Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Guest Post - Beauty Tips: Kitchen Edition

Recently, I was contacted by a staff writer for NerdWallet with an offer to contribute an article to this blog. Over the course of a few days we discussed ideas for the post and they had it finished so quickly, I just couldn't believe. With that, I'm excited to share this post with you all as it has a lot of information, tips, and diy ideas for natural beauty, as well as being kindly to your wallet.

So, without further ado, here are some beauty tips and products you can create using things you can find in your own kitchen. Hope you all enjoy!



Anna (other works hereblogs for NerdWallet Shopping, writing about everything from the best Black Friday sales to stacking coupons. Her current interests include getting creative with her style and scrapbooking.

Beauty Tips: Kitchen Edition

Ever step into your kitchen and think, “What beauty product will I cook up today?” Wait, what? Yes, you read right. All-natural versions of most products you pay $20-$100 apiece for at retail stores can be stirred up in the comfort of your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost. Since, deep down, we know we can’t afford to spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on nice-smelling lotions and makeup of every kind and color, this kitchen beauty tutorial page is worth a read. After reading these essentials, fight the brand name beauty obsession, and get glam by surfing the web for homemade substitutes for all of your favorite beauty products.

Makeup
It’s a wonder that small makeup tubes and compacts often cost a not-so-small fortune. Keep yourself from racking up loads of credit card debt by trying these equally effective, homemade alternatives. You’ll find dozens of makeup ‘recipes’ floating around the internet.

Believe it or not, brand name lip products can cost $10, $20, even $30. I, myself, am guilty of purchasing a $30 tube, only to lose it inexplicably after just a few uses. Those tiny tubes have a troublesome habit of falling out of our purses or getting stolen by our klepto kid sisters. Never lose your money to another case of vanishing lip gloss again by stirring up your own lovely lip coats, courtesy of The Herb Companion. All you have to do is mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with ½ of a teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/8 of a teaspoon of vitamin E oil (sold at natural foods markets, e.g. Whole Foods). For scent and color, add a drop or two of mint or rose oil, and melt down a sliver of a lipstick of your color choice.

Dig into your spice cabinet while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, and, while the turkey is roasting, you can blend your very own bronzing powder for a little extra holiday glow. Mix cocoa powder, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder (lightest to darkest) to match your skin tone. Sift through evenly with your fingertips for a clump-free powder mixture. Transfer into a recycled compact case and use as a loose powder or, for a dewy texture, mix a few drops of an essential oil of your liking, e.g. rosemary or lavender oil. It’s just that easy.

Skin Care
What do most facial care products share in common apart from astronomical prices? Essential oils and other natural ingredients. Want to know a secret? These can be purchased by the bottle at your local natural foods market at more affordable prices. In fact, pure substances used at higher concentrations could prove more beneficial for your skin than costly in-store creams and lotions. It’s (cheap!) magic in a bottle.

All-natural facial masks and toners for cleaner, healthier skin can be made from a variety of foods, as well. Check out this list of 9 DIY facial masks and treat yourself to a well-deserved helping of skin food therapy, without setting foot outside your kitchen.

Hair Care
Beautiful hair is known to hold many secrets but an expensive price tag isn't one of them. Even for those who don’t splurge on expensive spritz and spray products, shampoo and conditioner, alone, can leave a noticeable dent your annual supermarket expenditure. Skip the chemical-laden hair treatments every now and then, and try all-natural upkeep. Not only is it better for your wallet; it’s better for your hair, too.

Organic Authority shares a simple how-to for homemade dry shampoo using cornstarch, baking soda and ground oats. Just rub a small amount into your roots and comb out the excess. A great on-the-go solution for cleaner hair, quick and easy. For natural conditioning, coat your locks with a handful of coconut oil, let sit and rinse out. Coconut oil is growing in popularity as a multi-purpose miracle worker. You can purchase a supply by the jar for $10 or less.

I just want to thank NerdWallet for their time and hard work to give to you readers! I've really only messed with stuff like lemon for naturally highlighting my blonde hair and little things of that nature, so I'm excited to try many of these tips myself!

Do you use any natural beauty DIY tricks in your daily routine? 

: : Celeste : :

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