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“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Beauty Edition

With the help of these brilliantly simple beauty hacks, you can look your best while saving time and effort.

Jill Nystul • November 24, 2023

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Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you already know I’m all about sharing simple tips and tricks that make life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about!

And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. I recently realized I had a fair amount of beauty- and skincare-specific tips in my collection, so I thought I’d share those with you today in a special beauty edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Missed the last installment, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips? Check out the entire archive of the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series at the bottom of this post!

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1. Shave Your Face For Skin Benefits

I was pretty skeptical about this idea at first when I started reading about women shaving their faces, but I was willing to give it a try. Now I’m a true believer (so much so that I made my favorite folding facial razor available in my shop!)

Shaving your face not only removes those pesky dark hairs we all get, but it also exfoliates the skin, helps skincare products sink in better, and even helps makeup go on more smoothly. Learn more about the benefits of shaving your face and how to do it, then give it a try for yourself!

2. Fix Puffy Eyes With Tea Bags

This may be somewhat of an old-school beauty hack at this point, but that’s because it really works! If your eyes are red and puffy as a result of irritation or poor sleep, you can soothe them with the help of a couple of tea bags.

After brewing a cup of tea (or a couple of cups, depending on how strong you like it), toss the tea bags into your fridge until they’re cold. Place the chilled tea bags over your eyelids for about 10 minutes to help soothe irritation and reduce puffiness.

3. Wash Your Face Twice

Thoroughly cleansing the skin allows all of your other skincare products to penetrate more effectively and really work. And when you’re spending your hard-earned money on the best anti-aging ingredients like retinol and vitamin c, you don’t want anything to stand in the way of their effectiveness.

So I suggest trying my double-cleansing method: an oil cleanse followed by a gentle water-based cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. This double-cleansing method tends to be better for aging skin because it removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.

4. Use Primer To Keep Lipstick In Place

If you’re a lipstick wearer and struggle with your lip color “bleeding” or “feathering” (meaning your lip color migrates into the fine lines around your lips), try applying a small amount of eyeshadow primer around the outside edges of your lips. The primer will perform double duty, helping to smooth out those lines and acting as a barrier to keep your lip color in place.

For more tips that will help you avoid common lipstick problems and pitfalls, check out this post.

5. Use Vaseline To Make Your Perfume Last Longer

To help your signature scent last longer, apply a thick ointment like Vaseline or Aquaphor to your pulse points before spraying on perfume. Ointments form a protective layer on the surface of your skin that will not only help to prevent moisture loss but will also keep fragrances on your skin’s surface longer than if you were to apply them directly.

6. Opt For Cream-Based Cosmetics

And speaking of mature skin, here’s a simple guideline that those of us with mature skin can use when shopping for makeup products. When in doubt, choose a cream-based formula!

Not only are cream-based cosmetics more moisturizing and easier to apply than other formulas, but they’re also less likely to create a built-up or textured look than powders are.

7. Use Retinol On Your Neck

Your favorite anti-aging skincare isn’t just for your face! The skin on our necks is thin, and thin skin tends to lose its elasticity more quickly. A night serum with retinoids and antioxidants boosts cell turnover, which can help the appearance of wrinkles, and using it at night gives it time to renew your skin and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. (I’ve also written an entire blog post on the topic of neck skin, which you can read right here.)

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Love The Tips In This Post?

Then you’re really going to love my new perpetual daily tips calendar — “Why Didn’t I Think of That? 365 Tips & Tricks to Solve Life’s Little Problems. It’s a bit like my blog in miniature because it features “one good thing” every day!

The daily tips in this calendar cover just about every aspect of life at home, from cleaning and laundry to beauty and organization. I’ve poured all my first-hand experience and research into these pages, so you can trust that every tip has received my OGT Seal of Approval!

But you might be wondering, “Why would I buy a calendar in April?” And that’s a great question! One of my favorite things about this calendar is that it’s perpetual. At the end of every year, you can flip the pages back over and start again! So it’s a calendar you can start using any time of year.

OGT readers are loving it so far:

I’ve had this calendar for a few weeks now, and I’ve learned or been reminded of something valuable each day. My rule is not to take sneak peeks ahead! It’s well-constructed on heavy stock, designed beautifully, and sits unobtrusively on my desk next to my computer. What a clever idea—thank you so much for coming up with yet another brilliant idea, Jillee!

Carol O

I love my new perpetual calendar! Every day, I look forward to turning the page to read a new daily tip. Thanks for providing a new idea each day of the year. I’m looking forward to using it year after year.

Kathy

I just love this perpetual calendar. It’s so colorful and handy. I look forward to Jillee’s emails every day because she always has such helpful tips for things I never would have thought of. Now I can look at these different tips daily, and the calendar will never expire. Thank you for another great idea!

Kristin

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