Once And For All, Here’s How To Do The Winged Eyeliner Tape Trick #YouCanDoIt
When many women here the words 'winged eyeliner,' they instantly shudder. We all have a horror story about trying to create the perfect thin, straight line that flicks up at just the right angle. Chances are, you've probably read about using clear tape to create the perfect wing, but wondered, "Does that really work?" Well we're here to prove it does! Take a look at the step by step below for how to successfully use the tape trick for creating the perfect winged eyeliner look. Step 1: Take a piece of clear tape this is about 2 inches long and place it diagonally from the the outer corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow. Step 2: Using a liquid eyeliner, find the point you want the wing to end and trace the tape with the liner down to the outer corner of your eye. Step 3: At the end of the wing you just drew, draw a line closer to your lid (both lines should look like a V shape) Step 4: Fill in the V shape you drew and take the line across the lid to the inner corner of your eye. Step 5: Once you have completed your eyeliner and it has dried, remove the tape gently. That's it! Within 5 minutes, you will have a winged eyeliner that looks like Adele's makeup artist did it! Be sure to also check out 11 types of pants every woman should own and the scary downside of using a knockoff beauty blender. [Photo: Shelby Rodriguez]
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The 2-Second Trick For Figuring Out The Tip At A Restaurant
Ask any of my friends how many tips I've figured out the tip at all the meals we've been to and they will tell you the answer is zero. But I actually started to feel a little self-conscious about being "that girl" who's bad at math, so I decided to prove to everyone that I can figure out the tip without whipping out my iPhone calculator. Guys, if I can do this trick, so can you. It really takes, like two seconds! So, let's say the bill is $16.80. Move the decimal point over one to the left so the new number you have is $1.68. Now multiply by two. For me, to keep things really easy, I just round up the number, in this example that is $2.00, and multiply by two. So the tip is around $4.00. I don't mind if the tip is slightly over 20% because waiters/waitresses work their butts off and are typically underpaid. Of course, if the service was truly terrible, then you can reevaluate this plan, but otherwise, this has totally changed my ability to calculate the tip! It's really not so scary. Don't forget to check out: the one thing you should never say to a waiter and why you should never order soda at a restaurant [Photo: Shelby Rodriguez for SHEfinds]
Is There Harm In Not Washing Clothes Right Away? Do Stains Set Over Time? The Answer.
We've all wondered--when you push off doing laundry for a few days, is it actually bad for your clothes? Like, say if you get a stain on your shirt--do you need to treat it right away, or can you throw it in the hamper and get to it later? Do stains become more permanent or more stubborn on clothes if you leave them for longer? I'm on top of my laundry game, but I'm just #AskingForAFriend. Swear. Let's see what the laundry experts have to say... READ MORE: How To Wash Your Jeans So They Last Forever "The sooner you treat stains, the better as some stains can become permanent over time," Tide & Downy Principal Scientist Mary Johnson told me over email. So the answer is yes, and what can people who hate doing laundry do about it? Johnson says that you can save your favorite clothes from stains by doing two things: 1. Turn the garment inside out from the stain and run cold water over the stain to “push” the stain out. 2. Reverse the garment and pre-treat the stain with a product like Tide Ultra Stain Release and wash per the instructions listed on the care label. READ MORE: The Millennial's Guide To Laundry: Everything You Need To Know So, there you have it--the answer to whether stains set over time (unfortunately, yes!) and exactly what to do about it. Will you be better about treating yours now?? READ MORE: Why You Should Fold Clothes As Soon As You Take Them Out Of The Dryer
How To Not Cry When You Cut An Onion
If you like to cook, you've had this happen at least once (probably more than that): you're cutting an onion and you can't. stop. crying. Once second you're totally fine chopping away, the next you've got big fat tears streaming down both cheeks. You look like you just watched "The Notebook," but feel totally fine. It's the strangest thing! Well, it turns out this reaction is caused by the enzymes that are released when you cut the onion, which then react with the water in your eyes to form sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid burns and when it does your eyes produce tears to wash the irritant away. Yikes! Luckily, there are a few things you can do to avoid this reaction. Here's what they are: READ MORE: The One Mistake You're Making When Getting Whole Foods Prepared Food 1. Chill the onion. Cold onions, either kept in the fridge or put in the freezer 10 minutes before being cut, produce fewer enzymes. 2. Use a sharp knife. The enzyme is released when onion cells are crushed or broken. A clean cut from a sharp knife is less likely to produce these enzymes (aka cause the tears). READ MORE: You Should Think Twice Before You Throw Away Expired Food--This Is Why 3. Whistle while you cut. Whistling blows air away from your face and the onion enzymes away from your eyes. 4. Stand by a fan or near a window. Again, the airflow should be pointed away from your face. READ MORE: Find Out What Your Favorite Fast Food Says About You 5. Stick your tongue out. This draws the enzymes to the liquid in your mouth, not your eyes. So, there you go--five quick tips for NOT tearing up when you cut an onion. Will you try any??
2 Things You Should Always Carry In Your Purse When You’re Wearing New Shoes (Not Band-Aids!)
Ah--we love fall and the smell of new boots and shoes that come with it. Can you smell the cardboard and tissue paper in the air? It's scrumptious. The only problem is that brand-new shoes comes with a side of blisters and foot pain. They're just an inevitable side effect of wearing stiff new shoes straight out of the box, and can't really be avoided (unless you want to hire a shoe double in your exact size to break your shoes in for you... #goals). READ MORE: How To Make High Heels More Comfortable If you're wearing new shoes for the first time, you have to be prepared for these inevitable issues. You should keep your purse stocked with these two items, that basically solve any shoe problem that might arise--from blisters, to soreness in your toes, heels or the balls of your feet. What are they? 1. Medical tape. Tape is the ultimate MacGyver tool. You can use it to tape your third and fourth toe together to make heels more comfortable. You can use to cover a blister or like a band-aid on your heels. You can use it inside the shoe to cover a spot that's uncomfortable (like a piece that's jutting out and piercing your skin). You can use it on the bottom of the shoe to prevent slippage (tape two pieces in an X on the sole). You can even use it like a lint roller to remove white fluffs from suede or other fabric shoes. Any shoe issue you're having, you can fix with medical tape. READ MORE: The Secret To Wearing High Heels Without Any Pain 2. Foot pads. You'll need a padded insert of some kind for the ball of your foot. For heels, this will help take some pressure off the ball. There are several brands that make these inserts, you can get them at the drugstore and you can find them in every width, texture and size imaginable. (For 6 inch Louboutins, I suggest bringing out the big guns and getting a gel insert from a medi brand like Dr Scholl's). I also really like the Foot Petals ones (they also help backless shoes stay in place!) So, there you have it: the only two products you need with you when breaking in new shoes. [Photo: Cheetah Is The New Black]
How To Keep Black Clothes From Fading
