12 Makeup Hacks For Cheap Girls

12 Makeup Hacks For Cheap Girls

Hacks to fit a student's budget, a diva's look, and busy lifestyle.
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College students, especially those of us who work, are always on the go. It's true that many of us girls would rather get those extra minutes of sleep than deal with makeup. Unfortunately, many of us are also on a tight budget when it comes to cosmetics. Food is usually more important than makeup, as well. So with budget and time restraints in mind, here are 12 makeup hacks to help out.

1. Wash brushes with face wash or dish soap.

Brushes get dirty over time and caked with makeup. They also gather bacteria and germs that can cause your skin to break out. Brush cleaners are sold in store, but there's no need to spend the money when you can clean your brushes with any gentle face cleanser you already have, or dish soap. Dawn dish soap usually works best on my foundation brush, which needs to be cleaned after a couple uses.

2. Use apple cider vinegar as toner.

If you're struggling with oily skin, don't spend money on extra face products or cut out your moisturizer. Using apple cider vinegar is an effective and inexpensive way to balance your skin's pH levels. It's important to still use moisturizer, but apply the apple cider vinegar first for best results.

3. Use coconut oil to remove makeup.

There's no need to spend the money on makeup remover when there's a healthy alternative in your kitchen! Using coconut oil to remove eye makeup is a great idea because it's natural and safe for the eyes, as well as very effective.

4. Reuse mascara brush to apply eyebrow color.

Instead of buying a new brush to apply your eyebrow color, reuse a mascara brush. Wash it thoroughly with dish soap, face wash, or brush cleaner first. The mascara brush does a great job filling in eyebrows when used to apply color.

5. Make some lip color.

Instead of buying a new lip color, save money and use an eye shadow or crayons to make your own. Mix the color powder with petroleum jelly to quickly create a lip gloss. I haven't tried crayons with petroleum jelly, but crayons with coconut oil will work, and eye shadow powder with coconut oil will also work.

6. Set lip color with a tissue and translucent powder.

Lip color lasts longer if after applying, a tissue is set over the lips and a translucent powder is dusted onto the lips through the other side of the tissue.

7. Heat up eyelash curler with hair dryer.

If you heat up the eyelash curler with a blow dryer, eyelashes get great curl quickly. CAUTION: WAIT before curling eyelashes after heating. Your eyelids are VERY sensitive, and you do not want to burn them. Check that the curler is not too hot before curling eyelashes.

8. Use a spoon for eye makeup.

A spoon can quickly and effectively be used as a guide for winged eyeliner. Use the curve of the spoon to create the wing. The spoon can also be used to keep from getting mascara on the eyelids. Place spoon between eyelashes and eyelids when applying mascara so you don't have to waste time redoing your eye shadow!

9. Heat up pencils with a lighter.

Wasting time trying to get that perfect liner? Heat up your pencils with a lighter for a few seconds to get a smoother application. CAUTION: WAIT before using pencil after heating. Your eyelids are VERY sensitive, and you do not want to burn them. Check that the pencil is not too hot before using.

10. Fix broken lipstick with a lighter.

Instead of replacing the lipstick that just broke, put it back together and use a lighter to melt it a bit so it is repaired. Use the fridge to set the lipstick for about 10 minutes, and you're good to go!

11. Use olive oil for healthy lashes.

Instead of using spendy treatments designed to "lengthen" lashes or layers of mascara, use an inexpensive item from your kitchen. Olive oil can be used on a recycled, clean mascara brush for healthier, stronger lashes in a month or two.

12. Heat up mascara in a cup of water.

If your mascara is running out but you don't have the time to deal with the dry tube or the money to buy a new one right now, stick your mascara tube in a cup of warm water. The mascara will be smoother and easier to apply!

These 12 makeup hacks help me save money and time between work and school. As the new quarter starts, use these hacks to save up for summer break!



