8 Essential Lazy AF Beauty Hacks

Ladies, it’s the middle of winter. It’s cold as hell and it’s raining all the time. No wonder I’m permanently wearing my Snuggie and Ugg boots. And did I say it’s cold as hell?

It’s peak season to embrace being lazy AF and binge watch Veep.

But you have to get out some time, right? Even if it’s just to pickup a daily pizza (damn, I have really let myself go).

So, here’s my 8 favourite essential lazy AF beauty hacks from around the Interwebs to make you look a little less like a gremlin.

1. Use a credit card to create the perfect wing

2. Peppermint oil + lip gloss = plump bea!

3. Pop your mascara into your bra for 5 minutes to warm it up

4. Cover your lipstick with a tissue and dust translucent powder over it for all day lips

5. The most ingenious way to use a lash curler

6. Turn any pencil eyeliner into an intense gel liner

7. Dry your hair extra fast, ditch the towel!

Tees are way more absorbent and will get your hair dry a lot faster!

8. Thicken your hair with eyeshadow

Find BuzzFeed’s original 44 Lazy Girl Beauty Hacks here!

That’s it for my favourite lazy hacks! Let me know what your most lazy beauty hacks are below in the comments, and I’ll give it a go!

Now, back to Veep…

8 Makeup Hacks That Are So Crazy They Work!

I keep tellin’ you guys, as much as I love makeup, I totally suck at it sometimes. I’m proud of my brows, but pretty much everything else is a struggle sometimes.

Sometimes, I just wish there was a cheat code. It doesn’t need to be insta-makeup, I still like putting it on, but, just, you know, a whole lot more room for error, and a whole lot less money required.

That’s when I came across these 8 hacks for makeup. They seem weird and stupid but, trust me, they totally work.

1. Ice Cube Primer

Sure. You could jamsu it up, but who really enjoys smashing their face into a big bowl of ice cold water like their bobbing for apples. Except there are no apples.

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Ice cubes to the rescue! Pop some of these icy bad boys into a new zip lock bag after you’ve cleansed your face, just before applying anything and rub it all over your face. This tightens your pores, reduces puffiness and softens your skin when you do eventually start applying makeup.

2. Oh Yeeeeeah Lipstain

Lip stains are so in. I know. I’m totally guilty of buying 60 different shades of the same red. But it doesn’t have to be such a massively expensive exercise, and it could be a whole lot more tasty.

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Get some Cherry Red Koolaid (yup, you heard that right). A tablespoon will do. Add a couple of drops of water until it forms a thickish paste. Then apply! Make sure you don’t thoroughly clean your brush afterwards so you don’t attract ants.

3. Rescue broken powders

You’re in a rush. You’ve just finished your makeup with some setting powder. You try to wrap it up and pop it in your bag, but, silly you, today you accidentally woke up with butter fingers! Buh-bow. The powder in your compact breaks into a million pieces and so does your heart.

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OK, only joking. It’s not that serious. What you do, get your powder brush and pick up as much of the powder as you can into the compact. Then using a teaspoon break it down even further until it’s a fine dust. Mix in some isopropyl alcohol until it turns into a paste. Shape it flat with a butter knife and then leave it open to set for a few hours. By the time you come back from work, voila! It’ll look like new.

4. Pantyliner Protection!

Yeah, this one is a weird one.

I love a good smoky eye as much as the next girl, but you know what I do hate? All that fallout that ends up ruining the rest of your face. I used to place a fan brush under my eye to catch this, but who has 4 hands?

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So, you know pantyliners? They’re actually fantastic for catching fallout and the powder just sticks to the absorbent side. Simply cut them into 2 or 4 pieces, shape them to fit underneath your eye and stick them there before you start putting on that “night out on the town” makeup.

When you’re done, simply remove and dispose!

5. Blotting paper for cheapskates

Man, I feel like I need a pack of these a day. No. Not cigarettes. Blotting paper. And it sure can get expensive, especially in hot weather, with oily skin.

