Hi Luvs! You guys are always asking me about my beauty routine and I promised that one day I would do a post about it and today is the day! Ha! So here are my top 10 beauty tips that I swear by!
10 Beauty Tips
Leave Out The Ends! – People always ask me how I curl my hair. It’s so simple and really you only need to remember one thing. Leave out the ends! What I mean by that is, curl you hair like you normally would but leave a little bit of the end of your hair out of the barrel. If you have longer hair, I would leave out 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches. If you have shorter hair like me, leave out a 1/2 inch or slightly more. When you leave out the ends, you get that beachy wave look instead of a curly Sue look 😉
Look Awake! Even When You’re Exhausted! – This makeup trick is so key for all the moms out there reading this. I actually used this makeup trick a ton when I was the Bachelorette. Basically I was SO exhausted all the time going on dates (I know, tough life) so I would put a little highlighter on the inner corners of my eyes and I instantly looked well rested and refreshed! Now that I’m a mom and always tired, I use this makeup tip all the time!
Indulge in Some “Me” Time – It’s hard for me to find any “me” time these days. And when I do find time, it’s usually just minutes instead of hours. Man, I remember how much I used to LUV taking bubble baths. That was before Molly and when I had way more time. I love a good bubble bath because it’s relaxes me and melts away some of the stress from my day. And let’s face it, the more stressed we are, the more is shows all over our face – usually in the form of premature wrinkles. So at the end of the day when Molly is in bed for the night, I take what I call a “stand up bubble bath”. Ha! No really. I use NIVEA Foaming Silk Mousse Body Wash and make the shower such an indulgent experience and only takes minutes instead of hours. This stuff is like whip cream for your skin! It’s a fave of mine.
Face Tattoo? Yup! – I love that I can now say I have a face tattoo. Ha! It’s always shocking to people when they first here it, but I assure you what I did isn’t as scary as that sounds. I got my eyebrows micro bladed. Have you heard of it? It’s becoming really popular. Basically, it’s a semi-permeant tattoo on your eyebrows that lasts anywhere from 1 year to 3 years defending on your skin type. It’s magic for your eyebrows! I’m obsessed. Now I don’t feel like I need to put on makeup every morning when I wake up! But caveat! Make sure you do a TON of research before choosing someone to microblade your eyebrows (I went with The Eyebrow Doctor, Piret Aava, FYI). A trusted professional is ESSENTIAL here. And also, let me clarify that I’m not saying everyone should do this. It’s just one beauty thing I’ve done that I love and swear by!
Primer – It’s like a really good snap chat filter for your face! I’m serious. I had never even heard of a primer before I started working in television but now I’m obsessed! It smooths out your skin so you foundation goes on so much better! It really looks like a good beauty filter for you face!
Try a Pink or Coral Blush – Most people think of a darker rouge for blush, but my absolute favorite blush for summer (well really all year round) is a coral or hot pink. It looks SUPER scary (think major 80’s) in the palette, but the bright color is much more subtle on your cheeks. Especially with your glowing summer tan!
Use Sunscreen and Sunless Tanner (if you still want the sun kissed look) – Remember the glowing summer tan I just mentioned? It better be from sunless tanner! I personally love being tan but a real tan is so damaging to your skin! Yikes, I cringe to think about the days I laid out at my parents’ house covered in baby oil. So bad! Now I just use a good sunless tanner each week and I make sure my family wears sunscreen EVERY day!
Shave in the Tub – I used to shave in the shower but not anymore! Now I will only shave in the tub. It makes your legs super soft afterwards! I don’t know what it is but something about soaking my legs in the tub while shaving makes them SOOOO smooth! (NIVEASilk Mousse Foaming Body Wash I the tub too!) And I have to say that something about my skin changed after pregnancy and my legs didn’t feel the same after shaving. So I started shaving in the tub and it’s made such a huge difference!
Wash Off Your Makeup and Moisturize! – Have you ever forgotten to wash your make up off at the end of the day? I’ve so been there! Especially when I only have a little bit of make up on. This is such a big mistake! Not only is it so important to completely wash off your make up every night, but it’s also important to use an exfoliator to refresh your skin. Washing your face every night is just as important as brushing your teeth every night! Also, you have to start using a face moisturizer if you aren’t already. I didn’t for a LONG time! You guys might remember an insta story I did a little while back talking about how I was getting so many wrinkles! Well, I start using moisturizer and my wrinkles started going away! I couldn’t believe it! Was it really THAT simple? I think it’s because I caught them early, but I am so mad at myself for not being super regimented about moister for my face WAY earlier in life!
Smile – Last but certainly not least, SMILE! Wearing a smile on your face is your best beauty tool! Not only will you be more approachable to others, but smiling just makes you feel better on the inside! Sometimes when I’m in a crummy mood, I will force myself to smile and I will INSTANTLY feel better. Really. Try it right now! Try to feel unhappy when smiling. It’s almost impossible! Are you smiling right now? You feel better am I right?! 😉
Ok now time for the giveaway!!!! Yay! You only have to do TWO things to enter – tag a friend in either THIS Instagram post or THIS Facebook post then comment on this blog post below telling me why you need some “me time”. NIVEA is picking THREE winners who will win a years worth of NIVEA Foaming Silk Mousse Body Wash!!! That’s 12 bottles! I told you guys recently that I am going to try to do more and more giveaways to let you guys know how much a appreciate all of you so I hope you guys are luving them! More to come!
And I hope you guys found these beauty tips useful! They are truly things I do, use, and luv! Do you do any of these things? Tell me in the comments below! And share some of your own beauty tips with me!!! I am going to try to respond to EVERY comment on this blog post! Why? Because I luv you guys and want you to know how much I appreciate you reading Ali Luvs! Xoxo
UPDATE: I just want to let you guys know that even though I’m commenting on all of your comments below, I will not be the one picking the winner. NIVEA will be choosing the winners at RANDOM in the next couple days. So below is just an opportunity to share why we all need some me time and to encourage each other to take better care of ourselves! And in the end, don’t we all deserve a little me time?! Luv you guys!