Budget beauty lab

BUDGET BEAUTY LAB: Simple At-Home Tricks for Making Your Own Beauty Products

Your pantry can now double as your beauty salon with simple recipes to take care of exfoliation, wrinkles, hair care and even pamper your feet. Mix up a batch of ingredients like honey and oatmeal or just add mayonnaise to your hair or a banana on your face for your own at home spa treatment. And for every day I've got the top drugstore essentials to create long lasting results that have the same ingredients and same results as the pricey department store brands.


Make your own scrub by mixing equal parts brown sugar and sesame oil in a bowl or container. Then head into the shower and spread the homemade exfoliating sugar scrub over your entire body.

Don't want to mix your own? Try C. Booth Ginger Sugar Body Scrub, $5.99. Body and Earth Spa Vanilla Sugar Scrub, $5.99. Keep it in the shower ready for any time you want a smooth glow.


Banana Wrinkle Fighter Recipe: This recipe is for supple skin as well as maintaining the skin's natural glow. Banana is also wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment.

All you need: Ripe Banana

Banana is wonderful as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Mash 1/4 banana until very creamy. Spread all over face and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water followed by a dash of cold. Gently pat dry.

Your daily essential for lasting results:
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Roller $17
And the daily moisturizer with SPF 20
Anti-wrinkle product to fight deep wrinkles

Garnier Nutritioniste's Ultra Lift Pro Collection: Ultra Lift Pro is a complete range of products that addresses deep wrinkles and lack of firmness.

Garnier's first anti-wrinkle product to fight deep wrinkles in a lifting massage treatment for the face AND neck. The massaging roller ball actually stimulates the skin's micro-circulation, allowing the ingredients to penetrate deep within the skin. This minimizes wrinkles and helps contour the face. Ultra-Lift Pro features cutting edge, eco-friendly ingredient Pro-Xylane (made from beech tree extract), which helps plump skin from within so wrinkles are pushed up and out. (Available at various drugstores like CVS, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid)


Facial Exfoliate Recipe

  • 2 heaped tsp fine oatmeal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Combine ingredients, and add enough water to make a paste. Apply to skin and rub gently. Rinse and gently pat dry.

Or make this your regular routine each week: Alba Pineapple Mango Exfoliating Body Wash, $9.99. Freeman Facial Clay Mask with Avocado and Oatmeal, $3.99. (Available at various drugstores)


All you need is to cups of plain yogurt, which contains lactic acid to exfoliate and boost collagen production.

When you get out of the shower try: Naturally Upper Canada arm Honey Nectar Body Butter, Boots Mediterranean Bergamot, Orange and Olive Body Butter, $10.99. (Available at CVS)



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup water

Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add the water. Massage into the scalp and throughout your hair. Rinse well.

Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for dry hair. Depending on the length of your hair, apply approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing to set for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.

If you'd rather be ready in the shower try: Organix Hydrating Tea tree Mint Conditioner with tea tree oils and peppermint oils, $6.99. MOP Mixed Greens Conditioner with organic olive oil, rosemary oil, apple cider vinegar and more, $14. (Both available at Ulta)


A scoop of poppy seeds turns any lotion into a scrub.

Or ready to use: True Blue Spa Smoothing Foot Scrub with Walnut Shell Powder, $15. And True Blue Shea It Isn't So, $20. (Available from Bath & Body Works)

Rinse with water and pat dry. Apply some additional lotion for soft feet.

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Alison Deyette is a seasoned stylist and lifestyle expert and has worked extensively for national news and entertainment programs, magazines and online media outlets. She has covered the latest in style trends and travel destinations and has interviewed celebrities, entertainers and top designers. Over the course of her career, Alison has performed hundreds of makeovers for people and their spaces and has produced and styled editorial shoots around the world. Alison considers herself to be a Jane of all trades who is up for anything. She's as comfortable in the role of fashion maven - helping real women dealing with fashion conundrums - as she is riding high on a zip-line over the valleys of Costa Rica.

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