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Did you know there’s a cheat right in your kitchen? Simply grab some coffee liners and cut them into a compact shape you can carry around. Squares, circles, Spongebob Squarepants. Whatever tickles your fancy. Pop them in a little ziplock baggy and blot away! The material of the paper is perfect for catching excess oil without removing makeup along with it.

6. Eu de can’t smell it anymore

I spend a good thousand dollars on scents each year. I just can’t help it. So it’s no wonder that I get a little annoyed when you spritz yourself a little in the morning and, by lunchtime you back to smelling like an armpit.

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Here’s an amazing tip I’ve found to help you make that scent last all day. Dab a little bit of Vaseline on to the pulse points around your body before you spray! It should help that scent go just a bit further.

7. No surgery plump lips

I get it, not everyone is blessed with lips the size of a young Angelina Jolie, or even Kylie Jenner. How are we ever going to find the canvas to put those luscious lip kits of hers to use?!

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Not to worry. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on surgery to plump up your lips. Grab some peppermint essence oil (you can find it at your local organics store) and apply a couple of drops of it to your lips with a cotton bud. You can also add a few drops of it to your lip tints and lip glosses to add that extra fullness, as well as make them stretch a bit further.

8. Ghetto Beauty Blender Storage

I love beauty blenders. I love them so much that I made my own, and I’ve pretty much given up on foundation brushes altogether. But what happens when you’ve just got too many of them. They’re a wierd shape and you don’t want them to dry into an even wierder one. Hmmm….

You know what blenders are also shaped like? Eggs.

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Yup, you can see where this is going. Grab an unused plastic egg carton (plastic is preferable as it doesn’t harbor germs) and make sure its clean, before you pop all your beauty blenders inside!

That’s it for this post ladies! I hope you learned some money saving hacks! I’d love to hear what other hacks you guys use for great makeup or just to save some money! Leave them down in the comments below and I’ll be sure to try them.

Face Masks. The gloriously lazy facial.

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Wouldn’t we all love to have our significant other apply a facial and then clean it up for us at the end of the day so we look flawless every morning? Ha! Yeah. That doesn’t happen to me either. But who has the energy to follow through on a South Korean style 10 step skincare routine?

I present to you sheet face masks. Your gloriously lazy shortcut to skincare perfection!

These things come from South Korea are they’re MASSIVE. Korean ladies are addicted to them and they are the instant secret to that prototypical dewy, hydrated skin they all have. They’re a facial on a giant face sized sticker that you can use at home, in the car, on a plane, or while you’re getting ready for work in the morning.

Sheet masks are made from a bunch of fibrous materials so they can soak up all the liquid you find in the packet. That liquid always contains lots of natural ingredients designed to help you with whatever ails your skin. Prolonged use leads to softer, smoother skin! Plus, I love peeling off a mask and feeling refreshed seeing my face hydrated and perky. A trick I often use is to leave them in the refrigerator for a cooling, soothing effect, mmmm…. Delish’.

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So while sheet masks are dead easy to use, here are 4 things you should know to get the most out of them.

1. Don’t overdo it

Logic dictates that longer is better, right? If 20 minutes gives you results then 60 minutes must give you results times three. Buh-bow. Your face mask is designed to impart moisture to your skin so over time it naturally will dry out over time. But because they’re made of a super-absorbant fibre, when that happens they start leeching moisture from your skin. So never leave your mask on for more than 30 minutes, and definitely don’t leave it overnight.

2. Don’t just get any mask

Masks are essentially a way to pump a large amount of an active ingredient into your skin over a short period of time. You should look for natural options that are paraben, mineral oil, and synthetics free to lower the risk of irritation. You also need to get the right active ingredients for your skin. So while your reading that ingredient list make sure it contains ingredients that will help rather than hinder your skin.

Finally, before you officially stick that mask on your face, do a patch test of the liquid on your wrist to make sure you don’t react to it. More complex masks or masks with animal derived ingredients can mess with your skin.

3. Use the mask at the right time

While masks are pretty fool proof, they’re never going to be your entire skincare routine in one. For full effectiveness you need to begin with a cleansed and toned surface. Every 4 weeks exfoliate dead skin.

