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10 (Affordable) Beauty Secrets Every Girl Should Know

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Beauty secrets

As college girls, we’re always looking for tips and tricks that are affordable and time-saving. Between classes, extra curricular activities and our social lives, it’s hard to find the time to always primp and prep ourselves to look fabulous, and things can fall out of place from time to time, especially during a day that seems to last forever.

But with these quick and easy beauty secrets, you’re guaranteed to look beautiful and flawless all the time! Read on for all the info.

1) Bronzer and baby powder are a great way to disguise oily hair.
This trick is one of my favorites, since I am unfortunately one of those girls who loves to play with her hair, and therefore, add more oil to it than it would have on its own. If you’re a brunette, carry around a bronzer compact. If you’re a blonde, carry around a mini baby powder. They’ll temporarily hide your not-so-freshly-washed locks! (You might also want to try one of our favorite dry shampoos.)

Lips

2) Vaseline is an all-around life saver.
From using it as a chapstick, to applying a sparing amount to dry skin, to using it as an eye makeup remover, Vaseline can do it all. (Once my mom and I asked a middle-aged woman how her skin was so smooth and glowy, and she responded by saying she’s been putting Vaseline on it every night since she was 13! But make sure your skin can handle it if you dare to try! Vaseline is very thick, and can cause your skin to clog and pimples to form!)

3) Visine can help clear up your eyes… and your blemishes!
Red eyes after a long night studying? Visine’s always great to have on hand… And as a bonus, applying a small amount to blemishes will reduce redness almost instantly! Talk about double duty.

4) Flyaways can be tamed by most moisturizers!
If you have any stray flyaway hairs, take a small, dime-sized amount of moisturizer, rub between your hands, and run over those stray pieces of hair! The weight of the moisturizer will hold them down, while giving your hands a quick dose of moisture!

5) Nails stained from dark polishes? Stick your fingertips in lemon halves!
Sticking your nails in lemon halves for five minutes will help brighten nails instantly. This is a trick that is used on models, since they often have to continuously get their nails done, often with dark, staining polishes.

Manicure

6) Forget buying cream eyeshadow… Make your own!
By using a wet brush instead of a dry one on powdered eye shadow, you instantly create a creamier, brighter shadow to apply to your lids. This trick is so simple, yet so effective!

7) Put your perfume or fragrance on your wrists when you’ll be meeting people and shaking hands.
By putting fragrance on your wrists as well as behind your ears, it ensures that the recipient of your handshake or the lucky person who’s kissing your cheek will smell your delicious scent!

8) Run a fabric-softener sheet along your hair to get rid of the smell of a night out.
Whether you smell like a frat party, a smoky room, or a bar, this trick will get you smelling less like a night out and more like you’re ready to face a new day!

9) Want to change your hairstyle, but not ready to cut it off? Try a side part!
This dramatic part will make you the envy of every girl, and requires nothing more than a comb and a little bit of hairspray! Celebrities like Megan Fox love this easy look! Also consider trying new accessories, such as clips, bobby pins, and headbands, as well as styling your hair into buns and ponytails! Your haircut should never leave you feeling stuck with just one look!

Glass of water

10) Water is a girl’s best friend!
No matter how many beauty tips and tricks you read in your lifetime, the most important is this: it’s important to drink as much water as possible each and every day. It keeps your skin looking healthy, will make you feel healthy and hydrated, and your skin and hair feeling supple! It truly is a girl’s best friend.

What do you think?

Have you tried any of these beauty tips and tricks? Did you learn something new that you’re going to try? What is your favorite beauty secret? Let us know in a comment!

Posted on on May 25, 2010 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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57 Responses to “10 (Affordable) Beauty Secrets Every Girl Should Know”

  1. 1
    May 25th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I never knew that about the lemons. I have this blue polish that always stain my nails, and I was just gonna give up on it now I’ll just give this a try.

  2. 2
    May 25th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I recommend brushing your hair before you wash it so it doesn’t tangle as much.

  3. 3
    May 25th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    #2. amen, amen! since the season change, my knuckles and crevices between my fingers have been so painfully dry, almost to the point of cracking! not so much anymore. ive been applying vaseline to my dry spots at night, and the next morning my hands are so incredibly soft and smooth!! =]

  4. 4
    May 25th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I’m trying at least two of these tomorrow. Vaseline I’ve already got covered, though. It’s always in my purse, which is especially helpful in summer so my lips don’t sunburn.

  5. 5
    May 25th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Don’t forget olive oil also works great at getting make-up off and it has less chemicals which could potentially harm the skin.

  6. 6
    May 25th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Vaseline is my best my friend in the winter months. It’s great or dry, cracked lips all while giving that perfect gloss look. It’s also good for that smile. A small amount rubbed on your front teeth give a sparkling smile.
    Also try it to elevate those dry cracked feet. I’m not one that has to get a pedi regularly, I just put on some vaseline and bam!!!

  7. 7
    May 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    To the above poster, I don’t know about putting Vaseline on your teeth… that would taste gross. I heard that sometimes cheerleaders put Vaseline on their teeth for competitions. It reminds them to smile because if they close their mouth, it tastes bad.

