Here is my 3TV segment that aired this week all about fast fixes for those annoying beauty blunders. See the segment and then read the column below if you need more information about the products and ideas that I showed in the segment.
Beauty Blunder: Thinning eyebrows.
Beauty Quick Fix: A drawing pencil from an art supply store that only costs 70 cents! This tip comes from celebrity makeup artist Karen Hall and it is one of my favorites. With plucking and eyebrow waxing and as women age, sometimes brows don’t grow back, so the eye brow can get a bit thinner in places. To remedy this, Karen regularly uses an art pencil called the Prisma Design Ebony Jet Black Extra Smooth Prismacolor14420 that sells for only 70 cents at Arizona Art Supply locations. For all Valley locations and for more information visit www.arizonaartsupply.com.
Karen says that the pencil isn’t really black, but instead a grey color that works with every brow. Just fill in with the pencil to make tiny hairs that appear to replace those that are missing. She also advises to sharpen the pencil in a regular pencil sharpener making sure that it is very sharp. Do this and Karen says that it will last all day!
Beauty Blunder: Lipstick teeth
Beauty Quick Fix: I once had a friend tell me that he was embarrassed for me because I was smiling and chatting away, but my teeth were filled with smeared lip stick. I hate when that happens and I thanked him for telling me! My lip stick fix that keeps the color on your lips and away from your pearly whites is to use a cosmetic wedge. Just use one from the package that you bought to apply foundation. Place a clean wedge in your mouth and then smack your lips together once. Leftover lipstick is left on the wedge instead.
Beauty Blunder: After being on the go all day, you want to wash your face before your evening event, but don’t have the time or a sink and washcloth nearby.
Beauty Quick Fix: Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes. 100% natural and made with witch hazel, these on-the-go face cloths are oil-free, non-drying and work on all skin types. Each towelette traps dirt and oils. They also contain natural extracts that tone and protect skin, while the added aloe in the product helps to restore essential moisture, which is needed in our dry desert climate. I like that Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel is included, since this is a product that dates back to 1866. Plus I like that the towelettes comply with the strict TSA travel guidelines, making it a perfect travel beauty accessory. Just toss a few packs in your purse and you will be able to refresh your face in seconds. Sold at Walgreens or www.walgreens.com for $5.99 for a box of 20 facial wipes.
Beauty Blunder: Dry and aging face due to living in a dry climate.
Beauty Quick Fix: First and foremost drink your daily dose of water! I found a great book by Prevention called “Fit Over 40” and even if you aren’t close to 40 yet, there is one beauty tip that you can start doing now. The book says to mist up midday with a spritz of facial mist on your skin. Remember to add moisturizer afterwards to seal in the mist. According to the book, if the skin is dewy, then wrinkles are less noticeable and I’m all for that.
I like the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray mist that is sold at www.dermstore.com for $8.95 for the travel size and for $11.95 for the 5 oz size. Plus this cool site has free shipping! This line is also sold at CVS stores. Prevention’s “Fit Over 40” book is sold on www.amazon.com.
Beauty Blunder: On the run all the time, so you use hand sanitizers that dry out your skin.
Beauty Quick Fix: Several months ago I showed a moisturizing hand sanitizer and now I’ve found another one that I recommend. Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is free of artificial fragrance, colors and parabens and is instead infused with natural antibacterial ingredients. Australian Bush Mint is a known antibacterial and antimicrobial plant indigenous to Australia. And a second ingredient called oleosomes are found in oil-bearing seeds that help to nourish and enhance the skin barrier. A Jurlique 1.7 oz. bottle is sold at www.Sephora.com for $6.50 and at some Whole Foods store locations.
Beauty Blunder: No time or money for a manicure.
Beauty Quick Fix: Not only did I read this in a book, but one of my gal pals swears by this easy at-home manicure. Soak your hands in warm water with lemon juice added for about 5 minutes. Then rub some lemon peel over your nails while you gently push back the cuticle. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth.
Beauty Blunder: Rough dry heels and feet from wearing sandals, but you have no time to schedule a pedicure.
Beauty Quick Fix: I showed this last year and I’ve got to show it again this year because the Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer with Lavender-Tea Tree Oil Aromatherapy is still the best foot fix I’ve found. The product also contains olive oil and shea butter. I have used this sponge faithfully in the spring and summer months to keep my feet smooth. Now that my tween daughter no longer has soft baby feet, she has started to complain about her changing feet, so she likes the spongeable, too. Get yours for $6.49 at CVS and get 20 uses out of each sponge.
So from head to toe, hopefully some of these products and tips will keep you looking good on the go. Share your favorite beauty quick fix tips here in the comments section.