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Make the most out of your beauty productsSome beauty products are so expensive, I’d rather live with the fine lines they promise to cure. If you’ve ever stepped foot in a Sephora, you know what I’m talking about.

But as a 31-year-old trying to defy both gravity and time, I’ve learned to appreciate the value of a good beauty product. Sure, I’m all about the cheap, versatile, DIY stuff. But there are some products you come across that work magic. And for that reason, they’re worth every penny.

Of course, you also want to get the most out of them. Here are a few tips for extending the life your beauty products.

Revive Mascara

Make your beauty products last longer

Is your mascara dried up and dead? Zombify that sh!t. You can bring mascara back to life with a few drops of Visine. Wait, scratch that. Visine is expensive. Any kind of saline eye drop solution will do, according to beauty experts. According to living site DIY & Crafts:

“You need to just place about 5 drops of saline solution or eye drops into your mascara. That’s it – you just use the want to mix the solution in and it will moisten your mascara and make it last a bit longer.”

The Alcohol Fix

And alcohol continues to impress me.

Let’s say you drop your powder shadow or blush, and it breaks. No worries–alcohol to the rescue! Just add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to your compact. Smooth it back into shape and let it dry.

Keep Things Cool

Yes, your beauty products can spoil, just like food. To keep them fresh, you should store them in a cool, dry place. Keep face creams, cosmetics and body lotions out of direct sunlight. Am I the only one who keeps backup moisturizer in my car console? If you do, too, keep in mind–that’s not the best place for it.

Get Every Last Drop

Like most frugal people, I’m all about using every last drop of product, especially if it’s a good product. The pump on your body cream may have stopped working; there’s still plenty of stuff in there.

Here are some not-so-obvious examples of how you can squeeze every last drop out of beauty products:

Shampoo: Add water to near-empty bottles. Swish around for another use.
Tubes of lotion: Cut off the top. There’s probably a lot more in there. Secure the open container with the cut-off portion after using.
Lip gloss: If the wand doesn’t reach the bottom or there’s product stuck to the sides, stick your lip gloss bottles in some warm water. The product melts and loosens up.

Ditch the Cotton Balls

Don’t use cotton balls to apply makeup or toner, says skin care expert Renée Rouleau.  Balls absorb too much liquid–which means a lot of your product is wasted. Opt for cotton pads instead. She tells International Business Times:

“This way, you’ll use less product, whether it be toner, eye makeup or nail polish removers.”

Lock in Your Mani

Apple Cider Vinegar is full of health benefits. It’s good for digestive issues, it’s said to be an energy booster, and recent studies show that it may even lower cholesterol.

Also, it makes you pretty.

Wipe some apple cider vinegar on your nails before you put on polish, on your manicure will last longer. Apparently the acid from the vinegar removes oils so that the polish sticks better. Don’t believe me? Check out the little experiment Budget Babe (awesome blog) conducted. I was impressed.

If you’ve got a beauty product you splurge on, you probably understand wanting to squeeze as much use out of it as possible. How do you extend the life of your products? 

Photos: athriftymrs.comJenn Durfey & Holly Williams

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5 comments… add one

  • Claire April 9, 2014, 9:34 am

    Ahh, I love the saline/mascara trick! Another biggie for me is simply using less of any product. So it’s kind of an obvious one, but sometimes I get a little squeeze happy and portion out wayyyy too much!!

    • Kristin Wong April 9, 2014, 10:19 am

      Yeah! I like to stretch the expensive stuff with moisturizer.

  • Shannon April 9, 2014, 1:06 pm

    Love the alcohol trick! I’m a total clutz and break my compacts more often than I’d like to admit. So glad there’s a way to save them!

  • Mike Kneuer July 28, 2015, 7:01 am

    Ditch the Cotton Balls::: Its really great one. Thanks!

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