Unique ideas to use up beauty products

by Bionic Beauty on 22.Feb.2009 · 5 comments

Ever end up with a bottle of shampoo, conditioner or lotion that you absolutely did not like using but couldn’t return for some reason? I’ve been there many times… and since I hate wasting stuff, I always look for alternate uses.

For conditioner- I use while shaving my legs in the shower. Extra shampoo gets used up by giving my dogs 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).

Total Beauty put up this article about unusual uses for beauty products. And in this odd economy, I thought we could all use a little help gets the most multi-function out of our products as possible!

Ah-ha Uses for Beauty Products

Consider this the MacGyver guide to beauty. These “off-label” tricks will solve last-minute emergencies and more

Instead of chucking products that don’t work quite like you had hoped, find out what else they can do for you. These tips, culled from blog confessions, expert advice and our own personal experiments, will have you reusing your makeup in no time, not to mention save you money and get you out of emergencies.

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1 The Cheap Chick February 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I have to say, the Ah-Ha Uses in any magazine/blog/whathaveyou are my most favorite things to read!

I use stuff in weird ways, too – right now, my Pond’s (Non-Cold) Cream is being used as, well, cold cream. My skin is so flaky – darned MN weather – that every night, I slather on the cream, rub it in for about a minute, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. It gets rid of the flakes, softens skin, and uses up the ginormous tub of cream that’s been sitting around.

2 The Cheap Chick February 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm

One other tip? Use clear nail polish to coat the part of your costume jewelry that touches your skin. No more tarnishing!

3 anna February 23, 2009 at 8:34 pm

if i have a shampoo or shower gel that is almost finished i just mix it up with water and use it to scrub the bathroom. i hate the smell of bleach and using shower gels makes entire bathroom smell nice

4 Bionic Beauty February 27, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Ooooh, Cheap Chick- Thanks so much for the great tips!!

Anna, That’s perfect. I’m going to try your formula this weekend since I have a few small bottle of shampoo to use up and it’s bathroom cleaning time. Thanks!

5 gahome2mom April 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I like your ideas for using products. I didn’t know we could use body lotion for hair defrizzing. Thanks.

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