Once you’ve taken off your mask, make sure you leave it for 2 to 3 minutes to get tacky and gently pat the remaining serum to aid absorption.

For really dry skin make sure you use a moisturizer after that has lots of occlusive ingredients. These are things like lecithin, cocoa butter or beeswax and they’re great at sealing in all that hydration!

4.  Face mask clone beauty hack!

You can always pat the remaining serum into your skin with your hands, but that’s so primitive. And without the barrier provided by the sheet, the serum evaporates before it penetrates. So here’s an amazing tip for ya!

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Grab yourself some chemical and fragrance free baby wipes. Pull one of them out of the packet and use it to soak up all the remaining serum. Then pop it on your skin for another 20 minutes. Voila! An el cheapo mask!

I love masks. They keep my skin soft and smooth in a cinch. If you are new to masks I recommend trying the Collagen Impact Essential Mask by Mediheal. It’s an essentially moisturizing face mask from one of Korea’s leading, clinically tested skincare makers.

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I’d love to hear from you, our fans, about what you love about masks!

Your Post-NYE Guide on How to Not Look Like Sh#t

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New Years Eve is upon us. It’s the one time of year where we don’t even pretend that we’re going to take it easy. You’ll drink to much, party a little too hard, and pass out not quite in the place you expected to. The conversation in your head will go something like this,

“It’s ok, it’s only once a year, and new year’s eve is a pretty spesh night.”

Flash to next morning,

“Holy crap, what happened, where am I?! I feel like complete trash! last night was a bad idea…”

Did I exaggerate? Maybe… Maybe not.

One thing that isn’t an exaggeration is the fact that you’re going to look like hell. You’re going to try and leg it to your PJs as fast as possible and then collapse on the nearest cushioned surface.

But not everyone has an easy out on new years day, what with family lunches and G-rated social gatherings to attend.

So before you’re able to pass out in a safe place here’s some ways you can rock the post-NYE hangover face, while still looking like a goddess.

1. Hydrate like a beached whale

Pack on the moisture. You’re skin will eat it up. Alcohol dehydrates, and combined with a lack of sleep, well… Your skin is going to look like a crumpled brown paper bag. Pop on a lifting and hydrating mask in the morning. Apply a water based serum rich in vitamin E and hyaluronic acid before slapping on some serious moisturizer. Then drink as much water as possible.

2. Go light

It’s completely natural to wakeup looking like crumpled mess and think, “S#&T! Time to cake on the thickest, fullest coverage cream foundation that I own! No one will be able to tell…” Well, babe, your skin can tell. You’re not fooling anyone with over the top makeup, you’re only clogging your pores. You’re skin will freak out and, if you’re acne prone, break the hell out. You’ll be tempted to pack on more makeup, and the downward spiral continues. Go for super light coverage instead. Color correcting primer to fix those panda eyes, followed by tinted moisturizer and a touch of liquid illuminator should do the trick.

3. Fake the eyes

Just because you have dark circles under your eyes does not give you an excuse to put dark circles above them. You’re already feeling sleepy, your go to smokey eye is only going to make you look sleepy. Stick to nude colors for your eye shadow. Curl your lashes and apply brown mascara to lighten, and finally, a pro tip. Apply white or a light silvery eye liner to your inner corner of your eye and lower eyelid above the lash line. Voila, big wide doe eyes.

4. Go natural

The last thing you want to do in your state is to draw attention to yourself. Skip the electric blue eye shadow, and neon orange lipstick. Keep cool like a cucumber by keeping it natural. Stick to lightly tinted moisturizing lip gloss or lip balm (don’t pick bright strawberry as your tint of choice). Your cracked and dry lips will thank you for it. If you can get one that smells nice as well, that’ll cover up that garlic kebab you had last night.

5. CBF’d? Wear sunnies to match

So you’ve given up on new years day, but you have to go out? No probs, babe. Huge dark glasses that tell everyone to leave you alone will do the trick.

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Need some additional post-NYE anti-hangover help? Try our Laneige Moisture Trial Kit! All the heavy duty moisturizing you will ever need in one compact box from South Korea’s leading skincare maker!

