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There are few things as frustrating as getting ready to go out and looking in the mirror only to find red, irritated skin that we could've sworn wasn't there a moment ago.

Well, former child actress and all-around fabulous person Drew Barrymore has the perfect hack for such situations.

The mum-of-two recently took to Instagram, saying that she had a 'giant bite or reaction on my face, right in the centre of my “try not stare” cheek'.

The director decided to take matters into her own hands, placing a chunk of aloe vera on her cheek. Aloe vera's long been known for its soothing properties, especially for sunburns.

"Then figuring I had nothing to lose, I dug out the meat of the live plant stalk, which I cut off a plant in my yard and then kept in the refrigerator to reuse, the juice you can squeeze out simply did nothing," Drew explained.


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"So placed a small chunk of it right on my skin," she continued, "I left it on for about 3 hours plus maybe four."

The 50 First Dates actress then enjoyed herself in the sunshine ('with loads of sun block' she clarified). 

"Just a gal doing experiments! And I noticed the piece of aloe vera meat turning red. It was actually suctioning out the red from my face," she revealed.


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Now, you may not want to scroll down if you're squeamish. 

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The 43-year-old shared a photo of the piece of aloe vera after she'd used it and it had transformed, to say the least. But so had her skin!

"Don’t get grossed out, because I know it is, but it turned into this when it came off my face," she captioned the photo, "And I am not kidding you, my red mark on my face was NOTICEABLY lighter. And I did it again the next day, with a much milder impact.

"But in two days it was gone. I had even tried bleaching creams, and nothing was getting the red spot off my face until this natural remedy. Aloe vera live plant meat worked to extract the red." 


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That sounds pretty amazing! Drew was slightly incorrect, though, in saying that it had 'suctioned' the red off her skin.

"I wouldn't use the words 'suctioned out' to describe what happened to the irritation on her face," Dendy Engelman, a dermatologic surgeon at New York City's Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery centre, explained to Allure.

"Aloe vera does tend to turn red and wrinkle under the sun or in dry conditions, which is what happened here."

However, its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties are renowned, Dendy notes. That may be why Drew's skin cleared up so well.


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It should also be kept in mind, Dendy said, that those who have sensitive skin may find that aloe vera leads to redness or irritation.

Suctioning aside, the actress took the opportunity to sing aloe vera's praises, listing its other possible uses.

"It’s also amazing for cuts, scrapes and especially burns. It’s a must have to have around. In any form. Thank you aloe vera. You continue to amaze me with your beauty and beauty secrets," Drew wrote.

Are you an aloe vera fanatic like Drew?



We had to do a serious double-take when we found this invention, but it will genuinely lighten your hair in SECONDS. 

The blonde wand by Pravana looks like a hair straightener but is engineered specifically for processing hair dye quickly, to reduce damage caused by the colouring process.


You use this device by applying the brand's Light Créme Lightener, and then place the highlights in foils (like a normal lightening process).

Then you simply glide the wand over the foiled pieces of hair, and BOOM – you're blonde. 


Pravana says that the wand is capable of lightening your hair a whopping seven levels in just 10 seconds… impressive, right?


One of the best things about the wand is that it limits the damage done to your hair, which is pretty major for anyone who has ever used bleach in their locks. 

The blonde wand will be available in certain salons, and we sort of want one! 

Blondes have more fun, right?



Fake fan application is a struggle us Irish gals know all too well.

From streaky legs to orange hands, getting the perfect even glow can seem like an impossible task.

And don't even talk to us about those hard-to-reach areas.

Unless you've got somebody willing to lend a tan-mitt covered hand, you're pretty much forced to walk around looking like Ross Geller that time her forgot how to count to five. 

Well, until now. 

In a genius new trend sweeping the internet, women are using the humble coat hanger to achieve the perfect, all-over tan.

Simply attach your mitt to one side of the hanger, apply a generous helping of your favourite tanning product, and voila – you've just found the key to the perfectly bronzed back.

Now, we've seen many beauty hacks in our time, but this might just be our favourite yet.



Liquid eyeliner is notoriously tricky to apply, so we'll take any help we can get in that area.

Instagram beauty blogger Makeup By Sugar has figured out a one-step way to flawlessly apply liquid liner, and she uses a slightly unorthodox tool to do so.


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While dental floss is usually the domain of the dental hygiene department, the MUA is giving it a new lease of life in the latest Instagram video.

The makeup lover drenches the floss in eyeliner pigment before stamping the winger shape onto the outer corner of her eyes.

Completely genius. 


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We can barely draw on one wobbly line, never mind two, se we're really loving this hack. 

The liner lover often showcases her perfect wings on her Instagram, so if it's good enough for her… 



Bronzer and blusher compacts must come with special floor-attracting magnets inside them, because there's no other reason for the frequency with which we drop them.

Unlike a lipstick or mascara, once your bronzer hits the floor it's dead. Gone. Done for.

Well, until now. 

US beauty vlogger AlexandrasGirlyTalk has come up with a downright genius solution for fixing smashed bronzer, blusher or powder without a whole lot of trouble to you. And from what we can see, it works a treat.

To fix a standard bronzer/powder compact, you'll need:

– Around 1.5 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol (this is available in most chemists and won't affect the consistency of your powder)
– A butter knife
– A piece of kitchen roll
– Something with a small flat circular bottom like a shot glass or the lid of a bottle.

Here's what to do:

1. Use the pads of your fingers to press as much of the cracked powder back into place as you can, getting it as neat as possible.

2. Pour a small amount of the rubbing alcohol (around 0.5 of a tablespoon) onto the powder. Leave the rest aside. 

3. The alcohol will quickly evaporate. Again, use your fingers to gently press the powder back into place.

4. Pour the rest of the rubbing alcohol onto the powder and let it evaporate for around 10 – 15 minutes.

5. While the powder is still slightly wet, use a butter knife to smooth the surface, getting the corners and middle as smooth as you can.

6. Fold the kitchen paper into a square and place it onto the powder.

7. Then, using your shot glass or bottle lid, press down on the powder to get the surface as flat as possible.

Done! See Alexandra's full video here: