Beauty . . . and the Bizarre

9 Mar

So, Skint in the City is a book as well as blog. A book in the process of being written, packed full of tips on how to live the high life on a shoestring budget. With the sections on Style, Socialising and Home now complete it’s on to the Beauty chapter, and boy, this is a blast!

I’m currently researching budget beauty tips for skin, hair and make-up and, as well as coming across tons of great stuff, there is a whole lot of weirdness out there which I wanted to share with my fellow skint girls. Here are some of the strangest ones I’ve come across in the last couple of days:

  • ‘If you have a problem with your make-up sliding south, spray your face with anti-perspirant before applying cosmetics.’ I assumed this works on the principle that less sweat means less sliding, but is a longer-lasting finish really worth gassing yourself for?
  • In a similar vein, (sweat appears to be quite an issue), some beauty pundits reccommend ‘sticking your head in the freezer after applying make-up to set it.’ Several times.  Hmm, goodbye shiny nose, hello frostbite.  
  • ‘Haemorrhoid cream. Round the eyes.’ Good for wrinkles allegedly. This beauty tip gives the ‘bum face’ insult a whole new meaning.
  • Lastly, the one I’m dying to try: swimming in red wine, as pioneered by the Yunessun Spa in Hakone, south of Tokyo, Japan. Apparently, bathing in red wine firms skin and reverses sun damage. Skint has always found everyone more attractive after a glass or three, so this comes as no surprise.  Loving this giant bottle of red wine which tops up the pool several times a day. I’m going this summer and taking a straw.  

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an 12ft red wine bottle filling up a swimming pool, silly.

Do you have any great (or bizarre) budget beauty tips to share? There’s a bottle of red wine (normal-sized, sadly) for the best.

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