Swing Dresses and Beauty Products: Summer Budget Priorities
Don’t know about you, but we could spend all day in L’Occitane or Lush. In the former we’d quickly be out of money, and in the latter, we’d also be out of money but it would take slightly longer. It really isn’t so difficult to make your own Lush-inspired products – just be sure to try a bit on the inside of your arm first to make sure an ingredient doesn’t irritate your skin. By making a few of your own products, you’ll save money that you can then spend on a new plus size swing dress from Pink Clove. Win-win!
Scrub Up, Sweetie
A sugar body scrub is a delicious way to start or end the day. Start with a 3:1 ratio of granulated or brown sugar to grapeseed, coconut, or olive oil. If you suffer from extremely dry skin or eczema, use coconut or olive oil, as both are said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oils such as lemongrass or lavender will give you a fantastic-smelling shower. Love a good latte? Substitute an equal amount of coffee for half the sugar.
Get a Glow
Baking soda has legions of fans in the homemade-product world, but its use is controversial. Some love it and praise its ability to get their skin clearer and less blotchy; some say that it causes damage to the “acid mantle” of your skin. If it doesn’t irritate your skin, use it sparingly as an exfoliant, and don’t combine it with other acidic items like lemon juice or vinegar. Sugar with its sharp edges is too harsh for use on your face.
Coconut milk, oil, and honey can also be used as mild cleansers. Finely chopped oatmeal will give you enough coarse fibres to scrub away the dry stuff; mixed with coconut or honey, you’ll hardly be able to resist eating it.
Take a Sunday afternoon and mix up something good for yourself, and then show off your glow in a new dress.