Getting the most out of bath and beauty products-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
COSMETICS and toiletries may not exactly count as life necessities since they are not food, clothing or shelter. But most of us with a busy lifestyle can’t do without these products everyday. Modern women do own cosmetics, and both men and women use toiletries like shampoo on a daily basis as part of hygiene and grooming. These day-to-day essentials can sometimes cost a pretty peso. Here’s how to use up as much of your bath and beauty products as possible, so that you can get the most out of every purchase.
You actually only need a small amount of shampoo to get it to lather up. Just make sure hair is completely soaked before you start shampooing. More shampoo is needed when hair is not really wet.
For squeeze containers, such as how hair conditioner and hand cream are packed, cut them open when they’re almost empty. You’ll see that there’s still enough left in the container that may not be squeezed out anymore, but can still be scooped out.
It’s funny, but squeezing toothpaste from just any part of the tube is a pet peeve for some people. Squeeze from the bottom to get the most out of each tube and avoid that lumpy shape. That also kind of bothers me, too!
For hard plastic containers like lotion and body wash that may be hard to cut open, turn the container upside down to get most of the product to seep to the opening.
If you’ve used up so much of your favorite lipstick that only a little is visible even after twisting the tube all the way up, good news: there’s still quite a bit more in the packaging. As much as a third or a fourth of the product is still inside the tube.
Use a lip brush to get to the remainder of the lipstick, and be surprised how many more uses you can still get out of it. You can use the same trick with a bigger brush on stick concealers.
With blush, pick up just enough product on the brush, then build up color as you go.
This saves more product instead of swirling the brush repeatedly in the pan, then having to tap off a lot of excess, or putting on too much and then having to remove color.
If you find that a bronzer is too dark, or you just don’t like it on your face for whatever reason, try repurposing it as eyeshadow. You would be surprised how a bronzer can turn out to be a great subtle neutral for eyes. You can also do this trick for blushes, provided they’re not too red.
A matte medium or dark brown eyeshadow is a versatile item to have in your beauty kit.
You can use it as eyebrow powder or eyeliner aside from shading.
Lastly, if you own a lot of makeup, make sure to rotate your products and don’t just reach for the same ones all the time. The biggest waste of money here is spending it on products that don’t even get used.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 27, 2013.