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» How to have the world's smoothest legs The Beauty Gypsy. 8 Bizarre Beauty Tricks. Whether it's for antiaging creams, acne medicine or exfoliating scrubs, American women spend a bundle on maintaining their beauty.

8 Bizarre Beauty Tricks

In fact, a 2008 YWCA report found that U.S. women dole out around $7 billion—roughly $100 per month—on cosmetics and beauty products. But there’s a select group who prefer to go the old-fashioned route, choosing cheaper skincare methods that use household goods. From removing makeup with vegetable shortening to dabbing hemorrhoid cream under the eyes, discover eight of the most bizarre ways women bolster their beauty routines. No Stubble Left Behind Reality TV star Caroline Manzo brought shaving to light on an episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Get Basted And here we thought cooking spray was for our skillet! Wipe Away the Puffiness In addition to dazzling eyeshadows and lustrous bronzers, every makeup artist has hemorrhoid cream in her arsenal. Jolt Cellulite into Submission Sorry, Marilyn—on most busy days, coffee is actually a girl’s best friend. Which Naturals Are Backed By Serious Science?

Natural Face Masks: Brands and Buying Tips. Homemade Face Mask Recipe - Homemade Facial Masks. 10 of the Best Drug Store Beauty Buys. I have an apology to make: I used to be one of those girls behind the makeup counter of a big, fancy department store selling you over-priced beauty products.

10 of the Best Drug Store Beauty Buys

While I won’t say which brand I worked for, I can tell you that my uniform consisted of all black and way too much makeup. Hey, it was the 90’s, after all. Well, I’m here to make amends. Because, you see, not all department store makeup is better than the drug store version. In fact, a lot of drug store makeup is way better than the junk being sold in the department stores. The beauty industry is full of people pushing products that they don’t stand behind 100%. Also, celebrities rarely endorse products because, like the rest of us, they aren’t always picture perfect and no cosmetic company wants to be represented by someone who actually looks like the rest of us common folk.

So, to make up for the error in my ways, I am sharing ten of my all-time favorite drug store beauty buys with you. L’Oréal Volumnious Mascara in Carbon Black. Five Beauty Tricks to Do with a Toothbrush. Beauty magazines love to tell readers about all the high-tech tools that one simply must have in one’s makeup bag.

Five Beauty Tricks to Do with a Toothbrush

Lash separators, blending spatulas, and cuticle scissors may come in handy sometimes, but it’s natural to want something a little more multipurpose. The hardest-working, most versatile, and most sorely unsung hero of the makeup case isn’t some expensive specialized implement; it’s a toothbrush. A plain, medium-bristled toothbrush is the only thing you need to always look well-tressed, and it works so much magic with your hair and brows, your teeth might get a little jealous.

Smooth Flyaways Spritz a few sprays of light-hold hairspray or a shine spray (try Bumble and bumble Shine On (and On) Finishing Spray, $25 at Bumbleandbumble.com) onto the bristles and use it to smooth down those wispies at the hairline. Apply Dry Shampoo Dry shampoo is great for absorbing oil and giving hair a little lift without washing and restyling. Touch Up Roots Get Some Lift Tame Unruly Brows. Dorm Room Spa: 3 Easy DIY Beauty Recipes to Try. Photo Credit It’s that taxing in-between time of the semester again – spring break is over, papers and projects are coming due, and finals are looming ahead.

Dorm Room Spa: 3 Easy DIY Beauty Recipes to Try

It’s clear that college students are stressed right now, and with that stress comes the need for relaxation. And what better way to unwind than by pampering yourself and indulging in some me-time? Of course, as college students, we can’t all afford to shell out for a trip to a high-end spa. So how do you get all the benefits of a spa treatment without the hefty cost? 1. Photo Credit Olive oil isn’t just for cooking — it’s great for your hair, too!

To give your hair a conditioning treatment, massage about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your hair and scalp. Next, take a warm, damp towel and wrap it around your head and treated hair (“turban” it). Finally, rinse out the olive oil with shampoo. 2. The secret? To create the mask, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of nutmeg. 3. Photo Credit. How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Lifestyle. Let's keep things simple this week.

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Lifestyle

When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see "Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't" for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Sometimes it works: A favorite hair leave-in contained aloe, for example, so one day we tried aloe alone and found that, lo and behold, it worked just fine on its own. And sometimes it didn't. Over the years we have tried dozens of DIY beauty recipes to find ones we like—and that work. Simple body scrub Honey face wash We already told you about our new favorite homemade face wash last week but here's the recipe: In the palm of your hand, combine a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered honey with a half a tablespoon of baking soda, mix it together, and apply to damp skin.

Perfume Shave oil. 8 Baking Soda Beauty Recipes. Baking soda is useful far beyond the kitchen.

8 Baking Soda Beauty Recipes

You probably know that you can clean your house with baking soda, but did you know it can also come in handy as part of your beauty regimen? Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which helps to regulate pH, and that makes it great for beauty recipes. How does it work? Baking Soda helps items maintain the perfect acidity level and can also buffer substances from further pH changes. These dual capabilities allow it to neutralize odors, such as in your refrigerator, and maintain a pH level, such as in laundry water. Facial Scrub: You can give yourself an inexpensive and invigorating body scrub and facial. Conditioner: We all know the benefits of vinegar to your hair, but baking soda has a place as well. Do you use baking soda in your beauty regimen?

Image Credit: Baking Soda photo via Shutterstorck Get non-toxic and cruelty free beauty and health tips from FeelGoodStyle! 22 Beautiful Uses For Vaseline. Vaseline, a.k.a. petroleum jelly is a beauty staple that every girl should have in their makeup bag.

22 Beautiful Uses For Vaseline

There are a zillions of uses for it and it is so inexpensive! Here’s some beauty related tricks you can do with vaseline: 1. Lip balm: moisturizes and soothes chapped lips but it doesn’t taste good. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Do you know other ways to use vaseline? 10 Foods That Belong on Your Face. We’re excited to bring you another great article from BellaSugar, a fantastic source for beauty news, how-to’s, celebrity beauty trends, and giveaways galore.

10 Foods That Belong on Your Face

Today, BellaSugar is sharing “10 Foods That Belong on Your Face”… Source: Thinkstock Right now, you probably have some the gentlest yet most effective skin care ingredients sitting around your kitchen. Foods are often the source of costly skin care ingredients, after all. But have you ever considered just putting the raw version on? Green tea – Full of antioxidants and helpful for reducing redness, rinsing your face in cool green tea is a great way to gently soothe skin. Click here for “Break Out of Your Style Rut With These 10 Fresh, Easy Hairstyles“For more of BellaSugar‘s natural beauty foods, just keep reading! Lemon – The acid in this fruit can whiten nails, give your hair natural-looking highlights, and help slough off dry, flaky skin. More great articles from BellaSugar: How to Dye Your Eyelashes at Home. How to make your own pore strips. You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore for about $12 a pop?

How to make your own pore strips

Yeah, those. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips. Why? Because: I’m obsessed with beauty productsI’m obsessed with cheapHomemade {mostly} = cheap. Ready? Pore Strips Ingredients: Dudes, 2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic. Measure 1 Tablespoon of unflavored gelatin into a disposable container {if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble}Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatinUntil it looks like thisMix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency.

Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds. This is pre-pore strip. I chose to put the stuff all over my face because I have thirty-year-old acne. Smokin’. Let it dry for about 15+ minutes. Grab whatever you can and start peeling. It’s a good thing you can’t see the photo all that well. Clean, practically hairless, with clean, dirt-free pores. Allison Well, hello there!