Alternative Uses


This is otherwise known as the What To Do With Extra Brush Guards hack.

This is not actually a Brush Guard. It’s a rip off that I bought from Suesh. It only comes in one size — too big for eye brushes and too small for bigger kabuki brushes. I have a few extras lying around and thought of using them to store (?) earphones:

Earphones Lifehack

It’s working great so far. I don’t experience the spaghetti-in-my-bag situation anymore.

Anyway, I’ve been going through stuff I don’t use and thinking of ways to re-purpose them. If you have any upcycling tips, do share them below. Thank you!

In one of my beautube marathon sessions, I discovered the hairspray makeup hack for brows. I’m sorry I can’t remember who the beautuber was (credit to whoever thought of this genius idea).

The hack:

If you run out of brow mascara, groom your brows with a hairspray by spraying the latter to a spoolie brush and combing the brows.

Bench Fix Professional Clay Doh Hair Molding Clay
Bench Fix Professional Clay Doh Hair Molding Clay

I didn’t own hairspray at the time (I still don’t), but I remembered that I owned a mini-tub of hair wax that I haven’t been using since I stopped caring for baby hairs that keep sticking out from my head.

If hairspray could work for eyebrows, hair wax might work, too.

It was a little bit tricky during my first few tries. I had to figure out the right amount of product to use. If I don’t put enough, my eyebrow hairs will not hold. If I put too much, there will be white lard-looking residue clinging on individual hair strands.

I went to a wedding
Hack in action. This is a photo of me coming home from a wedding. I was too lazy to trim my brows so I used hair wax to keep my brow hairs in place. It held well for 4 hours. (Anyway, see the baby hairs?! I think I should use the hair wax again.)

The best thing about hair wax is that it looks like there’s nothing on the brows. My brows are already dense and tinted brow mascaras usually look off with my black hair. I also like that the hair wax doesn’t look wet (as most clear brow mascaras do) and doesn’t make my brows “crunchy”.

I either put the wax on the spoolie or directly on the brow hairs and comb my brows ’til the white lardish looking wax disappears.

This trick is perfect for people with dense unruly brows who usually go for the no makeup makeup look. This, plus a little bit of brow powder for definition is a must-try.

I used to dry my makeup brushes by clipping them to a clothespin hanger.

Recently, I discovered another way to do it. Same as before, it has something to do with the laundry. If you have a small living space, you probably own a drying rack like this:

Ikea Drying Rack


I had the brightest idea of laying the brushes on it (along with our clothes). This is my setup:

Real Techniques Brushes

This only works for long-handled brushes. For kabuki brushes, I hang a mesh cloth or a dry microfiber towel on two rods and lay the brushes in between.

Lately, I feel like more of my offline friends are getting into skin care and makeup. I couldn’t be more excited!!! One of the reasons why I started this blog is because I didn’t think I had anyone I can talk to about ‘beauty’. Apparently, many of my offline friends are closet beauty product enthusiasts or fellow late bloomers — hello Cheche and Joy!

Last week, my friend Kat and I talked about moisturizers, again. She has been using the classic Nivea Creme on her face and if I remember right, she mentioned that it’s doing great for her (Note: Kat generally has dry skin most of the year).

I’ve used Nivea Creme on my face in the past, but y’all know how that won’t work for my oily skin. I still use it now — for my feet. Ack, I might have given Kat images of my feet dipped into her moisturizer can. Sorry! But really, it’s a great foot moisturizer.

Nivea Creme

Sponge-tip Applicators.  I have come to accept that my lips are not anatomically suited for shiny goop. Even basic lipbalm looks like drool on my lips. It doesn’t matter whether I put the gloss all over or just in the middle.

I have a few shiny lip stuff in my stash and I make them more forgivable on me by smacking a paper towel between my lips and recently, by this new trick I learned from Allure Magazine: Don’t Throw Out Your Sponge-Tip Applicators Just Yet.

The sponge takes away the shininess and suede-ifies the lipstick. I also used the sponge-tip applicator to blur out the lip line. I’m not so much a fan of sharp-edged lips (on myself). The sponge does a better job than a lip brush in blurring out the perimeters.
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Franken Lips.  I was not supposed to buy another tube of lipstick but my 30th birthday is coming up and I thought that a classic matte red lipstick is in order. I bought Mac Ruby Woo and I love it but sometimes it can be overwhelming on the face. It’s a really bright red so I tame it down a little by blending in a tiny bit of Wet n’ Wild 919B – Vamp It Up. The color turned out to be something I like better than Ruby Woo. Maybe it could pass off as Guerlain G L’Extrait in Orgueil? I haven’t worn Orgueil yet but here’s a beautiful FOTD by Carina wearing it. It looks very very similar to the color I ended up with.
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Maybelline Bold Matte.  I got curious when I knew about Maybelline’s latest addition to their Color Sensational line: Bold Matte. As I said, I like matte lipsticks. I thought maybe they could have dupes for some of Mac’s bright-colored matte lipsticks like Candy Yum-yum or Quick Sizzle.

Thank goodness testers were available coz these babies aren’t matte. As soon as I swatched each of them, they kind of melted and ended up with a sheen to them. Sheen  = Not Matte. If you’re looking for a good drugstore matte lipstick, try Wet ‘n Wild Megalast.

I was also disappointed by how sheer the colors were. In the swatches above, you can see my skin showing through.

Since I didn’t buy them and I didn’t try them on my lips, here’s a review from someone who did: Don’t Buy Those Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipsticks.