My Story: 5 Cheap Beauty Tips

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Here are 5 ways that I spend less on elixers and potions.

  1. Make your own sugar or salt scrub by combining cane sugar or Epsom salts with olive, safflower, or sweet almond oil. Add 5 to 20 drops of essential oil like lemon, lavender, rose or any combination of oils you enjoy. Mix in a bowl, apply and enjoy baby soft skin.
  2. Next time you pick up avocados on sale, mash one. With a few tablespoons of honey, apply it on clean hands or face and let it soak for fifteen minutes. Rinse and feel your soft skin.
  3. Lipstick stubbies nagging you? A lip brush helps you extend it to the last luscious drop.
  4. Enjoy fragrance but hate the retail price? Online discounters like, and eBay carry current designer and hard-to-find discontinued favorites. Or join a makeup review and discussion site like and swap for decants and scents.
  5. Here's a classic but often forgotten tip. Shave with conditioner instead of shaving cream. It softens the hair, moisturizes the skin, and does not clog the razor. However, if you love cream, buy the standard men's version. It's usually a dollar cheaper and works the same.

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