Hey, while we're talking about laundry today, let's talk about how to keep your black clothing from fading (it is almost black jeans season, after all!). The worst thing in the world (okay, not really) is when your jet black jeans or tops start to fade slowly wash by wash, wear by wear, until they're basically dark grey. Then it makes matching black clothes with each other more difficult--now you've got a 50 shades of grey situation going on. The worst! READ MORE: The Best Black Leggings That Don't Go See-Thru We spoke with Tide & Downy Principal Scientist Mary Johnson to get the low-down on how laundry experts keep black clothes from fading. Her advice was this: "Wash them in cold water, inside-out and don’t dry in the dryer--lay flat to dry." Well, that's simple enough! Here's more info on Mary's tips, as well as a few others: Don't over-wash them. Remember that you don't actually need to wash jeans that much (or ever), and this is one of the big reasons why black clothing starts to fade in the first place. Put jeans in the freezer to kill germs and spot clean them with a wet wash cloth instead of running them through a complete cycle. Black clothing that's worn over other layers, like a black cardigan worn over a t-shirt or a black skirt worn over tights, doesn't need to be washed after every wear (especially if it's worn mostly indoors!). The only exception is black underwear, tights, bras and socks--which should be washed after every wear. Separate your delicates. Washing delicate black fabrics like camisoles, silk, cashmere, etc., with normal or heavy loads causes more wear and tear on them that leads to fading. Washing delicates with the normal wash causes more pull on the fabric's weave, which causes the appearance of discoloration and fading over time. Always wash your delicate darks with cold water to prevent bleeding. READ MORE: How To Wash Your Jeans So They Last Forever Turn clothes inside out. Decrease the exposure of the outside/front facing side of the garment by turning it inside out to wash it. This will help preserve the color on the surface (the side that matters most!). Again, the washing machine is the main culprit for why your clothes fade. READ MORE: How To Get Those White Dots Off Black Clothing That Can't Be Lint Rolled Use the shortest wash cycle. Most washing machines have different time settings for laundry loads--8 minutes, 10 minutes, 12 minutes. Use the wash cycle that you know to be the shortest--this, again, minimizes the exposure of your blacks to the harmful wash cycle which causes black clothes to fade more quickly. Always wash with cold water. The ideal water temperature for washing black clothing and other darks is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 and 26.7 degrees Celsius). READ MORE: 5 Ways To Make Black Jeans Appropriate For Any Occasion Use fabric conditioner. Use fabric conditioner like Downy Fabric Conditioner to keep clothing looking newer for longer by helping to prevent fading. Use "Darks" detergent. Brands like Woolite make detergent specially formulated for dark and black clothing. The detergent is designed to prevent bleeding and fading. If you have a favorite piece of black clothing, it's worth purchasing the detergent and using it every time you wash that item (which should be seldom!). Skip the dryer. You should line dry or lay flat to dry your darks. The heat from the dryer causes black clothing to fade more. If you absolutely have to use the dryer, put it on the lowest possible heat setting and never use dryer sheets as they are also harmful on fabrics. READ MORE: How To Prevent Crocking--When The Dye From Your Jeans Rubs Off On Everything So, there you have it--the 7 things you can do to make black clothing stay black. Let us know if you have more laundry or clothing care questions by leaving a comment on this post, and we'll do our best to answer them. READ MORE: 5 Ways To Make Black Jeans Appropriate For Any Occasion [Photo: Song of Style]
How To Get An Oil Stain (Like Salad Dressing!) Out Of Clothes Right Away
While I was starting this article, I dropped a glob of my lunch of my brand new top. To make things worst, it was this super cute Zara shirt that Olivia Palmero was seen wearing a few weeks ago. I immediately panicked, thinking the stain was irreversible. Fortunately, for me (and you) there are a few ways to get an oily blotch out of your clothing. The trick is to act fast. The longer you wait, the more likely the stain will set. I immediately ran out to the drugstore and bought the following things: baking soda, a tooth brush, and dish soap. The first step is to use a paper towels to blot out the excess oil. Next, cover the stain entirely with the baking soda and let it set for at least 30 minutes. Then scrub the stain with a toothbrush. As you scrub, the baking soda will clump up because it has absorbed the oil. For really tough stains, repeat this process. Then, pour some dish washing soap over the baking soda and gently work it into the stain. The last step is to throw the item in the wash. Don't worry if there's left over baking soda residue on your garment. This should easily wash out. READ MORE: How To Get A Water Stain Out Of A Leather Boot According to wikiHow, washing the garment in hot water will help remove the stain. However, not all items can be washed in hot water, so check the care tag. Adding a little white vinegar to rinse cycle will also help make the detergent more effective. Be sure the stain is completely removed before throwing it in the dryer. If it's not removed, the heat will set the stain. Read more about how to remove oil from different types of fabric here. READ MORE: How To Get An Ink Stain Out Of A Leather Purse If the stain is set, you can try to remove the stain with WD-40. First, put a piece of cardboard underneath the stain (between the front and back of the shirt). Spray the stain with the WD-40. Then cover the spot with a layer of baking soda and repeat the same process with the dish soap. Check out the rest of the steps on this site. READ MORE: How To Prevent Denim From Staining Suede For more laundry tips, check out how to remove an ink stain from a leather purse and how to get mascara stains out of fabric.
How To Get The Fuzzies Off Your Tights
Now that September is officially upon us, it's time to whip out the fall wardrobe staples. There's a certain thrill to taking your boots, sweaters, and tights out of storage. The only major problem? It seems that while your clothes were hibernating for summer, they somehow managed to attract all sorts of "fuzzies." Tights in particular are always a breeding ground for pills (also know as the small balls of fluff on its surface of your clothing). According to wikiHow, pilling occurs when the fibers in a fabric or garment rub together, causing them to break off and accumulate in small piles. Tights are especially prone to pilling. So how do you make last year's tights look like new again? There's a few tricks for getting rid of all those fuzzies stuck to your tights. One of the easiest ways to remove pills is to shave them off with a disposable razor. All you need to do is lay out the tights on a flat surface and lightly graze the surface of the tights. Be sure to pull the fabric taught with one hand while you do this. Once you've collected a ball of little fuzzies, use tape to removed them from the tights. For the best results, use a new sharp razor for this method. Stores like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond sell devices specially made for shaving off pills. However, these are often too harsh to use on tights (these devices are better suited for heavier garments like sweaters). Instead, try using a sweater stone. This is a lightweight pumice stone designed to remove pilling and lint. To use, lay the tights on a flat surface and pull flat. Gently rub the stone against the affected areas. If you are feeling particularly lazy, you can also snip of the fuzzies with small manicure scissors! To prevent pilling from happing again, be sure to wash your tights separately (by hand is best) and never put your tights in the dryer. Want more wardrobe hacks? Check out these simple ways to stop you shoes from smelling and how to get rid of armpit stains on a silk shirt. [Image: Ania B]
How To Make Wool Less Scratchy
Fall means it's finally time for sweater weather. While there's nothing better than wearing a cozy sweater on a crisp autumn day, there's also nothing worse than being stuck in a scratchy sweater. However, you don't have to give up on your favorite wool sweater just because it is causing you to scratch like crazy. Luckily, there's a few easy ways to make wool less scratchy. The most common way to soften wool is to use vinegar. Simply add two cups of white distilled vinegar in your washing machine rinse cycle and throw in the problem sweater. You can also turn the garment inside out and soak it in a mixture of cold water and a few tablespoons of vinegar. After it soaks for about 20 minutes, rinse the sweater and lay it out flat to dry. I personally do not like the vinegar method because I am afraid the smell might linger on my clothing and I'll smell like a salad. If you are someone that finds the smell of vinegar very off-putting, you can use shampoo and hair conditioner to soften wool. All you need to do is follow these steps from eHow: Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add about 1/4 cup of a mild shampoo (think baby shampoo). Submerge the sweater completely and let it soak for about an hour. The gentle cleansing solution in the shampoo should clean the wool effectively and relax the fibers. After an hour, drain the sink and rinse the sweater thoroughly with lukewarm water. Fill the sink up again with lukewarm water. This time, mix about 6 tablespoons of hair conditioner into the water. Submerge the sweater completely and let it soak for about 10 minutes. This will allow conditioner to fully absorb into the sweater and soften the fibers. Once it has soaked for about 10 minutes, rinse the sweater with tepid water. Once the sweater is completely rinsed, lay it flat on a clean towel. Gently roll the towel while the sweater is still laying flat on it. As you roll, lightly press down to remove the excess water. Be careful not to wring or twist the sweater because this will damage the texture and the fibers. For more fashion hacks, check out the right way to store your shoes and the one thing you should never do to your handbag. [Image: Shutterstock]
