One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to beauty products is how quickly they go from in the package to in the garbage. It’s pretty frustrating that this always seems to be the case with the items I spend the most money on.
After some research and some trial and error I found some great ways to prolong the life of the following beauty products.
Solution: Saline solution or eye drops
Do you ever find that your mascara tends to dry out super quick? Not to mention the brush starts to clump up after using it a few times. I’ve tried to fix this problem by testing out different brands but they all turn out the same. Realistically finding good mascara is like finding a best friend. No others seem to live up to its standards. Best friends have flaws and we learn how to cope with them. Our mascara is no different!
When you start to notice that the desert has settled in your mascara tube use contact saline solution or eye drops to de-clump! Just take out the wand and add a few drops in the tube. Then stick the wand back into the tube and wiggle it around a bit to mix in the solution.
2. Nail Polish
Solution: Nail polish thinner OR nail polish remover
The worst. I really don’t think I’ve used a nail polish more than a dozen times before it starts to get all gummy. There is a lot of product in these expensive little bottles. It’s really a shame to throw them away before getting the most use out of them.
In order to fix this problem you’ll need a nail polish thinner or nail polish remover. A lot of people will tell you that nail polish remover will just ruin your polish & in cases where I’ve added too much it has. However, thinner can be expensive & a bit difficult to get your hands on if you don’t live near a beauty supply store. Nail polish remover is cheap, easy to purchase & likely already in your home if you paint your nails. In my opinion, if nail polish remover prolongs the polish for even a few more uses, you’re still saving yourself some money!
For either solution: Add a couple of drops, close the bottle up and then roll it back and forth between both of your hands. Let the polish sit for a while before using it.
Some other tips for a longer shelf life include regularly cleaning the neck of the bottle and making sure it’s properly closed. Also, try and keep your polish stored upright and in a cool dark place.
Solution: Baby oil & blue jeans
I don’t know about you but I hate spending money on razors. I always find that I’m throwing them out after a few uses.
After shaving apply baby oil to the blades of your razor. This will keep the blades moisturized and from rusting! Lastly, you can sharpen your razor blades with an old pair of jeans. Run the razor over the jeans a few times one-way and then a few times the other way.
Most importantly, make sure to keep your razors clean:
- Wash them after every use
- Dry them off using a blow dryer or towel.
- Store them outside of the shower to avoid rust.
4. Make up brushes
Solution: Soap & water
Make up brushes are a pricey investment so you want to make sure you do what you can to extend your time with them! The best way to do this is to clean them regularly.
Start by running your brushes under lukewarm water. Tilt the bristles down so that the water can’t run up the handle. If it does it might loosen the glue and cause the brush to fall apart completely, which is super counterproductive. Next swirl the brush around on a bar of soap then swirl it around in the palm of your hand with some water to work up a later. Wipe the brush on a damp piece of paper towel to really get the makeup out. After this step I like to put the bristles of the brush back under running water and use my fingers to help get rid of the makeup. Repeat these steps until your brush is clean!
5. Broken up powder – bronzer, blush & shadows
Solution: Rubbing alcohol
Seeing these items break apart has to be one of the most heartbreaking experiences that I have with any of my products. They always seem to fall onto the ground and break into a million little pieces just days after being purchased. Originally I would have a temper tantrum and throw the product away. Continuing to use them once they’re in pieces is way too messy.
The trick is rubbing alcohol! Add a few drops to the broken pieces in the original container or a new one. Start with small amounts! Mix the product around until it turns into a paste. Then flatten it out with a spoon and leave it overnight to dry out. It will be back in one piece the next day.
Hopefully these tips were helpful & most importantly saved you some money!
Keep it thrifty,