Life Hacks: Beauty...

As I've gotten older (and have been living in menopause for the past 10 years), I've become an absolute freak about my skin.  I grew up in the 70's and there was little to no information about protecting your skin from the ravages of the sun.  As a matter of fact, my sisters and I used to bake out in the sun every summer, greased like slippery pigs in a mix of baby oil and iodine.  Talk about looking like a piece of worn out bacon...UGH!

I'm always looking for ways to pamper my skin and prefer to find products that are primarily chemical parabin or sulfate.

As I was watching Hallmark's Home and Family last week, a segment popped up regarding beauty hacks.  Soooo, I thought I would share!

Use Milk of Magnesia prior to applying make-up.  Yep, I know it sounds weird, but hey, doesn't hurt to give it a try.

It supposed to help keep your make-up on all day.

If you spray hairspray on your mascara wand, it keeps your mascara from leaving splotches and dark circles under your eyes.

I want to give this a try.  At the end of the day, I always look like a raccoon! 

Dry shampoos are expensive.  A less expensive way to fluff your hair on non-wash days is to use some baby powder on your scalp.

Rub some powder between your hands and massage it into your scalp.  I found this awesome homemade baby powder from Northwest Edible Life.  If you have dark-colored hair and are afraid it will look like dandruff, add a little dark cocoa powder to the baby powder.

Plain black tea is your best friend!  You can put a couple of tea bags into hot water to steep.  Once tea has cooled, dip a washcloth into the tea, wring it out and place the washcloth under your arms for a few minutes.

It will stop you from sweating and cool you off.  You can also use the tea bags under your eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles.  Leave them on for 15 minutes each morning. Here's a link to the segment.

One last thing, whatever you do DON'T be like this chick in Sugarland, TX!  I cannot believe what some people will do for a little Botox!!  :-)

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  1. Benita we did the same thing with the baby oil. My skin certainly reflects that! I can't even imagine doing that now. So you spray the wand with hair spray? I'll have to give that a try. We used to use baby powder as dry shampoo when we were in our teens. The tea bag I'm definitely gonna give it a try cause I'm sweating to death right now! lol Thanks for the great tips. Stay cool my friend and have a great week!

  2. OH MY! That women going to all that trouble for botox!!!!! I guess she forgot about the camera's!!!! I think if you are going to be a master criminal you need to figure that out!!! I like the idea of the hairspray on the mascara. I am going to try that. I was right there with you with the baby oil and then baking in the sun! Just happy I do not have any signs of skin cancer. Have a good holiday weekend.

  3. Hi,
    Please let me know if you try the hairspray and mascara tip.
    Goodness, what a goofy women.
    Have a great weekend,

  4. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT with the baby oil & iodine!!! And, oh! How I wish I never did!!! But I will say I sure looked good in a tan:) I've never heard of the Milk of Magnesia thing...don't know if I want to try that one!!! Think I will try the hair spray with the mascara...I've tried expensive and not so pricey brands and most seem to smudge and smear by day's end. It does help though to put some loose powder under your eyes before applying. If you have lots of wrinkles there, they say that's not a good idea...but it's either wrinkles or smudges, your choice. Bless your heart about the menopause years, but I've got you beat! I had hot flashes for over 20 years...seriously!!!!

  5. Thanks Benita, let me know if you try the hairspray on mascara one, sounds good but I'm afraid to try! My sister in law started using that eyelash growing stuff, Latisse, and wow you can really see a difference!

  6. Thanks for these …
    I liked Carla's thoughts, and agree, "Goodness, what a goofy women!"

    All the best Jan

    PS Have a happy September, my good wishes

  7. I pre-dated you with the baby oil and iodine. I remember lying on my stomach in bed for days after a bad burn with my mother coming in every few hours to reapply Noxema all over my shoulders and back. Hmm, tea bags for puffiness--wonder how many I'd need to cover my whole body?


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