Thursday, December 3, 2009

Getting Gorgeous for Le$$

There was an awesome article in June 2009 issue of Self called Getting Gorgeous for Le$$.  (Yes, I know that it is December.  I finally had time to catch up on my magazine reading this weekend.  Don't judge me.) 

The featured some great new uses for everyday items:

Visine Eye Drops

  • Turn your eye shadow into eye liner by adding two drops and then apply like liquid liner.
  • Dab on a blemish to reduce redness.  (It doesn't only take the red out of eyes!)
Johnson's Baby Powder
  • Use as a dry shampoo by sprinkling it into roots so it can absorb the oil.
  • Thicken eyelashes by using an eye shadow brush to dust lashes between layers of mascara.
Q-Tips
  • Smudge eye liner after application for a smokier, sexy look.
  • Dip Q-Tips in lip or eye colors and then store them in a Ziploc bag to create disposable colors applications that are perfect for traveling.
Hydrogen Peroxide
  • The 3% formula of hydrogen peroxide has been approved by the FDA to be used as mouthwash.  It also brightens teeth!
  • Prevent pimples by applying hydrogen peroxide to "problem areas" with a cotton ball.  It will kill bacteria that causes acne.
Vaseline
  • Use a dab on an old toothbrush and rub over lips in circular motion to exfoliate for a smooth smile.
  • Rub onto cuticles every night to heal cracked cuticles.
Toothpaste
  • White toothpaste (not gels) has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be applied to pimples before bed to reduce them in size.
  • Red toothpaste will plump up lips like Lip Venom if it is smeared on lips for a couple seconds and then wiped off.  The cinnamon in the paste acts as an irritant, which makes lips swell slightly (and safely!).

Happy Savings!

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