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Four Easy Beauty Switch-Hitters

Everybody makes grocery lists, but only the truly impeccably groomed (or obsessive) keep a running tally of what's under their bathroom sink. Personally, I have an entire drawer of shampoo and conditioner that I always seem to be fishing through, soaking wet, only to find that it's actually just an entire drawer of shampoo — so I improvise from time to time. While conditioner is not easily replaced by any other product, many others are. Here's a list of favorite beauty product switch-hitters — share yours in the comments!

  • Bubble bath as body wash. When looking for an apartment, I always make sure there's a tub but don't actually use it once I move in (um, much like the oven). I love the idea of a bath so much that I hoard pretty bottles of bath soak for purely decorative purposes. Using fancy bath products instead of body wash makes me feel slightly less crazy/wasteful!
  • Toothpaste to shrink a pimple. I've read articles about why this doesn't work, but it sometimes does. Don't smear it all over your face, though: It works best on a lone whitehead. Also, don't use a whitening toothpaste because the hydrogen peroxide can be irritating (and mind your sheets!).
  • Conditioner as shaving cream. An oldie but goodie. Conditioner works just as well as any shaving cream to keep legs smooth when you've run out.
  • Hairspray to prevent skirt static. OK, it's not a real beauty use, but it's a noble one! Spraying an aerosol hairspray on the inside of a clingy skirt will help stop the fabric from sticking to you.


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lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
and I have tried the other two, and now I'm curious to try the hairspray...
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
you know, I tried the conditioner as shaving cream and it irritated like hell - maybe it's just because I have really sensitive skin, but this does not work for me...
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
when i dont have, or i run out of body scrub, i use sugar, i just lather my hands then a pinch of sugar it works wonders, and it smells good too.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Hmmm the conditioner for shaving never really worked for me...I need something that lathers.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i never use shave cream...i just shampoo my hair then use the shampoo lather to shave
stoopeed stoopeed 8 years
You can also use conditioner if you're out of body lotion. I wasn't carrying lotion and the hotel I checked into only had soap, shampoo and conditioner for toiletries. After agonizing minutes of irritated, scratchy skin, I tried this out - it works. Just apply it and either rinse it out or wipe off excess depending on how dry or oily your skin is. (rinse out for oily and just wipe off for real dry skin)
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
You can also wash your hair with conditioner. Some people swear by it! I did it this summer when I was in Majorca -- my hair is dry, and I had already washed it that morning, but had gone swimming in the sea so I needed to get out the salt. My hair was so soft and shiny. I'll definitely do it again if I run out of shampoo.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
I actually stopped using shaving cream 3 years ago- when I started using conditioner. I think it works much better! lol
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Sometimes I use my concealer as a base on my lips to make them look plumper.
BuchaBaby BuchaBaby 8 years
@emalove: When i had teenage-breakouts i tried it once or twice and it pealed off and got even worse. the anti-static advice was new for me
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
Conditioner as shaving cream- got it. On Saturday morning I ran out of cream mid-shave.
emalove emalove 8 years
Yeah, I thought the toothpaste on a zit thing was a big no-no...too harsh/irritating for the skin?? I tried it once and it made my skin dry and peel in the area where I applied it.
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