What’s Your Beauty Secret? (+ A New One To Try!)

Do you have a beauty secret? We’ll share ours, if you share yours! 

Dear Blog Readers,

There’s one thing I always do, every morning. It’s become such an essential part of my daily beauty regimen, that, if I don’t do it, I feel like my entire day is thrown off.

Use eye drops.

Yup, that’s the thing. A drop or two in each eye, every morning. I don’t wear contacts, and my eyes aren’t overly dry, so one might question why I use them so much. Then answer is rather simple — they instantly wake me up. I’m convinced that they erase all signs of puffiness.  They’re like the cream to my coffee…the filter to my Instagram photo…I just have to have them. There’s always a bottle in my makeup bag, and probably one floating around my car somewhere. This little bottle of saline-based liquid has the same importance as the pocket Tamagotchi I used to carry around in 5th grade — ALWAYS on hand, never not.

So I guess you could say eyedrops are my beauty secret. I 100% vouch for this bottle of magic. I feel like everyone has one little thing they do to help them look and feel beautiful, no matter how weird or uncommon. Your secret may not work wonders for your best friend, or anyone else in this case, but it doesn’t matter because all that’s important is that it works for you.

So now I ask, what’s your beauty secret? What’s the one product, or one thing that helps you feel better, brighter and more beautiful, no matter what? Please share in the comments below!

– Jana


I wanted to share a new remedy that I’ve been trying — a few days a week — to rid myself of puffy eyes, naturally. (If you didn’t already guess, I hate when I have puffy eyes, hence the repetitive eye drop use I just explained above.) If you don’t have a beauty secret, or want a new one to try, your first step is to go out and get yourself some milk.

Beauty Benefits of Milk:


How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes With Milk

You’ll need:

Cold whole milk (the fattier, the better, so try and use organic whole milk)


Cotton ball

I like to do this as soon as I wake up. Pour some cold whole milk into a bowl, and dip 2 cotton balls into the bowl until they are fully saturated. Ring out a little of the excess milk so that the cotton balls don’t drip before placing them underneath your eyes. I like to lay down while I do this so the cotton balls stay in place. Leave on for 10 minutes, then wash your face with cool water.


The milk’s vitamins and enzymes rejuvenate the skin around the eyes while the coldness helps reduce swelling. Give it a go the next time you need a morning pick-me-up!

(And don’t forget to share your beauty secret below!)

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  1. i read ur post on ghee for under the eyes and ever since, I’ve applied it to my whole face and my skin has never been softer and clearer! Plus it cleared up my eczema!!!

  2. after I put Olay night cream on my face after a shower, I use the rest as lotion for my hands and chest.

  3. Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel – for everything. I swear by those two. My skin got so much better and it helps with all sorts of irritation, esp. in combination with aloe vera.

  4. Mountain Rose Herbs Facial Oil, Wild Rose. It smells amazing, doesn’t clog my pores and keeps my skin happy and hydrated. I also use their Facial Wash, Rose and Facial Toner, Wild Rose. Simple and natural ingredients.

  5. My main beauty secret is water! Lots & lots of water! It helps keep a clear complexion & reduces puffiness throughout the whole body.

  6. Immediately following a shower I use a roller ball filled with Doterra’s fractionated coconut oil and melaleuca oil on my face.

  7. My newest love has been rosehip seed oil! Mix with a dab of coconut oil, a drop of lavender and witch hazel and its the best night eye cream!
    With Love,

  8. My first tip: Melt a little bit of coconut oil in your hand and mix it with your conditioner before applying it. (Let it sink in)
    My second tip: Before exfoliating and applying a facial mask, I recommend doing a steam facial. Boil some water and grab a bowl. Add in 3 drops lavender, and 4 drops melaleuca oil and then pour in the water. Then you put your face over the bowl (don’t touch the water) and drape a towel over your head. Stay like this for ten minutes.

  9. Apple Cider Vinegar! One part ACV & one part water makes an incredible toner to use after you’ve washed your face. It completely cleared up the problem areas I had with my skin. Or you can use it as a hair rinse for super shiny hair!

  10. Out of curiosity, what eye drops do you use? i have super dry eyes in the winter.

    As for my beauty secret, after washing my face a night, i lather my face with an oil concoction I made with jojoba oil, jasmine oil, cedar wood oil and neroli oil. It not only calms me and make me feel pampered but it’s kept breakouts at bay since I started using it!

  11. Eye drops are my favorite too! I LOVE the Rohto Cooling eye drops – they reduce all signs of yellow/redness, even if I haven’t had enough sleep, and make me feel and look alert and refreshed!

