This article on emergency beauty fix-its has several ideas that are kind to both your purse strings and the planet. Using oil from the corners of your nose as a lip balm?! That’s certainly sustainable!
I love homemade beauty products. When I was a nipper with pocket money that wouldn’t stretch to shelves of lotions and potions, I’d cut out all the DIY tips printed in Shout! magazine and stick them in a pink flowery folder ready to raid my parents’ cupboards. It’s so much fun cooking up concoctions and making a big mess.
A few of my favourites quick-fixes are:
- Don’t throw away make-up just because you’ve got bored of the colours – try mixing them together and see what you come up with. Use the baking technique in the article to make new eyeshadows. Lipsticks can be melted together to create new shades. Pop them in an old lip balm pot to set and apply with a brush.
- If nail varnish gets gloopy add a couple drops of nail varnish remover and give it a (careful!) shake. Makes it last far longer.
- Cheapo hair conditioner works just as well as shaving foam.
- Give drying-up mascara a new lease of life by standing it in boiling water for a few minutes. However, I’ve been warned that this can cause eye infections, so it’s up to you if you want to take the risk.
I’ll be researching some good recipes for body scrubs, sugaring, lip balms, soap and much more you can make at home, so watch this space!
(Photo by Porcelaingirl, shared under a Creative Commons License)