Hi there, I’m Emily Napier, I’m a beauty blogger over at a little blog called What Beauty Taught and I’m writing a guest post for Amy whilst she is away galavanting in Disney Land (not jealous at all…)
Today I want to focus on Beauty Hacks, the little ‘cheats’ we do in our beauty routines to make our lives run a little more smoothly. Some you probably already do, but I thought I would put together a few useful tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way that have made my beauty life sweeter.
Hair – creating easy waves
Put large and medium rollers in your hair in the morning after blowdrying and leave in whilst you put on your make up or eat your breakfast. Take out after you have done your jobs and you are left with effortless waves and no curlers or straightens required!
Alternatively, before bed, wash your hair and dry it so it is slightly damp. Part your hair from the crown of your head to the nape of your neck, making 2 sections. Put one side in a clip for safe keeping whilst you work on the other section! Split the first section into 2 littler pieces and twist these gently round our fingers making two loose curls. Secure them both together at the bottom in the same hair bobble. Do the exact same with the other side. Sleep like this over night and in the morning remove the hair bobbles and shake up your hair, add texturising spray if you like more volume.
If you feel like you don’t have the time for face masks or find them uncomfortable and irritating, try either Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask or Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash and Mask. They only take a maximum of 5 minutes (you could even get away with just 3!) and are really effective at clearing the skin. You could even use this whilst preparing your lunch in the morning or answering emails at night. These masks are very creamy and do not dry on the skin so they feel very calming and smooth.
If you are anything like me, you will be pretty much ready to fall asleep by about 9pm on a weekday and washing your face it the last thing you want to do. So, instead of leaving it to the last minute, why not clean your face as soon as you get home from work, therefore as soon as you are tired, you can just hop right into bed with no fuss! It is also much better for your skin as you are not harbouring all that dirt and bacteria from the day.
I love a good sugar lip scrub, but they do go out of date quickly and often make a sugary mess everywhere if you put too much on. So how about putting a little bit of your lip balm on the back of your hand (I like to use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for this but any will do!), take a cotton bud, dip it in the lip balm, then rub along the lips from side to side. It moisturises and exfoliates the lips without any fuss!
I have organised my dressing table draw with 3 small boxes that separates my everyday make essentials, tools and misc (such as tweezers, deodorant and hand cream etc) and make up extras (basically things such as brighter lip sticks, eye shadow palettes and eye liners that I might want to use on the odd day). This means that I don’t have to rummage through my make up bag, cursing when I can’t find my tiny eyebrow wand or trusty concealer pot! Everything is laid out for me to see clearly and grab when I’m in a rush. If you don’t have a draw, you could get little containers from IKEA or anywhere that sell cheap homeware and pop these on any surface.
I recently bought the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge from Boots and found it is a super quick way of blending out any creasing or heavier patches I may have missed in my foundation during my morning dash. This means I can apply my make up a bit more haphazardly and rely on the sponge to do all the hard work!
I hope you find this useful! Be sure to follow me over on Twitter at @beautytaught and if you fancy more beauty ramblings, come over to whatbeautytaught.silvrback.com
Thanks for having me Amy xx
Hope you enjoyed Emily’s post, look out for more guest posts coming this week!