Get More Beauty for Your Buck

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Posted by Cat Meeker on December 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I love indulging in elegantly perfumed lotions and have this problem with just slathering loads of product on just because I can't get enough of the scent. And when it comes to hair product, I'm guilty of believing that if a little product works well, then even more will work wonders. Alas, that's rarely the case and I end up needing to redo my hair, and go through bottles of serums and gels like crazy. It's time to learn correct portion sizes, and not just when it comes to food. To put your product to best use and get the most beauty bang for your buck, just follow these helpful guidelines (via Women's Health) below: 

Facial Moisturizer

The right size: Two peanuts

For starters, make sure you'reapplying lotion effectively. After washing your face, refrain from completely drying it. While your skin is still damp apply a peanut-sized portion of lotion to your face, and another peanut-sized portion to your neck. The extra water on your skin will be absorbed with the lotion and help moisturize your skin that much better. 







The right size: A bottle cap

Application tip:

To avoid overdoing it like some junior high-schooler who just discovered foundation, use just a bottle-cap-size portion. Pour it out onto the back of your hand and use your fingers, a sponge, or brush to first blend it across your forehead and nose. Then smooth the remaining product over your cheeks and chin, and remember to blend the color into your neck. Using your fingers is actually beneficial since the heat they radiate will help the foundation glide across your skin better. 




The right size: Three grapes

Application tip: 

Divide your body into three sections: feet and legs, torso and back, and arms, neck, and face. Use one grape-size amount on each section. However, remember that you really can't use too much sunscreen so feel free to slather on some more if you don't feel the coverage is suffucient. Remember to reapply every two hours, as well. 



Eye Cream

The right size: A pea

Application tip: 

Eye cream is likely one of the more costly products in your beauty regimen, so make sure you're not wasting it. Scoop out just a pea-size amount for both eyes. Use a fourth of it under your lower lashes from outer to inner corner. This motion helps to disperse the fuid that causes under-eye puffiness. Then, use another fourth of the cream to dab from crease to brow bone going from inner to outer corner. Repeat on the other eye with the remaining half of the eye cream. 



Styling Cream

The right size: For fine hair, a dime; for thicker hair, two nickels

Application tip: 

If I had to choose any product that I repeatedly use too much of, it would definitely be styling cream. I love the stuff, but if I use even a little too much product, it leaves my hair looking like a greasy mess. Depending on hair texture and length, use between a dime-size and nickel-size amount. When applying, spread it evenly on your palms and blend the product through damp hair, starting two inches below your roots. Pull hair into a ponytail with hands and work the product down toward the ends. If you're using it on dry hair, apply even less and just to the top layer to control flyaways or add polish. 



The right size: For long hair, one Oreo; for short hair, one Hershey's Kiss

Application tip: 

It's just as important not to overdo it with shampoo as it is with styling cream. You could risk drying your hair out, plus if you splurge on quality shampoo, you want to ensure you're not just wasting it all down the drain. Depending on the length of your hair, deposit the correct amount into your pam and start by applying the shampoo to your scalp. Rake it through your hair, stopping about halway down strands. Most of the dirt and oil collects at your roots, so you need a lot of product on your more fragile ends. 


Under-Eye Concealer

The right size: A Tic Tac

Application tip: 

No need to waste your precious tube of under-eye concealer. Just a Tic Tac-size dab will do the trick to hide dark circles. Simply squirt the small size amount onto your finger, then using a small brush, dab three little dots under your lower lash line-- one in the middle, and one at the inner and outer corners. Pat with your finger to blend the dots together. Smooth on another dot of concealer wherever blue peeks through. Dip an eye-shadow brush into loose translucent powder and use it to set the concealer. Repeat on the other eye.

Do you follow these guidelines to portion your products? Or do you tend to go overboard when applying beauty products?


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