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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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7 Ways To Avoid Buying Everything You See On Amazon

Shopping can be a source of instant gratification for many people, but it also puts a dent in your wallet if you aren't thoughtful with your purchases.

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Though I don't do a ton of online shopping, when I do I find it very easy to get sucked into a vortex of "stumbling upon items I never knew I needed." This can include everything from clothes, to gifts, to books, to basically whatever else shows up in my "recommended purchases" column. Shopping can be a source of instant gratification for many people, but it also puts a dent in your wallet if you aren't thoughtful with your purchases. With that in mind, here are some ways to avoid making spontaneous, probably unnecessary purchases on Amazon when you're browsing at 2 am right before going to bed.

1. If you really love an item, put it in your cart and come back to it a day later

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This is a classic "Mom" tidbit of advice: "Honey, why don't you sleep on it and tell me if you still want that toy car tomorrow, and I'll look into it." Seriously though, I've managed to talk myself out of a few almost-purchases just by not buying the item in the heat of desperately wanting it. In the light of day, suddenly those adorable ballet flats don't seem as crucial to your future happiness.

2. Resolve to only pay for things with Amazon gift card money

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This is a principle I generally try to stick to, though of course I don't have such a generous influx of Amazon gift cards that this is really possible. However, paying for things only with gift card money is a good way to motivate yourself to look for the best deals on whatever item you're looking at. It's also a good way to streamline your purchases and make the most of those $25 birthday gift cards that seemed boring when you were younger, but now fill you with excitement about future purchases.

3. Resist the urge to go on Amazon when you're feeling the itch to shop

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It may sound simple, but one of the best ways to temper your online shopping is to just not go on Amazon as much. That way, you won't stumble across as many "can't-miss deals" and won't feel a sudden urge to empty your wallet just to add yet another pair of cute leggings to your closet. For those die-hard online shoppers, this advice might seem like quitting shopping cold turkey, but consciously avoiding the website that sucks away your money might be the easiest way to spend less money on Amazon.

4. If you're looking at clothes, see if the item you're looking at fills an actual need in your wardrobe

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When I browse online for clothes, I try to make sure that I'm only actively looking at items that I really need. For example, if I'm looking to replace my beat-up ankle boots with a new pair, I'll do my best to only browse the shoe section. It can be tempting, especially on websites other than Amazon, to casually migrate into the "tops/blouses" section and stray away from your original shopping intention. Sticking to your guns about what you're actually looking for could help remove that temptation to buy another cute top "just because."

5. Make sure you don't already own a similar version of whatever item you have in your cart

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This more happens when I shop in person than online, but it's important to recognize that a big reason why you may be attracted to a specific item online might be because you already own something just like it. Then, suddenly you end up with two coral-colored short-sleeved shirts, which could have been avoided if you had just done a quick sweep of your closet before clicking the "complete purchase" button.

6. Ask yourself if this item will still be popular or in-stock in three months

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Of course, it's impossible to predict the exact online lifetime of anything, especially an article of clothing. However, stopping to ask yourself this question could help prevent you from buying stuff that's all the rage "right now," but probably won't be popular in a month. There's nothing wrong with buying something that isn't that popular with other people, but if you're looking into a particular style of jeans that you see all around you right now, chances are high that you're just buying them at least partly because you keep seeing them everywhere.

7. Unsubscribe from as many store emails as you can

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This can apply to Amazon purchases as well as purchases from other retailers, but those darn store email chains that give you 10% off your purchase just for signing up can really zap you of your time later on. Even if I love a certain store, I generally shop infrequently enough that my shopping schedule won't be dictated by the emails they send me. Still, getting off of those promotional email chains could have the exact "out of sight, out of mind" effect that you need to curtail your online shopping habit.

Shopping can be a fun activity, but it can also be a useful exercise in mental restraint. Of course, everyone can fall prey to that "have to have it" purchase at any time. But if you are a little more strategic with when and how you shop on Amazon, you're a lot less likely to groan when you check your next credit card statement.

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