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Unfortunately, not everyone wakes up looking refreshed after a night’s rest. We’ve all been there — waking up to see the dreaded puffy eyes. In most cases, it’s caused by lack of sleep, consuming too much salt or not drinking enough water. When this happens, don’t panic. We have an age-old recipe for banishing them. 

Start by applying a cold compress to your peepers. Some at-home remedies include:

 

tea-remedy-for-puffy-eyes2.jpgCooled green tea bags: the caffeine and antioxidants in green tea will assist with reducing the swelling.

Cucumber slices: the cucumber has astringent properties which will reduce puffiness.

Ice pack— not too fancy, but the cold factor does reduce the puffiness. If you’re a mom of a baby, frozen teething rings work well, too.

 

 

 

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We also like Sephora Brand Pearl Ice Cooling Eye Mask by Inka: This mask is kept in our freezer for those “just in case” situations. Filled with tiny glass beads and enclosed in thermal plastic, this mask can also be warmed by placing it into a bowl of warm water. $26, sephora.com

 

 



After relaxing with one of these on for 10 to 15 minutes, follow with the application of a lightweight eye gel or cream  (steer clear of “hydrating” creams that will only trap the water under the skin).  Be sure to look for ingredients like caffeine, Vitamin K and chamomile

Great puff-banishing eye gels:

 

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L’Oreal Dermo Expertise Defense Eye— Our drugstore favorite, this gel treats our puffy eye symptoms with caffeine and other ingredients to sooth and combat signs of aging.  $13.49, drugstore.com

 

 

 

skyniceland_HydroCoolFirmingEyeGels.jpgSkyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are perfect for travel when puffiness due to lack of sleep is common. Cooling and refreshing, your eyes will thank you for this de-puffing treat. from $45, sephora.com

 

 

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Benefit Depuffing Action Eye Gel soothes our eyes with chamomile and red raspberry extracts while a “secret” ingredient gives puffiness the boot. $28, benefitcosmetics.com

By Jennifer Davidson and Monique Hankins

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From using Preparation H on puffy eyes, toothpaste on pimples and Crisco on super dry skin, we’ve heard our share of unusual beauty tricks over the years. But not all secret remedies are wacky, here are a few of our favorites that really work:

1. Avocados not only make a delicious dip for your favorite chips, they also make a nourishing treat for your skin. For a deep moisturizing treatment, take two whole, ripe avocados and mash them in a bowl, then slather all over your body. Let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing for buttery smooth skin.

beautysecrets1.jpeg2. Rub solid antiperspirant/deodorant (the kind that goes on clear) on feet to prevent blisters, and of course, stinky feet.

3. If you experience irritation after waxing or shaving, whole fat milk works great for treating skin. Since milk protein is an anti-inflammatory, it’s perfect for soothing affected areas. Add a few cubes of ice to one cup of (whole) milk, saturate a washcloth or cotton ball and apply to area. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Repeat until skin feels better, then rinse.

4. Create an “aspirin mask” to help treat breakouts. The components of aspirin are similar to salicylic acid which helps exfoliate and unclog pores. Crush a few aspirin, mix with drops of water to form a paste, then apply to face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse. (If your skin is dry, add some honey into the mixture)

5. Dryer sheets are great for taming frizzies and fly-aways. Just lightly run one across your hair and your tresses will be tamed.

6. Vaseline mixed with sugar makes a great exfoliant for your lips, leaving them soft, smooth and sweet.

7. Olive oil makes a great moisturizer for lips, cuticles, rough elbows and more.

8. Apple cider vinegar is a great way to combat dandruff without all the chemicals found in most dandruff shampoos. One cup of the vinegar plus one cup of cold water on the scalp after shampooing and conditioning, left on for one minute, then rinsed with cool water will balance the pH of your scalp and also help relieve any itching.

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9. Mascara works to temporarily hide grey hairs in between color appointments. Choose a shade that matches your hair at the root and cover, cover, cover!

10. Need to powder your nose but don’t have blotting tissue? Toilet seat covers in public restrooms will absorb excess oil from your face without disturbing your makeup.

