Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Inexpensive Beauty Tips

I'll be the first to admit that I am a very frugal person. I never go to the salon to get a cut and colour, I won't go to the spa to get a manicure and I refuse to spend money on facials and massages. Living on a restricted budget in college forces one to cut out the non-necessities and over analyze every purchase made. I decided that being on a strict budget would not stop me from doing the things that make me feel fabulous.

For example, I used to get my nails done bi-weekly at a salon. I soon realized that I refused to spend over $20 every other week just to maintain my manicure. I took it upon myself to visit my local beauty supply store and find a do-it-yourself acrylic nail kit. I was successful, and for over two years I have been doing my own acrylic manicures at home. It took some practice, but after a few tries, I became a pro.

I've only had my hair dyed professionally, once. After seeing the hefty price tag associated with that, I took it into my own hands to find the perfect at-home hair dye kit. I figured it wouldn't be that hard. Some people are shocked to find that I colour my own hair, but believe me - I have made several hair-dye faux paux over the past few years in my search for the perfect brand. While some brands work better for others, I find that Nice N Easy has been my go-to colour kit for quite a few years. It offers rich colours with tones and highlights and I find doesn't fade as quickly as other brands.

Alongside my own personal at-home beauty tactics, I took on the tedious task of searching through the countless pages on the Internet to find some of the best inexpensive beauty tricks and secrets out there. Here's what I found...

1. Store your nail polish in the refrigerator.
Polish stored in the fridge will not separate and become thick, gummy or hardened. If your polish does become harder to apply, place the bottle into boiling water. Your polish will be like brand new!

2. Use a bag of frozen peas under the eyes to reduce puffiness.

3. Dye your hair one day after washing.
Hair that is dyed on one-day-old hair actually will make the colour application more successful. The natural oils in your hair give the colour something to hold on to as it is not dry.

4. Place raw potatoes under your eyes to help fight dark undereye spots.
Raw potatoes contain potassium, which helps to fade dark spots.

5. Make an at-home conditioning treatment.
Mix one cup of water with half a cup of fabric softener. Works like a charm!

6. Eat parsley to combat bad breath.
It is rich in chlorophyll and is a major ingredient in breath fresheners.

7. Have a Pepto-Bismal facial.
Rubbing this pink liquid on your skin is actually a better facial then peel off masks.

8. Rub Visene on a pimple.
Helps to remove redness and swelling.

9. Combat dandruff with aspirin.
Add 30 plain aspirin to a full bottle of your regular shampoo, rinse and repeat!

10. Use blue eyeliner to make your eyes look brighter.
Helps to make the white portion of the eyes look brighter.

I found these tips HERE. Visit the page to learn more tricks and tips!

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