How to Revive Mascara

I have never really been one to replace an item until it is completely used up. I see no point in spending money when one doesn’t have to.

When my black mascara decided to dry up I remembered a post I’d seen on Facebook about a hack that could revive it. You place the mascara bottle in a cup of hot water, wait a few moments, and the heat of the water softens the liquid back into a useable form.

I decided to try it. If I could stretch the bottle a bit longer I could save a bit of money while postponing a shopping trip.

It actually works! The mascara worked better than it ever had, coating my eyelashes extremely well. You have to use it promptly once you remove it from the water but I suspect that I’ll be able to delay this purchase for a month or longer. The only downside is that you have to warm the mascara each time you use it but with planning I can overcome the inconvenience.

One more purchase successfully delayed.

Do you know of any beauty hacks? Please share your tips in the comments below.

It Doesn’t Cost a Fortune to Look Nice

The older I get the worse I look. My hair has started greying and things have started sagging that never sagged before. I’ve never really been self-conscious about the effects of aging but over time I noticed a difference; not in me, but in my customers.

While some of my customers appear to be ageless, others appear considerably older than they are simply due to the lack of care they give their appearance before they go out in public. Looking back on some of my older photos I realized with dismay that I was just as bad and resolved to find a way to improve myself.

But how? I’m not exactly a beauty guru and I didn’t want to spend a fortune either. I continued watching my customers as I searched for answers.

I quickly realized that regardless of social class, females my age can carry off a variety of simple wardrobe choices. Even an old, faded tee shirt can look nice when presented a certain way. While an old tee shirt and messy bun can scream slovenly, if you add a bit of cosmetics and a touch of bling that same outfit is elevated to a completely different level.

I had cosmetics already so that wasn’t an issue but bling? I hadn’t purchased jewelry for myself in years! I stopped wearing dangly things when my kids were babies since they liked to tug on them, then passed my collection along to friends so the items wouldn’t go to waste.

Undaunted, I started wearing cosmetics when I went out as I began searching for some budget-friendly bling. I wanted something cheap, timeless, and a bit dangly since I wear my hair up frequently. I eventually stumbled across some costume jewelry that had been placed on clearance. The simple hoops and studs met my needs without destroying my budget.

I’ve now clipped my nose hair, plucked my stray eyebrows, donned a bit of cosmetics, and added a bit of bling to my everyday wardrobe of jeans and tee shirts. Now, to my delighted surprise, I actually receive the occasional compliment as opposed to the indifference I’m accustomed to receiving so my self-confidence has received a boost as well.

Not a bad haul for the cost of a dollar and a little time!

What little things do you do to improve your appearance? Please share your stories in the comments below.