Tried, tested and true - here are five of my favourite beauty hacks for life. Let me know if you've ever tried any of these or if you have any beauty hacks that should have made this list.
WAKE UP TIRED EYES
Brighten up those dark under eye circles by gently messaging your eye cream clockwise around your eye with your ring finger and then counter clockwise. Message each eye five times and finish by gently patting under the eye. The message will stimulate blood flow to help diminish dark under eyes. To reduce puffiness, simply apply something cold to the eye like ice or a chilled cucumber slice. Bonus points for storing your eye cream in the fridge.
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HOW TO REALLY SHAVE YOUR LEGS
Forget about shave cream. Seriously forget it. You'll get the best closest shave by using hair conditioner! Seriously! Now not all conditioners are ideal for shaving. Throughout the years I've experimented with a few and my holy grail for the best shave is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. Start by exfoliating in the shower with a body mitt, then slather some conditioner on your legs and shave with a fresh razor. Viola, your skin is going to be less irritated and softer than with shave cream. Promise.
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THE TRICK TO SUPER SOFT HAIR
Before you hit the shower, apply conditioner to the ends of your dry hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wash your hair and apply conditioner to your ends again as you normally would. The pre-conditioning on dry hair acts as a hair mask and leaves your hair super soft and manageable.
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BODY WASH IS MORE MULTI PURPOSE THAN YOU THINK
Have a great smelling body wash you can't get enough of? Just pour it into a pump bottle and place it by your sink and use it as hand wash! Bonus: body wash makes an excellent cleaner for makeup brushes.
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SUPER SOFT FEET WITHOUT THE PEDICURE OR SPA
Keep your knees, elbows, hands and feet baby soft during the cold winter months. At night when you're getting ready for bed, just slather some of your face moisturizer onto your elbows and knees. Do your feet next and slather moisturizer to the tops and bottom of your feet and put on a clean pair of cotton socks to seal in the moisture overnight. Next wash your hands dry them and work in that moisturizer again, concentrating that face cream to the back of your hands. Remember, hands show your real age so treat them with the same care as your face.
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Photography by Nathalie Martin.
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