3 Easy Ways To Save Money At Starbucks
Whether a "Trenta, no foam, five shot, half-caff., no foam, pumpkin spice latte, with no foam at 210-degrees" is your go-to order or coffee runs are a daily habit, it's easy to spend a little TOO much at Starbucks. Here are three ways to stop that and actually save money next time you hit up Starbucks. Make it a Misto I was on a soy latte kick a few winters ago and would order the drink pretty much every day. That is, until one morning when the latte machine wasn't working. A barista suggested I order a soy Misto instead because, well, it's pretty much the same thing. The only difference between the two is that a Misto is coffee + steamed milk, while a latte is espresso + steamed milk. Oh, and a grande Misto costs less than $3 while a grande latte is over $4. Bank account, saved! Bring your own cup You will save 10 cents by bringing your own reusable cup. Sure, it doesn't sound like a lot, but it will all add up in the end! Order a Short Yes, there is a size smaller than a "tall." According to Slate, a "short" cappuccino has the same amount of espresso as a tall--and it costs less. Don't forget to check out: how to cut calories at Starbucks and what to never order, according to a former barista [Photo: Instagram]
Only True Chipotle Fans Know About This Secret Menu That Saves You Tons Of Money
Chipotle makes it easy to order a meal that has half a day's worth of calories. Extra guac, chips, you wind up overeating and, not to mention, overspending (wait, how is this burrito bowl $17??). Turns out, there's a secret menu that lets you save calories AND money. Business Insider points out that there's a kids menu at Chipotle with lots of entrees under $5 (and, also, real-life portions). It's not up on the boards, which is why you may not have known about it. "You can get tacos or a quesadilla, a drink, and chips — all for $3.75 to $4.75. That's much cheaper than the average order at Chipotle, which is around $12." OK, this changes everything! So, here's how it works. Next time you're at Chipotle, ask for a kids' "build your own" and choose between a taco plate (two tacos with the tortilla of your choice) or a small quesadilla. According to Cosmopolitan, both options come with a protein or guacamole, two extra toppings, a drink and side of fruit or chips. That sounds like more than enough food with the free side and at a way better price point. I might have to give Chipotle another try now... Don't forget to check out: the best-selling makeup products at Walgreens and the one thing girls with short hair should never do [Photo: Flickr]
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Chances are you have a necklace or a pair of earrings that you loved when you first bought them, but now feel kind of so-so about. Our advice? Give it new life by turning it into something new! BaubleBar has been posting these insanely clever jewelry hacks on their Insta and we just had to share. Here, they turned a long necklace into a wrap bracelet: BaubleBar Riviera Tassel Necklace worn as a bracelet. Another idea we love? Dressing up lace-up flats with some sparkling brooches: Skater Brooch Duo and Beetle Brooch Duo worn as shoe clips. Some of BaubleBar's other great suggestions include wearing earrings as brooches (perfect for those singles that you lost the mate to) and using stretchy bracelets as pretty ponytail holders. Super simple and no extra cash required--what's not to love?! Don't miss our 10% off code to Vestiaire Collective and bkr's new initial water bottles. [Photo: BaubleBar]
How To Wear Sandals When You’re In-Between Pedicures
Summer is about sun, swimming, sweating (let's be honest here), and sandals. There's hundreds of amazing styles and colors out there, I swear I could find a different pair of sandals to wear every day over the summer. And how amazing is the feeling when you're walking down the street on a hot summer day, and your toes can actually breathe?! I love being able to slip on my favorite pair of sandals and just walk out of the house... oh sh*t! What do you do when your toes aren't painted?! When I'm in-between pedicures, I'm stuck in this weird limbo of half-painted, chipped toes that honestly look gross. This is a problem that all women go through in the summer, but also in the fall! What about those nights out when it's still warm enough to wear an open-toe heel? How do you get by when your feet are getting ready for winter hibernation?! The struggle is #real. Here at SHEfinds, we think that there are two solutions - plain and simple. Option One: take off all of your nail polish and go au naturel! We know, it can be a bit bold to bare so much nail, especially in the summer, but we promise than clean toes look better than chipped! With a summer tan, bare nails look great, we promise. Option Two: look for any polish in your bathroom and throw some paint on the toes that are visible in your shoes. We know, we know, this is kind of half-fixing the problem since you're not really getting a complete pedi, but c'mon, no one will know the difference! Save some time and money, and just give your toes some color for the day. So pick a side, and decide which beauty hack you think works best! And worse comes to worse, you can always treat yourself! Make sure to check out These Amazing Sandals of The Summer, For Under $50 and These Metallic Heel Sandals That You Need This Summer [Photo: Always Judging]
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How To Make Your Clarisonic Head Last Longer
After months of debating, I finally invested in a Clarisonic Mia ($129). Like most people who try the cleansing brush, I became a obsessed. I immediately loved the way the skin feels after I use my Clarisonic. After a few weeks of use, I also noticed that my skin was smoother. However, I was not happy with the price tag. As if spending $129 on the device wasn't enough, brush heads are $27 a pop and need to be replaced every 3 months! That's an extra $108 a year. Determined to save a few bucks, I found a way to clean my Clarisonic brush head and make it last longer. Not only will this method save you money, but it will prevent your Clarisonic from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and mold (gross). To deep clean your Clarisonic brush head, you'll need the following: Baking soda Hydrogen peroxide Lemon slices Water A small dish/bowl or spray bottle First, mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide together in the small dish until it forms a paste. Then squeeze a few lemon slices into the paste. This mixture has disinfecting and cleaning properties that will make your Clarisonic brush head squeaky clean. While the brush head is attached to the handle, dip the bristles into the mixture and power on the device. I like to do this for one complete cycle. While the brush head is still spinning, I rinse the brush head off with clean water. Another method is to put the mixture into a small spray bottle. Simply spray the device with the mixture and let it dry. I spray the entire device with this mixture, including behind the brush head, to make sure it stays clean. In between deep cleanings, you should should clean your brush head at least once week. To do this, remove the brush head from the handle and rinse it with warm soapy water. Dry the brush by rubbing it against a towel for a few seconds. Be warned that even with regular cleanings, your brush head won't last forever. Eventually, the bristles will get worn down, making the brush head less effective. If you don't feel like going through all the extra effort to clean your brush head, I recommend buying a pack of brush heads instead. This set from Nordstrom comes with 4 brush heads for only $74 (that's like getting one brush head free!). Love your Clarisonic? Check out these useful tips for using the cult-favorite cleansing brush.
