Quick Tips of the Week Archives

Recycle Your Wand

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Since I had a baby, I've not only become an expert at performing daily one-handed tasks, but i've also become pretty adept at discovering muli-uses for almost any item I pick up with that aforementioned free hand.

For instance, mascara. Before you toss out your expired tube of Great Lash, hold onto the wand. Clean it and repurpose it as...

A brow brush
Lip exfoliator
Jewelry cleaner
Root retoucher
Sink unclogger
To clean bathroom tiles/other hard to reach areas in your home

...or as a replacement wand for your next tube of mascara*

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week

Want a quick fix to get rid of a few specks of splattered eyeshadow? Use a strip of Scotch tape.

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We've all heard about the grapefruit diet working wonders on your waistline and how the smell of citrus has been clinically proven to make your man melt, but I have yet another cool and quick tip reserved for your ripest ruby reds.

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Back in the 1930's silent film star Thelma Todd was known to dip her elbows in a pair of grapefruit halves in order to whiten and soften those rough and often neglected patches of skin.

I'm not doubting it. The citric acid works as a great and sweet smelling exfoliator. Just rest them in that pulpy grapefruit goodness for 5 minutes, dry and follow up up with a light rub of extra virgin olive oil that is rich in skin repairing vitamin E for a complete beauty treatment guaranteed to brighten up dem 'bows.

Although I haven't been brushing up on my beauty tips since becoming a new mommy, here's a quickie tip I just learned by accident.

Sleeping with my baby's humidifier in my room does double duty, soothing nasal congestion, dry cough and sinus irritation for him while providing silky spa-like skin for me. So I end up reaching for the Snotsucker and my body butter less and less.

I have an unbearably cute Crane Elephant model, but if you want something a little less kid-friendly, Crane also has an adult line of Cool Mist Humidifiers that are art sculpture chic and available in a series of cool colors for $45.99.

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Lush Lips Seal Kiss

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One post partum beauty grievance that no one warned me about is super dry, cracked peeling lips.

To remedy this and ensure that my pucker is in pristine condition I've been downing plenty of h20 and following this quick tip -

Exfoliate your lips by applying lip balm followed by lightly scrubbing your lips with a toothbrush. Tissue away excess flakes and voila! You'll have a perfect pout in no time.

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And/or you can take a shortcut with Lush's yummy Bubblegum Lip Scrub. For $9.95 this tiny jar of sweetness scrubs lips smooth with a tasty blend of moisturizing jojoba oil and exfoliating Fair Trade sugar that will make your lips a clean canvas.

Added bonus? You don't have to tissue the excess off, just lick it off for a tasty all natural treat.

Bag your Bling

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week

Tired of tarnished jewelry?

Just because it's a little cheaper, doesn't mean your budget jewelry styles have to have a shelf life. Save the 14k gems and jewels for your velvet lined jewelry boxes and store your favorite sterling silver, costume and fashion jewelry in Ziploc bags.

Not only will they help you preserve those trendsetting statement pieces by retaining their luster, but they'll also reduce tarnishes, scratches, and give you a clear view of the contents inside.


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Athena Tab Strand - Bauble Bar, $46

A Fine Eyeline

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Ready to apply the quintessential cat eye?

Keep your eyeliners from getting crumbly by popping them in the freezer for 15 minutes before use. They'll glide on like a dream, pussycat.

Pixi Eyeliner Crayon Combo - Beauty Bridge, $18.

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A couple of months ago, a crafty friend gifted me with a homemade lavender and oil sugar scrub that has been keeping my flaky skin at bay by exfoliating all of my driest bits and pieces. It was so luxurious that it sent me on the cyberhunt for other DIY scrubs that are just as potent and powerful.

Mission accomplished. I just found another super cool homemade beauty scrub recipe courtesy of the Beauty Place Blog.

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So...you could spend $38 on a fancy jar of spa scrub, or you can make a giant batch of your own with organic staples that are already sitting in your pantry.

Wake up and smell the smoother thighs by mixing half a cup of your used coffee grinds from your morning pot of joe with a quarter cup sugar and a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil. Apply in a circular motion to your most cellulite ridden areas, rinse off, pat dry and voila! Your blood vessels will be stimulated, your skin exfoliated and hydrated, for thighs that will appear sleeker, smoother, and less dimply.

p.s. If your man is a coffeeholic, he'll think you smell good too.

Italian Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil The Olive Press, $19- $28
Demarara Brown Sugar Dean & DeLuca, $7.50
Organic Coffee Cafe Britt, $10.95

Ice Ice Skinnies

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week.

