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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Beauty on a Budget

Everyone wants to look like a million bucks, but if you're like me, you probably haven't seen a million bucks in your life.  Here are my beauty tricks on a budget:



My mom has stayed on me about my eyebrows since I was in middle school.  I probably have a borderline complex about them at this point.  My junior year of college, I gave up on trying to get my eyebrows done professionally.  I could never get appointments when I needed them, and I got sick of paying $18 to get my eyebrows done every two weeks.  So I decided that I was going to start doing my  own.   I went out and bought this Salley Hansen wax for $6, and the rest is history!

Everyone talks about how they could never do their own eyebrows because it's sooooo hard.  Actually, it's pretty easy!  It's easy to clean up the little wispies that grow back in.  And as you begin to feel more confident in your abilities, you can clean up the shape of your brows.  The wax is simple - just take the lid off, throw it in the microwave for three minutes, and use the little blue tool to pain the wax on.  There are no strips, so just pull it off in the direction towards your arch.  Once you're satisfied with your results, smear some of the cream that comes with the kit onto them.  It feels like a dream!
(P.S. - if you read my spray tan post on Tuesday, it's a good idea to wax your eyebrows before spray tanning rather than after!)





On last week's Friday Favorites post, I highlighted a DIY Gel Nails post by Emily Ann Gemma of The Sweetest Thing!  I have given myself a gel manicure twice now using these instructions!  The first time that I did the manicure, I don't think that I used enough polish, as my nails started to crack and break after 5 days.  (They're also super damaged from having too many professional gel manicures…)Last night I used thicker coats, and it looks much better.  However, the thicker coats of polish need more time to dry, so be prepared to allow them extra drying time!


Not too shabby looking, right?!  Best part - I paid $13.50 at Sally's for the products needed - a nail file, buffer, gellous base coat, and out the door top coat.  The color - OPI's Big Hair Big Nails - is from home.


So there you have it - two of my beauty on a budget tips!  What are your tips?  
I'm always looking for new ones!

XX, 

SS


17 comments:

  1. I just started using the Gelous polish for a gel mani-look and I'm loving it too! I don't think I trust myself to shape my brows waxing them myself, so I'm just stuck with tweezing between appointments!

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    1. Isn't it amazing?! I've been so pleased with it :)

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  2. Thanks for the post on the eyebrows... I've never tried an at-home kit before... I normally just use tweezers because I didn't trust most products but this one seems to work great!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. I've been using it for going on two years now, and I think I've gone through three things of the wax. It is wonderful & so simple!

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  3. I love painting my nails, but they always chip so fast! I'll have to look into that DIY manicure :)

    Kristin
    thedixiedaisy.blogspot.com

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  4. Never tried gel polish...I may have to! Thanks!

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    1. You should! It's a little effort, but it beats constantly having to repaint :)

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  5. I want to try the gel mani! However, we don't have a sally's where I live.... I wonder if I can find it somewhere else.

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    1. Emily Ann Gemma from The Sweetest Thing (the blog where I found the DIY) did a post yesterday about her favorite gel polishes. There may be some more on there for you to choose from :) http://www.thesweetestthingblog.com/2014/03/top-4-diy-gel-polishes.html

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  6. My nails always chip so this sounds great!

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    1. I have been pretty pleased with it! I hope you enjoy it :)

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  7. I've been looking for things to help me do my own eyes brows (the last time I went, the lady had the wax too hot and burned the skin around my eye!). I have a great brush and scissor kit from wal-mart that works well too!

    -Katherine
    http://scallopedandbows.blogspot.ca

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    1. I pop this one in the microwave for 3 minutes, and it is hot, but not hot enough to even make you feel uncomfortable. And there's a little indicator on the applicator that tells you if the wax is ready to use based on temperature :) I definitely understand not wanting to deal with wax again any time soon, though!

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  8. This is such a great post idea :) You should do a series on this. At the moment I am a student and although I'd love to get professionally pampered a lot, it just isn't affordable so I love tips like these. The wax sounds like a really good idea, I've never considered that before!

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    1. I would LOVE to do a series! I am always trying new diy beauty things, so hopefully I'll have some more to share soon :)

      The wax seems intimidating, but it really isn't that bad. I usually start with the bottom of the outer corner when I remove hair so that it will shape like an arch. I hope it works out well for you :)

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  9. I've never tried eyebrow wax by myself. So afraid the result will be bad LOL

    xx,
    felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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