6 Tips to Feeling Pretty on a Budget

6 Tips to Kicking ‘The Uglies’ the the Curb (on a budget)

While creating life and birthing a child is the most beautiful thing that there is, it doesn’t always feel this way.

After being pregnant during a Florida summer – the hottest summer of my life – I already was feeling rather rough. But add to that a major surgery (aka C-section), a few days stay in hospital, little sleep, sore boobies from breast feeding etc, etc. and I just haven’t been feeling too attractive, to say the least.

I was still too tired to get out of the house and am not yet cleared for exercise but I had to do something to help myself feel human again.

It might take me a few days to accomplish all these things since I can’t just hide in the bathroom for hours (anymore) but each and every one of them made me feel like a pretty lady again.

So, if you need a boost in the ‘I feel pretty’ department follow these 6 tips to beautify on a budget in your own home.

     1. Take A Shower
And I mean a REAL shower – where you shampoo AND condition AND wash AND shave, all in the same shower. Those who don’t have kids just don’t realize how freakin difficult this is.
So you have to be selfish and leave the kid(s) with your significant other or a family member or friend then go into the bathroom and LOCK THE DOOR. I do suggest playing music to block out the screams of distress from the adults and kids in the other room. NOTE: you MUST shave (BOTH legs) or this step does not count.

     2. Treat Your Trees
Pick up some Biore strips from the store. You can get the multi pack so you have strips for your nose, chin and forehead. Don’t know what Biore strips are? They’re these magical little white strips that go on your skin and then attach to all your black heads. Then when you peel off the strips the little black heads get pulled out. When you look at the strip they look like tons of little eensie weensie trees that came out of your skin. These are pretty dang cool and work wonders on your skin.

     3. Homemade Exfoliant
Exfoliating the skin helps get rid of dead skin and leaves you feeling fresh and so clean. You can exfoliate any part of your body. There are tons of store bought exfoliants full of chemicals. But I try to use as few chemicals in my life as possible, and, to tell you the truth, my home made exfoliant is better than any store bought I’ve ever used.
Mix sea salt and coconut oil together and rub over your skin. Massage the skin gently with the scrubby salt crystals. Rinse with water and then wash in your normal routine to remove the oil.
You’ll be left with fresh, soft and super clean skin. You will feel amazing.
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     4. Treat Your Pearly Whites
Any one who knows me knows I’m not a fan of chemicals. I use very few chemicals in my food, on my body and in my home. I save my limited chemical exposure to only a few select things.
First off I suggest using the super safe and fluoride free whitening toothpaste from USANA Health Sciences on a daily basis (Purchase HERE) to keep teeth healthy and white. And, start ‘oil pulling.’ This is where you take a tea spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes (just try 2 minutes your first time, as it is a bit weird feeling at first). I’ve had great whitening results from this. (Read all about my oil pulling adventures on by blog HERE and HERE).

     5. Nailed It
I can finally reach my toes again!!! So giving myself a pedicure is back on my ‘beautification’ list. When it comes to doing your nails you don’t have to be fancy or extravagant. I rarely paint my nails a color, for the simple reason that I tend to get more polish on my skin than I get on my nails. 1-2 coats of a clear polish is all you need (but feel free to paint with a color). Another reason I like to use clear coat is that you can’t tell when the polish starts to peel off. And, there is nothing worse looking than chipped colored nail polish all over your fingers and toes. You also can’t see the polish all over your skin easily 🙂
When I’m in the shower I use an orange wood stick to push down my cuticles (the warm water softens them up so they’re easy to manipulate). Then I file my nails so they’re all tidy and nicely shaped and slap a coat of clear polish on my finger and toe nails. Voila! Mani and pedi are DONE!

     6. Hair & Make-Up
The final step in ‘prettifying’ at home is to do your hair and make-up. Plan accordingly so you have time to do these two things. A little bit goes a long way, so even if all you have time to do is apply mascara, DO IT! It makes a big difference. Sometimes all I do is blow dry my hair and throw it in a cute pony tail and put on mascara. I feel so much better when I make the slightest effort.
When it comes to make-up I like to use Younique brand because it’s toxin free, chemical free, paraben free, cruelty free, filler free, etc. And, less chemicals is always best.

So, there you have it. 6 tips I use to feel pretty all done at home on a tight budget. Do you have other great DIY beauty tips you want to share? I’d love to learn more. Please post in the comments below and share your tips.

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