| Being a woman can be hard work at the best of times, and trying to remember to pick up your favourite beauty product when you're on your way home from work can be a nightmare. We all need a few tricks to make our lives easier. I've selected my favourites which I think are so brilliant, everyone should give them a whirl. Hold onto your hats ladies - you need to check these tips and tricks out.
We all know green tea is the perfect antioxidant tea that we should be drinking daily. Like most people, we throw the teabags in the bin after making a brew. But did you know putting your used green teabags into your bath will give your body the perfect detox?
DIY dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is a staple for many an Irish woman, and is one of the best-selling hair products every year. But what do you do when you run out of it and there's no way to pick up a can of Batiste? Baby powder is your answer! Dry shampoo is talc based, and baby powder is the perfect substitute - you can ever add some cocoa powder for a darker tint.
|Razors and baby oil
Razors can be expensive especially if you have sensitive skin and need to pay a little bit extra for your razor. To save your razor from becoing blunt and rusty after a few uses, apply a little baby oil to your razor blades before shaving to prolong the life of your razor. You'll also get a smooth shave into the bargain.
|Broken Compact Powder We've all known the trauma of having a favourite eyeshadow or compact powder break before our eyes, but it's not the end for your makeup product! Pop down to your local chemist or supermarket and pick up a bottle of alcohol (isopropyl alcohol if they have it) - yes I said alcohol and it's not for your consumption! Add a few drops of the liquid into your compact and stir using a spatula. The key is to break up the powered pieces even the ones that are not broken as you need the product to set as a whole. Leave it out overnight with a piece of kitchen towel placed on top without touching the product. Magic! When you wake up in the morning it should be as good as new.|
|Vaseline works wonders Almost every household has a tube of Vaseline somewhere. Instead of leaving it lying around, put it to good use. Apply a small amount of Vaseline over your teeth before you apply your lipstick - this will stop you from getting lipstick on your teeth. Rub a small amount of Vaseline on your pulse points before you apply your perfume, and your perfume should last you the whole night. If you have split ends and have to wait a while for your next hair appointment, apply a very small amount of Vaseline to the ends of your hair and this will help combat the split ends. Dry elbows, knees and ankles? Massage a generous amount before you get into your PJs at night and allow for it to soak in while you sleep.|
|Make your eyeliner more intense Turn your eyeliner into a gel like formula with the help of a lighter or a match. To create a smudgier look with your eyeliner is actually quite easy. Get your kohl pencil and hold it under a flame for one second and then let it cool for 15 seconds. You are left with the perfect eyeliner that's easier to apply and will help you create a beautiful smoky eye effect.|
|Make your lipstick application last Most makeup artists will tell you that one of the tricks of the trade when it comes to lipstick application is translucent powder. Apply your lipstick as normal than get a sheet of tissue. Lightly place over the lips and with your powder brush start to dab the translucent powder over the tissue. The powder will set over the lipstick, giving it more grip. There you have it - lipstick that will last the night!|
|Eyeshadow for your roots Feel like your grey hairs are standing out a mile but no time for your hair appointment? Dust your hair line with an eyeshadow the same colour as your hair. This will help hide those roots and will also have the added effect of making your hair look fuller.|
|Olive oil for damaged nails Do you battle with dry damaged nails that split, peel or break? Although this next tip takes a little more time and patience is needed, the end result is worth it. Get a bowl and a bottle of extra virgin olive oil soak clean nails for 10 minutes every day for a month. Cucumber for your eyes Sometimes the old remedies are the best! Apply medium size slices to the eye after removing your eye make-up 10 minutes twice a day. You will see results on puffy eyes within a week.|
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