How To Get Lipstick Stains Off Clothing
Lipstick is the easiest way to pull a look together. A coat of lipstick can instantly change a whole outfit. However, it can also ruin it. I was in the Hampton's last weekend and my friend managed to smear pink lipstick all over her white blouse. Since she only packed enough outfits for the weekend, so she didn't have anything else to wear. I knew from previous experience that rubbing alcohol is one way to remove lipstick stains. Unfortunately, we were staying at an Airbnb that was not well stocked with cleaning supplies or a first aid kit. Pretty much the only things we had were food and alcohol, so I had to get crafty. I had my friend remove the shirt and I blotted with a paper towel soaked in vodka. Yes, vodka. I figure it wasn't too different that rubbing alcohol. It turns out I was right! The vodka got the majority of the stain out. Then I rinsed the area with warm water and dried it was a hair dryer. I wouldn't recommend using this method on a regular basis, but it's easy trick for when you are in a social situation (like at a bar or a party). It's best to treat lipsticks stains as soon as they happen, so you don't want to wait. Lipsticks are typically made with an oily/waxy component and dye, so you need a stain remover that is able to cut through the grease. If you have the proper supplies, these are the best methods: Rubbing Alcohol: Take a cotton pad and dampen it with rubbing alcohol. Gently blot the stain (do not rub). This should remove most of the stain. Try to launder as soon as possible. Hair Spray: Hairspray contains alcohol so it can be used as an alternative to rubbing alcohol. Spray the hairspray onto the lipstick stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wipe the hairspray off the stain with a clean cloth dipped in warm water. Wash the item like you usually would. Dish Soap: Dish soap is made to clean greasy pans and dishes, so it makes sense that it would work on an oily lipstick stain. Simply cover the stain with liquid dish soap. Scrub the stain with warm water or throw it in the wash. Spot Cleaner: Use a stain remover (like Shout or Revolve) on the stain. Gently scrub the stain and rinse with warm water. If this does not remove the entire stain, immediately through the garment in the wash. For more clothing hacks, check out how to prevent shoulder bumps when hanging your sweaters and how to clean your bathing suits without ruining them.
7 Ways To Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer
As weird as it sounds, your phone has basically become part of who you are. It sees everything you see, knows your appointments and events, and can even know your health stats. You take it everywhere, and feel lost without out it (even in the bathroom)... Scary, we know, and we might need a reality check about our priorities, but for now, our culture is hooked to our phones. So the worst feeling is when your partner in crime suddenly loses stamina... we all know the feeling when that battery icon turns red, and it's a race against the clock to see how much you can do before your phone dies. So how can you prolong your phone's battery life and hopefully avoid a dead phone? Here are some tips to help your iPhone battery last longer: Notifications. Your phone allows you to see text messages, emails, and other important updates on your lock screen - but some of those notifications aren't really that urgent, right? Check which apps are sending notifications to your lock screen, and change the settings of those that aren't so important. Every time your lock screen lights up, it uses up your battery. So the fewer notifications, the more battery life for your phone! Bluetooth and WiFi. When your Bluetooth and WiFi is on, your phone is always searching and scanning for possible connections. If you know you are in an area without WiFi or know that you're not connecting to Bluetooth, turn those settings off to save some battery. Frequent Location and Fitness Tracking. These two settings are the same as Bluetooth - they might be using your battery and you don't even know it! Frequent Locations tracks your most recent locations to tailor your notifications, so if you don't need that, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and then Frequent Locations to turn this capability off. If you don't use the Fitness Tracking capabilities of your phone, turn this off too! Go to Settings > Privacy > Motion & Fitness and then turn off the Fitness Tracking switch. Brightness. This trick is an oldie, but goodie... Turning down the brightness on your phone is always a good way to save some extra battery! App auto updates. Go into your settings, and turn off app auto-updates. This setting allows your apps to automatically update when they have the opportunity. Turn this setting off, and just manually update your apps in the App Store once you have a good WiFi connection and when your phone is plugged in to save your phone battery. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and then under Automatic Downloads turn off the "Updates" slider. Still backgrounds. This one was new to me, but it totally makes sense! You know how your iPhone allows your backgrounds to "move" as you tilt and shift your phone around? Well if you make sure to not choose a dynamic moving image as your background, then you should save some phone battery! Application overload. This is a no-brainer... go into Settings > General > Usage, and then into Battery Usage to see which applications use the most battery. Maybe do a quick self-evaluation, and see which applications you actually use, and delete some heavy battery users that you don't really need! Check this out for more battery-saving tips Make sure to check out The One Thing You Should Never Do When You Have The 'Sunday Scaries' and 9 of The Most Ridiculous Things Celebrities Have Spent Money On [Photo: Shutterstock]
I Never Buy Jewelry–Here’s The Cheap Way I Make My Own
I'm a big jewelry girl - I love getting a new bracelet to add to the collection on my wrist, or a fun necklace to wear out. Unfortunately, I don't really have the funds to constantly be purchasing new jewelry, so last summer, I had the epiphany, why not just make my own?! I wanted to make myself a new beaded choker, so instead of aimlessly searching for one that I liked, I headed over to Michael's, got my beads, string and tools, and my beading hobby was born! Beading is really fun (and I personally find it therapeutic), so if you're in need of a new hobby, some "me" time, or just really like jewelry, this might be the activity for you! It's not that hard to get crafty, so if you're feeling inspired, here's what you'll need to start making your own jewelry: Bead Stopper. Once you've picked out your beading wire or choice of string, you need a bead stopper. Can you guess what it does???? Stops the beads... yup. When you squeeze this little contraption around your string, it creates a barrier for the beads you'll use. It's really handy, and if you don't want beads flying everywhere, you'll need one of these, for sure. Crimps and a Crimper. Once you've made your beaded masterpiece, you'll need to finish it off at the ends, duh. So, you need to buy crimps and a crimper. The tiny crimps will be placed on right after your last bead, and you'll loop the string through it, then through your clasp, and then back through the crimp. Once you're back, use the crimper tool to squeeze the crimp closed. That probably sounded a little complicated, but I promise, it's easy! Clasps. Of course, you need something to connect the two ends of your piece, so pick out your clasp of choice and some eyelets to connect the ends. Once they are looped on your string (after the crimp), you're good to go! So that's about it! Why not try it out?! Start out with something simple, and before you know it, your friends will be asking you for a new necklace all. the. time. Make sure to check out These Instagram Accounts For Nail Art Inspo and These Recipes Using Trader Joe's Cookie Butter!
