Tips and Tricks: Eyeliner

When I was in high school, I avoided using the bathrooms that had a cloud of smoke come out when you opened the door. I never did figure out how those girls got away with smoking in the girls’ room, but those girls had a secret weapon I didn’t have: lighters. Lighters were not only useful for smoking, but also for applying smooth and thick eyeliner.

I don’t wear much eyeliner, but every once in a while I like to put a little around my eyes. Using a lighter, however, just isn’t practical. I don’t remember where I read this simple trick. It’s so easy I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before!

Easy Eyeliner Trick

Use your hair dryer to soften your eyeliner! It works beautifully, and there’s no risk of getting a detention.

Are there any other easy make-up tricks I’m missing? Did you already know the hair dryer trick? Tell me in the comments below!

(By the way, a hair dryer also removes the fog from the mirror after a steamy shower–but I bet you knew that trick already.)


Tips and Tricks: Baking Soda Scrub

I used to have great skin. I was the girl in high school who never had to worry about breaking out before a big date. Having nice skin made me lazy, though. I never developed a good skin care routine, and while I still don’t break out, my skin definitely has some blemishes and flaws. My nose bothers me the most of all. Blackheads–UGH!

I’ve used Biore strips for years, but they are expensive, they hurt my nose, and they never get rid of all the blackheads. So when I saw this trick on Pinterest, I couldn’t wait to see how it worked!

blackhead scrub

Yes, it uses baking soda! I’m beginning to think that you can do anything with baking soda. Here’s what to do:

1. Make a paste using a teaspoon of baking soda and a tiny amount of milk. I only used this scrub on my nose, but if you want to exfoliate your whole face, use a little more baking soda. The recipe I used calls for a quarter cup of milk, but it was too liquid-y and I felt like I poured most of the milk down the drain.

2. Wash your face with warm water. This will dilate your pores and make the most of the baking soda scrub.

3. Gently scrub your face/nose with the baking soda and milk paste. The baking soda neutralizes the pH of your skin and the lactic acid in the milk helps clean your pores out. To maximize the effect on your skin, let the baking soda paste stay on your skin for a minute or two before rinsing.

4. Rinse off with warm water. Then, you can also splash some cold water on your face to constrict your pores and prevent more blackheads from forming.

When I first tried this scrub, I was surprised at how cold the milk was! Next time, I let the scrub sit on my counter for a few minutes, and then used it as a scrub right when I got out of the shower. It wasn’t a miracle scrub; I still felt like I had blackheads. But it worked just as well as the Biore strips, didn’t hurt my skin (my skin actually felt great!) and I hope it will prevent blackheads. I’m going to keep using it!

Do you have any skin care tips? Tell us about them in the comments!


I used these websites for this post: Natural Skin Care and