3 DIY beauty products

Beauty may be only skin deep, but the price tag cuts way down to the wallet. When you’re trying to stay fast to a budget, the beauty routine can be one of the first things to go.

Looking beautiful has a lot to do with feeling beautiful. And wouldn’t you feel beautiful (and smart- the whole package!) if you found a way to maintain your beauty routine by coming up with some low cost alternatives?


Distressed hair?

Who doesn’t have dried out hair in January? Between the dryness from the cold and the likelihood that you upped the product and styling tool use with all the parties and holiday events in December, chances are your lovely locks are in need of a little TLC.

Instead of heading to your local salon, or paying huge bucks for treatments at the store, give this homemade hot oil treatment a go.

In a medium saucepan, put a couple of inches of water and heat to boil. In a heatproof boiler, put 2 tsp each of olive oil, jojoba oil and almond oil. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil. Add 2 tsp of some fresh herbs (rosemary is nice) to make it fragrant.  Place bowl on top of saucepan and heat until blended and hot with the herbs infused (about 15-20mins). This should make a couple of treatments. Store half in a container and put half in your hair and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse.

DIY pedicure

Just because your feet are hidden in snow boots, doesn’t mean they don’t need attention. Make a foot scrub with 3 tsp olive oil, 2 tsp honey and ½ cup of sugar. Combine and rub over your feet, with special attention to heels and soles. Soak feet in hot water and dry. Select a fun, summery colour and paint those toes! A fraction of the price of a salon pedicure!

DIY face mask

Skin dried out from that winter air? Slap on this three ingredient mask for some relief.  Heat 1tsp of coconut oil until melted. Add 1 tsp of honey and a quarter of an avocado and mash and mix until mixture is fluffy. Apply to face and leave on for 20-30 minutes and rinse off with warm water. This mixture will keep for four weeks in an airtight container.