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Since I was rescued recently by the Amazon Sea Plane captain from my (imaginary) deserted island, the “DESERTED ISLAND product of the month” section is closed! But a new section, “Hack Job” will take its place starting this month, where I will describe my favorite beauty tips and tricks.

In honor of the new section, here are a few of my favorite beauty “hacks”:

  1. Mascara – rotate the mascara wand in the tube to pick up product, never pump it. Pumping the wand adds air and bacteria inside the tube (ewwww…).

  2. Nail polish – having trouble opening a bottle of nail polish? Wrap a rubber band (the thicker the better) around the wand, and twist to open. The rubber band gives your hands a good grip.

3.   Foundation and concealer – Apply foundation (my current fave is Yensa Super Serum foundation) first, and then concealer (current fave is Letup Complex Culture concealer). The concealer will blend better, especially in the under-eye area. Dab with your ring finger or use a slightly damp makeup sponge to blend the concealer into the skin. Magic coverage!

 “Hack Job”: 

Speaking of mascara, I recently tried a sample of Kat Von D’s “Go Big or Go Home” mascara, and I fell in love with it. It amplified my lashes while keeping them looking natural, all day! No flaking or smearing. So, I actually purchased a full-size tube.

To keep mascara fresh, wipe off the outside of the tube with a tissue before returning the wand to the tube at the completion of application. This will keep the seal on the tube tight making your mascara last longer. Immediately toss the tissue out! Don’t try to use it again! You WILL get mascara in places you don’t want it. Trust me. I have done it. More than once (*shaking my head….*).

The beauty of blessings to you!

Angela Dolbear, Beauty Editor, is the author of contemporary spiritual novels, such as THE GARDEN KEY Series, and THE TORMENTOR’S TALE, as well as many short stories, which are available in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats on Amazon. And she loves writing and recording songs with her husband, Tim (listen on Sound Cloud!) She is also a self-proclaimed beauty junkie and has been since long before her mother allowed her to start wearing makeup at the age of 14. She keeps UPS and the USPS busy delivering small boxes on a regular basis from Ulta, Sephora, Amazon, and many independent cosmetics companies to her home Nashville, TN. Please connect with her at

Hack Jobs
by Angela Dolbear