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Tip Tuesday 'Staff Secrets' Edition: Beauty Tricks and Tips

Posted by Alexandra C. | Tuesday February 18, 20148 comments

Working at ChickAdvisor, you pick up a thing or two when it comes to beauty. When you're constantly reading about, testing out, and looking at new beauty products and practices, you basically live and breathe beauty. Hey- we're not complaining. Since we've always got beauty on the brain, we've developed our own little beauty secrets, tips and tricks that we mostly keep to ourselves. Only today, we're letting you pick our brains as we divulge our personal beauty secrets! 

I'm not much for extreme beauty, but I do have some simple things that I do to keep my face looking fresh. One tip I always follow: when I put on any form of lip stick or gloss I always moisturize and put a lip balm underneath. This keeps my lips smooth and often prevents them from drying out under the lipstick. 


Before my under eye concealer, I dab on some vaseline so the area doesn't get dry or flaky. 

I use my handheld shower attachment to shampoo my hair with lukewarm water and then rinse the conditioner out with cold water. It really boosts the shine and makes my hair feel much more moisturized than when I wash with hot water.

I give myself regular pedicures at home all year long, but during the winter it's just not enough. For really dry heels, rub Vaseline into your feet right before bed and put on cotton socks to sleep. In the morning, moisturize again with your normal foot cream or a heavy body lotion and your feet will be nice and soft.


Alright, this is kind of a weird/gross one, so please, don't exit this page immediately. So, you wake up with a white head (yuck) and you just. can't. resist. touching. it. And now, sure, you're satisfied but you've also got inflammed skin. Not so great. After cleansing as normal, I moisturise and then dab on calamine lotion with a cotton pad or Q tip. Let this sit for a few minutes (until it has dried), then use primer and foundation as normal. The calamine is great for absorbing oil, calming skin and for drying out whiteheads. I will even use it before my foundation as a sort of primer for larger red bumps. You'll find that over the next few days, the bump will diminish. 

This next one is totally obvious when you hear it but I personally never even considered it until a little while ago: dry shampoo at night, not the morning. This way the oil is absorbed over night and you don't end up with white powder or streaks in your hair from forgetting to rub it in. 

I've been living by the mantra 'you are what you eat' lately and I can't tell you how effective and beneficial this has been not only for my health, but my skin too. I've cut out added sugars and refined packaged foods and I have been consuming more whole foods (along with drinking copious glasses of water daily). Since doing this, I've noticed a remarkable improvement in my skin's pigmentation and I have fewer blemishes and a healthy glow. 
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on September 03, 2014  Zillah82  2,182 said:

Good tips! I will be putting Vasaline on my feet tonight!
Sometimes I rub a bit of conditioner on the ends of my hair when it's dry! I also find that when I do this and use herbal essences conditioner people always compliment how great my hair smells!

on February 23, 2014  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

I like the idea of using Vaseline under my socks before bed. Great secrets & tips!

on February 20, 2014  Steffikah  9,235 said:

Alex - I definitely second the dry shampoo tip. It seems to sop up so much more!

on February 20, 2014  marebear  941 said:

Great tips...some I've never heard of .I leave conditioner on for 45 min then I rinse and apply leave in conditiner. I have really thick hair and just the one conditiner was not enough , plus the double conditioning leaves my hair smooth and shiny.

on February 19, 2014  mamaluv  STAFF said:

Yes, I agree with leaving my conditioner in for longer. I should have added that to my tip. Not only do I leave my conditioner in for about 5 mins (compared to 1-2 as recommended on the bottle) but I also sometimes leave it in for 30-60 mins after my shower/bath wrapped in an old towel before rinsing it out with cold water. Really helps!

on February 18, 2014  MsBeautifulSam  2,733 said:

Thanks for the tips ladies! Definitely somethings I have never heard before either. Yes I believe that cold water makes my hair look shinier and healthier for some reason. Hot water always dries it out really bad even with good shampoo and conditioner.

on February 18, 2014  AlexJC  50 said:

@wendyroy that's a great idea, I usually leave conditioner on too for a good minute or two before rinsing, it really makes a difference

on February 18, 2014  wendyroy  25,308 said:

Great tips...some I've never heard. I have found that leaving regular conditioner on for about 10 minutes while I bathe is as effective as a deep conditioning mask, at a fraction of the cost.

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