  12. Using eye drops daily do long term damage to your eyes. Especially if they are eye drops for redness, your eyes build up a tolerance and you begin to develop a habit. Your essentially making a life long commitment to eye drops.

  13. Glad someone else already commented on this. Using eye drops every day is terrible for your eyes. Worst advice ever.

  14. I’ve also read that redness-reducing eye drops aren’t good for daily use, but I don’t think artificial tears are bad to use daily. I have dry eyes, use them daily, and I’ve never had my eye doctor warn me against using them so often. Someone let me know if you’ve heard different! :)

  15. This might sound gross, but I used to wash my face only with cold water every morning and almost every other night.I had a nearly perfect complexion, but due to the changes of environment (mainly climate and food – I moved from the tropics to cold Europe as a teen, then from the south of Europe back north), I started using creams when I turned 25 (I also began using make up) and that began a weird cycle – I guess being half Asian is great in the skin dept. but it only helped until then!

    After five years of trial and error using acv, coconut oil and rose water works for me. Once a week I make a hydrating face mask out of things I have in the fridge (or when I’m lazy use a ready made mud mask).
    And key to it all, is to drink enough water, eat right, exercise and sleep enough so that you don’t hit the snooze button. Drinking enough water (I say water because I am somewhat sugar conscious, out of health reasons) will also keep you from over eating.

    I highly recommend staying away from scrubbing/using exfoliants on your face, especially if you have never done so before. I added an exfoliating phase to my routine on several occasions, but it only makes matters much much worse!

    Also, since in Europe I seem prone to getting awful sty friends, even though I only touch my eyes after washing my hands. Since my love for coconut oil began, if I get them, they disappear within a day. Furthermore, I use coconut oil as a make up remover and use it to clean all of my brushes. It’s fantastic. Use about a teaspoon of coconut oil like mouthwash is also cool. Nothing beats that clean and natural feeling.

    I check my eye brows every morning, to pluck if necessary, and if I’m plucking on a sensitive day where one pluck = one possible pimple, I apply rose water directly. On top of that, I drink a small dollop of rose water in a large glass of water to start the day. It’s said to be very hydrating, but I do it because (even though I hate the smell of roses) I feel happy, calm and ready to take on whatever the day decides to dish out.

    Some people are amazed that I need one hour before I leave the house. I need it to mentally prepare myself for the day. Being rushed is pointless, there should always be “me time”. On top of that, I am a breakfast person, but when I wake up late and don’t have half an hour for a quiet breakfast, I drink acv with water to staunch the hunger until I get my hands on proper food. The rest of that one hour is 5-15min of making myself look pretty (clothes and make-up incl.) and 5min of stretching.

    I am thankful that I was raised by a man at times, because daddy thought “if a bar of soap is good enough for your skin, its good enough for your hair”. That was OK logic when I was a kid, but in those teen years… boy oh boy did I have to learn!

    You might assume I have Asian horse hair, but actually it’s dry, thin, wavy/curly chestnut colored hair. I tried going no poo a year ago – I was losing hair by the bundles due to stress. A half a year later, I went back to using shampoo and conditioner (as low poo as possible), because of the demands of my job. Now though, thanks to the no poo period, I wash only once a week. I use oil (either coconut or olive oil, depends on how much I have of which, it’s also good to be frugal where you can be frugal ;) ) a few hours before washing.

    One last thing, growing up in the tropics I often went barefoot or in slippers. Once I got to Europe my feet began hating me. My best cure for unhappy feet: bathe them in a lukewarm bath with vinegar or mouthwash (yes, mouthwash) and tea tree oil. You wont have to scrub your feet till your arms fall off. When you’re done, put cream on those lovelies and you’ll be good to go.

    Since most places in Europe are dead on Sundays, that’s the day I make full use of for my beauty routine. I really dislike that we need to invest so much time on our looks, only to still not look as good as we want. So, why not do it in the most effective, band-aid ripping method possible? :)

    Now, this comment is super long, and it’s super late. Today I allowed myself to do everything I don’t prescribe doing if you want to look beautiful – cola, chips, fries and writing comments on cool blogs. I do this once in a while because it feels good to do things without ‘guilt’ and still feel rebellious, like you’ve got your hand in a cookie jar and you’re about to get caught ;)

    Enjoy life ladies! I sure am!

  16. As I live in Brazil , my most important beauty tip is : to reduce the pores of my skin , use ice and step on it.
    I wash my face three times a day , since it is very oily, at night retreat all the makeup , wash with a soap for my own skin type and tonic step .
    Seeking well moisturize my body , since here is very hot and leaves very dry skin!

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