Gone are the get-togethers, the gatherings, the parties with the masses – social distancing is the new trend – not like you have a choice.

The Covid 19 pandemic has struck much fear in the hearts of even the most outgoing ones, and with stay-home notices strictly enforced (by the law, no less).

Your week facial visits or IPL appointments might have to be shelved or canned… unless you keep on reading about some DIY beauty hacks that can keep you looking good from home, of course!

Potatoes Gotta Potate


Dark eye circles are predominantly caused by sleep deprivation. Your skin becomes dull and pale when you don’t sleep enough, allowing for dark tissues and blood vessels to accumulate beneath your eyes.

While you might have been exposed to tons of stock images of a lady in her bathrobe, hair wrapped up in a towel with two slices of cucumber on her eyes, you’ll be surprised to find how potatoes are low-key ousting cucumbers as the definitive hack for getting rid of dark eye circles.

Potatoes actually contain an enzyme in them that is an active ingredient in skin-bleaching products… and that pretty much explains itself. If you’ve only known your potatoes to be baked, fried or mashed, now you can also have them chilled, sliced and over your eyes.

Also recommended: Dream Cream by chái – part day and night eye cream, part primer. This cream encourages cell turnover and natural collagen that will aid in eye area discoloration.


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Quali-Tea (Nope, Not Green Tea)


A cup of chamomile tea is known to soothe one’s nerves before bed, allowing you to seamlessly slip into slumber. Who knew chamomile can do more than calming you down?

Chamomile leaves can be a cure for dry or eczematous skin, and can even be used as a hair lightener. A surprise anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and (*pants*) anti-bacterial super ingredient, it’s no surprise that chamomile is also an antioxidant.

Boil two pots of Chamomile tea, let it cool, and mix it in your bath and just soak in the goodness. Also an essential oil, you will be pampered by its therapeutic scent – it’s like a spa away from a spa.

Also recommended: Luminizing II Replenishing & Moisturizing Cream – a non-greasy, potent skin moisturizer boasting multiple benefits like fortifying your dermal immune system and bringing out your facial glow.


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Bat That Lash

If you’re suffering from lash envy, I’ll bet you’ve probably tried on those fake lashes with their gunky applicator glue.

This also means you’re likely to have painfully ripped off whatever you have you can classify as your natural lashes. Yikes. No pain, no vain you say?

One painless way to lengthen your lashes is simply with a dab of baby powder. A quick dip between two coats of mascara will give you that length boost and accentuate your eyes, without having to rip your real lashes off.

Also recommended: Collagen Lash Serum: They call it a serum because it is powerful like that. Known to thicken and restore weakened eyelashes, and strengthen lash follicles, supporting the sprouting the growth of your natural stunning and pain-free lashes.


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Shine Bright Like An… Almond?


Eyeliner extraordinaires out there, this might not apply to you. If you experience the occasional disgruntlement of your eyeliner not being dark or thick enough, you might want to look into creating your own eyeliner – using almonds.

If you think I’m nuts to suggest this, the results have very much proved otherwise. All you need to do is to burn about 3-4 almonds to a crisp, grind the burnt almonds into a powder, throw in a bit of coconut oil and aloe vera gel, and apply where applicable.

Learn more about this very quirky hack from a beauty-holic here.

Disclaimer: NOT recommended for anyone with a nut allergy.


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