Welcome back everyone!! We made it to Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week was rough for me. I’m still getting used to the new job (which sorry if I’ve been MIA lately, but it’s really taking up a lot of my extra time right now, hopefully I’ll be getting back into the swing of things soon!) and it’s been extremely cold by us lately! I figured I would do today’s post on how to make your products go the extra mile in the harsh winter months (or anytime at all)!
Just to get this out of the way – these are the tips I’ve found by my own trial and error or just as a “happy accident” like Bob Ross would say! I’m sure some of these have been mentioned by other people at some point, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across them which is why I thought about doing this post 🙂 So let’s get right into it!
- Toner: I used to use my toner with a cotton pad or facial tissue since that is usually how most say to be applied. A few weeks ago though, I ran out of cotton rounds and was too lazy to buy more – I know, pathetic – but it wound up working out for the best! I started applying my toner (Pixi Glow Tonic, which I discussed in my Skincare Routine post a while back) almost like an essence or serum. I just pump a small squirt out onto my bare palms, press my hands together and then pat it into my skin. I’ve noticed such a difference since I started doing this and I think it has to do with the fact that the amount of product that normally gets absorbed by the cotton round, is now being absorbed directly by my face. Obviously, this is maximizing the effectiveness since your concentrating the product on areas that actually need it, rather than the cotton applicator.
- Eye Cream: I’ve mentioned this tip already back in my product review on Tarte’s Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment a few weeks ago, but I think it’s worth mentioning again. In order to get the most out of your eye creams, I love to apply the product to both my under and and my eyelid/brow bone. Though yes, you do have to be careful with certain eye creams, especially those with retinols or if you have particularly sensitive eye, but for the most part, you can use this technique with any product to add an instant lift to your eyes. I highly recommend doing this if you feel like nothing works for your droopy eyes or fine lines.
- Moisturizer: It’s funny – if you asked me 5 years ago if I wanted my moisturizer to work better on my oily skin, I probably would have laughed in your face. However, now I know how crucial hydration is – and not just for dry skin. So rather than try to slather my face in rich creams that wind up breaking me out, I found a way to get the most hydration out of my lighter products geared towards oily skin. The first tip that I’ve found to work is the moisturizer between my fingers before apply, rather than dotting the product along my face first. This just ensures that the product has warmed to the temperature of your skin allowing for better absorption on the face. It also makes a little amount of product go a long way. I have also found that patting the product into my face really pushes the moisturizer into my skin and maximizes the hydration provided. Pluss patting is much more gentle on the skin so you don’t have to worry about further damaging to exacerbating fine lines and wrinkles with rough rubbing.
- Concealer: This is the only tip I was going to share regarding make up today since I feel like it’s the most important. If you have a particularly bad blemish, dark mark, or scar that just won’t go away no matter how much or what kind of foundation/concealer you apply – give this trick a try! Apply the concealer (or you can use a foundation as concealer) directly to the spot you want to conceal (either using a brush or your finger to stay hygienic) and then DO NOTHING. No, really – don’t touch it, just leave it and let it dry a bit. I usually choose now to do my brows since that takes me a minute or so and then go back to my concealer spots after. Once it’s dried a bit, I then take my brush (I don’t think a sponge would work, unless it’s dry, since you don’t want to add moisture) and gently TAP it out to blend. By waiting for it to dry slightly, even the most sheer product will increase its coverage since it is basically setting on the blemish in a thick layer so when you blend it out, your not actually removing product from where you need it. I’ve used this trick on large pimples, huge acne scars and even scratches, but it works perfectly on everything! I definitely suggest this if you feel like you can’t hide those stubborn trouble spots!
That’s all I’ve got for you now, but I’ve got a bunch of these if you want another post like this in the future. Let me know if you try any of the tips above or if you have any tricks of your own. Would love to give them a whirl!
Have a great weekend 🙂