Having too much month left at the end of your paycheck is a devastating realisation – especially when your favourite magazines and beauty blogs are jam-packed with the latest beauty buys and your best eyeshadow has just crumbled all over the floor.
Fear not however, because we have discovered some genius ways to enjoy the best of beauty simply by having a rummage in your kitchen and bathroom cupboards. Keep reading for some brilliant beauty uses for boring household items that will ensure you never look at a banana skin in the same way again!
1) Banana skin
Did you know one of the best teeth whiteners is actually lying in your fruit bowl? Banana skins are great for creating pearly whites. Simply rub the inside of a skin along your top and bottom teeth for around a minute each and leave for around 10 minutes. Then take a dry toothbrush and start brushing. Doing this a couple of times a week can produce whitening results to rival teeth-whitening kits.
For brunettes, coffee can be more than just a mood boost. In fact, it comes in handy as a rather good natural colour boost – providing a revitalising brunette shine. When washing your hair, pour a cup of lukewarm, freshly brewed coffee onto your locks post shampooing. Leave for 10 minutes, and then rinse and condition.
3) Tea bags
Shaving can be a disaster if your razor blade is a bit dodgy – which can often leave your legs with painful scrapes and bumps. For a quick fix, grab a wet tea bag and gently massage into the sore areas. It will help to reduce the pain and inflammation, and if you choose the cheaper black tea, you can ensure higher levels of rash healing remedy, tannic acid.
In order to tackle the dodgy razor (above) you should do a Bridget Jones and choose Vodka! If you’ve got some lying around, soak your razor in a splash to not only clean, but provide sharper results. Nifty!
5) Soya milk
This sweet alternative to cow’s milk is bursting full of collagen-boosting goodness (genistein), which means hello plumped-up skin! Soak a cotton wool ball in some of the milk and apply as you would a toner – gently and in small circles. Let it sit for 15 – 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
6) Peppermint oil
If you have a tub of peppermint oil lurking in your bathroom cabinet, we recommend you dab a little on your lips for immediate plumpness. Peppermint oil is in fact the main ingredient of most pricey lip plumpers, so you will save yourself a few pennies too. If it’s too tingly for you, add a few drops to your favourite lip balm instead.
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