Thursday, July 26, 2012

Double Duty Beauty!

I live in a New York City; notoriously known for its small apartments. Meaning, my bathroom leaves a lot to be desired on the space front.  To avoid clutter under my sink, my products have to do double duty. Here are some of my go to items…

Baby Powder

  • Treat oil based stains. If you’re clumsy like me, then you’re going to get a lot of use out of this tip. Treat the stain by patting baby powder onto both sides of the fabric. Be generous with the powder. Remember, the sooner you apply the powder the more likely you are to prevent the stain from settling. Allow the powder to sit for at least 24 hours before washing the garment.
  • Absorb moisture and sweat. Pat a little powder on any area you need to keep extra dry. Use discretion, you don’t want to look like you were rolling around in flour.
  • Prevent Chafing. Pat some in any area your body that experiences a lot of friction. This will help ease the discomfort caused by the excess rubbing.
  • Refresh and degrease your hair. Rub a small amount of powder between your fingers. Then flip your hair over and massage your scalp from back to front focusing on your roots. Rub until the powder is no longer visible.
  • Refresh your pet. Use a talc free powder to help deodorize your pet in between shampoos. Sprinkle some powder on a dry cloth then wipe them down.

Hair Conditioner

  • Shaving lotion. Hair conditioner can be a great alternative to shaving lotion. Just apply to wet skin and shave as usual.
  • Clean your makeup brushes. Mix antibacterial liquid soap and conditioner to clean, condition and kill bacteria. After you’ve created your mixture, dip the tip of your brush into it and rub it back and forth on the palm of your hand. This will help spread the mixture and breakup the makeup. Rinse until the water runs clear.
  • Use as a makeup remover. Put a small amount on a cotton ball and wipe away.
  • Soften your feet. Before bed, coat your feet with conditioner and put on cotton socks.

Baby Oil Gel

  • Make your skin glow. Mix oil with loose luminous bronzer. Apply this to your skin in small amounts to create a luminous dewy glow.
  • Remove wax. Apply the oil to a cotton ball and gently rub away wax from skin or surfaces.
  • Moisturize cuticles. Rub into your cuticles for long lasting protection.
  • Sticky zipper fix. Put some on a cotton swab and rub the swab on both sides of the zipper. Move the zipper back and forth to help distribute the oil.
  • Paint Remover. If you get paint on your skin while working on a home improvement project (see the d├ęcor section above), no need to worry. Rub a little oil into your skin with a washcloth to remove the paint gently.
  • Prevent soap scum. Coat shower curtains with baby oil to prevent soap scum build up. To breakup existing buildup, put some on a washcloth and rub it away.

Vapor Rub

  • Treat breakouts. Vicks Vapor Rub can actually shrink the size of a pimple. At night, rub a small amount of Vicks onto your blemish until it’s coated. Aim to apply only on the blemish and immediate surrounding area. I don’t recommend you do this during the day (unless you’re staying home) because of the smell.

Facial Moisturizer

  • Makeup Remover. Your favorite moisturizer can help gently remove stubborn makeup. Put some on a cotton pad and wipe starting with your eyes (where the most stubborn makeup is often found). Follow it with your favorite facial wash.

  • Cuticle treatment. After you’ve used it, rub the excess into your cuticles for a quick on the go treatment.

  • Temporarily tame flyaway hair. Rub a small amount between fingers or palms and smooth over your hair.

What alternative ways do you use your products? Comment below! 

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  1. Awesome post! Thank you for those tips, especially the baby oil! I got that at my baby shower, and I have yet to use it. Now, I have some ideas!

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thank you for your comment, thatdesigngal! I'm so happy you found the post useful. Hopefully, I'll have many more to offer you very soon.

    Pricilla J.

  3. These are great tips - I always forget how useful baby powder can be. I need to grab some next time I'm at the store! Thanks for stopping by MightyCrafty! :)


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