You don't have to spend a fortune to look great. What's more, making your products work double duty will also save you some time, especially when you're rushing to get ready in the morning.
Lotion for your weaves and wigs
One of the most common skin care products, your boring lotion comes in handy for many additional uses. One of them is to tame fly-away hairs. After applying it on your skin, use the product left over on your palms to smoothen your hair. This will work best for weaves and wigs, or Caucasian type hair. You can also dab a bit of lip balm onto your palms and rub smooth them through your hair, wig, or weave to keep those fly-away strands in place.
Hair spray for your eyebrows
Do you have thick, unruly eyebrows? Just as you would use hair spray to keep your hair in place, a little spritz of hair spray can also tame your wild eyebrows. Spritz some hair spray onto your finger (not directly to the eyebrow) and lightly sweep it over your eyebrow. Instead of your fingers, you can also apply the spray with the bristles of an old toothbrush. Your eyebrows will stay in shape the whole day!
Lip balm for cracked skin
Do you have dry or cracked skin? If your usual moisturiser isn't doing the job sufficiently, you can use your lip balm instead. Lip balms usually come with highly hydrating and soothing ingredients such as cocoa-butter, Vitamin E, almond oil, avocado oil, and nutrient-rich essential oils. Give your dry, flaky, or cracked skin some TLC with your lip balm formula. This is especially recommended for ashy elbows and dry, cracked cuticles.
Conditioner as shaving cream
What do you do when you run out of shaving cream mid-shave? Use the conditioner instead! Hair conditioners come packed with moisturising ingredients which help the razor glide smoothly over skin without nicking it. Conditioner also softens your hair in readiness for a trim. Wet the area you need to shave, then apply some hair conditioner and let it soak in for a minute before shaving.
Nail polish for jewellery
Is your costume jewellery becoming dull, tarnished, or discoloured from oils and sweat? Don't worry. You can easily keep your jewellery looking new and shiny with a clear nail polish. Brush a thin coat of the nail polish all over the accessories, or just on the spots which come into contact with your skin. This will also help if your skin is allergic to the metallic coat of jewellery.
Caution: This is meant for cheap costume jewellery only, it can ruin fine jewellery.
Lipstick as blush
Keep your makeup bag skinny by making your lipstick double up as blush. However, not every lipstick is suitable as a blush. Use only soft, satiny shades which suit your skin tone. Matte lipsticks are harder to blend when you use as blush- first apply it on the back of your hand and rub with a finger to warm it before dabbing onto your cheekbones. Brownish colours can also stand in for bronzer when you're contouring.
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Mascara wand to exfoliate
Don't throw away your old mascara wands. They come in handy for brushing your eyebrows and even exfoliating dry lips! Once your mascara is used up, clean the wand well and add it to your beauty arsenal. You can clean wands by soaking warm soapy water for 15 minutes before washing with shampoo. To exfoliate lips, apply lip balm and then brush a clean wand gently back and forth on your lips. Wipe the dead skin cells of with wet cotton wool, cloth, or tissue. You can also use an old mascara wand to remove cuticles. First soak the cuticle with cuticle remover oil or olive oil and then gently buff away with the wand.
Deodorant for oily skin
Is oily skin the bane of your life? When you don't have any blotting paper on you, you can use deodorant to blot away the grease. Dab a bit of deodorant onto your finger and apply on your T-zone to make the skin look more matte.