Let’s face it. Not all of us have the kind of paychecks to be dropping big bucks on the latest YSL Lip Lacquers, Murad’s skincare products, or other beauty favorites that require you to sacrifice your hard earned moolah for high quality. Here are some tried and true remedies and everyday household products that can immediately spruce up your image, while still maintaining their multifunctional value. Best of all, they’re budget-friendly and most are sold in bulk or pack a great bang for your buck. Never look at olive oil the same way again!
1.Vaseline — This one’s a given. This old-time favorite is not only just good for scars and cuts. It can be used to groom your eyebrows, double up as clear mascara for lush lashes, and replace lip balm to soothe dry, chapped lips. Mix a dab of it in a pot along with your favorite lipstick and you’ve got yourself a naturally glossy pout.
2. Aspirin — Got a throbbing headache? Or how bout some pesky zits? Yup. The generic form of this common pain-reliever has proven to work wonders for glowing skin. The technical name for aspirin is Acetylsalicylic Acid, which, as you could guess, is a compound containing the acne-fighting ingredient, Salicylic Acid. An aspirin mask—consisting of 3-4 (give or take) uncoated crushed tablets, a squirt of honey, and a teaspoon of water—can combine to form a fantastic face mask when left on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will look noticeably brighter and feel softer, thanks to the exfoliating and soothing properties of aspirin and honey. The mask also helps to reduce redness and large pores. Feel free to alter or add on to the “recipe”—with additions like yogurt—to really give your face a treat.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar — If your skin’s looking a little patchy or uneven, good old apple cider vinegar can do the trick (Bragg’s is a cult favorite). When used as a toner, it can help clear up blemishes and other problem areas, giving your face a smoother texture and complexion. The acidic content will help to remove old, dead and tired skin cells from the surface to reveal the new, radiant ones waiting to shine. But be careful! Make sure to dilute the vinegar—with a water: vinegar ratio of your liking—to prevent the acidity from being too harsh on your skin. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar at hand, lemon juice can also provide a similar effect!
4. Green Tea — Running low on your favorite concealer? Steep two bags tea in warm water and cozy up to a mug. Instead of disposing the teabags, stick them into the fridge to chill for about a half hour. Make sure the tea bags are cool and dry before placing them over the eyelids for a makeshift eye compress. After 10 minutes, your lovely peepers will look refreshed and wide awake. The tannin and caffeine in tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles), while the antioxidant EGCG aids in removing under eye fluid buildup—the main culprit for under eye circles and bags. Your boss will never know you danced the night away yesterday á la J. Lo, unless you tell her of course.
5. Olive Oil — Who knew this household cabinet staple could double up as an eye makeup remover? Not only does olive oil trudge through eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner and the likes, it also promotes eye lash growth. Eyelashes, like any other strand of hair on your body, grow dry and brittle if not properly hydrated. Keep your lashes lush and healthy by using an eyelash brush to coat them with olive oil every night. Castor oil is a great alternative. Go on girl, bat away!