This post is definitely different from my usual blogging topics. I realise that the photo for this post looks like some sort of stationary/ arts haul, but actually here are all the items that make my 'beauty' life that little bit easier. Welcome to my beauty hacks post!
Pump dispenser for nail polish
This hack makes removing nail polish so quick and easy to do (one handed as well!). I often find that pouring out nail polish remover onto a cotton pad ends up in too much liquid being dispensed. I know that expensive nail polish brands make pump dispensers of nail polish remover, but instead I purchased the dispenser bottle from eBay for around £1 (link!). Three pumps onto a cotton pad is perfect!
Face cloths for make up application
This isn't quite as it sounds, don't worry, face cloths aren't part of foundation application! Since I use my fingers to tap in concealer and blend out foundation, I like to keep some inexpensive face cloths around so I can wipe my foundation-y fingers onto them. I despise nothing more than watching beauty youtubers wiping their grubby concealer fingers over all their products so I always have to make sure my hands aren't transferring foundation all over the place. Personally white cloths are good in my opinion since you can see when they need to be washed - I simply place them in the dark wash so that the make up doesn't end up on light coloured clothes in the washing machine.
Hole reinforcements as French manicure guides
Is it just me who finds actual French tip nail guides/stickers to be far too straight?! In the quest for an easy to do French manicure, I discovered that hole reinforcements make for perfect nail tip guides! I've heard that some people like to round of cellotape pieces but that's so much effort! Using premade reinforcements is much easier!
Pure acetone and a nail brush for perfect cuticles
I'm fairly confident in my nail polish application skills but every now and then I do end up having a hand spasm resulting in nail polish collecting in my cuticle area. Instead of repainting the entire nail, I go in with a nail brush dipped in pure acetone to clean up the area. I find that this gives the perfect clean cuticle manicure look allowing you to fix any mishaps easily and quickly.
Skinny cellotape for eyeshadow application
This definitely isn't a new trick by any means, but I find its easier to use my neon cellotape since I can easily see that both eyes are even. I've tried using clear cellotape before but always end up with uneven application. I find that skinnier cellotape is a lot easier to work with since it feels more comfortable near the eye area.
Empty jar for custom foundation blends
I always like to keep empty jars handy (this one is an empty MAC paintpot jar) since it allows me to keep custom foundation/BB cream blends. Instead of having to mix your perfect shade every time you apply your make up, its so much easier to mix a little more to store inside a handy jar. This hack has definitely encouraged me to mix up the foundation shades that are too dark/light for me.
Nail wheels for manicure practice
For the past year or so nail wheels have become an essential part of my 'nail kit'. Browsing Pinterest often leads to me getting inspired by nail art and having a nail wheel allows me to create designs using my own polishes so whenever I'm stuck for manicure ideas - I have my own designs to refer to and recreate. I purchase mine from eBay, surprise surprise... (link!).
Those are all of my beauty hacks. Let me know if you'd try any of these out! Sharing is caring :D leave your beauty hacks in the comments below!