11. For moms with babies, baby wipes are a great makeup remover if you’re tired and in a rush. The cloths are soft and the formulas are mild enough for delicate skin. They’re also great for removing stains from clothing in a pinch.

12. For natural teeth whitening, rub a fresh strawberry over your teeth. The fruit contains natural whitening agents and the seeds work great for cleaning. Since they also contain sugar and acids, it’s important to brush immediately afterwards with a fluoride toothpaste. Catherine Zeta Jones swears by this trick!

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The last time we heard anyone say they didn’t want shiny hair was…never. Shiny hair equals healthy hair, it makes us look better, thus we feel better. Unfortunately, with everyday stress, poor eating habits, illness, heat styling and hair coloring, lack-luster tresses can be the result. We have tested many shine-enhancing products and put together a list of our favorites. Get ready to get your shine on…

 

 

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Citre Shine Shine Miracle Highly Laminating Shampoo

For hair that looks shiny and glossy, start in the shower. this shampoo contains citrus extracts, essential vitamins and minerals to instill a healthy looking shine without stripping away the essential oils from your hair. We love the fresh lemon scent that is more fresh squeezed lemons and less Pine-Sol. $3.99, drugstore.com

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Frederic Fekkai Glossing Conditioner

Our staple for adding luster and shine is one of Fekkai’s best-selling products. We love the light consistency that still manages to give even the thirstiest hair the drink it so desires. From $23, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

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Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray

For Shine that resists frizz, we reach for this. Fruit micro-waxes seal in shine without feeling greasy or leaving hair feeling weighed down. No wonder it’s a favorite of celeb stylist David Evangelista, who mists this on his clients’ hair before they head out the door. $4.29, drugstore.com

 

 

ouidadshineglazeserum.jpgOuidad Shine Glaze Serum

Curls deserve to get their shine on, too. Ouidad is devoted to creating products for curly hair to best enhance natural shape and texture. For styling, this serum coats hair to add a hint of shimmer (don’t worry, it washes out easily) that reflects light, adding radiance to curls, controls frizz and keeps flyaways at bay. For straight styles, use as a last step to give tresses a gorgeous sheen. $20, sephora.com

 

 

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Kiehl’s Climate-Proof Shine-Enhancing Non-Aerosol Spray

Whether we choose to use this product during the styling, or simply spray it on as a finishing touch, this strong-yet flexible-hold formula helps keep our hair where we put it regardless of climate or weather conditions. Natural conditioning extracts derived from Sesame seeds and Soy beans give this formula moisturizing benefits while Sunflower seeds enhance shine. For all hair types. from $7, kiehls.com

 

 

ojon-shine-kit.jpgOjon Shine and Protect Hair Ritual Kit

Color-treated hair can look great when it’s first done, but begin to look dull and lifeless after a few weeks. That isn’t acceptable in our book. Thankfully, we found this kit to keep our color-treated hair looking healthy and vibrant. By nourishing it with a blend of natural, plant-based active ingredients, including wildcrafted Ojon oil, and protecting it with a natural UV-inhibiting antioxidant complex, we find that even weeks after having our hair processed, we still look like we just stepped out of the salon. $50, sephora.com

lipproducts.jpgLips are what people look at when we speak, what our loved ones feel when we give them a kiss, and one of the features we love to play up and enhance with products. So it’s only natural that we’d want to spend a little time keeping them looking and feeling their best. Take a look at the following five products that we love to plump, treat, nourish and gloss our pouts— muah!

 

 

philosophy-kiss-me-lip-scrub.jpgPhilosophy Kiss Me Lip Scrub

For kissable, baby-soft lips, we reach for philosophy’s lip exfoliator to combat dry, flaky lips. This product also fights against the vertical lines associated with aging, and moisturizes with rich butters and oils, leaving lips ready for our favorite lipsticks and glosses. $15, sephora.com

 

 

 

neutrogenalipboost.bmpNeutrogena Lip Boost, Intense Moisture Therapy

If you want to enhance your pout in a matter of minutes without breaking the bank, we recommend heading to your local drugstore. While most lip enhancers leave lips with a tingly sensation— and sometimes even burn— Neutrogena Lip Boost, Intense Moisture Therapy gives results minus the burn. With cucumber and peppermint to provide a lips with a fabulous cooling sensation, it also contains glycerin and sesame oil to boost lips moisture levels. $6.59, drugstore.com

