Save up to $100 a month and get in the beauty isle of your kitchen! Foundation, hair mask, nail polish, dry shampoo, setting powder, blush, lipstick… I bet you’re thinking ‘you can’t make all that, can you?’ Guess what? Yes, we can! Let me show you how in this one article you will bookmark to refer to again! Read on…
Wouldn’t it be nice to not have that huge expense every month when you have to stock up on all those beauty supplies that have run out? Are you nodding? A lot of the stuff we buy can be easily made by just mixing a few ingredients together.
Turmeric + bi-carb soda = face mask
Do you have the spice turmeric and bi-carb soda? Make a face mask to rival all face masks. Mix together to make a paste and glob that stuff on your face (avoiding the delicate eye area) leave until it hardens and then wash off.
WARNING : be super careful as this stains like nobodies business! Watch out if you have blonde/grey hair. I do this, if I’m good once a week and I have an orange glow for the night that I do the treatment but believe me it’s gone in the morning when I wash my face again.
Bi-carb soda = tooth whitener
Make a paste and brush your teeth for 2 min, morning and night you will notice a difference in a week. No more expensive whitening strips needed!
Banana skins = tooth whitener
Rub the underside of the skin of a banana on your teeth and leave for a few minutes before brushing your teeth.
Strawberries = tooth whitener
Make a mush of strawberries and wipe on your teeth, leave for a few minutes before brushing your teeth.
Coconut oil = hair mask
Cocoa powder = loose chocolate bronzer
Avoid the toxins and smell delicious by making your own chocolate bronzer that is rich in sulfar and antioxidants too!
Cocoa powder + moisturiser = bronzing cream
Mix together a few tbs of cocoa to your moisturiser in a clean container for a gorgeous bronzing cream.
Eye-shadow + clear top coat = coloured nail varnish
Make any colour you want, just add the crushed up shadow powder into a clear varnish and mix together with a toothpick. I made a funnel using a piece of paper made into a cone shape.
Olive oil + dishwashing detergent = brush cleaner
Mix olive oil and dishwashing detergent together in a 50:50 ratio to make an effective makeup brush cleaner.
WARNING: Best to avoid if you have sensitive skin as the soap in the detergent could irritate your skin.
Cornstarch + water + rubbing alcohol = dry shampoo
Mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch, 4 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol and add to an old salt/pepper shaker and dust on your roots to absorb that oil.
Powdered milk + cornstarch + baking soda + essential oil = milk bath
Recipe by onegoodthingbyjillee.com
Mix 2 cups whole powdered milk, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup of baking soda. Add about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance and to boost mood. This makes a wicked gift idea.
Let sit for 24 hours before using, to let the ingredients and the essential oil completely combine. Store in a cool, dark place.
Sweet almond oil + beeswax + honey = honey-kissed lip balm
Recipe courtesy of Honey.com
Place 1 cup almond oil and 1/2 cup of beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl. Nuke on high for 1 minute or until mixture melts. Whisk 2 Tbsp of honey into beeswax mixture; stir well. When cool, pour into small containers with lids.
You can purchase beeswax via Etsy here.
Cornstarch + talcum powder = transluscent powder
Mix 1/2 Tablespoon Cornstarch to 1 Teaspoon Baby Powder (talc) to make transluscent setting powder.
Citric acid, baking soda, corn starch, oil, essential oil, food colouring = bath bombs
In a bowl, place 1 cup of citric acid crystals, 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup of corn starch and ½ cup oil – you can use sunflower, canola, olive or almond oil. Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil and 2 to 3 drops of food color of your choice.
Mix well with a spoon or with your hands until a soft dough is formed. Then mild them into rough balls with your hands, or in a muffin pan or if you have a silicon mood, use that for perfect balls. You can handle the dough and form balls or you can press the soft dough into any molds of your choice.
Citric Acid may be hard to come buy, you can purchase it via Etsy here.
Crayons + coconut oil + water = lipstick
Melt a 1″ of crayon and 1/2 Tsp of coconut oil into a glass bowl sitting in a saucepan with a couple of inches of water over low heat until the crayon melts. Pour into a clean container + apply (once set) with a lip brush.
Coconut oil + coffee = energising body scrub
Mix together the coconut oil and the coffee grounds into a paste and scrub skin in circular motions towards your heart for an invigorating morning routine!
Glycerin + tinted Chapsticks + pink food colouring = cheek/lip stain
Add 2Tbs of glycerin and as many drops as it takes to achieve a deep pinky/red hue. Break off a chapstick into a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave. Combine both mixture and pour into a container to set.
Black tea + water = fake tan
Add 4 tea bags to 3 cups of boiling hot water and steep for 15 minutes. Pour into a spray bottle and spray in a covered area, let dry and apply more coats until you are happy with the colour. Lasts for four days approx and doesn’t just come off in the shower.
Lemon juice, water + brown sugar = body wax
Add 2 cups brown sugar, the juice of 1 lemon and 1/4 of water. Melt together in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until all the sugar is melted and the mixture is sticking to the sides (15 minutes), try not to let it boil. It will look like liquid until it starts to cool and that is when it sets into a wax. Pour into a glass container, not plastic as it will melt, let cool before using.
Epsom salts + dry milk + lavender oil = bath salts
4 cups epsom salts, 1/3 powdered whole milk & 4 drops of lavender oil. Stir and contain.
Brown sugar + honey + coconut oil + olive oil = lip scrub
Mix 2Tbs of brown sugar, 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1Tbs olive oil & 1 tbs honey into a paste and scrub your lips.
Water + sea salt + coconut oil + hair gel = beach hair spray
1 cup warm water, 1 Tbs sea salt, 1Tbs coconut oil & 1 Tbs hair gel – mix and pour into a spray bottle. Spritz to damp hair and work into hair for that tousled, carefree look.
Foundation + moisturiser = concealer
Mix mineral powder with a rich moisturiser to make a perfect match concealer!
Bentonite Clay (base) + cocoa powder + turmeric = foundation powder
Mix together until you get close to your skin colour. The clay is food grade and can be purchased from Etsy, click here to buy.
There you have it, now you won’t be throwing out old containers rather be reusing them and filling them up with your own homemade beauty supplies. Enjoy and ask away in the comments below if you have any questions.
LIFE CHANGER: Don’t throw out those broken bronzers or eyeshadows. You can mend it back together again by just wetting it with pure rubbing alcohol (NOT Vodka ladies!) and pressing it back together again in it’s original packaging. True fact! Thank me when you drop your new MAC compact.