I’ve been trying to find interesting ways to stay committed to being smarter with my money. I’ve tried weird ways to save money, make more money with a side hustle and pay attention to ways that I’m being tricked into spending more money. A very sweet client of mine gave me a gift certificate to a spa a few months ago and while getting my facial, I kept on thinking “I can probably do this at home for a fraction of the cost”.
So I tried a few days of saving money by using some everyday products around my house for beauty products, or what I like to call – ‘Beauty on a Budget’.
I found this one out by sheer accident. I’d just blow-out and flat ironed my hair and it was looking beautiful, if I may say so myself. I always get flyaways and use a hair serum to tame those babies down, but I’d run out that day.
Because I was late late and didn’t have enough time to rummage through my drawers for another bottle, I tried what I thought would be logical – dryer sheets! They get rid of static for your clothes, why can’t they work for your hair.
And they worked like a charm! I laughed at myself as I ran a bounce sheet through my hair, but the result was just as good, not to mention that my hair smelled fantastic. I haven’t bought products for flyaways since.
I get bored with nail color and like to try new nail polish (I’ve even found 5-year-old nail polish in my drawers, gross). I often find my nails get slightly yellow when I remove darker nail polish. You can use a whitening toothpaste to whiten your nails, but since we’re trying to save money here, I like to use regular ‘ol toothpaste with a bit of lemon juice.
- Soak your nails in water mixed with a bit of lemon juice (the lemon acts as a natural stain remover).
- Apply toothpaste to each nail.
- Brush your nails like you’re brushing your teeth.
- Slap a clear topcoat and you’re good to go!
I always have eggs in the fridge and sometimes they expire before I get to use all of them, so I make hair masks with what’s left. Egg yolks are fantastic for strengthening your hair while mayonnaise and olive are great hair conditioners.
- Mix 1 egg yolk, 5 – 6 tablespoons of olive oil and half a cup of mayonnaise (you can play with this depending on how much and how long your hair is).
- Distribute the mixture through your hair. I usually start at the ends because that’s where my hair is most damaged.
- Put on a shower cap for about 30 – 45 minutes and rinse.
I can literally feel the difference in my hair. Not to mention how much better I feel knowing I’ve saved about $15 on hair treatment.
I think makeup remover is one of the most overpriced and unnecessary products out there. I honestly get annoyed spending $5 – 15 to remove makeup. Olive oil is a fantastic way to remove eye makeup and you get the added benefit of moisturizing the eye area.
Dap a small amount of olive oil on a cotton pad and gently remove eye makeup. See how versatile olive oil is? I actually keep a small container in my bathroom. You can also use it as a cuticle conditioner.
Getting rid of dead skin is very important for skin care. But you want to make sure to use gentle ways of exfoliating, especially on your face. The size of baking soda grains are the perfect size to exfoliate your skin without irritating it. You can either:
- Add a teaspoon to your usual face cleanser.
- Mix water and baking soda into a paste and apply it to your face and rub a little bit (not vigorously).
I have a problem with dry skin in the winter and usually try new moisturizers that often end up giving me giving me breakouts. A friend told me about making my own banana and honey moisturizing face mask and I went through most of last winter a very happy woman.
- Mash half a ripe banana and mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of honey.
- Combine this mixture and apply it all over your face.
- Leave it for about 10 minutes then wash it off with lukewarm water (never use hot water on your face, NEVER).
The beauty of of these options is that not only do you save a few bucks, you also know exactly what is in your products. You can’t get more natural than baking soda, olive oil and bananas – DIY beauty staples.