Surprisingly enough, the most awesome beauty products aren't tucked away behind a glass case at Neiman Marcus or strategically showcased on a retail counter at a Parisian boutique. Just step into your local drugstore or supermarket to get some of the absolute best beauty essentials ever created. You may already have some of these items in your medicine cabinet or kitchen! Check out this list of 5 products that very little money can buy...
The key to super soft skin when used correctly. Apply the heavy petroleum based product to your feet (after showering and applying lotion) to lock in moisture. Slathering Vaseline onto dry skin is like eating a steak that hasn't been marinated. The end result is pretty dull. Once you've followed all the steps, slip on a pair of socks to take your skin smoothness up a notch. Also, iconic supermodel Iman uses Vaseline to get soft, supple lips. The model mogul swipes it on her puckers and then lightly brushes them with a toothbrush to remove dead skin. $3.49,
Milk of Magnesia (MoM)
If you wear makeup and have trouble combating oily skin, this cheapie product should be added to the top of your shopping list. It makes getting a matte face in even the most hot and humid weather actually possible. Use a makeup wedge sponge to apply a thin layer of MoM as a primer. Once the product dries, put on your makeup as usual. Some savvy DIYers also use the product
to eliminate body odor under their armpits! $3.49, Walgreens.com
That bubblegum pink concoction known for curing bellyaches has multiple uses that will probably shock you. Just like Milk of Magnesia, Pepto can also work as a primer for the skin and (on fair complexions) as a cheek stain thanks to a healthy dose of red dyes number 22 and 28. According to Dr. Oz, the salicylic acid and benzoic acid contained in the product are awesome for treating pimples as well. Apply it as a mask for an at home remedy to treat acne. That's three products in one. #Winning! $6.49, drugstore.com
The plaque fighting liquid can do much more than freshen breath. Pour the sugar-free kind in a small glass container and submerge the head of your toothbrush in it to disinfect the bristles. My assistant Fanny taught me that nifty trick. If you're traveling during summer vacation, the antiseptic will also help you pack light. The multifunctional potion can work as a hand sanitizer (apply with a spray bottle), poison ivy treatment, healer for piercings (especially the tongue), and as a facial astringent. For more uses (CLICK HERE). Bottom line...it's a mad money saver. So buy a BIG bottle! $9.99, drugstore.com
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Move over salads, Apple Cider Vinegar has more shoes to fill. At the beginning of my natural hair journey, I did so much research that I could probably write a book on hair care. One of my findings was how I could tap into that huge bottle of ACV in my kitchen to rinse my hair after washing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 3 cups of cold water. Pour through your conditioned hair to seal your hair cuticles. ACV also steps in as a clarifier when you have tons of product buildup on your strands. Don't worry. The smell will fade away before you head out the door. $19.99, Amazon.com
What are some of your bargain beauty buys?