Monday, November 3, 2008

On Beauty Hacks

I've mentioned beauty hacks here a few times lately, and I have a sudden urge to make sure you know what I mean.  I'll use the college-essay trick.  As defined by Urban Dictionary, one definition of hack is to:  "jury-rig or improvise something inelegant but effective, usually as a temporary solution to a problem."

The term pops up everywhere; tips of all kinds are now life hacks, work hacks, money hacks, health hacks and diet hacks.  Here, there are beauty hacks.

I use this term for little beauty tricks like the aspirin mask.  Often, they are shortcuts; inexpensive household items that have much the same effect as fancy, well-marketed products.  The internet is a fertile breeding ground for weird little beauty routines.  Surely you've heard of the old model trick of using Preparation H to de-puff eyes.  The latest rage is Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel, used in place of the pricey foundation primers that have proliferated in the past few years.  Makes sense.  The Monistat is silicone based just like primer, and about a third of the price.  And of course the hemorrhoid cream contains vasoconstrictors which would probably help with most kinds of swelling.  But it sure makes for an embarrassing makeup bag.