11 Makeshift Beauty And Wardrobe Hacks To Make Life Easier

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We all use shortcuts to get things done quicker and make life easier every day and you just can't have too many can't-live-without hacks in your  toolbox, particularly when it comes to fashion and beauty.

Lucky then, that you've come to the right place, from a killer trick for taming wild hair, to a simple formula for keeping your outfit options fresh, no woman should be without these beauty and wardrobe shortcuts.

1. Use Hair Straighteners To Iron Collars



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And cuffs, and hems.  Much quicker than heating the iron, and more precise thanks to the thin shape of your hair straighteners.

Try it for yourself and shave precious minutes off of your morning routine
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2. Remove Deodorant Stains By Rubbing With Jeans



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No matter how 'stain-free' your favourite deodorant promises to be, it sometimes seems that there's no escaping those annoying white marks.

Remedy them by rubbing a pair of jeans  over the stain.
Just be sure to test a small patch first, especially on lighter clothes, to prevent any colour transfer.

3. Cheat Your Way To Perfect Eyeliner



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There aren't many beauty skills that are as envy-inducing as the ability to create the perfect cat eye flick. And  those woman that have it nailed? Well, they just know how to cheat!

Simply use tape to create the line, or hold a credit card at an angle and use it as a stencil while applying that killer eyeliner.

4. Lighten an Old Foundation With Moisturiser



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Like it or not, that tan you got from last year's holiday has probably faded now, meaning the foundation you splashed out on is probably too dark.

Not to worry, simply add some moisturiser to your foundation to lighten 
it a shade or two. This one's a double-whammy, as you'll get some added skin hydration too. Win!

5. Use Vodka And Water To Remove Odours From Clothes



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There's nothing quite like the satisfaction you get from bagging a vintage bargain, but there's  no escaping that annoying bugbear that comes from owning pre-loved clothes: The smell. 

Banish that musty, second-hand odour by spraying them with a mixture of one-part vodka to two-parts water. 

6. Break In Uncomfortable Shoes With a Hair Dryer



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Those new shoes might look fabulous, but breaking them in is going to take a lot of time, effort and a blister or two for good measure.

Save yourself the pain by speeding up the process – simply put your new shoes on with a 
pair of socks, and blast them with a warm hairdryer. But make sure it's not too hot, you don't want them to melt.

7. Make Your Mascara Last Longer



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The main reason your favourite mascara only lasts  a few weeks is because it's drying out. You can stop this from happening by warming it up, and allowing it to thaw out a little.

Put it in your bra for a few minutes before applying and you'll get an almost-fresh mascara and a better curl for it.

8. Tame Flyaway Hairs With a Toothbrush



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Flyaway hairs ruining an otherwise-perfect updo? No problem. Take a brand new toothbrush, spray with a little hairspray and comb through gently to keep those pesky hairs in place. 

9. Make Your Tights Last And Last



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Can't get past one wear without ripping tights? Ladder-proof them with these tips. 

Run a new pair of tights under cold water and squeeze out the excess, then put them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight.

This should make them more resistant to rips, but if you do still spot a ladder forming, spritz it with hairspray to stop it running further. 

10. No Shaving Cream? No Problem!



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There are plenty of alternatives you can use instead of pricey shaving creams.

Baby lotion will leave 
your legs feeling smooth and silky, while conditioner is an even cheaper alternative that you'll already have handy in the bathroom. 

11. Use Vaseline for Everything!



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Chances are you already have this wonder-product lurking in your bathroom, but you should be aware that its benefits extend far further than as a last-resort lip balm.

Use Vaseline to hide 
split ends, prevent self-tanning mishaps (simply apply to dry areas, like elbows and knees), to tame eyebrows and even highlight cheekbones. Clever, eh?
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