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Budget Beauty

Our Budget Beauty posts to date have come in the form of recipes and freshly made pamper treatments, but this week we’re all about the D.I.Y way to display our beloved beauty products. We’ve collected a few jars and containers that were destined for the recycle bin to house the beauty bits we reach for the most.  
D.I.Y #1 – The Coffee Jar  
This coffee jar is a perfect size to store those every day beauty pads we use for our skincare routine or for a spring mani-pedi! We find this storage much easier than digging your way to the bottom of a make up pad bag, and it looks clean and neat sitting on your beauty desk. Make sure you wash the jar thoroughly – that strong coffee smell likes to stick around!  
D.I.Y #2 – The Candle  
Burning yummy candles throughout the winter evenings has left us with far too many burnt down to the wick. This holder used to smell of cherry blossom and the pattern on the outside made it too beautiful to throw away.  Scoop out the remainder of the candle wax from the jar. Fill with warm water, washing up liquid, and let it stand. This step just melts away any candle wax that couldn’t be scooped out and allows it to wash clean. then rinse and dry. Stand on your dressing table, next to your first DIY and pop in your daily make up brushes.  Having our favourite make up brushes on hand makes the make up in the morning run a whole lot smoother!  
D.I.Y #3 – The Mini Candle  
We told you we had lot’s of empty candles, right? This was a mini that we quickly burnt through and now holds our lip products. You could pop anything in here really – bobby pins, hair bands, manicure utensils – but we like to display our newest lip loves. Just follow the same steps for D.I.Y#2. You could even add a little ribbon bow around the top of the jar – easy peasy! . 
We’d love to your own creations so please share them with us over on Twitter or Instagram… don’t forget to tag us in your pics and use the #BudgetBeauty hashtag!
Words and photography  Emily Smith

Budget Beauty

Lip scrubs are an effective way to treat your pout to some TLC and put that extra coconut oil from the last Budget Beauty post to good use. Giving your lips a gentle scrub every now and again not only sheds the unwanted dead skin, but also smooths out the canvas for lipstick application. So, if you’re a bold lip lover – listen up!

What you’ll need
1tbsp White or Brown Sugar 
1tbsp Honey 
1 Heaped tbsp Coconut Oil
1. Mix the honey and coconut oil together in a bowl. Binding them together creates the perfect conditioner to protect and soften your lips, locking in the moisture as the sugar exfoliates the layers of your lips. 
2. Fold the sugar into the mixture, being careful not to whisk as the consistency will become too runny. We chose to use white sugar for our home made lip scrub, as it’s not a coarse as brown sugar ad we already had it stocked in our pantry! After all, this is budget beauty. 
3. At this point, it’s optional to add in any essential oils or extras that you might want. We chose not too as the coconut oil itself tastes delicious! But, we suggest a couple of drops of peppermint oil works a treat to freshen your lips and breath at the same time. 
4. Gently work into your lips and remove with a damp cloth. Feel the softness! We were amazed with the results, the sugar wasn’t drying on the lips at all as the coconut oil acted almost like a lip balm and coated the skin with moisture. 
5. At this point, you can leave your lips bare, or apply your favourite bold lippy! 
 So there you have it, a Budget Beauty way to achieving an enviable pout! #selfie
Words and photography Emily Smith

Budget Beauty

SS14 is upon us and a key trend for the world of beauty is a natural glow to your complexion. Here’s our inexpensive way of achieving a youthful base without the need for makeup trickery… avocado and honey face mask.
 After being told as children not to play with our food or smoosh it all over our faces, it felt somewhat unnatural plastering our faces with avocado in the name of beauty but it really does work. Avocados aren’t just there for your side order of guacamole – they are packed with vitamin A, which clears off any dead skin cells and cleanses your skin, as well as vitamin E, which improves your skin’s health and gives you that ‘my skin is always like this’ glow. The added honey helps for an extra dose of hydration and to lock down moisture.

 You will need
1/2 ripe avocado
Generous dollop of runny honey
Here’s how…

1  Avocado in hand – carefully halve and de-pip. 
2 Carve out one half of the avocado into a bowl.

3 Mash with a fork. 
4 Add a dollop of honey – don’t be shy! 
5 Whisk a little more. Try to get a smooth consistency as lumps can be harder to apply onto your face. The honey will stop the mask slipping off.
6 Scoop into a container so you can keep hold of any extra.

7 Slather generously onto your face and leave to ‘set’ for 10 minutes. 

8 Remove with a warm, damp cloth and see the results for yourself! 
Words And Photography by Emily Smith