lips look like you’ve been kissing someone for at least an hour. Leave out the cinnamon and they’ll just be smooth, but don’t go overboard with the salt or you’ll make it too harsh. Also, olive oil tastes a whole lot better than Vaseline, but is runnier so harder to work with.
2. Base coat under dark nail varnish is a must, otherwise your nails will suffer. If you have no base coat, use one of those bland pastel shades that was a gift from someone who doesn’t know you very well. All the real base coats I’ve tried have gone gloopy by the time I’ve gone through half the bottle. Granted, all the real base coats I’ve tried were from Rimmel, a fairly cheap brand who don’t deign to put ball bearings in their bottles to help the mixture properly mix when you shake the bottle. I am currently using a bright sub-Barbie pink as my base coat, it is from Del Sol, a brand who don’t put two of the bad-for-you chemicals nail varnish often contains into their product (toluene and formaldehyde), so I figured that although I hate the shade it would make good base coat. It shows through slightly sometimes which makes quite a cool effect, I think.
3. I have recently discovered that olive oil makes a great make-up remover. Is there no end to the wonders of olive oil? From the OCM (oil cleansing method, get thyself to Google now) to salad dressing, it is great.
And the one that’s never worked for me…
Lining the inner rim of your eyes with white eyeliner to make them look bigger/brighter. Firstly, it looks too obvious, and strange. Secondly, you can’t really blend it to make it more subtle, the inner rim of your eye does not have that much space. Thirdly, it actually makes your eyes look kind of dirty by comparison. Fourthly, it’s always gone weird and dribbled into my eye and aggravated my eyes so much I’ve had to take my contact lenses out, bathe my eye(s) and rinse the lenses. As long as I use a separate pencil for inner rim and don’t use the same one I use on my eyelids (which you should do anyway), I’ve never had this problem with black eyeliner from the same brands. What does work is blue eyeliner on the inner rim. Again, I have to use that pencil only on the inner rim but it makes my eyes look brighter and whiter, plus it’s a pretty unusual look.
IcyMay 26, 2009 at 3:53 am
If you are prone to acne, take care with using olive oil on the face, it can cause breakouts. However on the hands it is fabulous!
MCJune 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm
I found out through a Vlog that olive oil is PERFECT at taking off eye makeup. I mean, I’ve purchased eye makeup remover before and have to use, like 8 cotton balls until it’s mostly off. But just a few swipes with some olive oil and it’s so clear. Plus it leave my eyes feeling super soft! I don’t think I’ll ever try another product!
JulianneJune 2, 2009 at 12:04 am
Icy – I think it's definitely something you should test first if you are prone to acne because everyone's skin is different and will react to different things, but I find as long as I use only a few drops it actually makes my skin clearer. I think my skin develops acne sometimes because it's too dry.
MC – I use it to take off make-up too, it is as perfect as you say! It's really quick to use and if I accidentally get some in my eye(s) it doesn't sting unlike every make-up remover product I tried. It's also really easy to apply because it's not as runny, I just put some on my eyelid and around the eye area with my fingers and wipe it away gently with a warm wet flannel, which saves on buying and throwing away cotton balls too!
Ava-May HemmeJuly 10, 2009 at 10:14 am
I don't get the white eyeliner thing either- it just makes eyebags look even baggier on me!
I was told it was a great way to look awake and fresh after a late night but it makes me look worse!