Beauty On A Budget
Start writing a post

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to have a lot of money to feel and look your best. There are SO many celebrities, social media influencers, and beauty gurus that have made a ton of money, and therefore spend it on lip filler, cheek fillers, nose jobs - you name it, they've gotten it. The thing that bothers me about it is they still advocate for "natural beauty," but that's another thing I won't get into now.

What matters is that WE, who are broke (or just don't have people asking to speak highly of their brand's product that they are getting paid for) also need to feel beautiful and confident and all that jazz.

1. Low on Mascara?

Are you low on mascara and don't wanna spend more money on ANOTHER tube? Simply take your mascara that's running low, turn on the hot water in your sink, and run the outside of the tube under it for about 15-20 seconds, and then follow the same steps with your wand, dip your wand into the tube and mix it around a little, and VOILA, it's like you bought a new mascara for a couple of days. If you still don't want to buy a new tube, repeat the process every time you wanna put it on.

2. Coconut oil for EVERYTHING

There are literally so many things you can use coconut oil for. No matter if it's your diet, or just your dry skin, coconut oil is your best friend. Here are some things you can use it as:

1. Relieve skin irritation

2. Relieve insect bites

3. Reduce hair damage

4. Soothe chapped lips

5. Removes makeup

6. Lock in moisture after a shower

7. Natural highlighter

8. Brush cleaner

3. Heat- up your lashes 

Animation Vintage GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy

Do you want even curlier lashes than just curling them with a curler? Take your hair dryer and heat up your lash curler for a few seconds and use it as normal.

4. Vaseline or Moisturizer as makeup remover

Makeup Satisfying GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy

When I first started using makeup, I would use Vaseline to take off my makeup and I didn't know any different. It was a natural moisturizer for my face and it took off my makeup well too. Moisturizer also does the trick without the oily residue it leaves on your face.

5.DIY Body Scrubs 

How you'll be when you first shave your legs after a body scrub


My mom recently got into DIY body scrubs and her homemade one includes Neutrogena body oil and Pink Himalayan Salt she got from the grocery store (I think they were both from Costco). She applies it before shaving her legs, cleans off the excess salt and shaves with the oil still on her legs. But, seriously, you can make a face mask out of ANYTHING. I found a body scrub recipe for MARGARITA body scrub and I really wanna try it out.

6. Face Mist


To refresh your face, use a DIY fresh face mist by putting your favorite tea in a cup of cold water, letting it sit for a couple of hours, then transferring it to a misting bottle. Perfect, and refreshing way to keep your face feeling alive and young.

7.  Rose Water

Rose water is another type of multi-use thing. Of course you might not have it on your shelf in your house, but you can find it at places like Walmart for only $9.56. It can be used for calming your skin, face masks, used with your shampoo and conditioner, and as a makeup remover. Personally I LOVE the Mario Badescu Rose Water, Aloe and Herbs facial spray, and I usually buy the 4 fluid ounce bottle for $5 and it usually lasts me a while, but it's also sold at Ulta for $7 and I believe it's on the Mario Badescu website for the same price.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another natural beauty tool. It too brightens your skin tone with one tablespoon and two cups of water! Surprisingly, it also whitens teeth and is a natural mouthwash, simply gargle with it before brushing your teeth. If the flavor is too bitter for you, you can also dilute it and it will work just the same.

9. Raspberries and Coconut Oil

Kiss-Kiss Kiss GIF by Maybelline - Find & Share on GIPHY Giphy

Yes, she's back to say more about coconut oil! This time, it's for a natural lip tinter. In a small saucepan on low heat, add one tablespoon of coconut oil. Wait until it liquifies then remove from the stove and add four red raspberries (fresh or frozen). Mash the berries and blend until they're smooth, then place the mashed berries in a small glass container and refrigerate until it's firm. Smooth over your lips for a gorg rosy tint!

10. Aloe Vera

My family has an Aloe plant in our house, and, especially during the summer when sunburn is practically contagious in my house (we're all pale), it is a God send. Aloe plants are so different from the store-bought product because it's natural and it makes the sunburn heal twice as fast, whereas it doesn't even feel like the product works. My mom always keeps an aloe leaf in the freezer this way it can be cold, and it lasts longer while spreading in wherever the burn is.

HOWEVER, aloe vera is not only for sunburn. In fact, there are way more beauty hacks such as brow gel (you would never think of that, right? but it would totally work). It's also a great moisturizer, insect bite healer, you can put it in scrubs, it fights acne, anti- frizz gel, and a natural shaving creams.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Where To Find The Best Coffee Drinks In America, According To A Survey

Here's the coffee shop where you should get your morning brew.


Coffee, for billions of people, is one of the only things that can get us out of bed (after hitting snooze a time or two), especially in 2020. Because, if we're being honest, is there anything that beats a quality cup of coffee on those mornings when all we wanted to do is roll over and go back to sleep? The answer is no. And if you're headed to a coffee shop to pick up your caffeinated beverage, you don't want to sleep on the best coffee drinks in America.

According to LiveShopper Sassie's Coffee Project survey, when it comes to chain coffee shops, there are definitely preferred spots you'll want to hit up for your go-to order — whether you order the classic, frozen, or flavored coffee, an espresso, tea, or other. To figure out the hot spots, 1,000 coffee drinkers across the United States took to LiveShopper's mobile app, PrestoShopper, to answer various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less

Halloween 2020 is going to be pretty different, but that doesn't mean the ghost stories have to social distance themselves. In fact, after a year like this one, what's a few more horror stories to add to the mix? If you and your partner dare, this boo-zy drinking game will definitely add a little spook into your All Hallows' Eve plans. Think you're brave enough to share your scariest dating stories with your pumpkin this October 31? You've come to the right spot.

