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A lot of women spend major cash getting their roots touched up once a month, but the Clairol Root Touch-Up Kit can achieve the needed in-between visit results in the (inexpensive) comfort of your own home. In just seconds you can mix the formula, apply, wait 10 minutes, rinse, dry, and reschedule your salon appointment for three weeks later than usual.
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If you're squeamish about having someone push back your cuticles or cutting your nails too short, try giving yourself an at-home manicure with this all-inclusive kit from Kiss. Skip buying your own bottles of expensive nail lacquers and head to the salon for just a polish change — most charge under $10 to swap your color.
Kiss Professional Manicure Kit, $9.99; walgreens.com
Conserve Your Product
Cut Your Own Bangs
Divide and Conquer
"I use Neutrogena makeup remover pads to remove my eye makeup at night. I cut them in half and keep them in a plastic bag, as half of one is plenty," says celebrity makeup artist Susan Posnick, who's worked with Cindy Crawford and Diane Lane. "I also find they are perfect when I am just too tired to do my usual night routine, like when I am traveling for personal appearances."
Pamper Parched Strands
Preserve Your Hair Color
Extend your hair color and keep it looking healthy and vibrant with this great tip from The Office star Angela Kinsey: "To make my hair color last longer, I wash my hair every other day. On the weekends I give it a break from heat styling and just put it in a ponytail. Once a month I use this deep conditioner. I apply it in the morning, slip on a shower cap, then do the laundry."
Run Damage Control on Your Blemishes
Various Uses for Vaseline
Big Beauty Bang for Your Buck
Eyes Lips Face (e.l.f.) may be one of our favorite brands for beauty on a budget. This palette comes with 48 eye shadow shades (yes 48!), a built-in mirror, and 1 dual-ended applicator, all for a price that is so good, it'll make you blush.
e.l.f. Essential Little Black Beauty Book - Eye Edition, $5; eyeslipsface.com
Make Your Own Extensions
Midday Oil Slick Fix
Squeeze More Swipes
Save Your Mascara Wand
Make Your Own Exfoliating Body Scrub
Deodorize Your Kicks
Use Coffee Grounds on Cellulite
A Bee-utiful Blemish Fighter
Deflate Puffy Eyes
Give Yourself a Gift
Get Smooth in a Flash
Celebrity makeup artist and star of What Not to Wear Carmindy puts her face primer on her arms to make them extra-smooth when she doesn't have time to exfoliate. This formula includes skin-smoothing cork oak and olive leaf, plus has tiny micronized pearl to give your shoulders a sexy shimmer.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer, $9.99; cvs.com
Relieve Sunburn the Healthy Way
Use a Lip Brush
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DIY Recipe: Banana and Honey Facial
Fruit is the best ingredient for your skin. The vitamins and minerals help clear up blemishes and leave you feeling soft and smooth. Each fruit has its own benefits, but for a quickie DIY facial, grab a banana from your fruit basket and try this recipe:
Mash a ripe, medium-sized banana and mix with 2 tablespoons honey. For a thicker consistency, add 2 tablespoons plain yogurt. Apply to your face and neck for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off.
DIY Recipe: Triple Citrus Pedicure
Courtesy of nail technician Fahmida Mumith at Haven Spa in New York City
Soak your feet in a combination of warm water, sea salts, sliced lemon rounds, and a few drops of any essential oil. Use a pumice stone on your heels and balls of your feet to slough away calluses.
In a mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, the juice of a grapefruit, lemon, and lime, and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil with a splash of warm water. Exfoliate your feet and calves with the scrub, then rinse it off with warm water. Finish by applying a rich body cream to your feet and calves to keep them soft and hydrated.
Save on Dry Cleaning
Although this last one isn't entirely beauty-related, it can save you a ton on your laundry bill. This hand-held, portable steamer heats up to 212°F, which sanitizes and kills odor-causing bacteria. Plus, its smaller-than-a-book size allows you to store it easily or bring it on your next trip.
Available at haanusa.com