Is your style suffering from a lack of funds? Don’t fret – there are lots of ways to up your style without breaking the bank. Some of our products can do double duty when we know how to use them. Other products just need a helping hand to last longer and perform better. Instead of grieving about all the things you can’t afford, find new life and uses for stuff you’ve already invested in. All of these tips are great for when you're traveling and don't have time to stop to buy new beauty supplies.
Tired of forking out an extra $8 for volumizer? Beauty experts say it’s not necessary. New flexible hold hairsprays work beautifully as a volumizer, and you only have to buy one product instead of two. Mist the hairspray throughout your hair lightly and allow it to fully dry. Then gently brush through your hair, fix and reapply the hairspray to hold. Works like a charm, and saves space in your travel bag, too.
Ouch! You sprung for that great new bronzer, powder, blush or eye shadow compact and it shattered in your bag! No problem, say the makeup gurus at Cosmopolitan. Simply add a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol and stir to create a paste. Form it back into place using the back side of a spoon and leave it to dry overnight. The next day, it’s as good as new.
Those peel pads are pretty expensive, but you can get more use out of it before tossing it out. After using it on your face, rub it over your cuticles, too. This technique helps prevent hang nails and keeps your manicure looking nicer longer. It saves money on manicure supplies and lowers the overall cost you’re spending on your beauty routine.
Nail polish gets dry and thick when it starts getting low, but it’s not ready for the trash can just yet. Use it to paint some ordinary bobby pins for a fresh exciting look inspired by runway models. Since you’ve probably invested in nail polish shades to match your wardrobe, these hair accessories will match all your favorite outfits, and can save you about $8 on hair accessories per outfit. Fashion models wear 4-8 bobby pins in a row to create a bold look.
Forget forking out extra bucks and taking up valuable space in your bag – hair conditioner makes an excellent shaving cream for legs, underarms and more. Actually, dermatologists say this is the preferred method of shaving if you’ve got dry skin (as most of us do during the winter). As you would using shaving cream, let your skin absorb the moisture of the shower or tub water for a few minutes before shaving. Then, apply the conditioner all over the area to be shaved and shave as usual. It leaves your skin soft and smooth without the extra $5 for shaving cream.
Are you still pumping your mascara brush in and out of the tube before applying? According to supermodel Cindy Crawford, you’re ruining your product. With mascara ranging in price from $5 to over $25, these costs add up. Cindy advises us to unscrew the cap and gently pull the wand out, without pumping. Pumping simply introduces air into the mascara, causing it to dry out quicker, and it does nothing for how much mascara you get on the wand to apply.
We hear it, read it and know it, but we don’t always do it. The single thing we can do that has the most impact on our looks is good hydration. Water helps us keep extra weight off, gives our skin a healthy glow, wards off aging and makes us feel better. Easy ways to keep hydrated during a busy schedule include keeping an easily refillable water bottle on hand at all times. Stow one in your bag, keep one nearby the sink and toss an extra in the glove compartment of the car. Be sure to use the new metal bottles and never reuse plastic water bottles you buy at convenience stores, as these are linked to breast cancer when left in hot cars.
Beauty and style don’t have to cost an arm and a leg – there are lots of ways to improve how we look on even the tightest of budgets!