Out of the countless beauty tips out there, a few of them were truly life changing for me & I can’t imagine going out the door without them. These beauty tips didn’t come from magazines, but beauty blogs and YouTube from people who took the time to share their tips and techniques with others. This blog post is a tribute to those beauty tips I have bloggers & vloggers to thank for.
1. How to tight line & that sponge tip applicators are actually nifty little widgets
Whilst tight lining isn’t new, I confess I didn’t know how to do it (just from reading magazine descriptions) until I watched it on Fuzkittie’s YouTube channel, who tightlines in almost every makeup tutorial. I owe it to Fuzkittie for making it no longer a mystery to me on how to define eyes so close to the waterline. Another thing Fuzkittie has done is to change my perspective on sponge tip applicators. I used to be prejudiced about them, because I didn’t know how to use them & it was easier to blame the tool than myself. It was only through Fuzkittie that I was able to explore how one can still achieve beautiful eye makeup with the humble sponge tip.
2. A health supplement (or fifty) a day keeps dull skin & breakouts away
Blogger or not, I was nevertheless inspired by Zoe Foster’s post on PRIMPED “The Preparation of a Beauty Editor” (Part 1 & especially Part 2), I decided to give Chlorophyll a go as it’s full of antioxidants to detox, cleanse & de-odourise you from the inside out. Although best consumed in liquid form, I find it easier to swallow pills & have since switched to chlorophyll tablets. When taken daily, I find I am less bloated from food intolerance. Other supplements I take daily every morning for general & targeted concerns:
Zinc – immune system, skin, helps to manage dermatitis
Evening Primrose Oil – PMS, also skin irritations
Multi vitamins with anioxidants all in one (I figured I’m swallowing so many pills I might as well try to take multi-tasking ones)
Fish Oil – omega 3 fatty acids
I used to take a Hair, Skin & Nail Supplement, which did nothing for me. I’m going to try 1 more brand before I decide whether to give up on it.
3. Nail polish tips that I have been missing out on. For decades.
I used to collect Chanel nail polishes, long before I even knew how to properly apply nail polish. And I carried on with my dodgy manicures for over a decade, until Jacie (You’ve Got Nail) saved me with her life-changing nail tips. There’s her Top 5 Nail Tips which I regard as highly as a religious commandment, and her video tutorial on Manicure Clean Up. Thanks to Jacie, I’m better at filing nails and polish lasts longer with fewer chips. Also I’ve now come to accept that after following all possible nail advice, the maximum nail polish lasts on me is 4 days (previously 3) and that’s as good as it’s going to get for my nails as they’re soft and flexible. People who claim their polish lasts for weeks have harder nails than me & I’ve now accepted that their experience will never stack up for me.
4. Layer on multiple serums to give your skin a cocktail boost overnight
I used to be a one-serum only kinda gal as I thought that was all my skin can handle at a time. That was until I saw Fuzkittie and Michelle Phan layer on as many as 3-4 serums that I realised I’ve been missing out all this time!! I like my night cream to focus on hydration, elasticity & radiance, and let all the serums do the rest. My current night time skincare routine now includes the following serums on rotation (one from each category):
Brightening Serum – Bobbi Brown Brightening Serum, Naruko Magnolia Brightening & Serum
Hydrating Serum – Dermalogica Hydrating Skin Booster
Oil Serum – Bioeffect EGF Serum, Antipodes Joyous Protein Rich Night Replenish Serum
Firming Serum – Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Instant Action Lift Treatment, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Serum
Eye Serum – Estee Lauder Night Repair Eye
Neck Serum – Jurlique Purely Age Defying Facial Serum
Body Serum – Grown Body Serum
5. How to curl hair with a GHD – vertical vs. horizontal
I used to be hopeless with using GHD straightening irons to curl hair, but after watching Elise’s tutorial on 2 ways use a GHD to curl hair, I’ve got it down pat. I like to use both techniques, the horizontal method for bottom half & vertical method for top half of my hair for a gradated effect. Thanks to Elise’s tutorial, I’m now feeling apologetic to my GHD, having conveniently blamed it (again) convinced it was the tool and not myself for not being able to achieve curls.
And lastly, my tip for covering serious dark circles
If you don’t have any correctors or eye brighteners, try using 2 concealers with different textures – one creamy and one waxy. Layer on the creamy concealer first – using a thin layer and blend well. Then layer on the waxy concealer for added non-slip coverage. Original or not, this idea came to me one day out of desperation and it worked a treat.
Which life-changing beauty tip did you pick up from the blogsphere?