9 Amazing Beauty Tricks That Will Save You Time AND Money

Jeanne Sager | Mar 15, 2013 Beauty & Style

putting on makeupWhen did being a woman become so expensive? Even the basic beauty routine can put a hurting on the pocketbook these days, and if you've got an addiction to something like nail polish (guiltily raises her hands), you might as well just tell the accounting department to divert a chunk of your paycheck to the local beauty store.

Unless, that is, you are a devotee of the beauty hack? I'm talking about the little tricks that help you cut corners -- and costs!

Every woman I know seems to have at least one or two tricks up her sleeve, and when I shared 10 of my favorite beauty hacks last year here on The Stir, I heard that I missed some of the best!

So here you, nine more beauty hacks we've gathered from women who swear they work ... and swear they will save you time and money on your beauty routine.

Which are your favorites?


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  • Exfoliate With Lemon Juice and Sugar


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    Take 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and add lemon juice until it's the consistency of molasses. Rub on face as you would any other exfoliant. It's gentle and smells yummy too!

  • Condition Your Hair With Milk


    Ran out of conditioner? Run to the fridge and grab the gallon of milk. You'll probably want to put it in a spritz bottle and spritz onto your hair rather than pouring it over your head. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then wash out as normal.

  • Reduce Hair Oil With Cornstarch


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    Don't have time for a shower after work? You can buy expensive dry shampoo or just use some cornstarch to soak up the oil.

  • Reduce Dark Circles With Honey & Lemon Juice


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    Dark circles under the eyes can come from allergies, lack of sleep, and any number of other factors. Want to get rid of them? Some ladies swear by a mix of 2 drops of honey and a few drops of lemon juice mixed together and applied to the area under your eyes with a cotton ball. Leave it there for 15 minutes. Word has it the Vitamin C in the lemon juice will help lighten the skin.

  • Remove Nail Polish Stains With Peroxide


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    Got nail polish stains from leaving the polish on too long? Use a cotton swab dipped in peroxide to bring them back to the normal color.

  • Cover Your Roots With a Marker


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    A friend with light hair swears by this trick for making a dye job last longer -- she uses a dark marker (like a Sharpie) to cover up her roots, literally coloring on the bits of hair. Note, this will only work with lighter roots and a dark dye job.

  • Prevent Shaving Bumps With Deodorant


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    Bathing suit season is coming up fast, and that means shaving the bikini line again. Ugh. You can ward off razor burn by running your bar of deodorant over the area after you shave. Some deodorants even have epilstop in them these days which will help slow the re-growth of hair!

  • Remove Eye Makeup With Olive Oil


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    I have always used moisturizer in a pinch to remove make-up, but a friend recently let me in on her favorite trick: she pulls extra virgin olive oil out of her cabinet. It's great for her dry skin, she says, and much less irritating than regular soap.

  • Give Your Hair Body With Baby Powder


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    Put baby powder on the roots of your hair and push it up with your fingers. It will give you some instant body, and some hairspray will hold it.

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