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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

More money saving beauty ideas

A Bee-utiful Blemish Fighter
Honey has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, making it perfect for curing dry or acne-prone skin. Make sure you start out with clean skin, then spread some honey on and let it sit for up to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Deflate Puffy Eyes
If you wake up in the morning with under-eye bags, apply two chamomile tea bags, chilled spoons, or cucumber slices to your lids. Expedite the process by sitting up with your head back; this will help drain the fluids around your eyes more quickly.

Give Yourself a Gift
Believe it or not, post-holiday and seasonal shopping can be a huge boost to your makeup bag. Gift sets (which are discounted deeply at the end of the season) don't just have to be just for gifts! Check out,, and for steals and deals.

Line and Shadow

In a pinch, you can use any eye shadow as an eyeliner. Pick up an eyeliner brush with short, stiff, angled bristles like one from e.l.f. (only $3). Your best bet is to mist the tip of the brush rather than soaking it, which can ruin both the brush and the makeup. For a smudgy, nighttime look, try applying with a damp Q-tip.
Try Essence Colour & Shine Eyeshadow, $2.99;

Get Smooth in a Flash

Celebrity makeup artist and star of What Not to Wear Carmindy puts her face primer on her arms to make them extra-smooth when she doesn't have time to exfoliate. This formula includes skin-smoothing cork oak and olive leaf, plus has tiny micronized pearl to give your shoulders a sexy shimmer.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer, $9.99;

Relieve Sunburn the Healthy Way
Sunburn-relief sprays can contain artificial ingredients like parabens and benzocaine, which can irritate skin even more. First, sooth sunburn by soaking a washcloth in black tea — the antioxidants and tannic acid will calm fiery skin. Be sure to keep skin hydrated so the inevitable peeling process won't be as harsh in the end. We recommend trying Jason Natural Aloe Vera 70% Body Lotion.

Use a Lip Brush
Slathering on your lipstick may cause you to overapply, which you'll only blot off onto a napkin. Use a lip brush and you'll save product, plus get a more even, precise color.

DIY Recipe: Banana and Honey Facial

Fruit is the best ingredient for your skin. The vitamins and minerals help clear up blemishes and leave you feeling soft and smooth. Each fruit has its own benefits, but for a quickie DIY facial, grab a banana from your fruit basket and try this recipe:

Mash a ripe, medium-sized banana and mix with 2 tablespoons honey. For a thicker consistency, add 2 tablespoons plain yogurt. Apply to your face and neck for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off.

DIY Recipe: Triple Citrus Pedicure

Courtesy of nail technician Fahmida Mumith at Haven Spa in New York City

Soak your feet in a combination of warm water, sea salts, sliced lemon rounds, and a few drops of any essential oil. Use a pumice stone on your heels and balls of your feet to slough away calluses.

In a mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, the juice of a grapefruit, lemon, and lime, and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil with a splash of warm water. Exfoliate your feet and calves with the scrub, then rinse it off with warm water. Finish by applying a rich body cream to your feet and calves to keep them soft and hydrated.

Combine to Save
"If you're like me, you have several bottles of half-full conditioner in your shower," says Lavinthal. "There's nothing wrong with these formulas per se, but none of them qualify for the 'good to the last drop' category. Instead of tossing them in the garbage, squeeze all of the conditioners into one big bottle to create a 'superconditioner.'"

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