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TIP OF THE DAY
We like to carry tinted lip balm for a fast-fix double whammy: as well as adding a slick of sheer colour to lips, it works brilliantly as an instant, easy-to-blend blusher – just a smear, when you feel you’re looking a tad pale. Make-up artists often tell us lipstick can be used for this – but we can find that a bit hard to blend in. The texture of a tinted lip balm (NOT GLOSS!) is perfect.
Love this quote from Wallis Simpson (who lived by it!): ‘I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.’
Never use cuticle nippers to cut your nails – you’ll end up with torn nails and dull clippers.
If you’re using a vitamin C product, apply after cleansing and before sunscreen. Advises skincare expert Debbie Thomas, ‘Don’t forget to massage it over lips and the outer corner of eyes where fine lines are prone to appear, to help protect those delicate areas.’
We’re interested in all things green as well as all things gorgeous, at Beauty Bible. So a tip from Sarah’s feature ’20 Ways to Help Save the Planet’ (from YOU Magazine): ‘Use organic cotton face/hand cloths rather than wet wipes and never put wipes down the loo. Most are made of polyester, a plastic that takes years to degrade and then releases millions of tiny fibres into rivers. The Department of the Environment now classes wet wipes with plastic bags as serious environmental hazards.’