5 Frugal Beauty DIYs

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Frugalista Amrita Singh shares five beauty tips that won't break the bank.

1. DIY Makeup Wipes with Microfibre Cloths

Blue microfibre wipes are folded in a glass container with the label

Cleaning Solution

  • 2 cups boiled water
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. baby shampoo
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

This is an updated version of Amrita’s homemade makeup remover wipes — and it works like a charm! This time, use cut-up microfibre cloths, which you can find at your local dollar store. The cloths add scrubbing power when used to remove makeup and are great to wipe away heavy eye makeup. They are eco-friendly too — after using a cloth, you can safely put it into your washing machine so it's ready to go the next time you need to whip up a batch. 

Instructions

Mix olive oil, baby shampoo, water and tea tree essential oil.

Cut up regular microfibre cleaning cloths into smaller squares and place them into a storage container with lid.

Pour your cleaning liquid over top and turn the cloths around so they are soaked evenly.

Use one cloth to remove your makeup (one side for eyes, one side for rest of face and neck).

2. DIY Hairspray

A display of five different glass containers with ingredients to make a do-it-yourself hairspray.

Hairspray

  • 1 1/2 cups boiled water in a measuring cup
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure peppermint extract

This homemade hairspray is not only cheaper than store brands — it’s also healthier for your hair and better for the environment. It won’t give you the rock-hard helmet hair from the 80’s but it will tame flyaways and it works great for keeping styles in place under moderate weather conditions. Be sure to not skip the peppermint extract step! The alcohol in it will help preserve the hairspray while it's sitting on your bathroom counter. The peppermint also adds a delicious scent that repels bugs and wasps.

Instructions

Whisk the ingredients together and then transfer to a clean spritz bottle. This mixture will last for a few months.

3. Lemon and Sea Salt Scrub

A pile of lemon halves that have been squeezed sit beside a small bowl of sea salt.

Save your juiced lemon peels by adding some sea salt inside. You can use the whole salted half-lemon as a nice scrub for your elbows and heels. The sea salt offers great physical exfoliatio, while the citric acid in the lemon is a light chemical exfoliator.

4. Dry Makeup Brush Cleaner

Two eye shadow pallets are opened with a dirty eye shadow brush beside them. In the background there are coil sponges and hair donuts.

If you want to clean your brushes quickly between colour applications, this solution is for you!

Grab a brass wire sponge or hair donut and put it into a bowl or small tin. Rub your dry and dirty makeup brush over top of the sponge surface. The texture of a scrubby sponge or hair donut will agitate the powder off the bristles so you're left with a clean brush that is ready for a different colour.

This works really well for eye shadow brushes and blush brushes.

5. Coffee Cinnamon Face Scrub

A mason jar labeled

Scrub

  • 3/4 cup used coffee grounds (dried out)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (runny or warmed slightly)

This tip comes from a woman who went camping in the wild for three months. She would assemble this face scrub as a beauty treat while she was out in the wild. It scrubs away dead skin and leaves your face looking refreshed and smooth. It's a great gift idea too!

Caffeine from coffee helps even out skin tone and reduces inflammation and redness. Brown sugar acts as an exfoliator and its fine particles work gently to scrub away dead skin cells. Cinnamon — in small doses — brings blood and nutrients to the skin and helps to plump and smooth things out slightly. Honey attracts moisture and traps it into your skin. It is also antimicrobial and can help to clear skin of slight blemishes.

Instructions

Mix everything together and keep in a sealed jar. Use one tablespoon of scrub as needed. Be sure to rinse off thoroughly with a soft wash cloth.

 

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