Self-quarantined at home? Time to switch up your beauty routine!


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  • Monday, 16 Mar 2020

The wonderful thing about a staycation is you can practically live in your favourite pyjamas all day long. Photos: 123rf.com

In this age of social distancing, many of us are being responsible and choosing to stay home.

While this is a “forced staycation”, let’s look on the bright side and believe that it isn’t so bad, especially when it basically forces you to find things to do at home to keep you busy and help fill up your time.

When you finally manage to do a beauty edit of your cosmetics, you may even discover a thing or two about your beauty habits that you never realised!

Here are some ways you can spend your precious hours at home as we patiently wait out this virus.

If it doesn’t spark joy or is expired, bin it

One of the most satisfying things about spring cleaning is discovering an expired mascara or lipstick and telling yourself that it has served you well but it’s time to go – so you can make space for your new purchases!

It may be your favourite mascara or lip colour but there’s nothing beautiful about getting an infected eye or lip.Applying a mascara that has not expired is being a responsible beauty.Applying a mascara that has not expired is being a responsible beauty.

Makeup tools do not self-disinfect

Your makeup tools from brushes to sponges are meant to be washed. Dermatologists recommend that you wash your makeup brushes once a week or at least twice a month.

They pick up products, dirt and sweat every time you use them so, if they remain unwashed for weeks and months, you will just be contaminating your freshly cleaned skin every time you use your makeup brushes.

If you're guilty of not washing your makeup brushes, this staycation is a great time to do so.If you're guilty of not washing your makeup brushes, this staycation is a great time to do so.

Marie Kondo-ing your dressing table

When was the last time that you had a good look through all your beauty stuff on your dressing table or even did a thorough wipe down?

There’s nothing like a dust-free and organised dressing table so that you can find all your favourite and frequently used products in an easy-to-reach spot.

In real life, your dressing table may not look this bare but the point is to try keeping it neat, clean and organised.In real life, your dressing table may not look this bare but the point is to try keeping it neat, clean and organised.

Play the expert manicurist

Who knew press on nails could look this good, plus it will keep you busy during the holidays. — Kiss New York Press & Go Gel NailsWho knew press on nails could look this good, plus it will keep you busy during the holidays. — Kiss New York Press & Go Gel NailsGoing to a nail salon can be a luxurious and pampering experience, but you can save costs and time by getting yourself a set of press on nails. In fact, why don’t you just get a set for mum and sis while you’re at it.

Some of these press on nails are even embellished with pretty stones. There is no skill or technique required, just press on and file. Removal is easy, just peel off, and you can switch your nail looks anytime you want without having to visit a nail salon.

Bring out the animal in you

Aren’t you done with plain, white, boring facial sheet masks? Buy a stack of fun animal print facial sheet masks for you and your family, and hold a fun face sheet mask night, complete with popcorn and movies.

These animal themed sheet masks are available at pharmacies or online and are totally Instagram-friendly. Who says staying at home is boring?

Bring out the tiger, dog, panda or rabbit in you as you stay in during the holidays.Bring out the tiger, dog, panda or rabbit in you as you stay in during the holidays.

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