left over products? {alternative uses}

left over beauty care

Admit it, we all have too many beauty/personal care products lying around…impulse shopping will do that. What to do with these products that didn’t meet your expectations. Obvious choices are give them to a younger family member to experiment with or try to use them in an alternative method.
A few are obvious:
-lipstick shades that aren’t exactly flattering can make great cream blushes
-face creams as hand cream
-clear nailpolish to stop pantyhose run
-colour nailpolish to fix furniture chips/scratches, shoe scratches
Maybe the not so obvious:
-hair shampoo that just didn’t suit your hair as hand soap (I do that all the time & my friends always ask where I buy my great smelling hand soap…)
-hair conditioner as shaving cream (I know shampoo & soap work too but the conditioner is much more moisturizing, obviously)
-hand cream to tame flyaways or smooth a ponytail (do this all the time at work as I always have hand cream)
-face cleansing wipes (the pre-moistened ones) that don’t work to remove all your makeup are great bathroom counter wipes
-the Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets (or any other brand) after use such a shame to throw out such a thick sheet so makes a great dust wipe, wash counters, cleaning in general
-Swap! Haven’t done this in ages but in the past I swapped quite a few products on makeupalley, but beware there are swap lifters and only swap makeup that can be easily sanitized
I know I’m forgetting an alternative! Anyhow if you know of any not-so-obvious alternatives would love to read about it!
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  1. says

    I use up face creams on my hands ALL the time LOL!<br /><br />Trying to think of some other things I do (I hate to throw things away!)<br /><br />-I&#39;ve also been using up face serums on my hand (they irritate my skin, but maybe they&#39;ll work magic on my hands LOL!)<br /><br />-lip gloss as cuticle cream (when I&#39;m on the go)<br /><br />-layering nailpolishes I don&#39;t like on their

  2. says

    Thanks Ella!<br />LissK-laundry sheets (the Purex brand) is a 3-in-1 sheet that replaces your liquid/powder laundry detergent, replaces your fabric softener, and you can also throw it in the dryer. I use it seldom but its good for lengthy travel.

  3. says

    Great post &amp; I&#39;m going to fill my soap dispenser with some left over shampoo this weekend :) I use laundry sheets in the base of trash cans (under the bag) &amp; laundry hampers, to keep them smelling fresh!

  4. says

    Great, great post! I really hate to waste anything, so finding alternative uses for things that aren&#39;t quite working are always great ways to get the most for your money! <br />I have one: <br />Gel/cream liners that have dried up too much to use as eyeliner still make great color bases for under shadows! :)

  5. says

    Great tips! Its so true, I have a lot of stuff like this that didn&#39;t work out and is now sitting in my washroom cabinet. I really like the conditioner as shaving cream, I&#39;ve tried it before and it really works well maybe even better than actual shaving cream!

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