Beauty and the Budget: DIY Beauty Ideas that Won’t Break The Bank!


Women all over the world want to be beautiful and so many times the phrase “No Pain, No Gain” is used to propel females towards better results. However, no one ever said ANYTHING about breaking the bank to be beautiful!

Being into holistic options has its perks, one of which is the awesome super power of being a financial fashionista by finding do it yourself options to some of our most cherised beauty needs.

Here are a handful of ideas to get you started on the road to being an expert at making your dollar holler! :

#1 Baking Soda:

Over the years baking soda has been used a teaspoon at a time in cake recipes, and sprinkled in laundry water to boost the effectiveness of detergents; but I bet you never thought baking soda could do these things…

Clarifying Shampoo:Mix 2 teaspoons baking soda with 1 cup water and use as a final rinse after shampooing.

Facial Cleanser: Mix 1/2 teaspoon with your favorite cleanser for extra exfoliating. The baking soda eliminates the need to purchase a seperate scrub.

Teeth Whitener: It has a salty taste but baking soda is as classic as it gets when it comes to making that enamel glossy– sprinkle on a damp toothbrush and brush as normal.

Lip Scrub: Mary Kay Satin Lips is an awesome beauty buy; but when you need to be Diva on a dime making a paste out of a small amount of water and approximately 2 teaspoons of baking soda and scrubbing your lips with the paste and rinsing clean can not only rid your lips of dead skin, but provides you with a smooth canvas for lips stick as well.

#2 Coconut Oil:

Coconut isn’t just for Pinã Colada and schrimp! If you have issues with detangling and/or dry hair, Coconut Oil can be applied to dry hair as a pre shampoo treatment. Apply to dry hair until saturated, detangle, then shampoo as usual. By the end of the process not only will your hair be soft and detangled, you wil also find in most cases it cuts your hair regimen time in half.
The cost of coconut oil can cost you between $5 and $10 (depending on where you purchase) and can last for several months.

#3 Honey:

Honey is a delicious way to sweeten any tea, glaze toast and drizzle in smooties as a substitute for sugar. In additon to being highly consumable honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and holds moisture in your hair.
To use as a conditioner, massage 1 tablespoon of pure honey into damp hair after shampooing and then rinse out with warm water.

Face Mask: Honey is perfect for healing acne-prone or dry skin, spread on clean skin and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Honey also has antibacterial properties, making it good for breakouts.

#4 Green Tea:

Weight loss and detoxing is a common use for green tea, some people prefer it to coffee when wanting to relax, but I bet you didn’t know cool Green Tea is a refreshing and cleansing toner — perfect for acne prone skin.

#5 Baby Shampoo:

If you have children I am sure you stock a tear free option for the tots however, if you don’t have kids there is no reason why you can’t benefit from a gentle shampoo too! In the blog I’m Too Sexy we gave you all tips for loving the skin you are in. One way was to clean your makeup brushes… Gently swirling your brushes in a gentle shampoo and water, then rinsing (and laying flat to air dry) is a low cost way to maintain a bacteria free environment for your makeup brushes.

Beauty Bonus:

Beauty schools are a highly under rated tool for Divas on a Dime. Stop by your local school for simple things like manis, pedis and facials. Certified instructors will direct students for the sake of upholding quality and reputation and you end up saving.

Those are just a handful of handy ways to have beauty on a budget. For more tips on beauty basics and ways to keep it classy check out Sharelle D. Lowery’s Classy Blog, and DIY site Tip Junkie.

Til next time!

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