    My mom’s remedy for chapped lips is to gently scrub with a toothbrush and put Vaseline on before taking a hot shower. I tried it and it works!

    I like the Visine and lemon tips. Those are new to me. :)

  8. 8
    May 25th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Running a fabric softener through your hair does get rid of static, but the chemicals in the fabric softener are harmful to your scalp and hair!!

  9. 9
    May 25th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Instead of wetting your eyeshadow brush with water, use moisturizer. Water can work, but can also take off the shadow or even become runny if you get it too wet.
    Just put a dot of moisturizer on your hand, dip the brush, then put the shadow on.

  10. 10
    May 25th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Vaseline doesn’t clog pores. It is just a misconception. Anyway, I love these tips!

  11. 11
    May 25th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I heard somewhere that Preparation H gets rid of under eye puffiness…don’t know if it actually works though. Anyone know?

  12. 12
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Liv, I heard that too but I have never tried it. Great tips! I too did not know about the lemons or visine tricks.

  13. 13
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    ahhh my hair is an awful combination of thin, greasy at the roots, and dry at the ends…hair powder/dry shampoo has really saved me!! it keeps it looking clean and gives it volume, and keeps my from having to wash/flat iron my hair every day! I don’t know how I lived the first 20 years of my life without it hahaha!

  14. 14
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    One not mentioned is baking soda. Like vaseline Baking soda has a ton of uses. I use it as an exfoliator, teeth whitener, and it can also help zap pimples if you make it into a paste.

  15. 15
    May 26th, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Use conditioner as shaving cream for your legs and armpit.

    I use that tip all the time in the shower when I’m in the hurry. Your legs will be as smooth and they will smell great!

  16. 16
    May 26th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    OMG… I love these tips! And yeah… these pictures too of course, love those sexy lips, I agree that water is a girl’s best friend.

  17. 17
    May 26th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I never apply eyeshadow without wetting the brush. Works like a charm. It really helps the eyeshadow stick to your eyelids and stay there all day.

  18. 18
    May 29th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I loved it! :) Thanks!

  19. 19
    May 29th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Good advice except for the last tip! of course it’s good to keep hydrated but you don’t need to drink “as much water as possible each and every day” Excessive water intake can lead to brain swelling and death so don’t over do it! 8 glasses *spread* over an average day is heaps!

  20. 20
    May 30th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I agree with the above poster.
    I had these scars that were 2 dots on each cheek, from popping pimples a couple years ago. I tried Mederma (which did nothing on my skin) and Bio-Oil (Which made my skin too oily) but then my grandmother told me too put on baking soda applied with a q-tip, because it is very drying, and it neednt be applied all over your face. I was hesitant to use this tip however; my skin is extremly irritated just by touching, and i am also a longtime sufferer of Eczema. But, when i brought this up to her, she again told be to do it. But this time, after washing it off your face, put a little bit of vaseline in a small bowl, mixed with a little visine. It worked! My skin felt and looked amazing, and now i gave up on Proactic, Neutrgena, and am solely using this combination!

  21. 21
    May 30th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    And also, i should mention to the other above poster, that putting vaseline to prevent sunburn it a horrible thing to do to your lips. When you do this, it can intensify the suns rays, causeing premature aging of the lips, sunburn, and possibly skin cancer.

  22. 22
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Great advice =)

  23. 23
    June 13th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    here it says that the use of Visine is useful but actually it has a lot of terrible adverse effects if used frequently.blemishes are usually caused due to uv rays and liver problems.having a prescribed liver tonic with hot water every morning before having anything can solve blemishes and skin darkening in a much superior way.having aloe vera juice every morning is also a very good way of having healthy and glowing skin!

  24. 24
    June 13th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    dabbing your lips with a cotton ball deeply soaked with milk gives wonderfully pink and smooth lips..this is actually a very old and traditional tip but it works excellent.my grandmother used to do it and since i was a teen i have been using it too..following natural remedies instead of using chemicals keeps the skin safer.using cinnamon oil on your lips gives us beautiful pinky red lips because the cinnamon oil tickles and increases blood circulation in the lips which makes the lips look more sensational..Catherine Zeta Jones,Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie are known to share this tip..!!

  25. 25
    July 3rd, 2010 at 11:36 am

    what is a vaseline? is it a shampo??

  26. 26
    July 5th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Vaseline!!! Is Vaseline, like a transparent cream, very smooth, you can get it at any pharmacy, just ask for Vaseline ;)

  27. 27
    July 29th, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Vaseline is just a brand name for petroleum jelly

  28. 28
    September 17th, 2010 at 2:24 am

    It’s really great. I think it’ll work. Bt thanks 4 sharing great advice…….:)

  29. 29
    October 26th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Add 3-4 drops of Pine Turpentine oil and 3-4 drops of snake oil into your daily shampoo, it will shine your hair. And for a bright, healty skin, put a some apple vinegar on cotton, and aply it to your face twice a week and put a spoonfol of apple vinegar in a glass of water and drink it. You’ll see the difference in a very short time. This info is from a Turkish doctor, ?brahim Saraço?lu

    Visine is a great tip for me, I also use visine to thicken my eyebrow, but you need assistance to do this from your coiffeur, she can shave your eyebrows sides as much as you want it to get thick and you apply visine at nights for six months every week, hocus pocus, you have thick eyebrows. But be careful of this, it needs professionals;)

  30. 30
    November 16th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    This website has 50 great uses for vaseline

    http://www.christinaloves.com/2008/09/13/50-uses-for-vaseline/

  31. 31
    July 12th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Baby shampoo to remove eye makeup reccomended by my eye doctor. Place a wash cloth diped in very warm water place it on your eyes for a minute, then put baby shampoo on a cotton ball and wipe off makeup. No more tears! No eye irritation. Works better than any makeup remover I’ve ever used and no burning eyes!

  32. 32
    September 1st, 2011 at 12:15 am

    #10 is easily the best tip. I used to rarely drink water, but ever since I started 8 glasses a day, my skin has cleared up, my acne scars are now invisible, i feel hydrated and my skin is less oily. Also, I lost a few pounds without exercise. so rmbr, DRINK WATERRRR !

  33. 33
    November 22nd, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Mixing a dab of vaseline with your eye shadow before applying works great and lasts all day long.

  34. 34
    December 11th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    The visine and baby powder tricks are life savers!! I use those all the time.

    Cold cream is a great night moistureizer too (in place of Vaseline).

    Also, I keep a bottle of baby oil in my shower – rub it on after you’re done showering but still wet – the water helps in to absorb into the skin and the baby oil will leave your skin SO soft and smooth!

  35. 35
    December 21st, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    For those who use the baking soda paste….how long do you leave it on?? And the vaseline do you use it like overnight or as a moisturiser under makeup?? Thank you for any help!!

  36. 36
    March 18th, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Its very nice because these are very useful Beauty Secrets to improve my beauty. thanks

  37. 37
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I just loved the above given tips .i’m gonna try right now

  38. 38
    March 29th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    As a former cancer survivor and mom, I am always looking for natural remedies…I found The very best!…Plain coconut oil from any store…The better brands are of course even better but on a budget you can get a big bottle of it for $5.00…Use it to remove makeup, wash your face with it, put it on your whole body for silky soft skin, eat it for amazing health benefits and condition your hair with it…The list is endless…and an old trick I learned with having a daughter who wants to wear lip gloss….Dab a little Vaseline and Koolaid together and stir well and you will have healthy yummy lip gloss!…

  39. 39
    April 10th, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Well what if your African American this does no justice for me in anyway what so every exept the Vaseline part that’s a wonderful tip:) just put more All-Race friendly tips in but otherwise GREAT JOB

  40. 40
    April 18th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    These tips are wonderful.

    Preparation H really does work for swelling/bags around the eyes. Great for bags (dab on the skin gently and leave overnight), OR if you’ve been crying and you don’t want your eyes to look puffy later. Dab a tiny amount on your eyelids and go to bed. In the morning, you look normal.

    Also, I have very sensitive skin (rosacea, dry, acne prone) and the BEST mask I’ve EVER used is:

    Regular milk! I blend normal, whole milk with nonfat powder milk until it’s a cream. Then I apply it with a foundation brush to my face/chest/legs. It dries in about 15 minutes and feels hard, like you can’t move your face. Then I rinse/shower with warm water, towel off and moisturize. My skin is soft, clean and shiny. Amazing.

    p.s. You can find milk in a lot of expensive creams, but pure milk is the cheapest, most effective and by far most luxurious.

  41. 41
    May 30th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Does anyone know if lemon juice works to get teeth whiter??????????????

  42. 42
    June 20th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks so much this tips and tricks so do help!!!
    Luv u for life!!!!!

  43. 43
    July 18th, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Thanks for all for sharing these beauty tips…….You know something it really works in my daily busy schedule…….mainly many dont know water is essential which makes us to feel healthy………I am worth it…..

  44. 44
    October 17th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    There are many uses for vaseline.
    You can put some on your lashes each night before you go bed and you wake up with longer and thicker eye lashes!
    Mix vaseline with Kool aid, freeze it, ta da! Scented and flavored chapstick!
    Before you go to bed, wash you feet with warm water and mile soap, rub vaseline all over your feet and put a clean pair of socks over it. Then just… sleep. In the morning, you wake up will nice smelling feet!

  45. 45
    April 1st, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Just for ur face? I think u don’t wanna go somewhere if ur foots are dry and pale like ur grandma’s foots. I can give u a quick way to look healthy n wet foots. Drop a little olive oil n toner on your palm. Rub on ur foot. U will like this.
    p.s: toner-3 drops, olive oil 2 drops.:)

  46. 46
    January 18th, 2014 at 1:08 am

    i love all the tips and also i believe by eating vegetables and diet but water would be the best solution to the better beauty

  47. 47
    February 17th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Do you know how I fight the flyaways? with the pro naturals argan oil leave-in treatment! Check it out!

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