Sunday, 11 September 2011

Thrifty Beauty Cheats

Keeping yourself looking your best can be vastly expensive. Beauty is a multi billion pound industry, but with the recession hitting, we can't all afford to spend £52* on a mere tub of moisturiser. Below are my top ten thrifty tips for looking good, for less:
  • Buy men's razors. You get more blades for less money.
  • Keep an eye out for free beauty products on the front of magazines e.g lip-gloss or nail varnish, it usually works out much cheaper than buying the product out right.
  • Buy a slightly darker shade of foundation than you would usually opt for. When applying, mix on the back of your hand with a dollop of moisturiser. Not only will the foundation last longer, but it'll give you a nice healthy glow.
  • To prevent puffiness, place sliced up cucumber on your eyes.
  • Make your own exfoliator buy mixing honey/olive oil [to keep your skin soft] with sugar. If you have particularly oily skin, replace the sugar with salt. Wash off with warm water.


  • Add a cup of powdered milk to your bath. It will leave you skin silky soft.
  • Wear clear lip-gloss over your lipstick to help the colour last longer.
  • Keep an eye out for offers at your local beauty college. Often they need 'customers' to practise on for waxing, tinting and other beauty procedures. Get discounted treatments and still be pampered!
  • The scent of your perfume will last longer if the bottle is kept out of direct sunlight. Less sprays = longer lasting.
  • Make your own facemasks. My favourite receipes are a) beat together an egg white, a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of lemon. It will leave your skin soft and glowing. b) put half a cucumber and a half a peach in a blender together. It will tighten pores, shrink acne spots and rejuvenate the skin. NB: For both face masks, apply with fingertips. Leave for three or four minutes, and wash off with warm water.
*£52 is just an approximate amount that the Thrift-Queen might [over] pay for a branded beauty product.

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