Midweek Beauty: My Favorite Skin Care Tricks

Best Skin Care Tips and Tricks 2014 by Style Sprinter

I am a strong believer that following standard beauty rules is too boring. Instead, I like to mix both expensive and drugstore beauty products in order to achieve the results that I need. I also do not mind using some homemade beauty solutions. Today at the Midweek Beauty series I will share with you my favorite DIY skin care recipes that I use all the time.

#1: Get smooth kissable lips overnight

There are many expensive beauty products that promise to make your lips smooth and soft, but for me the best lip therapy product is petroleum jelly. I apply it every night and wake up with soft and healed lips. Petrolatum (another name for petroleum jelly) works even over the most severe winters. I noticed that many people avoid using petroleum jelly because it is cheap and not organic, but I see more benefits in this product than drawbacks and do not plan to stop using it. By the way, recently Vaseline came out with the new package design, and now it is more convenient to keep this proven chapped lips remedy in your bag. I also like the fact that these new mini-packages of petrolatum also adds some pink color to your lips. DIY Chapped Lips Treatment by Style Sprinter

#2: Let your skin glow

I will never stop emphasizing how important it is to exfoliate your skin regularly (read more about my exfoliating schedule here). In my opinion, scrubs and peelings are necessities that every girl can (and must!) afford time for – especially, if we are talking about such an inexpensive home remedy as my favorite coffee scrub. The scrub is very easy to prepare, and it makes miracles with your skin. Next time you are drinking coffee at home save some ground coffee beans. Combine two tablespoons of coffee with two tablespoons of body oil (I prefer avocado or Shea butter oils) and a teaspoon of shampoo — and your DIY coffee scrub is ready. DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe by Style Sprinter

#3: Restore your heels with Cetaphil compress

If my heels get rough after wearing flip-flops and exploring sandy beaches, I always use the following overnight cracked heels treatment that my grandmother taught me. First, wash your feet in warm water and wipe them dry. Then, apply a thick layer of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream or any other thick moisturizer that you like. Finally, cover each of your feet with plastic wrap and then put in socks. You will achieve the best result if you keep your Cetaphil compress overnight, but even a half an hour treatment  will make a difference. Cetaphil Cracked Heels Compress by StyleSprinter

#4: Remove excess oil from your skin…at Starbucks

I found this beauty trick at Andrea Pomerantz Lustig’s book How To Look Expensive and never stopped using it. As Andrea correctly mentioned in her book, there is something special about Starbucks paper napkins that makes them a perfect excess oil removing tool. Try this simple trick next time you are buying your coffee, and you will never go back to your blotting papers. Honestly, these Starbucks napkins are truly magical! Excess Oil Removing Trick by Style Sprinter

#5: Master your manicure skills

Even if you are the most sloppy nail painter, you would be able to make your nails look good if you follow my easy nail coloring tip. Next time you apply nail polish, do not try to be too careful and not to color skin around the nail. Instead, apply your nail polish as slatternly as you wish and wait until your nails are dry (I prefer to use hair dryer). Then wash your hands in warm water: the excess nail polish around the nail plate will easily come off on its own. This little trick will allow you to fix all nail painting imperfections without touching any nail polish remover.Nail Polish Applying Tricks by Style Sprinter

These were my top five home remedies that I regularly use to take care of my skin and nails. I wonder if you can add any DIY beauty tricks to this list? Please share your skin care recipes and do not forget to participate at my Starbucks giveaway.

Photos by Vital Agibalow

  • Thanks for the mention!

  • Oh my goodness, number 4 is my favorite! Such great articles to read! Thanks:) xo, Hayley http://www.dailydoseofdarling.com

  • This was such a fun post to read! Will have to try some Vaseline on my lips! Also thats amazing about the Starbucks napkins… My sister goes there more than me so I’m going to ask her to bring me some so I can try them out lol! Great post 🙂


    • Sorry for the late response, Jessica. Did you have a chance to try Vaseline or Starbucks napkins yet? I wonder how did it go? Did you like these tricks? xoxo


      • I did try the vaseline thanks to you and it works great!! I haven’t been to Starbucks yet and my sister keeps throwing her napkins away when she leaves…lol Still keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll remember! 😛

  • Jilli Joffe

    Love this post, thanks so much for sharing! I wasn’t familiar with many of these tricks, but I absolutely love any type of beauty tricks that aren’t crazy expensive, and actually work! I started doing that warm water trick with my nail polish a few months ago, and it makes at-home manis WAY easier. I usually paint at night, let them dry overnight, and soak in the morning.


    • Thanks, Jilli, for reading! Yep, there are tons of inexpensive tricks that nobody seems to know about. I found tons of helpful advice at the book that I mention in my post, How To Look Expensive, and I highly recommend it.

      By the way, are you using a hair dryer to dry your nails? I’ve notice that my nail polish stays longer if I use a hair drier.


      • Jilli Joffe

        Just noticed this reply, and no I haven’t tried that drier trick! I will next time I paint though! Thanks 🙂

  • Wildfire Charm

    This was a fun and interesting article to read. Heading to Starbucks first thing today.

    Wildfire Charm

  • Hey Katya, your post is really helpful! I love the vaseline trick, it really works 🙂

    Since you mentioned the book “how to look expensive”, I think you’ll also enjoy my post on how to look expensive on a budget. It’s all about boosting your style with 10 simple tricks!

    Keep doing the great work 😀

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