Today I wanted to share with you 3 beauty hacks that I’ve found floating around the internet and give you a thumbs up or thumbs down.
I tested three hacks that seemed a bit intimidating to me. Maybe I’m just a bit of a coward, but I still was nervous after reading up on them. But now that I’ve suffered and succeeded, you all can benefit!
Here goes nothing!
The Infamous Sugar Wax
Okay, so let me preface this by saying I have never had anything but my eyebrows waxed before I tried this beauty DIY. But I had just purchased a cute new pair of underwear and I live in Florida–where fall is still shorts weather–so I was hunting for a chemically safe way to wax.
I waited until everyone in my house had gone to bed before I cooked up the wax. (If this turned out horribly I did not want to have to admit what I was doing.)
I found several different recipes online but I settled on:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of water
My first batch was a total disaster. I think 1 1/2 cups of sugar is too little. I kind of eyeballed it but I think I ended up with 2 cups of sugar. Terrified, I brought the concoction to a boil for a few minutes and then removed it from the heat.
The first problem came right away. I had decided to use hot wax with strips, but I had to wait for it to get down to a reasonable temperature.
It was too hot to put on my skin without it burning and when it cooled off, it hardly stuck to my leg!
I finally managed to get some of the goopy stuff on my leg, placed fabric on it, and ripped.
OH THE PAIN.
Don’t listen to this stuff that says it’s not painful. It hurts just as much as you’d expect a sticky substance ripping out your hair to hurt. Thankfully, it stopped hurting very quickly. It was relatively effective, but I have very long legs and the effort and pain it took to apply it to my whole leg was just not worth it.
Then, my brilliant little mind had another idea. I thought, “Well, it works, but I just don’t want to do my whole leg. But what about a small area?”
Yes. I attempted the bikini wax.
My friends, do not make this mistake.
The result was some of the worst pain I have ever experienced.
I give the sugar wax a thumbs down. While it is decently effective and may be worth a shot if you simply must wax, it is much more of a hassle than it’s worth. ):
Shaving My Face
This one was pretty hilarious. I honestly can’t believe I attempted it.
But after several hours of youtube binge watching, I stumbled across these handy little things:
After much research I decided to give it a try. These came in the mail and I followed the instructions (dry face, shaving at an angle). It was so much fun! There is something so satisfying about getting rid of hair.
Unfortunately, my hand slipped during the process…
(There’s now one section of my eyebrow that needs more make up than the rest.)
I’m blonde and have very little peach fuzz to begin with, but I was stunned by how much hair was on my face!
Afterwards though, my face started to sting and now my face feels a bit prickly instead of soft. Supposedly it makes makeup application easier, but I haven’t noticed a difference yet.
Can I say thumbs up AND thumbs down? Someone with darker hair would find this a lot more beneficial! It’s really effective at getting rid of hair without feeling like you’re really shaving your face. For someone with lighter hair like me, it just adds a stubble kind of feeling for no good reason.
But, if you have a steady hand, I think you should definitely own one of these for managing eyebrows.
You can find them here: http://amzn.to/2zAnKnF
Honey and Sugar Exfoliant
Currently I’m on a lot of different supplements to get my health back where it needs to be. Those supplements have helped me detox, but in the process, I’ve started to sweat a lot more. The result? More acne. -___-
Desperate for a solution, I searched and searched for a chemically safe exfoliant scrub. (I’m extremely sensitive to chemicals in normal face washes.) The honey and sugar scrub stood out to me right away. Not as slimy as coconut oil and sugar, but still a good consistency.
I read different takes on this. Some people swear by it, others say it harms your skin.
I decided to give it a try to see for myself.
First of all, this thing is SO easy to whip up. You decide how much honey and how much sugar you want to mix together. I put in plenty of sugar to make sure my skin was exfoliated well.
Then you just smear it on your face, arms, legs, etc.
You look kind of disgusting with sugary goop dripping off your face, but just scrub a bit and then wipe it off with water. Don’t leave any in your hair. lol (Using it in the shower is much easier.)
After I scrubbed and rinsed it off, my skin felt amazing. I’ve used it about four times in the past two weeks and my acne and blackheads have improved radically.
Obviously don’t scrub so hard that you harm your skin, but if you’re not psycho with it, sugar isn’t going to hurt you.
Huge thumbs up!! I love this stuff. So simple, so healthy, and so effective. I feel no need to purchase exfoliants from the store anymore. Why waste the money on something so expensive and “chemically” when this is an alternative?
Well there you have it, 3 beauty hacks tested so you don’t have to! If you happen to try any of these and have a different experience let me know! And comment below with any more suggestions for beauty hacks I can try out for ya’ll.
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Have a great day my loves!
~ Lynn Z