Category: Beauty and Fashion Tips

TMR Frugal Living Tip #74

Monistat as a Makeup PrimerToday’s thrifty living tip is instead of using an expensive makeup primer, you can use Monistat Chafing Powder-Gel. You read this correctly Monistat. I can hear you saying I am not putting stuff made for feminine itching on my face! Gross!

I realize this sounds a little crazy but it really works great as a makeup primer. The reason it works so well is that it contains dimethicone which is the same ingredient that the other expensive makeup primers use. It’s a fraction of the cost plus you will get more for the money.

I was skeptical at first as I have used MAC primer which is wonderful. I never tried Smashbox, but I know it’s another very popular makeup primer. I found it at my local Wal-Mart for $6.37 plus tax, and I read that it will last for at least a year. You don’t use much as in the size of a dime. Trying is believing, and it really does work!

I live in very humid south Louisiana and if the heat doesn’t melt off your makeup then the humidity will. My makeup still looked wonderful at the end of the day especially my eye makeup. I couldn’t believe how well this stuff works and for a fraction of the more expensive primers. I also have oily skin but my face doesn’t look like an oil slick at the end of the day. My foundation went on flawlessly and it just feels nice. Some people say it can be hard to find and not found in Canada.

Leave me a comment either if you have tried it or you want to try. I would love to hear from you.

TMR Frugal Living Tip #66

Baby Powder to asorb oil in hairToday’s thrifty living tip is sprinkle a little baby powder on your hair to absorb any oils. Yes this tip really does work. My best friend Heather, shared with me this great tip many years ago.

Basically just sprinkle a little baby powder on your hair (mostly it will look oily around the scalp or top) then blend it in well. I really like to brush mine since I have darker hair. It saves you time and money. It is much cheaper to use than to pay $5+ for the same thing in a much smaller bottle.

Sometimes you might get invited to a last minute event and not have time to wash your hair. You can also keep a small bottle in your purse if you are on the go.

Have you tried this tip?

TMR Frugal Living Tip #63

Dry Razor Blades

Today’s thrifty living tip is dry your razor blades in between shaves. Just dab the blades gently with a towel and put it in a dry place like the medicine cabinet for storage. The water will dull the razor blades.

Yes this does work and extends the life of your razor blades. My husband shaves at least 2-3 times a week plus I use his razor weekly. Since we started using this tip, I will say we have at least added at least another 30 days of use from the razor blades.

You can also add a dab of Vaseline to keep it from rusting further. It also adds another layer of lubricant to your razor blades making it glide better over your skin while shaving.

Have you tried this tip yet?

TMR Frugal Living Tip #61

Today’s thrifty living tip is add a little water to your liquid hand soap. I don’t fill the pump container all the way to the top, and I add just a small amount of water. I don’t actually measure the water but just enough to thin it out. Then I shake well to help mix the water and soap.

I find most liquid hand soaps are pretty thick which gets wasted. This is especially true if you have small children. My mom uses baby shampoo as a hand soap, and she still puts a little water in the dispenser. I got my soap almost free with sales and coupons. I have used baby shampoo which does work and smell great.

Do you use this tip?

TMR Frugal Living Tip #58

Today’s thrifty living tip is use baking soda for a nice soak. It makes your skin so soft and it’s really great for tired feet. I have even used it as a facial scrub. I find it to be gentle on your skin, but still be careful not to rub too hard. Actually baking soda has many great uses, and I will discuss more tips in the near future. What do you use to soak your tired achy feet?

TMR Frugal Living Tip #55

Today’s thrifty tip is use clear mascara to keep your eyebrows in place. I learned this neat beauty tip when I was a teenager in high school.

Another alternative is to use a little hairspray on either a toothbrush or those little brushes. I actually have that little eyebrow brush that cost me a couple of bucks. Sometimes I can just brush my eyebrows right before spraying my hair, and I purposely make sure that a fine mist will hit my eyebrows.

I find any of these work very well, but I like the last one the best so they don’t feel so stiff.

What do you use to keep your eyebrows in place?

TMR Frugal Living Tip #22

Today’s thrifty tip is buy an aloe vera plant. This is a wonderful plant that you can use for many first-aid remedies.

Aloe vera is great to use on: scrapes, insect bites, stings, cuts, burns and especially a sunburn. You can also use it for acne and patches of eczema.

All you have to do is cut off a small piece and squeeze out the gel to apply on the affected area. If you know someone that already has a plant, then ask for a couple of shoots. I have mine in a pot on a sunny windowsill inside my house. They are very easy to grow, and require little water since it’s part of the cactus family.

Do you own an aloe vera plant?