Of all the things that have to change after you have kids, the amount of time you have to devote to yourself is near the top of the list. Goodbye good night's rest and an hour or three to luxuriate in a bath on a weekend before going out. Hello sleepless nights and throwing your greasy hair up in a ponytail. Beauty routines when you're a mom are often all about what's quick and easy and what you have on hand.
Which, believe it or not, is a LOT! Look around your house -- you may not have the money to splurge on yourself anymore, but your house is brimming with baby beauty products ... which aren't just for baby. Turns out everything from baby oil to baby shampoo can be re-purposed to do some pretty awesome things for mom too.
If you're into saving money (and who isn't?), these beauty hacks will change your life, Mom!
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Number 7 is a total game-changer, isn't it? Which baby product have you found yourself stealing from your kids?
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Got chapped lips? It's hard to get the dead skin off of there without irritating the delicate skin, but a baby toothbrush works like a charm to slough it all away.
I've always been a fan of using conditioner on my legs to get super soft skin without having to use lotion, but a friend clued me in to using baby oil instead. It serves the same purpose -- super soft skin, and much cheaper than standard shaving cream.
Dry shampoo is awesome ... and expensive. But if you're already buying baby powder for the baby, might as well make it do double duty, right? Sprinkle on your roots, allow to sit for a few minutes, then brush it out. Buh bye greasy look, hello "clean" hair!
Confession: false eyelashes terrify me. I love the look, but I just can't fathom how to put them on. Want to get the look without looking like Liza Minnelli? The secret is baby powder!
Put a layer of your favorite mascara on your lashes. Then take a Q-Tip and spread a very light layer of baby powder across the lashes. Follow up with a second coat of mascara, and boom, lusher lashes!
You can buy a fancy schmancy makeup remover, but if you're into a DIY, how about trying this one on for size? If you mix 1 cup water, 1 1/2 tablespoons tear-free baby shampoo, and 1/8 teaspoon baby oil, you've got a cheap makeup remover that's gentle on your skin!
Need to clean hair dye stains off your skin but don't want to ruin your towels? Grab some baby wipes!
Add a little bit of the kids' Vaseline to your powdered blush, and it will last much longer on your skin!
Worried about chub rub when you're wearing short shorts or a bathing suit? Sprinkle baby powder between your thighs, and chafing is off the table.