15 Jul 2016


Today's post is a little different from the mini essence cosmetics #LoveYourShade series that I have been posting on my blog. I thought I should change things up a bit and I was lucky enough to have the talented Sophia Smith contact me with regard to a feature post. Sophia Smith is an Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects, and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is a regular contributor to High Style Life. Today's post by Sophia will be on Multi-purpose beauty products for busy girls. If you need some busy girl life hacks then keep on reading!

How many times have you been late for your job and just didn’t have that extra 15 minutes to put on your makeup for that important meeting later in the day? Did your purse ever seem too small to fit all the things that you want to take with you to a night-out? How many times have you wished to have a way to correct your makeup on a moment's notice, during a busy day? In these situations, being practical is essential. Multi-purpose makeups and beauty products will allow you to be efficient with your time, space and money while looking your best during your busy day.

One of these products can have a dual or even a triple purpose. How is this possible? Simple; many makeup and cosmetic products which are intended for many different uses, are made from the same or similar ingredients. A mascara can be made from the same components as an eyeliner, so why not use just one product instead of two? For this reason, some companies have started to produce multifunctional cosmetic products to make your life easier. 

Makeup Multitaskers

        Lipsticks are great for multitasking. If you tap and blend it on your cheeks or eyelids, they can work as a substitute for a blusher or an eyeshadow, but you should be careful because most of them are not eye-safe. Don’t risk it, it’s better to use a lipstick-blush combined product if you want to achieve that ideal monochromatic look. A lipstick has a stronger pigment than a blusher, so make sure it works with your skin tone. Otherwise, you could end up looking like a clown. A step further is a lipstick-blusher-eyeshadow combined product which is similar to the previous one, but it usually comes in more colors. It can even be an all-in-one solution in some situations, depending on your needs.

        You can use an eyeshadow as a liner or an eyebrow filler. Applying it gently, with a wet brush along your eye line, will give a similar result as the liner, but more subtle. In order to fill out the eyebrows, use a shade similar to your natural eyebrow color; the best choice is, usually, a brown matte eyeshadow.

        A mascara can also be a substitute for a liner. If you want to try a liner, a mascara can work very nicely for your test drive, all you need is a thin brush. A clean mascara can fix not just your lashes, but your eyebrows as well.

        If you’re not preparing for some special event or just prefer a natural look, you should use as few layers of makeup as possible. Apply a concealer where it’s needed and use a foundation to cover it up. If you’re out of concealer, a foundation can be a problem-solver: apply it like a concealer, tap it in and leave it to dry. After that, you can apply the foundation as usual. For the easiest natural face makeup look, try a skin care and a makeup cream with a pigment, like one of the 100% Pure’s BB Cream Shades, which replaces both, concealer and foundation, with one product. 

Face and Body Multitaskers

        Finding the right product for your face can be a nightmare, especially if you have a so called combination skin or just a problematic one in general. It’s never just one product; you’ll probably need many different kinds, like a cleanser, a tonic or a makeup remover. Try to find one product which can cover all these needs.

        Hair products are more likely to come in an all-in-one package. Shampoo and balm 2-in-1 combination can be very practical when you’re packing for a trip. Tip: use a conditioner instead of a shaving cream; not only does it smell nice, it will also moisturize your skin.

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  1. Interesting ideas! I have read about using different makeup for different uses but I have never tried it out before. I'm always nervous it'll be too bright if I use a lipstick for a blush or something like that lol. Maybe I will try it out, though :)

    Thanks for the comment over on my blog, btw!


    1. I completely understand. I am also a bit reluctant to using makeup in areas that they are not usually designed for, like colour correcting with lipstick, eek!

  2. I love these ideas! I love using make up for different uses :)


    1. It is a great way to save time in the mornings!