One Product, Multiple Uses

Here are some amazing ways to save time and use products in a variety of ways. These are great products for an overnight bag, a business trip and longer travel.

Chapstick:

The regular no flavor, no tingley, Chapstick. Dab on cheek bones (especially on windy winter days!), under your brow, use as a brow tamer, to sooth cuticles or dry spots, to tame flyaway frizzies and, of course, on your lips! Vaseline is another long time favorite but it you tend to have oily skin or want less shine, a more dense product is better.


 

Bronzer/Blush/Highlighter sets:

The lightest shade can be used as a highlighter as well as eyeshadow. The blush can be applied as such. The dark bronze can be used for shadow and even brow fill in a pinch. I got one from Avon that is super affordable.


Primer:

Finding the right primer can be face changing. I love Urban Decay original primer, but my new favorite is the Urban Decay Eden. It’s a fair skin tone and I can use it alone on lids and under eyes. Sin is another favorite with some shimmer. I have combination skin and oily lids. After 10 hours, I found the original potion to crease. Sin and Eden didn’t crease even after a summer wedding I was in that I needed my face photo-ready for 16 hours. $20 each at Sephora.com

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Sin

Sin

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Eden

Eden

Left: Urban Decay Eden with UD Shadow. Right: Just UD Shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Coconut Oil:

If you’ve been on any beauty blog or Pinterest, you know the benefits of coconut oil. Head to toe, this stuff is amazing. I found these little inch and a half containers at Bed Bath and Beyond. Now you can have it everywhere! Don’t fill to the top as coconut oil has a low melting temp.

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Matte Brown Shadow:

A shadow you can use for your brows is already double duty. But a powder you can wet, now becomes brow powder, liner and even mascara. I’ve always loved the way Mary Kay shadows apply wet or dry. To use on your brow, use a dry angle brush and brush with dry spoolie. As a shadow, use your finger, brush or disposable applicator. As a liner, put a small drop of water in the eye shadow and dab an angle brush in to mix lightly. Apply as liner. While still wet, dab your pointer and thumb in the shadow and pinch tips of lashes lightly to use as a quickie mascara.

Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color

Mary Kay Shadow in Espresso ($7 Marykay.com)

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Motives by Lauren Ridinger

I hadn’t heard of the Motives brand until a friend who is a shop.com consultant informed me she sold the line on her site. She had heard good reviews and I had found some good ones after Googling it. I needed a restock of basics so that is what I started with. I bought a base shadow, a primer and a concealer. I will definitely be buying more! Here are the products:

Motives Pressed Eye Shadow in Vanilla $12.50.  I was looking for a base with a slight shimmer. The site didn’t have a description of color so I chose a shade close to what I needed. This is a matte shadow but an excellent base shadow.  Very fine, build-able and great to blend with.

Motives Eye Base $14.00. This is a great primer to wear alone to even out skin tone and also a great base for blending. It is a soft formula so during a heat wave, it still slightly creases. The formula is very silky and a little goes a long way. I have it pictured with a quarter to show that the opening is very small for a pot. I had longer nails when I first tried it and it was very hard to apply with my fingers. I advise using a makeup sponge. This stuff will last a while!

Motives Liquid Correction Concealer $17.00. I think I will stock up on this stuff. Like the primer, a little goes a very long way. It’s a light formula but has amazing coverage. I have it unscrewed in the picture because the wand doesn’t have a rubber grabber inside. Without it, the formula tends to glob up and goop out after being screwed back on. So I unscrew it a little as pictured and just dab my finger to the wand or screw ridges. It’s really all you need for under eyes and it controls the amount you use.

Thank you Jen for introducing me to such a great line! Check out these products and more from the Motives line at Jen’s Shop.com website:

http://www.shop.com/zenjen/nbts/Market+America-v243380-c+.xhtml