How I Got A Dress For Literally One Cent At Bloomingdale’s
I freakin' LOVE Bloomingdale's - point blank. I can always find something that I need - or want... but like, what's the difference? The store has endless brands, at all different price points, and features a new sale or promotion every day. Clothing, bags, shoes, makeup, accessories, home decor... the list goes on and on. Not to mention, 40 Carrots fro-yo is heaven on Earth (yum). I thought I knew the ins-and-outs of all that Bloomingdale's has to offer - but one fateful day, I was proven wrong. I found this dress that was amazing - my size, great color, and worked for the event I was going to - perfect, swipe! But then I realized that the dress was missing a tag, and I had no idea how much it was. It could really go either way at this point - this was either a great dress at an affordable price, or I somehow managed to pick up something from the more elite inventory. So I took the dress over to the register and what happened next was indescribable... Just kidding - I'm gonna tell you what happened, duh. The saleswoman could not find the dress anywhere in their system - no SKU number could pull this dress up on the screen. This was the day that I learned one of Bloomingdale's best kept secrets: If an item does not show up anywhere in their system, Bloomingdale's has a policy that they will sell you the item for one cent. That's right - one penny. So ladies, to this day, my friends all know that dress as the "penny dress," and I encourage you to search the racks for your own "penny dress." You never know what you'll find... Be sure to check out What Your Go-To Bikini Top Says About You and What The New Converse All Stars Look Like [Photo: Shutterstock]
How To Clear Storage Space On Your Phone Without Deleting Pictures
Is there anything more annoying than going to take a photo on your iPhone and having the "Cannot Take Photo" message pop up on your screen? Running out of storage can completely ruin the perfect Instagram photo op. Most people think the only way to avoid this storage problem is to delete photos from their camera roll. Luckily, there are lots of *other* ways to clear your storage without getting rid of your saved selfies (you might need those one day!). Check out these easy hacks below: Find out which apps are taking up the most space on your phone. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage, then tap Manage Storage in the first section. You should delete anything at the top of the list that you don't regularly use. For example, I had workout app I never use taking up a huge amount of storage. Delete old iMessages and texts. Texts messages take up a lot of space, especially if you are sending photos and gifs to your friends. You don't have to delete all your messages, but you certainly don't need to keep the text messages from the guy you dated 3 months ago. Turn off Photo Stream. Photo Stream allows you to automatically upload new photos and send them to all your iCloud devices. To turn it off, go to Settings > Photos & Camera and deselect My Photo Stream. You can also view and share other people's Photo Streams, which takes up a lot of space. To turn this off, go to Settings > Photos & Camera and deselect iCloud Photo Sharing. Stop storing text messages. By default, iPhone stores text messages "forever." To stop this, go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and select the desired length of time. Delete old podcasts that you have already played. There's no reason to keep old episodes of Serial on your phone. Delete temporary files and clear your cache. AKA clear your browing history. To clear your browsing data and cookies, go to Setting > Safari > Clear History and Website Data. Make sure the photos you deleted are actually deleted. Photos are often still saved in the "Recently Deleted" album of your Camera Roll. Go to Camera Roll > Recently Deleted > Select > Delete All to clear this folder. For more iPhone hacks, check out the best cases to protect your iPhone. [Image: Shutterstock]
The One Question You Should Always Ask Before Buying Something
We all own at least one: it's that piece that you absolutely loved when you saw it in the store and had to have - except it actually ended up hanging in your closet, unworn, with the tags still attached. If this sounds all too familiar, you're definitely not alone - but there's also a super easy way to prevent it from ever happening again by asking yourself one simple question. "Can I wear this with at least three other pieces I already own?" If you're not asking yourself this before buying something, chances are good that you own a lot more pieces than you actually wear. Next time you think you've found the perfect top, make sure you can pinpoint at least three ways to style it using things you already have in your closet. If you can't, let it go - it's probably not worth it. The same goes for items like shoes and bags - you may love a pair of shoes, but if they only go with one specific skirt or pair of pants in your closet, it's likely that you won't get tons of wear out of them. Thinking about multiple ways to wear a piece before you swipe your credit card will save you from an overstuffed closet and an understuffed wallet down the road. Not to mention that the "three ways" rule is also a great way to create a wardrobe where everything goes together, making it so much easier to get dressed in the morning. You're welcome. For more shopping tips and tricks, don't miss: This $14 Bikini Looks Good On Everyone And Has Hundreds Of 5-Star Reviews On Amazon and Love Gigi Hadid's Style? Here's Where To Buy Basically Everything She Wears [Photo: Always Judging]
What To Do When Your Skin Is Peeling (Hint: It’s Not Exfoliate It!)
Even if you are vigilant with applying sunscreen, sometimes a bad burn can sneak up on you. Not only is this dangerous, but it leads to red, itchy, peeling skin. Most people think the best way to get rid of peeling skin is to exfoliate. However, this is a HUGE no-no. Exfoliating peeling skin can lead to irritation, infection and even scarring. Luckily, there are several ways to soothe peeling skin with out damaging your skin. After a bad burn, you should take the following steps: Step 1: Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is the key to healthy skin. If your skin is pealing, this will help give your skin the energy to repair itself from the inside out. Step 2: Cool down your skin by taking a cold shower or bath. Hot water can strip skin of natural oils and future damage peeling skin. To avoid further aggravating your skin, gently pat yourself dry. Step 3: Avoid scratching your skin. If you get the urge to scratch, use ice to dull the sensation. Another method is to cover your face with a wash cloth soaked in cold milk. The lactic acid in milk helps reduce redness and remove flakes, while the lipids in milk help hydrate the skin. Step 4: Moisturize your skin with a moisturizer formulated for sunburn or peeling skin. For your body, recommend Sun Bum's Premium Moisturizing After Sun Lotion ($11.99). For your face, try Clinique's 'After Sun' Rescue Balm with Aloe ($23). Step 5: Whatever you do, don't peel your skin! Peeling and scratching your skin can lead to infection. If a section of your skin is peeling, avoid the temptation to pull it. Instead, use a pair of scissors to delicately cut away dead skin. When you are done, apply antibacterial ointment to the area. Step 6: Avoid scaring by using an oatmeal treatment. This reduces itching and moisturizes your skin. Cook oatmeal as directed and let it cool. Then apply it liberally to damaged skin, but do not rub it in (this can accidentally exfoliate your skin). Instead, leave the oatmeal on the skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse of with cool water. Feeling lazy? Aveeno makes a great Oatmeal Soothing Bath Treatment ($6.99). Bonus: An insider at Estee Lauder told me that one of the best ways to heel peeling skin is to apply the company's most popular product, Advanced Night Repair ($92). She swears this is a surefire way to heal dry, damaged skin and that it works especially well on all kinds of burns. Want more summer hacks? Check out these 5 ways to avoid damaging your hair when you go swimming and how to get sand off your body. [Image: Shutterstock]
How To Get Flash Tattoos Completely Off
Over the Fourth of July weekend, you likely wore some trendy R,W,& B outfit and accessorized with Flash Tattoos, because summer, duh! The darty you went to in the Hamptons/Margate/Fire Island was lit and you looked festive AF. But the best part of your holiday was when your Instagram post of your metallic temp tat did really well (double tap, like). #MissionAccomplished. But now it's a few days later, and your Flash Tattoos just aren't coming off. Every morning, your embarrassment increases as you walk into work with those shiny shapes all over your body. (again!). How do I get these off of me? You've scrubbed and scrubbed, but the tattoos are really stubborn. Well, we've got your back, and found the official way to get flash tats off: The Flash Tattoos official website says, "To remove your Flash Tattoo, simply soak your skin in baby oil, olive oil or coconut oil for one minute then gently scrub off. Repeat as necessary. Apply lotion to moisturize and soothe the skin area." So there you have it - hopefully, this simple trick helps you get rid of those old, peeling Flash tats and also stops those awkward stares from co-workers... ;) Make sure to check out Summer Actually Isn't The Right Time to Eat Oysters, FYI and The Easiest Way To Clean White Clothes, Once and For All [Photo: Instagram]
6 Tricks That Make Packing Jewelry So. Much. Easier.
It's a well known fact that packing is the worst. I don't know a single person who enjoys packing (although I'm sure there's a few of you out there). Packing jewelry is especially difficult. It always gets tangled or lost in your luggage. In fact, I usually don't bother pack jewelry because I'm afraid I'll lose it. But since I'm traveling every weekend this summer, I came up with some easy hacks for packing jewelry. Check out my tips below: Buttons are a great way to pack pairs of earrings: I use an old contact lenses case to store my rings: Straws are a great way to prevent delicate necklaces from getting tangled. Simply tread the necklace through the straw and connect the clasp: For larger pieces of jewelry, I use Glad Press'n Seal. The cling wrap prevents the jewelry from getting tangled: Another great hack is to use a pill case to store small pieces of jewelry. This is great for storing earrings, rings, and delicate necklaces. You can get a super cheap one on Amazon: After a couple of trips, I broke down and bought a jewelry roll. I found a great Rebecca Minkoff case for only $25 at Nordstrom. This one from Stella & Dot ($39) is also super cute and functional. For more hacks, check out how to store shoes and new uses for your lint roller.
