We all have little tricks and shortcuts when it comes to our beauty routines. Am I right? I'm not sure any of the below "hacks" are groundbreaking (I probably picked up most by reading magazines), but I have been using them for years. In case any of you are in need of some budget and time saving tips, here are the ones I love.

1. Mix eye cream with concealer to give a smooth, creamy finish. Sometimes I'll even pat a bit of eye cream after I've finished my makeup just for that extra bit of freshness around the eyes. Just don't rub! Lightly use your ring finger and tap the product on to apply and blend in.

2. Use your favorite body lotion or hand cream to smooth frizzy hair in a pinch. I keep a travel size tube in my bag just in case!

3. Afraid of bright or dark lip colors? Use your fingers to tap the product onto lips instead of swiping from the tube or using a lip brush (just make sure your hands are clean). I also put lip balm on top to soften the color.

4. This may sound completely shallow, but one of the first things I notice on other women are their nails. However you prefer yours, please just make sure they aren't chipped! I know that's easier said than done but I really believe that having nice looking nails helps you look more polished. Pun intended.

5. Use coconut oil to shave. I get mine from the grocery store in a big tub. It's cheap, soothing, and great for all skin types.

6. Mix in liquid highlighter or loose shimmer powder into your lotion for glowing legs. Heck, put it everywhere!

7. Use dry shampoo as volumizer. I haven't bought a volumizer in months because I find that dry shampoo does a better job at lifting roots. Plus, I hate using multiple hair products when it's not even necessary.

8. Apply bronzer in a "3" shape, not all over the face like I once used to. It looks the most natural.

9. I wash my brushes with my face cleanser. I'm a big fan of double duty.

10. Use eczema cream on your chest and neck, even if you don't suffer from eczema. It really smooths lines and wrinkles much better than regular lotion.

Do you have any beauty hacks I need to know about? Let's grow this list!


  1. I recently learned from another beauty blogger to use baby shampoo to take off mascara - I use a lash primer and then mascara and it's the only thing that gets it all completely off!

    1. I will definitely have to try that! I use a mascara on occasion by it cosmetics that has tiny fibers, and it's a nightmare to take off!

  2. Love these Noelle, some I had never heard of. I use a baby shampoo to clean my brushes. I agree with you on nails. Nails and eyebrows are the first things I notice on women

  3. Coconut oil to shave? What a great idea! I bet it leaves your legs so much softer! Thanks for sharing these!

  4. These are fun and interesting! I agree with you about nails! Having nails "done" can make the simplest outfit more...well, polished! LOL! It's just the best word for it! Like Shadowy Lady, I use baby shampoo to wash my makeup brushes but per Veronica's tip above I want to try it to remove my eye makeup!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  5. Thank you ladies! I guess I need baby shampoo in my arensal because you guys love using it. It's so nice to utilize what you have on hand.

  6. Okay I definitely learned a few things! I am a beauty novice I feel like. I have done the dry shampoo for volume. I have used shampoo to clean my brushes but may need to try face cleanser. Thanks for all the tips!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  8. About the eczema cream... do you mean it helps wother neck wrinkles? What kind do you use?

    1. Hi Kay,
      As someone who does have eczema but don't always use eczema cream on my body, I've found that the colloidal oatmeal in it really moisturizes and smoothes lines. I like the eczema balm by skinfix that I buy at target and ulta. It doesn't take them away, I don't think anything does. But it helps the appearance of them. Hope that helps!


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