Want to preserve the rinse of your dark wash jeans and protect against skinny jean shrinkage while still getting out the stink? Skip the washing machine and pop your jeans in the freezer for 2 days inside a ziplock freezer bag.

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week.

Roots coming in and no time to hit up your stylist? Use a sectioning comb to zigzag your roots for instant undercover camouflage.

This set of Ionic Technology Combs from Vidal Sassoon will help you section, detangle, and add volume in a snap.

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Seasonal Bra Swap

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week.

Have a favorite bra that you reach for every other day? That over the shoulder boulder holder should be replaced somewhere between every three to six months before it begins to lose support and elasticity. In other words, be sure to treat the girls (meaning your boobs) to a new bra at least once during every change of season.

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Extreme Push Up Bra Strapless Bra, Leonisa $40

No Streaks For You

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Fall is here, and with it comes the start of white pasty leg season. Thankfully, we no longer have to suffer thanks to the invention of super bronzelicious self tanners.

A quick tip. When it comes to self-tanning, no one wants to be a Streaky McGee. A simple lemon wedge can remove excess/streaky self-tanner in a snap.

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Ones to try:

TanTowel Self Tan Towelettes, $24 for 10 packets
Fake Bake Self Tanning Body Butter, $20
Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube, $28
*all from Beauty Bridge


Quickie Patent Leather Polish

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week-

Patent leather shoes looking shabby? Not just for windows, a spray of Windex will restore their glossy sheen in seconds.

p.s. Get these sexy shades of grey and neon pink pumps for only $17.99 at Shiekh Shoes*

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Rip Eyelash Curl

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Quickie Beauty Tip of the Week

Want to take your lashes to the next level? Just heat your favorite eyelash curler with your hairdryer for 5 to 8 seconds pre-curling.

Want to skip the step altogether? Invest in a heated eyelash curler for double the drama.

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Tone That Pout Down

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I've received a few sweet pleas to keep my quickie weekly beauty tips in rotation, so here we are. One little change, I've decided to no longer limit myself to ten words or less because life is too short to follow rules. Without further ado:

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, twenty something words or less...

Lips too intense? Skip the tissue and use a wet wipe to tone down color while adding a hint of moisture.

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Photo: Terry Richardson

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 words or less:

Lip balm dabbed on inner corners of eyes = dewy highlighter.

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*4 extra words of warning: Make sure it's plain!

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 words or less.

Massage blotting papers into oily roots in lieu of shampoo.

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My favorites:

Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Beauty Papers - Tatcha , $12
Eyetini Blotting Napkins - Beauty Bridge, $10
Sephora Blotting Papers - Sephora, $10

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 Words or Less.

Boring bobbies? Pump them up using pretty polish as paint!

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 Words or Less.

Skip workout! Line baby oil down legs for instant tone.

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 Words or Less.

Got grays? Hide with powder eyeshadow set with hairspray.


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Got Clumps?

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 words or less.

Slide dental floss picks between lashes to declump mascara.


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Unshiny Happy People

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 Words or Less.

Dab of deodorant stick on T-zone = Unsweaty, matte face!

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Philosophy Amazing Grace Deodorant, Beauty Bridge $18

To Sachet or to Shower

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 Words or Less.

Who needs sachets? Slip your sweetest smelling soaps into drawers.

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Rows of Roses Sachets, Anthropologie $38

Your Nails Were All Yellow

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

Got yellow nail stains? Swipe 'em with a lemon wedge.

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Extras: Sammy's Favorite Lemon Based Beauty Products:

Giana Rose Lemon Soap, Caswell-Massey $10
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream, Lush $16.95
Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer, Benefit $20

Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

Raw potato slices can de-puff eyes + lighten dark circles.

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p.s. Sleep works too.


Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less

Band-Aid Friction Block - Blister proofs sore feet, for cheap.

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Band-Aid Friction Block: your local drugstore, $6

Maximize Your Mascara

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

5 eyedrops stirred into mascara = tube that lasts 3x longer.

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

Debloating Libation

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 5oz H20 = badass de-bloater.

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Jello Shot Stains

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

Moist Q-tip dipped in Jello mix = Fruity rad lip stain.

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Cheap Eau de Vanilla Parfum

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week - 10 words or less.

No perfume? Try a dab of vanilla from the pantry.

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From Hair to Hem

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Let's Talk Style Quick Tip of the Week, 10 words or less:

No time to iron? Unwrinkle outfits with your preheated flatiron!

*Disclaimer: not silk, silly.

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Samara Sanchez

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Sammy Sanchez is a Miami based freelance writer, greeting card designer, and self-professed USWeeklyholic. Sammy loves tall coffee light frappuccinos, vino not from a box, and Mark Ruffalo...not necessarily in that order.
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