5 Ways To Step Up Your Instagram Game (And Get Those Likes Up!)
We're officially in the age of Instagram. Yeah, there's Facebook and Twitter, but Instagram definitely takes the #1 spot as favorite social media... for now (lookin' at you, Snapchat). From following celebrities to our favorite food, pet, fashion, beauty and comedy accounts, there are endless amounts of posts to scroll through day-after-day. And don't even get us started on the Discover page! We could probably spend our lives on Instagram. But how, exactly, can a person who is not Insta-famous (aka, all of us) step up their 'gram game? Here at SHEfinds, we want to make sure that you know how to get - and keep - loyal followers and likers. We came up some tips as to how you can keep your social media just as likable as you really are, and get a sh*t ton of likes. 1) Keep it neutral. We all know that Instagram is a great (?) place to share your daily adventures, personal achievements, and intimate moments. But c'mon, not everyone who follows you is going to like that birthday Instagram that you posted for your BFF, when they don't even know her... People are more likely to throw a like at something that they can personally relate to; food, scenery, a picture of food in cool scenery - catch our drift? We're not saying to only post these types of pics, but why not sprinkle a few in here and there? No one doesn't like these things, so try them out... 2) Make your #hashtags interesting. No one wants to read a boring caption, tbh. Make your caption fun and witty, and throw in some unique hashtags to finish it off! Try to think of something that goes with the theme of your post and enhances what you're trying to portray. 3) ...but don't overdo the hashtags. Also, no one wants to sit there, staring at their phone, trying to decipher the 10 different words that you decided to combine into one #hashtag. Keep it simple, but keep it funny. Maybe keep your hashtags to 3-5 words, and keep them relatable! People won't like an inside joke between you and your girls if they don't get it themselves. 4) Edit 'em. We know, we know... everyone and everything is naturally beautiful. But ladies, we all know that we've each got our own favorite editing app to use, our favorite filter on Instagram to apply, and our favorite method to our madness of creating the perfect post. There are very few Instagrams that aren't edited these days - and we know that might be a crisis in terms of our society's morals and values, but we'll get to that another time. To get likes, make sure your pic rocks, and edit it! Try boosting the exposure or fading the pic a little. You never know what might get you those extra likes. It's good to experiment. 5) Reciprocate the love. If you want people to like your pictures, then duh - you need to like theirs! Be active on Instagram, don't just troll around the discover page and your news feed - get in there. Comment and like your followers' pics and they will do the same to you! It's all about sharing the love, ladies, and we know that a few likes and comments here and there can go a long way... #likeforlike #lb We hope that these tips help your #InstaGame, but for more Instagram tips, check this out! Be sure to check out why 'She Doesn't Have The Range' Is Blowing Up The Internet and These Celeb Instagrams That Are Breaking the Internet [Photo: Shutterstock]
The One Way To Stop Your Ripped Jeans From Ripping Even More
Who here has felt victimized by Regina George their grandma when she looked at your new pair of distressed denim jeans and said, "you paid money for those holes?" Well, yes Grandma, we did. We LOVE ripped jeans and are gonna keep wearing them (ha!). They're really in style, everyone is wearing them, and they're a great addition to our wardrobes. But what if your jeans just keep ripping? Sometimes the perfectly cut holes in your pants just, well, keep growing... Soon it looks like your wearing shorts with an ankle-strap, rather than the trend-setting pants you bought in the first place. Well, we've been searching, and conjured up this one tip that will keep your precious pants in pristine condition: This hack from Refinery 29 is sure to keep your rips in-tact. Use a flat iron to attach iron-on denim patches to the inside of your jeans where the rips are! Jeans rip from side-to-side, so if you stick on these patches on the left and right of your rip, they should stop tearing when you put them in the wash. It's that simple! Try this out to keep your ripped jeans looking as *imperfect* as you love them! Be sure to read up on How To Fix Broken Sunglasses and 10 Summer Struggles Every Woman With Big Boobs Understands! [Photo: A House In The Hills]
4 Tech Products I Can’t Travel Without
I love to travel, but I also hate being bored on a plane. Here's what I keep in my carry-on to ensure that I'm never disconnected--even for a minute--while traveling: [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anvc9YolrJg[/youtube] 1. Travelon Packing Squares (3 for $15). Bright colored see-through bags are great for travel because you can find them easily in your purse, even on the dark, cramped plane. I use the bags to store chargers, cables, cubes, etc. so I never run out of charge. They're easy to find in my ginormous purse (you only get two carry-ons nowadays, so my technique is to carry a huge purse) without having to fish around. 2. Slinger Ultra Slim Portable Charger ($49). I always carry an extra battery--but keep it light. I love my Slimger™, which is an ultra slim mobile phone charging device that has a built-in USB cable and is compatible with iPhone and Android devices. It provides five extra hours of talk time, four hours of internet use and ninety-five hours of standby and weighs less than two ounces. 3. Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones ($269, in store at TMobile and online at Walmart). Did you know the roar of the plane causes stress on your body? Not to mention the kid behind you playing his iPad game with no earphones (ugh). Do not travel without a collapsible pair of noise cancelling headphones. 4. Allocacoc PowerCubes ($13.95). Bring a multi-outlet plug to use in the hotel. There are never enough plugs in hotels, so when I travel I bring an allocacoc powercube (or two) that fit 5 plugs and aren't blocked by bulky chargers like from your laptop. Genius!
How To Fix Broken Sunglasses (So You Don’t Need To Buy A New Pair!)
Come summer, I'm always guilty of splurging on a few new pairs of sunglasses. Not only are sunnies a necessity, but they can make or break an outfit. Unfortunately, sunglasses are super easy to loose and break. It doesn't matter if you spent $30 or $300, breaking your favorite pair of sunglasses can be devastating. But don't give up hope just yet! Here are a few tricks for fixing your sunglasses in a flash: Are your sunglasses too loose? You can take your shades to almost any glasses store and they will tighten them for you. Most of the time this is completely free, even if you didn't buy the sunglasses there! My local LenCrafters has fixed many pairs of my sunglasses at no charge. I usually donate to their OneSight foundation as a thank you. To adjust wire and plastic frames at home, place the sunglasses in warm water (not boiling!) for a few minutes. Remove the frames from the water and bend gently to adjust. If the frames become cool, soak them in water again and repeat. The internet offers many creative solutions for fixing scratched lenses (such as rubbing the scratch with toothpaste). In my opinion, these methods will ruin your lenses instead of fixing them. Your best bet is to contact the manufacturer. Many manufacturers will offer replacement lenses at a lower cost than replacing the whole pair. Invest in an eyeglass repair kit, like this one from Amazon ($6.39). These little kits come with replacements screws, new nose pads, and a small screw driver. The screw driver can be used to quickly tighten your frames. In a pinch and don't have a replacement screw handy? You can use wire or a piece of a toothpick instead of a screw. But be warned, this is not a long term solution! For more hacks, check out the best way to store your bras and how to prevent pit stains on white t-shirts. [Photo: Be Frassy]
10 Insanely Simple Ikea Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind
You Should Be Sleeping With Your Hair In A Braid–Here’s Why
We told you why you should be sleeping with your hair in a bun, but now we have another tip to help you wake up ***flawless.*** Remember Mia Thermopolis' hair pre-makeover in The Princess Diaries? Doing this will help you avoid ever looking like that. Got your attention now? So here's what you should do: try sleeping with your hair in a braid. When you wake up, you will have bouncy curls with minimal effort--it seriously takes just 1 minute to throw your hair in a braid. Don't make the braid too tight to avoid putting any strain on your hair, and braid all the way to the bottom so you don't have a non-curly section at the end. Also, make sure to use a no-crease hair tie or scrunchy so you don't break your ends. Try out this hair hack for gorgeous and easy waves! Be sure to also check out Essie's New Polish Line and The Most Flattering Bikini Bottom [Photo: Imaxtree]
How To Get Rid Of Those Annoying Gaps Between Shirt Buttons
Did you know a placket is the opening or slit in a dress or blouse that allows clothing to be put on or removed? A placket is often used to give a shirt dress that crisp, dressy appeal. Every fashion girl knows that a neat, clean button down shirt is a closet staple. But what happens when you button a shirt and the placket puckers, creating gap between the buttons? Not only can this look sloppy, but it can expose your bra. This is especially a problem for woman with bigger busts. There's a few was to make sure that your favorite button down looks nice and neat. The first thing you need to do is carefully iron the shirt. The prefect press with result in fewer gaps. If ironing alone doesn't work, it's time to take out the fashion tape. Apply a piece of double-sided clothing tape to the placket between the buttons. I'm a fan of Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tape ($5.99). It's cheap and you can find it at most drug stores. Of course, you can always that the top to the tailor but I found that fashion tape was the quickest and easiest way to fix button gaps. Want more fashion hacks? Check out the best way to store your bras and how to prevent pit stains on white t-shirts .
