Walking into Sephora is a magical experience, mainly in that it makes all of your money disappear. Makeup and skincare products can get ridiculously expensive. Who can afford to spend over $200 worth of products every couple of months? I know I can’t. Well, there are plenty of beauty hacks you can do, and most of them involve things you probably already have at home.
For example, did you know the castor oil is a great natural beauty product? It’s not just something moms used to spoon feed their children back in the ‘60s. It’s great for your hair and skin. You can rub it on your scalp to prevent hair loss, and it can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Is your drugstore eyeliner lacking intensity? Well, there’s an easy trick you can do to turn your basic pencil liner into a dramatic gel eyeliner. All you need is a lighter. Just burn the tip of the pencil with a flame for a few seconds, and voila instant rich color.
You shouldn’t be shampooing your hair everyday anyway, but I get your hair needing a pick-me-up on the days you don’t wash your hair. Baby powder is a great dry-shampoo. It absorbs excess oil and can work wonders on your greasy tresses. If you’re blonde, you can use just the regular white baby powder. If your hair is darker, mix in some cocoa powder.
Honey is another great all-purpose beauty product. You can use it in masks, and mix it with a bunch of other ingredients. If you want dewy skin, mix one-part honey with two parts aloe vera and apply it to your face overnight. You can also mix honey and olive oil together to mend split ends.
Lip plumpers can cost upwards of $30. But you can turn any lip gloss you have at home into a plumping gloss with two essential oils. You can mix either peppermint oil or cinnamon oil into a lip balm or gloss for a bee-stung pout. Cinnamon oil is already one of the main ingredients in many high-end lip plumpers.
If you’re fresh out of eyeliner, you can use any mascara you have lying around as an alternative. Just use your liner brush and wipe it against the mascara wand. Then just apply the eyeliner to your upper lid. What a great two-in-one deal.
Beets are strongly pigmented red, and anyone who has ever cooked with beets usually ends up with stained hands and clothing. Well, you can beets as a great natural lip and cheek stain. The beet is also a great main ingredient in facial toners, detox smoothies and masks.
In the wintertime, your lips are constantly chapped and flaky. You can spend over $15 on a lip scrub, or you can use a couple of these household items. You can use a combination of honey, sugar, olive oil and Vaseline as a great little scrub. Or even simpler still, just brush your lips with your toothbrush.
You can spend lots of money on hair treatments, you drop cash on the hair gummies that all those celebrities market on Instagram, but there is a better solution. Why not just feign the look of fuller hair? When your hair is set and done, apply some eyeshadow (shade appropriate) on the part of your hair. Your hair will instantly look thicker.
Tea tree oil is a great skin care product. It can be used directly on pimples to clear your skin, it can also be used as the main ingredient in moisturizers and toners. It also has anti-fungal properties, so it can be applied to toenails if you have a fungus.
Coconut oil is perhaps the most versatile beauty product there is. You can literally use it in anything. You can use coconut oil and honey to make a great moisturizing mask. It can be used for everything from whitening teeth to shaving cream. You can apply it directly to the skin as body lotion. Also, it’s delicious to cook with.
A long-wear lipstick can be expensive. Also, they never end up lasting that long and your lips end up looking dry and chapped. But, there’s a simple trick you can try to extend the life of your lipstick. After you apply the lipstick, grab a tissue and place it over your lips. Then using a brush, gently dust the tissue with some translucent powder.
If your mascara is getting clumpy, don’t throw it in the trash just yet (unless it’s really old.) Get the most out of it by mixing up a few drops of contact solution into the tube. That should extend its life for a few more weeks.
Who has time to go get a manicure? Actually, who has the money to go get a manicure? Well, if you do, then good for you. If you don’t, you can still pamper your digits. If you’ve got yellowing nails, just soak your fingers in a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for a minute.