How to get gorgeous on a budget

By admin
17 May 2014

These beauty tips show you how to turn kitchen basics into top beauty tools that won’t destroy your budget

VERSATILE BAKING SODA

- As a clarifying shampoo

Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water and use it as a final rinse after shampooing.

- As a facial cleanser

Mix ½ a teaspoon of baking soda with your favourite cleanser for extra exfoliating so you don’t need to buy a separate scrub. This is fine for all skin types to do weekly.

- As a foot powder

Sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes for stink-free feet.

- As a teeth whitener

It has a bit of a salty taste but baking soda is a classic tooth cleanser and whitener. Sprinkle on a damp toothbrush and brush as you would normally.

HYDRATING HONEY

- Use it as a hair conditioner

Massage 1 tablespoon of pure honey into damp hair after shampooing and then rinse off with warm water. It attracts and holds moisture in your hair.

- And as a face mask

Honey is perfect for healing acne or dry skin. Spread on clean skin for 15 minutes then rinse with hot water. Honey is a powerful antioxidant, making it good for breakouts.

SPA TREATMENT AT HOME 

For a simple yet effective hydrotherapy session, start your day with a hot shower, but just before you finish, switch on the cold water for about 15 seconds. Repeat the process for 2 minutes (queried).

This technique revitalises your skin and gets it glowing by stimulating the blood flow to the skin.

BYE-BYE PUFFY EYES

The perfect substitute for pricey eye cream is raw potatoes (we’re not kidding!). Slice the veggies and apply to your eyelids to reduce puffiness. Cucumber slices and cold teabags also help relieve tired, puffy eyes.

NAIL IT! 

Quick fix for yellow-stained nails: We love this tip! Run a freshly cut lemon over your nails to help fade the yellow or mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 2 tablespoons water and soak nails for 15 minutes.

Speaking about nails . . .  

Weekly manicures can hit you in the pocket, so try doing your own nails more often. Once you’ve mastered the process you’ll wonder why you ever spent time and money at the salon.

SOURCES: WIKIHOW.COM, HUFFINGTONPOST.COM, BUDGETSTYLE.ABOUT.COM, DAILYMAKEOVER.COM, WOMENSHEALTHMAG.COM

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