 

 

sephoracompletelipbalm.jpgSephora Brand “Tricks of the Trade” Complete Lip Balm

The experts at Sephora created this nourishing lip treatment using mango butter and Vitamin E to make us feel like we’re giving our lips the star treatment. Between the smooth texture, great smell and cooling sensation it gives our lips, we’re not surprised this is loved by many a Sephora shopper. $8, sephora.com

 

 

cliniqueallaboutlips.jpgClinique All About Lips

We all have issues with fading lip color. Unless we’re wearing a longwear lip color, we can’t expect to see our favorite rouge still on our lips past lunch. With All About Lips, those days are gone— it de-flakes lips, lipstick goes on smooth and resists feathering later in the day. Another plus: this minimizes fine lines and wrinkles while reversing the look of sun damage. $21, clinique.com

 

 

Revlon_ColorStay_Ultimate_Liquid_Lipstick.jpgRevlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

Finding a “long-wearing” lip color that didn’t require two steps is a thing of the past, thanks to Revlon’s newest and most brilliant formula. With up to 12 hours of wear, this fabulous lippie has a staple in our makeup stash. The color payoff is rich, the texture is smooth and for it’s affordable pricing, we can build our own collection of must-wear shades. $10.99, drugstore.com
DIYfacial.jpgWe all love to indulge in pampering treatments from time to time, but when money is tight, it’s best to do it yourself. It not only saves money over time, but ensures you get to use products you love and will give you results you want. We have many products we turn to for at-home spa days, and these facial goodies will leave your skin glowing and fresh— who needs the spa anyway?

 

Cleanse:

mac cleanse off oil.jpgIt’s important to remove all makeup before any skincare regime, so we reach for MAC Cleanse Off Oil, a formula of skin-loving oils (that means no mineral oil) to really break up the dirt, makeup and even water-proof mascara. Emulsify with water and rinse for residue-free, smooth skin. $21, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

 

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Every facial includes a second cleanse, typically being a formula made specifically for your skin type or condition. To keep skin’s moisture in balance, regardless of skin type, we reach for Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. This soap-free cleanser is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, contains anti-inflammatory balm mint and lavender extracts to soothe the skin, and natural quillaja saponaria to gently foam away toxins and debris. 16.9 oz. $48, drugstore.com

 

 

 

Exfoliate:

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To remove dead skin cells, and speed up the process of cell turnover that slows down as we age, exfoliation is key to getting, and keeping, a youthful complexion. Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Natural Facial Scrub sloughs off those dead cells, but also soothes skin with moisture-rich honey. $3.49, drugstore.com

 

 

 

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Now that skin has been cleansed thoroughly, it is ready for a mask that will go deep into pores to give skin a treat. Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask is antioxidant-rich, hydrating and while it’s on, gives skin a revitalizing tingle. Apply to face, neck and decolletage. After 15 minutes, skin will look and feel more radiant and refreshed. 6 treatments per box. $22.50, sephora.com

 

 

Tone:

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Give your skin more moisture with a toner that doesn’t contain alcohol— for this we recommend Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner. Along with antioxidant green and black teas, the sweet, calming scent also makes this an exceptional skincare product. For combination and oily skin types, it provides hydration without added oils; for dry skin types it’s a boost of long-lasting hydration that improves the performance of your favorite moisturizer. $27, skinstore.com

 

 

 

Moisturize:

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The last step to your at-home facial is applying moisturizer. It is important to choose one that will suit your skin type. For oily/acne-prone skin, try Neutrogena Oil-Free Free Fresh Moisture, a light-weight, non-greasy formula that will leave your skin feeling smooth, and works great right before makeup application $11.99 drugstore.com.

 

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If your skin is on the dry side, try Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream. While it sounds like a heavy-duty moisturizer, it is surprisingly light, oil-free and absorbs quickly into skin. $7.49, drugstore.com

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