How Heating up My Old Mascara Saves Me Money (And Other Beauty Product Hacks)

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by Uncategorized

Girl applied mascara to her lashes

What is it about beauty products that makes them so expensive?

How can something so small cost so much money? Because of how expensive these products are, we always want to extend the life of them so that we can get the most bang for our buck. Below are five “hacks” that I have found most useful in getting the most out of my beauty products.

1. Heat up your mascara

Just as you think your mascara is all used up, you’ll find that you can actually get a few more uses out of it! It’s pretty simple: take your mascara bottle and make sure that the lid is sealed shut. Run some hot water in your sink and hold the bottom of the bottle underneath the hot tap. Hold it there for about 30 seconds. You could also fill up a container with very hot water and set the mascara inside. Once it’s gotten warm enough you’ll dry off the outside and when you go to use it (because of all the humidity inside the bottle) you’ll ¬†find it works just like new! This can save you from having to run to the store before an event if you have gotten down to your last dried-up bottle.

2. Cut up your old products

There is more lotion hiding at the bottom of the bottle, or around the sides, than you know. If you simply cut whatever container you have in half and use something to get that last bit out, you are probably looking at another one or two uses! (Another product that often has another use or two leftover after it looks like it’s gone is deodorant. Take the container apart and scrape out the last bits, you can then rub that on, extending the life of your deodorant!)

Makeup brushes on white background

3. Clean your brushes

This is something that is so easy and so important. If you simply clean out your brushes even once a month, you can keep them from wearing down from all of the makeup that is usually caked on them. You’re also doing your skin a huge favor by reducing the bacteria that you’re exposing it to each time you do your makeup. Think about it, your brushes have tons of dirt, makeup, oils and bacteria on them right now. But don’t worry, I have just the solution for you!

  • Mix roughly two parts dish soap with one part extra virgin olive oil on a plate.
  • Swirl your brushes into the mixture and gently massage it into the bristles.
  • Rinse them under warm water and let them dry on a paper towel.

(The dish soap will disinfect while the olive oil will keep the bristles moisturized.)

4. Rub Vaseline On Your Pulse Points Before Applying Perfume

Make your perfume last longer by rubbing a small layer of Vaseline on your wrists before you spray your perfume. That way you won’t have to reapply as often!


I hope at least a few of these “hacks” can help you to extend the life of a few of your beauty products. If you get in the habit of doing these, you will find that your products may last longer, meaning less trips to the store to replenish your supplies.

Do you have any other beauty-product-life-extending tips? If so, please share! I’d love to learn about more!


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