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5 Beauty Products That Multitask So You Don't Have To
If you're anything like me, you probably have a mountain of beauty products growing in your bathroom. And you just can't seem to get rid of them...because you have an excuse as to why you need every single one. What if I told you that you didn't need all of those excess products? Whether you're trying to pack light for a vacation or just trying to reduce the amount of clutter you have, these handy tips for repurposing beauty products will help you cut down on the amount of products you use.
Lipstick can be used for way more than just the lips. You can also use lipstick as a blush for your cheeks! Simply apply a small dot of lipstick to the center of your cheek, and blend using your fingers (this works better with traditional lipstick, liquid lipsticks can be tricky to blend because they dry very quickly). I suggest starting with a small amount, and if the color isn't strong enough for you, continue to apply more until you've reached your desired color intensity. I love this trick not only because I'm getting two products out of one, but also because my cheeks will always match my lips!
Moisturizer can do way more than just keep your skin hydrated. If you're trying to save space while traveling, ditch the face primer and sunscreen and just bring a moisturizer with SPF in it. I've found that applying a layer of moisturizer before applying foundation works just as well as using expensive primers. And if your moisturizer has SPF in it, it's doubling as a sun block too! I recommend getting one that can be used for the body as well (My favorite is the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, it's unscented and very gentle on the skin).Moisturizer can also be used as makeup remover in a pinch. Just apply a little bit to a cotton ball and swipe the makeup right off your face! This isn't the greatest for eye makeup, as moisturizer isn't really meant to be used near the eyes and could be irritating to some, so I recommend sticking to using it on just face makeup. Find one moisturizer that you love and ditch all the excessive face products!
This product is perfect for saving space when you travel. Forget bringing shampoo, body wash, face wash, and hand soap... Castile soap is all you need! This is especially great if you're going camping because it's biodegradable! My favorite brand is Dr.Bronner's; they have a variety of scents as well as a liquid and bar soap option. They offer sizes ranging from little travel bottles to industrial sized bulk bottles. I love using the tea tree one as tea tree oil is great for both the skin and hair. It's not harsh, smells amazing (the rose scent is another great one), and a little will go a long way. Fun fact- it can also be used to wash dishes and as a surface cleaner when diluted!
Eyeshadow can be used on more than just the eyelids. Warm colors can be applied to the cheeks as blush, and light, shimmery shades can be used as highlighter. Find a color that matches your hair and use it to fill in your eyebrows (I recommend using a small angled brush). If you add a little bit of water to an angled brush, you can turn any eyeshadow into a liquid liner (dark, pigmented shades work best). Find a color that's a little darker than your skin tone and use it as a bronzer. You can even dab a little bit of shimmery shadow on top of a liquid lipstick to give it a beautiful sparkly finish. Instead of lugging around tons of different compacts and palettes, bring one small eyeshadow palette with you when you travel that you can get multiple uses out of. Opt for a palette with neutral shades that you know you will use.
Coconut oil is perhaps one of the best natural beauty products out there. It is a great moisturizer (although if you have oily skin I wouldn't recommend using it for your face). It's also a great substitute for shaving cream. I tried using coconut oil once when I ran out of shaving cream and I will never use shaving cream ever again. My skin was so silky and smooth, and I didn't have any redness, irritation, or razor bumps. Coconut oil is very moisturizing, so it works great as a lip balm. You can always add pigment to it to make a lip tint, or even add sugar to make a nice lip scrub. Coconut oil also works wonders on hair. If your hair is extremely frizzy, try brushing a teeny bit (a little goes a long way) through wet hair. When our hair dries you will have less flyaway and your hair will look and feel soft instead of dried out. Last but not least, coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover. Put some on a cotton ball/pad and use it like a normal makeup remover (again, be careful near the eyes as some people may feel a little irritation). Overall, coconut oil has a lot of amazing cosmetic uses and is a necessary staple on anyone's beauty shelf.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Dr.Bronner's Tea Tree Castile Soap
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