Cosmetics, skincare and haircare products can all come with a hefty price tag but with these smart tips and tricks, you can make your products last longer and work harder!
1. Prevent your razor blades from rusting
Shake your razor dry, soak it in baby oil, wipe dry and store in a dry cupboard. The baby oil works to prevent the metal from oxidising and stops minerals from dulling which helps keep the razor blade sharper for longer. Avoid exposing it to any moisture by storing it in a dry place, preferably out of the bathroom will also help prevent premature rusting.
TOP TIP: Sharpen blunt razors using the back of a leather belt
2. Snip the ends of toothpaste tubes before throwing them out.
You'll be shocked by how much is left inside! Simply cut it open and scrape out the remnants into a small jar. You can use this nifty trick on anything that comes in a tube, such as lip balms and hand creams.
3. Top up your body scrub when it's running low
Bulk it out with brown sugar or sea salt granules and olive or coconut oil. These store cupboard ingredients blend well with most fragrances and have natural skin-smoothing properties.
TOP TIP: Add a few drops of your favourite perfume or essential oils to your body scrub to give it a quick refresh
4. Make a free scented lotion
Use the last few drops of your favourite perfume to make a lotion. If you can't spritz any more just pour the remaining perfume into an unscented moisturising cream. Not only will this make the most out of your perfume but you'll get to enjoy the scent for longer.
5. Transform old lipstick into lip gloss
Melt the lipstick down in the microwave for a few seconds. Pour the liquid into a small pot and mix with some Vaseline to create a home-made lip gloss. You can even breathe new life into a few different old lipsticks by cutting them and mixing together to create a completely new shade.
6. Use unwanted haircare products for shaving
Don't throw away unwanted haircare products - just because it didn't work for your hair doesn't mean it won't work for your skin! Conditioner works really well as a a shaving lotion, it soothes and moisturising during shaving, leaving your skin peachy soft. If you like it, you could save money by buying cheap conditioners instead of expensive shaving foam - it'll certainly last longer!
7. Make old nail polishes like new
Restore the consistency and colour with just a small amount of nail polish thinner. Don't be tempted to toss out those gloopy, old nail polishes. Just add a few drops, give it a vigorous shake and the thinner will help resurrect it.
8. Top up expensive body oils with water
Don't wait until it's almost finished though, start topping it up when it's half full. You'll still enjoy the moisturising effects of the oil but it will last you a lot longer! Body oils have taken the beauty world by storm, but most are almost triple the price of a good moisturiser. This handy trick will help you get the most out of your money.
9. Ration haircare products
Pour shampoo and conditioner into small 100ml bottles. If you're guilty of using too much hair product (it's especially easy to go crazy with the conditioner) then decanting them into smaller bottles will help limit how much you're using each week.
10. Fix broken powders with rubbing alcohol
This commonly found surgical spirit can be bought at most pharmacies. Add a few drops to your broken powder - this works on foundation, bronzer or blusher - and gently nudge back together. Leave for 30 minutes and it will set back together.
TOP TIP: Mixing different broken pieces of blusher powders together will create an exciting new shade
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