This Is The Quickest & Easiest Way To Stretch Out Your Jeans If They’re Too Tight
We've all been there: you have an absolute favorite pair of jeans that slowly, over the years, start to get tighter and tighter. At first, they're only tight after you take them out of the dryer--but then as time goes on they become too-tight all the time. You have your signature stretch-them-out move: the kick out your leg and do a lunch, the squat and bounce, the Rockettes-inspired high-kick. That usually gets them pretty loose--but is there an even faster and more effective way to do it? I just bought a new pair of crop flare jeans I love, but they're about a half size too small, so I was desperate for this trick. Upon Googling "how to loosen jeans," I found this exhaustive article on the topic from Who What Wear. They included 3 tips in the story, but basically only one of them is feasible. Here it is: Spray the jeans with lukewarm water and lay them flat on the floor. Then you stand on each leg, bend down and use your hands to pull and stretch the jeans while they're wet. Basically, the trick is not to do it when they're on your body--you can do more pulling this way. I tried it when my jeans were dry (who has time to spritz them down?!) and it was more effective than trying to stretch them when wearing them. The second trick was to sit in a warm bath with the jeans on (okay, no) and the third option was to DIY the waist band off. Not viable for a new pair of jeans or for anyone who is sewing-challenged. So, there you have it! The fastest and easiest way to stretch jeans.
What To Wear With Boat Shoes (Because Smelly Top-Siders Are The Worst)
It's almost summer, which means it's almost time for my favorite kind of footwear--boat shoes! The only problem? What the heck to wear with these babies! They're traditionally intended to be worn without anything underneath, but as someone who constantly worries about blisters (and dreaded foot smell) this isn't really an option. I've tried tons of different options, but until recently, haven’t been able to settle on a strategy. Regular no show socks always slide down over my heel--or worse, over my toes--and toe cover socks do nothing to prevent heel blisters. My friends still won't let me forget the one time that I attempted to wear regular footies, a combination that is, according to them, "even less fashionable than socks with Birkenstocks." With so much thwarting my efforts to wear boat shoes, you can only imagine my delight when I discovered Sperry's Invisible Liners while purchasing this year's pair of Top Siders. STRIPED CANOE INVISIBLE SOCK LINER 3-PACK ($16) These liners have made wearing boat shoes so easy that I might have to buy another pair. The benefit of these liners is that they're specifically designed to fit under boat shoes. This means that they have longer front tops than regular no-show socks, so they cover the top of your foot without peeking out. Even better, the back of the liners is woven in a special pattern called "wave siping," which keeps them from slipping down your heel, even on days when you have to run to the subway. They're also sewn so that the seam of the liner isn't at your toes, which means no more rubbing. Plus, they come in some fabulous colors! If you're counting down the days until you bust out your boat shoes, order a pair--or two or three or four!--of these Invisible Liners asap. SHOP SPERRY'S INVISIBLE LINERS NOW You should also check out This Is What To Wear With Converse (Don't Go Sockless!) and These Are The Socks You Should Be Wearing With Heels (Yes, You Should Be Wearing Socks With Heels!) [Photo: Damsel In Dior]
How To Get The Green From Fake Jewelry Off Your Skin
I'm the first one to admit that I'm a huge fan of costume jewelry. Sure, it's not fancy, but it's cheap and it's great for trying out new trends. Every time I'm at Forever 21, I end up throwing a couple of necklaces and rings into my shopping bag at the last second. The only problem is that sometimes this cheap jewelry turns my skin green. I've trashed super cute jewelry just because it makes me look like I'm diseased. So why does this happen? Jewelry turns your skin green when metals react with the acidity of your skin. It can also be caused by other substances on your skin, such as lotion. Most of the time, copper in jewelry is to blame. Acids on your skin (or in your lotion) cause the copper to corrode, which results in copper salts (which are a blue-green color). This is why your skin turns green. Luckily, this process is completely harmless. The fact that my skin turns green usually doesn't deter me from wearing my favorite costume jewelry. The only problem I have is that the green stains are frustratingly hard to remove. I discovered that the quickest and easiest way to remove the green residue it to use rubbing alcohol or makeup remover. If you want to prevent jewelry from turning your skin green, the easiest solution is to coat the jewelry with a layer of clear nail polish. This creates a barrier between the skin and metal, preventing the chemical reaction. For more hacks, check out how to fix a snagged sweater and how to repair a broken zipper. Image: Peace Love Shea
VIDEO: The Right Way To Shape Your Eyebrows, According To An Expert
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have eyebrow specialist Elke Von Freudenberg shape my arches. She is an expert when it comes to brows and even works with celebrities. As she assured me before filming, "I don't mess up eyebrows." So, yeah, she's kind of a big deal. In this video, Elke demonstrates how to shape eyebrows without having to wax or thread. While it might seem intimidating at first to work on your own brows, she really breaks down all the steps so they're easy to follow. Watch Elke work her magic in this tutorial below! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbrep87-Gwk[/youtube] *Editor's note: Do I look like Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill at the end or what? Don't forget to check out our other videos like how to contour and the best way to apply lip liner [Photo Youtube]
The Easiest Hack For Fixing Holes In Your Jeans
I'm a huge fan of distressed jeans. Unfortunately, sometimes the holes are placed in awkward places. I have a great pair of ripped denim shorts from Forever 21. They fit me perfectly except for one little problem: there was a large hole placed so high up on the thigh that you could see my underwear! I have no clue how to sew and I wasn't going to take a pair of Forever 21 jeans to the tailor. So I got a little crafty and discovered a no-sew way to fix the problem. Check out my hack below: All you need is a piece of scrap denim and fabric glue. First, I turned the shorts inside out. Then I cut a small piece of scrap fabric to cover the hole. I traced around the hole using the fabric glue and placed the scrap of denim on top. I let it dry and when I turned the shorts inside out, the hole was patched! The trick to find scrap denim that matches the color of the jeans. I was lucky enough that I had an old pair of jeans that were almost exactly the same shade as my distressed shorts. I recommend using this fabric glue. It is super strong and holds up, even after washing. For more clothing hacks, check out how to fix a broken zipper and how to fix a snagged sweater. [Photo: Always Judging]
3 Ways To Prevent Lipstick From Getting On Your Teeth
