If you have ever watched Channel 4’s documentary programme Superscrimpers, you may have picked up some tips and tricks on how to save money on everything from car insurance, the weekly food shop, cooking and interior design. While some ideas are great (like cutting the top off your moisturiser when it is running low to get that extra bit out), others leave a little to be desired. But one thing that I am keen on doing is finding ways to get my pampering fix without breaking the bank. The experts of Superscrimers suggest making your own hot cloth face pack using olive oil and a hot towel, using talc as a dry shampoo and even using baking powder as a tooth whitener.
Always one for painting my nails and trying out new colours, I attempted to recreate a ‘leopard print’ design as seen on the TV using some bright varnishes in my make-up bag and a black liquid eyeliner. Yes, a liquid eyeliner – strange but it really works.
So in the spirit of scrimping on your beauty buys, what other tricks could make you beautiful and keep the pennies in your pocket.
1. Make your own face mask.
Using stuff found in your kitchen cupboard, you could make your own natural face mask.
Honey Cleansing Scrub:
Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons finely ground almonds and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Rub gently onto face and rinse off with warm water after 20 minutes.
2. Forget the bath bombs.
Why not make your own soothing bath mixture for lovely soft skin?
If you have some milk in your fridge that’s about to expire add it to a bath along with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. Milk is a natural moisturiser that can do wonders for your skin and the olive oil will make skin super soft.
3. Get shiny and smooth locks.
If you’ve tried lightening your hair with lemon juice before, you may like to try this DIY treatment too.
For an easy and natural deep conditioner, blend 1/4 cup of plain yogurt, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and the white of one egg. Cover your hair with the mixture (run a wide tooth comb through your hair to make sure it’s evenly dispersed) and leave in for 30 minutes before rinsing it out.
Or if you prefer to leave the ingredients in your pantry, you could just stick to bedazzling your nails. I always think patterned toenails are great in sandals, if we ever get any more sun that is!