A Cheap Girl’s Beauty Guide: 6 Hacks Using Household Items

Are you on a tight budget? Don’t spend your drinking and shopping money on expensive beauty products. Here are 6 inexpensive beauty hacks using common house hold products that will give you the same, (if not better) results. Ca-ching!

1. Green Tea
Staying up late, either for work or pleasure, can leave traces of evidence under your eyes. Instead of using heavy concealer or dark sunglasses to hide the bags under your eyes, green tea can fix the problem. Take two green tea bags and soak them in water. Gently squeeze the excess liquid and transfer them to the freezer until they are cool, but not frosted. Lay down and place them over your eyes for 15 – 30 minutes. The benefit of caffeine in the tea constricts the blood vessels, reducing the swelling. How’s that for hiding an all-nighter.

2. Whitening Toothpaste
The bleaching power of whitening toothpaste isn’t just for your teeth. If you are addicted to dark hues on your nails but hate the yellow tint they leave behind, there’s a quick and cheap fix for that. Grab an inexpensive toothbrush and your whitening toothpaste and gently brush your nails. The peroxide in the paste helps scrub off the stains, and your hands will be ready for the next lacquer.

3. Hair Conditioner
If you happen to forget your shaving gel when you packed for the beach, don’t overpay for some at the drug store. Hair conditioner works just as well, if not better. Simply lather your legs with conditioner and shave as usually. Hair conditioner will also soften your makeup brush bristles. First, wash your brushes using baby shampoo or your face cleanser. Then apply a little conditioner and massage the bristles. Rinse the brushes and lay them out to dry. Your face will enjoy the fluffiness and super softness the next time you put on blush.

4. Yogurt
The ingredients in yogurt are not only good for your digestive system, they can also help clear up monster acne. Naturally rid your face of acne by spot treating your zits with 100% Greek plain yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt will help clear up acne flare ups and the probiotics will fight bacteria. Another unconventional use for yogurt is to soothe surface burns on your skin caused by hot styling tools such as a flat iron. Apply a dab of yogurt on the burn to help cool the stinging.

5. Baby Oil
Ruining a home manicure can also ruin your day. Instead of starting over or hiding your botched nails in your jeans, keep a bottle of baby oil handy. Gently rubbing baby oil on your finished nails will help expedite the drying process while preventing smudges and dents. Baby oil also dubs as an eye makeup remover, hair serum, and cuticle oil.

6. Corn Starch
Here’s an economical and quick way to help your blow out last longer. Instead of spending money on uber expensive visits to the salon, corn starch works just as well as dry shampoo. Lightly sprinkle a dusting of corn starch on your scalp and let it absorb the oil in your hair for a few minutes. Then brush your hair as usual to remove the excess powder. You can also use a hair dryer to blow away the traces. Corn starch also helps remedy armpit rashes. First, clean the affected area and pat dry. Using a cotton ball, lightly apply corn starch over the irritated area for immediate relief.