Since homemade and eco-friendly beauty products are becoming more popular by the second (literally, it’s like a proven fact), here are some of my favorite products that are good for your hair and face as well as your wallet.
Homemade Pore Strips – I followed the recipe from Michelle Pham’s YouTube video and I have to admit–these are pretty good. The best part? There are only two ingredients! Gelatin and milk. I usually use Biore Pore Strips and I feel like this is a good substitute for people who use pore strips often, because you do save a lot of money making it yourself. Also, since it’s in a liquid form, you can apply it to your forehead and chin as well –which saves you even more now that you don’t have to buy separate strips. However, I really didn’t like the smell of the pore strip while it was drying on my face. The only advantage Biore has is that you can take it wherever you want for purposes such as traveling, but it’s not a big advantage. (You save $7!)
Also, if you can’t take the smell or find gelatin packets, beaten egg whites work just as well too!
Hair Mask for Dry Hair – My hair is still recovering from the harsh winter and my hair products, so it’s a little dry. I used 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of honey, and a table spoon of olive oil, and guess what? So much better. You just mash the egg and mix the olive oil and honey together and apply it to your hair. I usually do it to my ends because my hair gets really greasy and it’s hard to remove the olive oil from my hair if I get it on my roots. I usually leave it on for 30 minutes and I keep it in a shower cap and do whatever I can to pass the time. After, I wash it out with shampoo and my hair does feel so soft. This beats buying the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner, which is $14.
Make Up Remover – The most important thing about applying makeup is removing it at night! If you happen to run out of makeup remover, you can use olive oil or coconut oil. I don’t really have a preference; they both remove my makeup well. The only exception is if you’re using waterproof mascara, watch out because you may have problems. If you prefer olive oil, mix it with witch hazel (it smells awful but works wonders). You can mix equal parts, but add a little more witch hazel than olive oil. Witch hazel is a natural toner so it will tighten your skin as well as really get deep down into your pores to remove the dirt and oil. The olive oil and coconut oil will moisturize your delicate eye area and will even strengthen your lashes! You can choose to wash your face after using the makeup remover. (You can save $6+!)
Skin-Brightening Lemon Facial – Lemons naturally lighten and even out your skin tone, which will leave your face brighter and looking younger. Now that summer is around the corner, I’m sure a lot of you have these ingredients in your fridge–plain yogurt and lemons. Mix 2 tbsp. of lemon juice with ¼ cup of plain yogurt and apply it on your face for 15 minutes. Even if you just use lemon juice daily with a cotton ball, it will improve your skin tone and skin texture considerably. If you are sensitive to the lemon juice, you can also dilute it with water. The lemon juice can also be applied to elbows and knees to soften them. Just remember not to use it before going outside in the sunlight. (You can save $8+!)
What are your favorite D.I.Y beauty products? Have you given any of these a try?
Melissa Liwag is a junior at William Paterson University in NJ. She studies English writing and education (K-8). She is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. She enjoys reading celebrity gossip, traveling, blogging on Tumblr, shopping, drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and relaxing while watching a movie or reading a good book. Before she graduates, she wants to intern for J-14 Magazine and to travel a lot more! Tweet her! @melissaliwag :)
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