The Beauty Tips and Tricks I Swear By

Using my face and body as my own beauty testing ground has taught me some valuable lessons over the years, including (but not limited to), “Don’t use three different exfoliators in one sitting unless you actually want your face to fall off”, “Don’t pour boiling hot Veet all over yourself because duh”, and my old favourite, “When contouring, it’s best to avoid setting the makeup gun to ‘drag queen'”. It’s not all bad news though – a little creative experimentation (combined with compulsive Pinterest trawling and Youtube tutorial devouring) has rewarded me with my own little go-to list of beauty tricks I use on a daily basis…

Beauty tips and tricks


Brow Architecture

Lisa Eldridge is ever so generous with her makeup tips and this is one of my faves. When filling in your brows, if you brush the hairs on your arch down, rather than up, before drawing in the hair strokes (building up the colour behind the brow hairs), you’ll get a more precise shape, your brow will look fuller, and everything will still look nice ‘n natural. Thanks Lisa.

SPF before the clothes go on

It took me a shamefully long time to cotton on to this one. It’s so simple and oh-so-effective. It means you’re not applying sunscreen directly onto your clothes. Which is good, because they definitely don’t need it. And it also means that you don’t end up with bright red patches on your skin where you were trying to avoid applying sunscreen directly on your clothes. Win win.

Paw Paw ointment is a wondrous, magical thing

I’ve tried every pigmentation-blitzing treatment in the book (expect for chemical peels, because frankly anything with the word ‘chemical’ involved scares me a bit), and nothing kicks my acne pigmentation to the curb more effectively than Paw Paw ointment. And it’s not even the organic versions of paw paw that I’ve come to depend on, but the good old Lucas’ ointment, petro-base and all. Sorrynotsorry.

Keep a white lipstick in your stash

Yes, white lipstick. Yes, I’m aware Halloween was months ago. If I’m feeling a bold lippie is just that little bit too in yer face, cough Rebel cough, a layer of the lighter hue underneath will lift the darker tones and give the colour a softer look. I’m using Napoleon Perdis’ Pro Lips Lipstick in Blanc and it’s doing the trick perfectly. If you’re a pro at ombre lips, you can team it with the black version of this lipstick and put us all to shame with your sweet MUA skills.

Create your own skin saviour

As much as I love my face masks (Glamglow and Sanctuary Spa’s Thermal Detox Mask are two current faves), I also like to change it up occasionally by whipping up a tried and true aspirin mask. You may have seen this idea floating around the interwebs – grab about five uncoated tablets of aspirin, crush them with a little water, and mix with half a teaspoon of honey (I use an active 12+ Manuka honey), and voila, you have an anti-inflammatory mask which exfoliates, re-hydrates and zaps blemishes. Include your lips in the fun and pop some of the honey on as a lip mask. Remind me why I pay so many $$$ for off-the-shelf masks again? NB: Steer clear if you’re sensitive or allergic to aspirin!

Zapping dark circles is easy(er)

Something I struggled with for an inordinate of time was disguising my dark circles. No matter what I threw at them, they laughed in my face and kept on with their merry business of making me look like I was little too fond of late night Instagram scrolling. And even if I am, I don’t necessarily want to look it! I FINALLY came across Bobbi Brown’s Corrector in Light Peach, and it’s become a can’t-live-without staple. Whacking this under my eyes every time I do my makeup is pretty much second nature to me now, and with a good concealer over the top, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how less ‘punched in the eyes’ I look.

Toner is actually useful

Controversial. Some say toner is useless, others would grab theirs first in a fire. I used to be on the ‘useless’ side of the fence and was quite happy there, but a kind soul sent me the Dr Alkaitis Herbal Toner* and now I probably would actually grab it first in a fire. (Just kidding, it would actually be my Emma Hardie cleanser) (I obviously have no children or pets). It calms any redness, helps heal up blemishes, clears up any residual trace of my cleanser, is non- sticky/burny/stingy, and makes me my morning coffee. Well, if it did, the hubz would definitely have something to worry about.

What are the beauty tips and tricks you swear by? Let me know in the comments!

  • Memybestandi

    LOLs watch out Dr Alaktis! Totally forgot about aspirin masks, why haven’t I done one of those in years, they are brilliant , used to do them all the time

    • Angie

      I love how cheap they are to make and how effective they are! And my skin looks so good afterwards it actually look like someone else’s skin hehe x

  • Sheri

    YES FOR TONER. I know for a fact my skin would explode without it. And white lipstick!? Weird but it makes so much sense at the same time!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Angie

      Yay for toner! Hehe white lipstick looks SO STRANGE in the bullet, but it’s really so useful so it makes up for it hehe x

  • t w o p l i c a t e s

    Having a white lipstick seems practical, however I have way too many pale lipsticks that wash me out to be used as colours to lighten a dark lipstick! Many of the youtubers I watch brush their brow hairs upwards, and it’s apparently what I’ve been doing this whole time, definitely will brush downwards from now on :D

    t w o p l i c a t e s

    • Angie

      Yep I used to do the brow hairs up, but it made so much sense when Lisa explained it, and it’s worked like a charm ever since! :)

  • Vanessa

    UGH, I KNOW THAT MASK FEEL. My Queen Helene Mint Julep outperforms most of my cleaning masks in my stash, yet I’m always far too happy throwing big $$$ at new masks that are usually terribad. Lesson? DON’T FIX WHAT AIN’T BROKE.

    Three exfoliators in one go?……/damn/…. ._.

    • Angie

      Hehe yep I’m surprised my face is still intact… I keep hearing about the mint julep mask, might have to spend some more mask $$$ and make a sneaky purchase… oooops