Do you ever apply lipstick and say to your reflection "Damn, am I Kylie Jenner or what?" but then you open your mouth to see half the tube is smeared on your teeth? Yeah, happens to the best of us. Getting lipstick on your teeth is just so annoying, and also so preventable. Here's how: 1) Try the "finger in mouth" trick OK, we know this sounds weird, but it's the oldest trick in the book. After you apply your lipstick, open your mouth into an O shape. Bend your finger into a hook shape, put it halfway in your mouth, then slide it out. Any lipstick that was inside your mouth is now on your finger instead of your teeth. It's that easy! 2) Use lip liner under lipstick Instead of just lining your lips, apply lip liner to your entire lips before putting on lipstick. Not only will this help the color stay on longer, but it also won't transfer as easily (aka, won't *magically* migrate on to your pearly whites). 3) Apply lipstick with a brush If you put on lipstick with a brush instead of just swiping it, you're way more precise. AKA, you won't get it all over the place. We know, more time-consuming, but so worth it. Don't forget to check out: the one thing you should never do when dieting and how to find the right sunglasses for your face shape [Photo: Imaxtree]
6 Easy Hacks For Removing Dark Under Eye Circles
I am fighting a constant battle against my dark under eye circles. It seems like no matter what I do, there is always a bluish tint under my eyes. As a result, I've become addicted to my under eye concealer (I never leave the house without it). I decided to try and break my addiction by finding natural ways to reduce the darkness under my eyes. First, it's important to understand what causes dark circles. Blueish under eye circles are caused when blood pools under your eyes. The skin under your eyes is very thin and transparent, making it easy to see the blood vessels. Here are a few of my favorite natural methods for combating dark circles: Green tea bags: Place brewed green tea bags on your eyes of a couple of minutes (make sure they are cool first!) to help reduce puffiness and tighten the skin around the eyes. This is my favorite trick for refreshing tired eyes because the caffeine in green tea shrinks blood vessels. The tannins in tea also help tighten the skin around the eyes. Plus, green tea has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties so this trick is super relaxing. Sleep on your back: Sleeping on your stomach or side can encourage the collection of fluid beneath your eyes at night, causing dark circles and puffiness. Trying sleeping on your back and use extra pillows to prop up your head. This will prevent fluid from collecting under your eyes. Cucumbers: Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants that reduce irritation. The trick is to use cucumbers that are chilled. Apply the cold cucumbers over your eyes for up to five minutes. The cooling effects of evaporation helps reduce swelling. Drink more water: This is the easiest hack for getting rid of under eye circles. Water helps flush out toxins from your system. This reduces the amount of salt concentrated around the eye area. Need help remembering to drink more water? Try using this super cute app. Cold Milk: Soak cotton pads in cold milk and place them on your eyes. The lactic acid in milk help soften and moisturize skin. Milk also contains protein, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants that strengthen the skin and heal damaged skin (learn more here). Take off all your makeup: This seems simple enough, but often times makeup wipes don't completely remove your mascara, so you wake up with mascara residue under your eyes. I recommend using a makeup cleansing oil to completely breakdown all of your makeup. The MAC Cleansing Oil ($31) removes makeup like champ and makes your skin feel extra soft. And if all else fails, you can always try color correcting. Check out our easy guide to color correcting here. [Image: iMax Tree]
Can You Iron Something That’s ‘Dry Clean Only’? The Answer.
We've all been there. You have a favorite top or dress that is "dry clean only," but when you pull it out of the closet to wear it, you see wrinkles or creases that warrant an iron job. Maybe your closet is packed together too tightly (like mine), so clothes get wrinkled when you hang them--or maybe you've worn something once or twice since dry cleaning it last. Hey--no shame in the game. So, anyways--back to the question: can you iron something that says "dry clean only"? Yes! Mon cheri, the answer is yes! Here's how: 1) First step is to make sure that the steam function on your iron is turned OFF. If a garment is dry clean only, it usually means that it cannot get wet (hence the word "dry"). Don't apply water to the item in any capacity--including through your iron's steam setting. 2) Second step is to turn the iron on a low setting--ie. silk or synthetic. If the lowest setting does not harm the garment but also doesn't help the wrinkle situation at all, you can increase the heat setting and test it on a small patch. 3) Place a sheet, dish towel, towel--any cloth really--between your dry-clean-only item and the iron face. Covering the iron with a cloth might be overkill for some garments (and might make the de-wrinkling process slightly less effective), but it's better to be safe than sorry, at least to start. This is the most cautious approach: the lowest setting and a cloth cover. If the technique doesn't work, raise the temp of the iron or use a thinner layer of cloth (or none at all) to get the desired result. Remember, it's not worth ruining the clothing because you're impatient about the wrinkles going away fast enough. If you can't get the garment to look quite right--just send it back out to be dry cleaned or try the blow dryer trick.
How To Get Denim Stains Off Suede Shoes
Suede shoes stress me out. I love the way they look, but they are so delicate. I'm constantly worrying about water and dirt stains. But the worst culprit is denim. Jeans always rub against my light suede shoes and leave blue stains. Desperate to salvage my light beige suede booties, I researched the best way to get denim stains out of suede. The two most common fixes I found were to use either a rubber eraser or white vinegar. First, I tried the eraser method but it seemed like this was making the spot more noticeable. :( For large stains, I read that I should blot the area with a little bit of white vinegar and a clean white towel. I was nervous about using vinegar on my suede booties, so I decided to try something different. I mixed a little bit of Dawn dish soap with water. Then I applied the soapy mixture to the stain with a toothbrush. I blotted the spot dry with a clean towel. Surprisingly, this simple solution worked great on the denim stains around the edges of my boots. Thanks to this easy hack, I'm no longer afraid to wear my suede shoes with jeans! For more clothing hacks, check out how to fix a broken flip flop and how to fix a broken zipper.
The Cheapest & Quickest Way To Fix A Broken Flip Flop
It happens at the worst times. You'll be walking down the street and your flip flop strap will break. You're stuck hobbling around on one foot until you can find a store to buy new shoes. But what if they were a pair of your favorite flip flops? Is there a way to salvage them? The most common trick I found on the internet is to use a bread clasp. You know, one of these things: But does this really work? I found a pair of broken Havanas in the back of my closet and decided to give the hack a try. I actually swiped the "bread clasp" from a package of rice cakes (I replaced it with a rubber band because I'm not a monster). First, I pushed the strap back through the hole. If the hole isn't big enough, I suggest widening it with a pair of scissors. With a little bit of effort, I was able to get the plastic strap back through the hole. Since the base was still around the toe post, I was able to attach the bread clasp like so: The slit of the bread clasp should be orientated downward about the toe post. This will help create more resistance, preventing the toe post from pulling through the hole again. If you can't find a bread clasp, try using a safety pin. I was actually surprised with how well this hack worked. I ran a few errands in my fixed-up flip flops and they were as good as new! So next time your flip flip breaks, all you need to do is go to a grocery store and buy a bag of bread. For more fashion hacks, check out how to get mascara stains out of fabric and how to fix a broken zipper. [Photo: Peace Love Shea]