Between pedicures, manicures, hair appointments, facials, massage appointments, and waxing, keeping your beauty routine on the up-and-up can be quite costly.  We all know there are some costs we just can’t avoid.  My roots (and now bangs) can’t be left to fend for themselves, and lord knows I can’t be trusted with scissors.  Here are some simple tricks you can use to save yourself a pretty penny when you’re in a real pinch.

1. Fake the manicure.

A lemon, although tasty when added to your 2-Splenda passion iced tea, serves many other purposes.  For example, rubbing a wedge of lemon on your finger nails gives them a whitened, shinier look.  Also, add a drop of olive oil to your nail beds for conditioned cuticles.

2. Get a closer shave.

Speaking of olive oil, using it to shave your legs actually gives your razor a closer shave and it hydrates your skin at the same time.  Two birds, one stone.

3. Cut the grease.

Vinegar is the perfect remedy for oily hair.  I know it doesn’t smell great, but the pH levels help restore your locks to their usual lusciousness.  To do: First shampoo your hair, rinse, then pour 1/4 cup of vinegar over your hair, then rinse again. Voila! Your healthy shine is back!

4. Fight rough skin.

With colder weather well on it’s way, you will need to turn up the heat on your skin routine.  Baking soda has proven time and again to be a great skin exfoliator.  Take 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water, massage gently with a circular motion, carefully avoiding your baby blues, then rinse clean.  You can also use the power of baking soda to brush your teeth, remove a stain, deodorize your underarms, and settle an upset stomach.

5. Keep your Coach clean

Ever get pink blush dust or mascara marks on the inside of your handbag from your various cosmetics violently banging around as you go about your daily business?  Girls, I know you spent plenty on that Louie or Dolce handbag, so don’t bring down it’s market value with a rookie mistake like leaving the cap off your Laura Mercier lip gloss.  Instead, I use a plastic sandwich bag to store my must-carry-at-all-times makeup: lip gloss, mascara, eye liner, and powder.  I keep my essential cosmetic kit in the side pouch of my bag, easily accessible-when I want it to be.

What ways to you save money in a real pinch?

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