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One of the most-emailed stories on FABSUGAR last week was our post on cheap and chic secrets that every gal should know about. With that in mind, here are a few other budget beauty tricks to try.

When it comes to portable and affordable stain fighters, it’s hard to beat the individually wrapped alcohol swabs found in first-aid kits. You can buy about 100 of them for $2 at any drugstore (or online here), then stow them in your purse for on-the-go emergencies. They’re especially adept at getting coffee and tea stains out of light clothing; the alcohol, however, can have a bleaching effect on dark clothes, so use caution. For best results, attack the stain immediately by rubbing vigorously with the pad, then wipe the area with a wet paper towel or cloth.


One more cheap and chic tip, so

Another drugstore staple with a secret superpower is baby oil. Though it's a dirty little secret the cosmetics companies probably don’t want you to know, baby oil is one of the best eye makeup removers around. As long as you don't mind the slimy texture, this stuff will magically wipe away makeup, and it’s gentle on the skin and the eyes. For spill-proof traveling, try soaking some cotton balls in baby oil before your trip, then carrying them in a sealed plastic bag. You can buy a 20 oz. bottle for just $5.29 here.


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DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 10 years
It doesn't make sense to put comedogenic oils on your face, like baby oil which is made of mineral oil. But Jojoba oil is the closest in composition to the sebum that's naturally produced by your body, and ylang ylang oil actually helps prevent oily skin. No one ever thinks of combatting something with a similar product because commercials make oil sound evil.
ispyemo ispyemo 10 years
it doesn't make sense to put oil on your face. especially when you want to keep it off.
peepshow peepshow 10 years
I knew about the baby oil. My mom also uses Vaseline to remove eye makeup. She's kind of old school.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Oh perhaps thats why Brit almost dropped Sean in NYC. Was he TOO oiled up?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
LMAO, Kacie.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
Baby oil has always baffled me. Why do babies need oiling? Are they rusty? Is their engine going to stop chugging? LOL, jk :P Baby oil is great for removing eye makeup but I do not like the well, oily, feeling. I'll stick with my Maybelline eye makeup remover.
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