This is the Ultimate Spooky Dating Drinking Game. Here's how it works:

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Survey: Which Issues Are The Most Important To You In The 2020 Election

If you're a first-time voter or voting by mail for the first time, we want to hear your story.


The general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, will decide not only the next president of the United States but also which political party controls the House of Representatives and the Senate. Young and first-time voters will play a crucial part in determining the result.

Keep Reading... Show less
Halloween is no doubt going to look different this year. Everything this year has been different. But despite that, you can still celebrate the holiday.
While that might not and shouldn't be a giant Halloween party with loads of people, you can still have a good time and celebrate. Here's a list of fun ways you can still celebrate Halloween, and stay safe at the same time.

1. Movie Night


Keep Reading... Show less

Articles To Write If You're All About Saving More Money, And Waking Up A Little Bit Earlier

Get your day started right — and keep that budget tight.


For all the young professionals, parents, and students out there who've been working, learning, or even teaching remote — 2020 has likely been the longest year of your life. If you didn't know (sorry), we've been locked down for over 200 days now, and chances are, you are ready for it to be OVER.

Keep Reading... Show less

This Hair Mask Is Like A 5-Minute Head Detox — It's The Best Thing I've Ever Put On My Dry Scalp

It's perfect for anyone who's disguised their dandruff as snowflakes.


- Like face masks, hair masks are a great way to do a more intense treatment that tackles more specific issues like dry strands or an itchy scalp.

- I don't necessarily suffer from dandruff, but my scalp can get a little itchy post-workout and in the colder months.

- I tried the Malin + Goetz Detox Scalp Mask and it was a game changer — my scalp felt cleaner, smoother, and more refreshed than ever in five quick minutes.

- The mask is a go-to for a clean detox of my hair and scalp after I've put a lot of product in my hair or done a lot of styling to it.

Like most self-proclaimed beauty guru and product junkie, I've been obsessed with my hair and hair products for decades. For me, the goal has always been to transform my dry, brittle strands into thick, shiny, and silky ones.

For that reason, I've spent a lot of time (and money) on styling and heat products that have, at times, made my hair look great at the expense of excess product buildup and heat damage.

Keep Reading... Show less

How Much Of A Coffee Snob You Are, Based On Where You Live

Your state may determine how picky you are about your coffee.


When it comes to coffee, everyone has different criteria for what goes into their "perfect cup." Some caffeine lovers, though, are extra particular when it comes to their beloved beverage. One survey found that the state you're from (or the one you live in now) may play a part in determining how much of a coffee snob you actually are.

LiveShopper Sassie, the company behind this Coffee Project survey, received input from 1,000 coffee drinkers via their mobile app, PrestoShopper, to ask various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less

Remember when thin eyebrows were in? Unfortunately, me too. If you've over-tweezed your eyebrows, you know how much of a painful and slow process it is to get them back to a "normal" shape — let alone trying to keep up with the newest trends that seem to come and go every other month.

But, what does that look like nowadays? A defined, thicker brow which, I will admit, takes a lot of time and practice to perfect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I'm A Student At Drexel University And COVID-19 Has Been Frustrating

My experience as a senior at Drexel University in Fall 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.


I am a senior mechanical engineering major at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Drexel already has a weird quarter term system, so classes began at the end of September. All undergraduate classes are online, either synchronous or asynchronous. However, most graduate classes are still in-person.

As of October 19th, Drexel has 14 active cases (13 students and 1 employee). There has been a total of 113 cases in the Drexel community (104 students and 9 employees).

Keep Reading... Show less

This semester has been pretty rough for most students. Online classes may have some perks, but overall it's often harder to learn and remember the material. CofC just finished midterms and every student I know feels burned out. This is a very frustrating feeling and it feels like things will never return to the way they were. Remember to go easy on yourself and just do your best.

Keep Reading... Show less

Your body image has a huge impact on your sex life — let's be real, intimacy includes your body.

It's normal to have your bad days when you're just not feeling it, but if the bad days are stacking up to tower the confident days, maybe it's time to start working on how you perceive yourself. Carrying shame around with you all day will crawl its way into the bedroom and kill your sex life. But don't worry, there are always ways to revive it. And, it starts with self-acceptance, self-respect, and self-feel goods.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Sunnyside Foundation Raises $50,000 For Arizona Students In Need

The Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation helped the community come together to help students and families pay their bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunnyside Foundation / Instagram

COVID-19 shut everything down, leaving some students scrambling to support their families while being enrolled in school. The Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation in Tuscon, AZ has worked tirelessly to raise money for students and families in need.

Keep Reading... Show less

You Need To Add These 12 Books To Your Fall TBR ASAP For That Perfect Spooky Vibe

Spooky season is just around the corner, so whether you're into horror, mystery, fantasy, thriller, or paranormal, these books are perfect to curl up with this month.


October is the best month to catch up on some reading. It has the perfect fall vibes: Halloween, crunchy leaves, hot chocolate, fuzzy socks, warm sweaters, and a good book to read by a crackling fireplace. Finding a good book is the hard part. But there's no need to worry. I've compiled a list of the best books to read this spooky season. These books will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. So grab a mug of your favorite tea, cozy up with a warm blanket, and have fun reading!

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Odyssey Template: 25 Questions For My State's Elected Officials

"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We fought for these ideals, we shouldn't settle for less."


Whether you're interested in how democracy works, how stop signs get installed, or anything in between, this is your opportunity to ask questions. This is your opportunity to show current and future members of your community what, in your opinion, is most important as your town, city, and state are trying to put the best, most effective practices forward.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments