I have to admit I haven't always been smart about my beauty purchases in the past. Most of my decisions have been based on how pretty it looks or how good it smells. Through the years and a bunch of hits and misses, I've learned to appreciate the intricacies of skincare and cosmetics.
I have since figured out more or less what works for me and my lifestyle. I constantly rotate products depending on the weather and how my skin feels. I have a no fuss approach to beauty and think of myself as relatively low maintenance. I don't own a hair dryer, often just air drying after detangling from the shower. I am constantly on the lookout for the easiest way to take my makeup off at night and I'm an absolute sucker for anything multi-use because really, who has the time?
I figure that if I'm paying for something, it might as well do double (or triple or quadruple) time especially if it's something I'm going to be lugging around occupying prime handbag real estate.
What works well for other people may not necessarily be my jam so I've learned that it is always a good idea to read product reviews first to see how it has worked for other people and if they have developed any allergies since my skin is very sensitive.
I also consult actual friends and experts who have tried the product. Thankfully, we have our resident beauty guru #thevainmama always happy to give advice. Here, she shares how to get the most mileage from products that are worthy of being a part of anyones beauty arsenal.
VITACREME B12 SERUM
Apply as a serum at night then layer with the Regenerative Cream.
Use as a highlighter on top of makeup to freshen up your look (mix it with a little shimmer powder for evenings out).
Use to heal your skin after a sun soaked summer.
INNISFREE WINE JELLY SLEEPING PACK
Use as a sleeping mask for anti-aging 2-3 times a week.
Use to soothe rashes and insect bites.
Use to soothe sunburnt skin.
LIME ESSENTIAL OIL
Use as a diffuser to fragrance room.
Use to fragrance your massage oils and lotions.
Use as a hot compress in a bowl of hot water to steam and detoxify your pores.
Use to remove foul odors in moldy closets.
INNISFREE CLAY MASK
Use as a detoxifying mask 1-2 times a week.
Use to help remove peeling skin gently and even out skin.
Use to help minimize pores.
Use as an overnight spot treatment for pimples.
BIODERMA SEBIUM CLEANSER
Use as a makeup remover.
Use as a toner.
Use to help remove peeling skin gently.
Put in a atomizer and use as a skin freshener.
Soak a cotton pad and place on top of eyelids for a few seconds then wipe off to remove glue and false individual lashes.
BELIF ALMIGHTY BALM
Use for sunburnt faces and sensitive areas.
Use for dry nails and cuticles.
Use for mosquito bites and minor scrapes.
Use for dry, brittle hair to smoothen.
Use as a lip balm.
Use to achieve a "dewy face".
RIMMEL KATE MOSS LIPSTICK #1
Use as a lipstick or blot for a stain.
Dot on your cheeks and use as a blush.
Use as a contouring agent in a pinch.
Dot the tiniest amount on your nose for a sun kissed look.
L'ATURELLE CINNAMON MILK SOAP
Use as a hand soap for your powder room.
Use as a bath soap.
Cut up and put in pouches to fragrance closets and other room areas.
Whew! That was only a few products that go beyond their call of duty. For more, seek here