With gas and food prices at an all time high - everyone is looking for ways to save some money.
But, can we do this and still look good?
Here are some budget beauty recipes from Annie Tomlin, editor of Bellasugar.com.
DIY FACIAL MOISTURIZER
To make two 50 g jars, you'll need:
25 ml Apricot Kernel Oil 25 ml Jojoba Oil 15 g Beeswax 70 ml Bottled Water 2 tbsp Rosewater 1 tsp Lemon Juice
Step 1: Take out a double boiler and place two cups of warm water in the bottom. Then add the jojoba oil, the apricot kernel oil, and the beeswax. Heat everything until the wax dissolves.
Step 2: While the mixture is still hot, pour it into a Pyrex bowl and leave it to cool.
Step 3: Next, add the bottled water, rosewater, and lemon juice into the boiler pan and heat it until it's warm. Turn off the heat, but leave the pot on the burner and add the oil and wax mixture to the pot.
Step 4: Stir frequently until everything becomes opaque and thick, adding more heat only if it begins to separate. Once it has thickened, it is recommended to store in a sealed container for no more than six weeks.
Note: If you'd like, you can add one tsp. of apple cider vinegar to the recipe if you have blemished skin, two tsp. evening primrose oil if you have dry skin, two drops of tea tree oil if you have combination skin or one tsp. of witch hazel water if you have oily skin.
DIY PLUMPING FACIAL OIL FOR DRY SKIN
1 oz avocado oil 2 tsp rosehip oil 2 tsp argan oil 1 borage oil capsule 1 Vitamin E capsule 2 drops of neroli oil 3 drops of sandalwood oil For step-by-step instructions on how to make your own facial oil, read more.
STEP 1: In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, blend the avocado oil, rosehip oil and argan oil together.
STEP 2: Next, cut open your borage oil capsule and your vitamin E capsule and gently squeeze them into the bowl. Mix well.
STEP 3: Lastly, add in the neroli oil and a few drops of sandalwood. Heat everything for about twenty seconds (it makes the borage oil and vitamin E oil easier to blend) and blend a few drops to your skin. As you apply it, don't forget to take a few deep breaths and enjoy the fragrance. This recipe is good for about six to eight applications.
DIY ASPIRIN MASK TO COMBAT ACNE AND SOFTEN SKIN
Bottle of uncoated, plain aspirin Little bit of honey Small bowl
STEP 1: Using two metal spoons, place two to three uncoated aspirin tablets between them and crush. Crush up approximately 12 to 15 tablets, or add more as desired.
STEP 2:Mix crushed aspirin in a bowl with two teaspoons of honey STEP 3: Pour 1/2 cup of lukewarm water into the mix and stir. Once well mixed, apply to face.
DIY LIP SMOOTHER
Honey Baker's sugar (regular is fine but if they have baker's, it has a smaller grain) Olive oil Mixing bowl
STEP 1: In a medium-sized bowl, mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of baker's sugar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
STEP 2: Apply to lips with fingertip in a circular motion until exfoliated. For best results, dip a toothbrush into the mixture and apply gently to lips.
DIY FOOT EXFOLIATOR
Olive oil Fresh grated ginger Fresh mint leaves Brown Sugar - doesn't matter if it is light or dark Mixing bowl Large wooden spoon
STEP 1: Grate a piece of fresh ginger so it makes approximately 2/3 of a cup
STEP 2: In a large bowl, mix the ginger with 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves, 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of brown sugar
STEP 3:Apply to feet and/or hands and rub until exfoliated, then wash off.
STEP 4: Dry your feet and massage a generous amount of moisturizer into your skin. Once you're all lubed up, slip into your socks. For optimal results, wear them while you sleep.