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Mascara Revival

CaptureEver get towards the end of your mascara tube, knowing that there’s more in there but struggling with the clumpy remains? Fret not my dear friends, I have a trick for you. Don’t throw it out! We can save it using another simple product that most people have around the house! Eye drops!

Whether it’s the clumpy ends of the tube or you’re old mascara has gotten a little crusty, you  can simply use eye drops to revive your mascara. I understand the unsanitary consequences of holding on to your mascara for more than a few months, but I’ll admit I definitely drag out the life of the tube longer than I should. So when I’m reaching those clumpy, dry remains at the bottom of the tube I add just a drop or two of regular eye drops and give it a shake. It’s one of the only tricks out there that is safe to use on and near your eyes! And it’s such a great trick!

Save yourself some frustration and the extra cost of a new tube and revive your mascara.

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Everyday Eye-Popping Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

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It seems to me lately that glasses wearers are becoming the majority. Whether a reading, driving, or a once-in-a-while-when-I-get-headaches kinda person, there are few out there that don’t have something or other wonky going on with their eyes. If you’re like me and terrified to put a flimsy little piece of lubricated plastic in your eye everyday, then chances are you’re an everyday glasses wearer. So with a large plastic frame taking over the better half of my face on a regular basis, it’s important to play up that accessory; important to know the right tips and tricks to make you’re eyes pop!

Now an important thing to note is: the bigger the frame, the more toned down your eye makeup should be. The frames themselves are usually pretty dramatic so you don’t want to go overboard. It’s important to stay away from sparkles and falsies. No matter how hard you try, it’s all going to look pretty silly squished up there behind those glasses. The darker your frames the lighter you’re makeup should be, so try to pick a shade lighter than you normally would. If your frames are coloured then I would suggest as minimal as possible. A quick line with some mascara is all you’re going to need.

So to start, define your brows. I like to fill my brows in and give them a good brush into place to help my glasses frame my eyes. My brows are the only part I want to be dramatic. Next I stick to soft neutral shadows and either brown or charcoal liners to keep a soft and delicate look behind such bold frames. Sometimes I might do a quick flick with a liquid liner, but nothing too thick or too dark or else you’ll look like a raccoon. If you find that your glasses often make your eyes look small, then line your bottom water line with either a white or a nude liner to make them really pop and appear bigger, even behind your glasses. Then a good sweep of mascara over the top and bottom! Again….avoid the falsies; nothing more annoying than your lashes touching the lens.

Of course none of this will prevent me from having my glory days of full makeup, but these tips are for your everyday struggles behind those frames. Whether in the office, out running errands, or on your feet for a busy customer service work day, these tips will keep it simple, elegant and eye-popping! I can’t keep track of the amount of compliments I get daily for my glasses and my eyes! “Wow those glasses are cool! They really make your eyes pop” is heard on the daily, especially with my purple frames…..and still never fails to embarrass me and make me blush. It’s all in the simple tricks folks!

Do you have any tricks for glasses wearers?

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The Mascara Eyeliner Trick

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As a constant traveller it may seem like I’ve got it all together when it comes to packing. But I find the unpack, wash, re-pack routine and short stops at home have actually made it easier to forget something. It’s always the little things; the small items I take out to use quickly at home. It’s always my intention to put them right back in the bag….But it’s no longer a big disappointment when I open my makeup bag to find something missing. I’ve become quite the improvisor.

I recently had such an occasion where I opened my makeup bag to discover a severe lack of eyeliner. Some may think this is a great opportunity for some eyeliner-less days, but for me thats not an option. It’s a ‘must have’ on a daily basis. So I improvised. I took out my MAC angled eyebrow brush and my mascara. I used the excess of mascara that always builds on the tip of the wand, and with the angled brush I created myself eyeliner. Just along the waterline with a steady hand was enough for a mid-thickness line, since the brush was a little thicker than a normal eyeliner applicator. After a little bit of makeup remover on a tissue to fix up the smudges I had eyeliner! Simple, everyday, no-fuss, gel liner. Ssshhh….no one needs to know it’s actually mascara.

Try it out! It’s easy to forget something, so just improvise! There are some great tricks like these. Have you ever tried the mascara liner trick?