Beauty hacks to save you money and time

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A student life is a hectic life and when you’re pushed for time your beauty regime can go out the window. Rather than spending a fortune on products, unnecessarily wasting the ones that you have got, and rushing to get ready in the morning, we’ve got five of the best time- and money-saving beauty hacks to help you out.

Look after your products

One of the best ways to save time and money is to organise your beauty products. Knowing where everything is reduces the chance of you buying something that you already have.

Learning how to clean a hairbrush and other beauty tools properly not only gets rid of germs and makes them healthier to use, it’ll save you money in the long run too. That’s because regularly maintaining your tools will make them last longer and means that you won’t have to spend time cleaning them before each use. Learning how to clean a hairbrush quickly could also save you time when you’re in a rush, and it’s a trick that’s well worth having up your sleeve.

Recycling and multi-tasking

In addition to maintaining your products and tools, you can also make use of some of them when they are at the end of their natural life. Rather than go out and buy a brand new lip-gloss you can use the end of your lipstick, mix it with a clear gloss and create a new product.

Using different products for more than one purpose is another way to save you money, and it’ll save time too. For example, did you know that hair conditioner can actually make a really good shaving lotion? Or that lipstick actually makes a really good blusher? The key is to be creative, experiment and see what you can use to do more than one job.

Strategic spraying

Perfume and aftershave is expensive, and if you’re someone who can’t go out the door without dousing yourself in your favourite fragrance you might just be throwing money away. However, if you know how and where to spray your scent it’s going to last a lot longer.

The key is to spray or dab your pulse points with your favourite fragrance: wrist, elbow, base of the neck and behind the ears. These areas generate more heat and will diffuse the fragrance much better than spraying excessively on other parts of your body… or clothes!

Sparkly eyes

All those late nights studying and socialising can leave you with tell-tale signs all over your face, especially around the eyes. There are plenty of expensive eye creams and drops, but we don’t all have money to burn on those items. Don’t fear though; green tea bags, a plain old cucumber or a simple spoon can do the job too.

Soak the teabag in water and then leave over your eyes for five to ten minutes to bring down the puffiness. Leave a couple of slices of cucumber over your eyes to bring some much needed moisture back to your eyes, or pop a spoon in the fridge overnight for a soothing cooler in the morning.

Quick hair care

Rushing for a lecture but haven’t had the chance to wash your hair? No worries, as long as you’ve got dry shampoo you needn’t be late or look a mess. It can be cheaper than a lot of big brand shampoos and is definitely much quicker to use. Bonus! A few extra minutes in bed before starting the day is always welcome.

From knowing where to spray your favourite perfume or aftershave to organising your products and learning how to clean a hairbrush properly, we’ve given you five top beauty hacks. Enjoy that extra time and money!

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