Bionic-onomics: MacGyver your beauty products

by Bionic Beauty on 09.Feb.2010 · 9 comments

A long while ago I did some articles on using beauty products that you no longer liked/used well, Total Beauty has just released their own version.

My favorite ways to use up cosmetics include mixing my own Tinted Moisturizer, and using those extra bits of face/eye creams and lotions and SPF on your neck, body, arms and hands. Because for heaven’s sake, don’t rub some pricey (or even cheap) lotion left on your hands onto a towel, when you could use it somewhere else.

If I buy a conditioner that absolutely does not work for my hair, I’ll use it up while shaving my legs in the shower. Extra (or icky) shampoo gets used up by giving my dog a bath. Body lotion can function as a light hair-frizz fighter in a pinch (just use what’s left on your hands after applying to your body). Jojoba Oil (my moisturizer of choice) is an amazing cuticle oil (and is the main ingredient of those pricier cuticle oils) and it’s also perfect for legs, face, arms, hair, and hands.

Total Beauty has listed similar tips but also expanded with some nifty ones – like using Petroleum Jelly for buffing out light furniture scratches; others like using lipstick as blush could be a regular nightmare for a gal with even semi-sensitive skin.

Anyhow, here’s the Total Beauty version…
13 New Ways to Use Old Beauty Products

Save money and re-use old products with these “off-label” tricks

Have a ton of old beauty products that you don’t use anymore? (Let’s face it — we don’t always throw that stuff out, right?) But now, instead of just letting them gather dust, put them to good use with these MacGyver-like tricks.

See the tips

I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on their recommendations. And do you have any top secret tips for using up beauty products? And perhaps most importantly, were any Bionic Beauties out there fans of MacGyver? I adored that show!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wolfsbeere February 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

Haha I had to laugh about the title. Good old times I used to love watching MacGyver.

Thanks for the tipps on saving some money!


2 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 9:20 am

I figured the title might get some laughs. :) I was a total MacGyver addict!! It’s on Hulu now, just in case anyone wants to watch. Woo hoo!


3 Kathleen February 11, 2010 at 10:40 am

Oh yeah, I forgot! :-) *I* loved that show too. Coincidentally, Richard Dean Anderson is from MN. Cool beans!


4 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Really?!?! Very cool!!!
Hmmm… I wonder if Cheap Chick was a MacGyver fan… I’ll have to ask her!


5 Kathleen February 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

Yup, I promise, he’s from MN. :-) So is Hercules’ Kevin Sorbo.

6 Kathleen February 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I like the tips that Total beauty featured. But I wouldn’t deliberately buy most of the products that they mentioned, if the uses were strictly for the uses they suggested. In my humble opinion, many of the items are too expensive for that. I can’t see deliberately spending $15 on Paul Mitchell Conditioner just for shaving my legs. If I had the items already on hand, great. I’d go one step further and ask family and friends if they have the products and don’t want them anymore, so you can avoid buying them. My sister has given me shampoos and conditioners that she hasn’t wanted, but that were still good. Now I wish I still had them; I didn’t care for them and tossed them.


7 Bionic Beauty February 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

I noticed that too about the Total Beauty feature. They had some good ideas, but REALLY?!?! Who would buy a pricey item just to basically “hack” it into something else? I’ll use my leftovers or stuff I don’t like. Thank you very much. ha ha! I was hoping someone would mention that. :)


8 Kathleen February 11, 2010 at 11:02 am

Cool that ya got my drift, seeing as how I didn’t write a perfect comment. :-) Yeah, I mean, really, spend all that on a product to shave your legs, and so on, the other items?? Like you said, if the product isn’t all that (well, you said something like that, anyway, lol), then find another use for it. It’s wonderful to re-purpose things whenever possible. Especially these days! I had heard of the lotion tip for uses on hair. Handy and useful idea. I sometimes use it after I flat iron my bangs.


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