19 Feb

Five minute beauty tips that won't break the bank— Part 2

Yesterday, I shared the first two beauty tips from an article I wrote for ParentGuide Magazine last year.  Today, we’ll finish off with the final two tips!

Tip 3: Attain shower power.

Taking care of your hair and skin in the shower kills two birds with one stone. Buy a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy. This means you won’t have to wash it as often. Give Charles Worthington’s shampoo and conditioner a try.

If you think pretty feet can’t be achieved at home, think again. Invest in a pumice stone. After you use it, your feet will feel like they’ve just stepped out of a salon. Try putting some conditioner on the pumice before rubbing your feet to make your heels silky smooth. Revlon’s pumice stone works wonders.

For soft skin and an all-over glow, body scrub is the best way to go. Purchase a body scrub at a drugstore to save money, or create your own scrub at home with ingredients straight from the kitchen! (I’ll post a recipe or two for homemade scrub next week.) For a store-bought product, Neutrogena’s Energizing Sugar Body Scrub is as good as it sounds. Have dry skin? Shower at night, then gently pat yourself dry with a towel to retain moisture before applying lotion with shea butter. Suave’s Cocoa Butter with Shea feels and smells wonderful; you’ll go to bed thinking you’re on a tropical vacation.

Tip 4: Pump up your ponytail.

Practical hair doesn’t have to be boring. Update any hairstyle by investing in bobby pins and hair ties that match your hair color. Vamp up your look by taking a small section of hair from the bottom of your ponytail at the nape of the neck  and wrapping it around the circumference of your hair tie. Use a matching bobby pin to hold the strand in place. Follow up with a spritz of hair spray to complete your sleek look.

For those of you who’d rather get ready for your day the night before, here’s a great tip: After showering, brush your hair and part it to the side. French braid a small section of hair from the side part toward your ear, forming a tight braid along the front of your hairline. Secure this with a small elastic and use hair spray. When you wake up, keep the braid in and pull your hair back into a pony. This trendy look keeps your hair out of the way all day (and it’s great for humid climates!)

I hope you guys enjoyed the tips, and I’d love to hear any of your favorite on-the-go moves!  Have you tried any of the looks or products I mentioned?  What is your favorite shower product?  And stay tuned for a delicious how-to body scrub recipe next week!  Happy weekend, everyone!



{ posted: Friday, February 19, 2010 }


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