How do you plan to take care of yourself post-NYE? Let us know how we can help!

8 Simple Beauty Hacks. Get ready for 2017.

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Not enough hours in the day? Filling your nights with a few too martinis and not realizing it’s already past midnight? We’ve been there too.

It’s times like this that you feel OK about skipping a few things in your nightly beauty routine so you can collapse in bed to the sound of “Bridget Jones’s Baby” in the background. These can quickly turn into zombie mornings where getting ready is near impossible.

Not to worry! We heard your call. Hey, we have smart phones, the Internet, ride sharing and adulting to do. We’re all busy these days. So, my busy lady, here is an early present. 8 tips to help you ease into your routines for 2017.

Skincare Lite

Toner? Eh, not today. Whitening lotion? Save it for later in the week. Cleansing? Under. No. Circumstances. Do. You. Skip. This. No matter what you do, NEVER go to sleep without washing your face.

OK, so you probably will anyway. No one’s perfect, but sleeping without cleaning your face gives bugs and free radicals on your face every chance wreck your skin’s healthy collagen. This means fine lines, wrinkles, and looking older than you should. Makeup also stays in your pores developing unsightly blackheads and preventable adult acne.

Use Konjac Sponges to quickly get rid of dirt and makeup on your face. It takes less than 2 minutes and you don’t even need to get out your cleanser! Even if you miss the rest of your routine, there’s now no excuse to skip this bit.

Morning Makeup Mash

We are all guilty of being a little liberal with the snooze button, but there’s no reason you can’t look glamorous AND sleep in! The easiest way to do this is to sport some bold lips. Since all eyes are on your lips there no need for heavy eye makeup. Just slap on some mascara or a dash of eyeliner and, voila, done in under 5 minutes flat.

Bed Head! Own it!

Bed head! It’s the bane of everyone who has hair’s existence! But not to worry. While we can’t always have perfectly straight hair, it’s pretty trendy these days to just work with it! Want to wear your hair up? Perfect day for a sock bun! But what if you have to wear your hair down? Own the mess! Try texturizing spray for an instant beachy appeal. People spend money for hair like that, and all you have to do is thank your messed up pillow.

Be Organized

If you’re busy like me then you probably have a bedroom that looks like a small explosive went off. While you’re sitting there telling yourself it’s “organized chaos”, you’ve been wasting time looking for “stuff that’s missing, but not really”. Get organized girl! It’s so much easier to get out on time when you’re organized. Use mesh packing bags and clear Tupperware containers to keep yourself organized. Stick to the same routine each morning to save time. Pretty soon it’ll be muscle memory and you won’t even remember why you look so darn amazing when you walk out the front door!

Swiss army Makeup

Look, we aren’t telling you to go out and buy those all in one compacts that you can do your whole face with one shade of one product, that’s a total lie. But! You’d be surprised how many ways you can use your lipstick, for example (you ever tried using light shaded lipstick as a blush? Thanks South Korean beauty queens!). Find products that covers a lot of bases such as our Holika Holika Face 2 Change Liquid Roller BB cream. Foundation, moisturizer and sun block?! Yes please!

It’s all in the eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Well, they’re also the window to looking and feeling tired… The fastest way to feel a rush of energy even if your body doesn’t feel like it is to work on the eyes! Eye creams, serums and whitener drops help you feel refreshed and less tired, stop looking like Mrs. Grumpy!

Use Semi-Permanent Makeup

Look, you don’t need to tattoo your face like an Hawaiian demi-god, but did you know some makeup doesn’t have to be a daily routine? Use semi-permanent brow tattoo brush pens and eye last dyes to frame your eyes, and lip tints to color your lips! They can last days at a time without being bad for your skin so you can save time in the morning.

Get your Brows Groomed

The days of loving the mono-brow are over (were they ever not?). Scraggly brows that look like overgrown moss is one of the quickest ways to look unkempt. Keep your brow groomed by a professional groomer and, whether you wear makeup or not, you’re always going to look ready to impress!

See! Busy modern women like us can look glamorous in minutes too with these 8 Simple Beauty Hacks.