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Curled Lashes On the Go

Want to make your eyes pop with a capital P? Use the Go Curl Pocket Curler by Japonesque in the morning and anytime during the day when your lashes need a little pick-me-up. This eyelash curler is the perfect travel size, and fits snugly in the palm of your hand. You can find it online or at beauty stores such as Ulta Beauty.

Revitalize with DIY Toner

Fill a mini spritzer with cooled green tea and a few optional drops of Vitamin E oil. Use this antioxidant-rich spray after washing your face in the morning and whenever your skin needs a refresher during the dry, cold months.

Eyes on Me

When applying creams or serums around the eyes, pat it on in delicate upward motions to help get circulation going and reduce puffiness.

Frame Your Face

Groomed eyebrows create a more put-together look. Trim away flyaways on a regular basis and lightly fill in sparse patches with a pencil. Panasonic’s compact facial trimmer does a nice job with eyebrow trimming if you’d rather not DIY it with scissors.

Cruelty Free Lip Balm

Shea Moisture has a wide line of products from bath and beauty to makeup. I’ve been especially obsessed with their Coconut & Hibiscus lip balm for dry or chapped lips. Products are available at most drugstores, and are guaranteed not tested on animals.

Detoxifying Ginger Bath Salts

Homemade bath soaks are inexpensive and easy to make. Add a little zest to your bath with this aromatic ginger recipe.

  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground ginger
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

Make a Splash

When washing your face, remember to always use lukewarm water. Hot water will only strip your skin of natural oils, and a cold water rinse, contrary to popular opinion, isn’t proven to tighten pores.

Clean Makeup Brushes, Made Easy

Makeup blenders and brushes should be cleaned weekly to reduce the amount of breakout-causing oils and bacteria exposed to your face. The good news—you don’t need to break the bank on cleaning products! Washing with a dollop of baby shampoo should kill any nasty microorganisms and leave brush fibers soft and hydrated. Make sure to rinse and let air dry.

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