There are a few things we prefer to keep hidden from most people. Like our hefty treat drawer or questionable browsing history. And when it comes to the real cost of what we spend on beauty products, let’s just say we even prefer to hide that little fact from ourselves.
But there are ways to cut way down on your product needs while still reaping in all the benefits of even the priciest picks. So, we’ve gathered twenty amazing ways to replace your typical beauty products with hacks using common household items.
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Use whitening toothpaste to clean your nails
Apply a whitening toothpaste to your nails to lift yellow stains as well as polish stains.
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Cool and soothe a burn from a hot styling tool with plain yogurt
No matter how great of an expert you consider yourself in the hair-styling department, burns from even your most-used heat tools are inevitable. The next time you get a surface burn, apply plain yogurt and leave on for 10 minutes to soothe the skin and restore its natural barrier.
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Condition hair with coconut oil
Use just a touch of coconut oil (a little goes a long way) to apply to your locks as a conditioning hair mask before shampooing. It can also be applied solely to split ends to soften dryness. Your mane will come out looking healthy, hydrated and glossy.
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Tame puffy eyes with cold green tea bags
Whether it was a bad sleep, no sleep, or you’re just in need of an extra pick-me-up, apply cold green tea bags to your eyes to de-puff, tighten, and brighten the area.
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De-shine your face with a coffee filter
Who needs special blotting papers when you’ve got coffee filters? No, really. They’re actually made out of similar ingredients as those little papers anyway. Just grab one from the pack, blot your T-zone, and shine will be significantly reduced.
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Make dry shampoo with baking soda and cornstarch
Out of dry shampoo and need to mask those greasy roots? No problem! Just gather cornstarch, baking soda, and cocoa powder (if you have dark hair) and follow Instructables’ directions to create an easy homemade dry shampoo.
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Use raw brown sugar to make a body scrub
Add brown sugar to your favourite body wash, and apply to your skin in circular motions to remove dead skin cells and reveal glowing skin.
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Create the perfect cat-eye with tape
Creating the perfect cat-eye can be quite the impossible task at times. If you need a little extra assistance, place a two-inch piece of tape in line with the bottom lash line to the end of your brow. Trace your upper lashes along the tape, and create a perfectly straight cat-eye.
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Clean up glitter shadow with scotch tape
Easily pick up glitter that’s fallen off your lids and onto other parts of our face using transparent tape.
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Calm dry, itchy skin with oatmeal
Whether you have dry, itchy skin from the cold weather or the side effects from a bad sunburn, sprinkle one to two cups of oatmeal into a warm bath, and soak. The oats contain fats that moisturize skin, helping to heal any dryness and discomfort.
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Use coconut oil as a moisturizer
Easy, natural and organic, coconut oil makes a great moisturizer to hydrate skin. Note: Although it’s great for bodies, it’s not ideal for the face as it can clog pores leading to black heads and breakouts.
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Apply Vaseline to help perfume last longer
Before spraying your perfume, apply Vaseline on your pulse points. It will help skin hold the fragrance longer.
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Use seltzer and rock salt to make homemade salt spray
In s spray bottle, mix 2 ½ cups seltzer with a teaspoon of sea salt and shake. Spritz it on your locks, scrunching with your hands as you go, to create fresh-off-the-beach-inspired waves.
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Shave legs with sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil will lubricate skin making shaving a breeze, while leaving your gams smooth and hydrated.
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Eliminate static from hair with dryer sheets
Gently rub a dryer sheet along your hair from root to tip to eliminate static.
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Use apple cider vinegar as a toner
Apple cider vinegar is a purifying agent, making it a great option to apply to your face as a toner. Concentrate on applying it to the T-zone area if you’re prone to breakouts.
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Use olive oil as a face cleanser
Olive oil acts as a magnet to the natural oil in your skin and draws it out. Using it as a face cleanser will leave you not only with super clean skin, but with a gorgeous glow.
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Remove makeup with jojoba oil
Promoting soft skin and serious hydration, jojoba oil can help you easily remove makeup residue, while offering your skin a moisturizing component. It’s packed with nutritional compounds and essential fatty acids, helping skin look radiant.
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Whiten teeth with baking soda
Give your toothpaste an extra boost by sprinkling baking soda on it before brushing to help remove surface stains.
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Or, whiten teeth with strawberries
Strawberries contain an astringent and Vitamin C, which help to remove surface stains from teeth and clear away plaque. Rub them on your (soon-to-be) pearly whites for an inexpensive refresher.