There are many common household items out there that you'd be surprised you can use as beauty products.
But, their initial intended uses may be a little embarrassing, and you definitely wouldn't want your date to come across them in your bathroom.
So, before shelling out big bucks on high-end products for your beauty routine, try shopping your own pantry first (mortification included):
1. Castor Oil
Like so many other women, I'm trying to grow my eyebrows back in.
So, I did a lot of research, and I found many products are made for this. However, they mostly starts $50 and go up from there.
But what was the one common thing I kept finding online? Castor oil.
Everyone swore by this $5 bottle that you can pick up at any store.
When you actually go to buy castor oil, you'll learn its original intended use is as a laxative.
I definitely don’t want my date or anyone else thinking that I need castor oil, especially since they come in fairly large bottles.
2. Preparation H
Now this is one that I've never personally tried out, but I know a lot of people swear by it.
I've heard it works miracles against puffy eyes.
As someone who has bouts of insomnia, I’ve often wondered if it’s worth purchasing to help my poor eyes look a bit brighter and more youthful.
3. Diaper Rash Cream
This would probably be a weird one to find in my bathroom, as I don’t have a baby and don't interact with any babies.
But apparently, diaper rash cream can work miracles against dry skin. I believe it.
If you live in a particular dry climate or experience dry skin during the changing seasons, you might want to pick up some diaper rash cream and lather up.
4. Vodka, Beer And Mayo
Yeah, if a date saw this in my shower, he'd probably have quite a few questions.
He'd ask things like, “Wow, are you really such a lush you can’t get through a shower without drinking?” “Why are you eating mayonnaise in the shower?" and "Why are you eating mayonnaise by itself?”
It's about this time I'd expect a date to make up some lame excuse and run from my house, never to talk to me again.
Vodka is actually an amazing cleanser, and it’s a great option for a deep clean of your hair.
I’ve heard of people using straight vodka, and I’ve heard of people adding a cap or two to their shampoo bottles.
Either way, once you strip your hair of all the oils, you’ll want to deep condition it.
Here's where the mayo comes in.
Apparently, mayo is one of the best deep conditioners you can get. Mix it with some avocado, and you won’t believe the shiny softness of your hair.
Nope, I’m not trying to combine breakfast with getting ready to cut down on time.
Yogurt is actually pretty good at treating straightener and curling iron burns.
Next time you drop that sucker on your arm or touch it to your forehead or neck, reach for that plain yogurt in your fridge before your skin has a chance to blister.
This one isn’t that embarrassing. In fact, most people probably do keep this in their medicine cabinet.
But if I walked out with it smeared all over my face, there would probably be some questions.
Pepto-Bismol is actually a pretty fantastic face mask, and it breaks down the oils and acids that can be found on your face.
Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and you’re good.
Just don’t buy it in mass quantities, though. If he stumbles upon that, he’s going to be afraid to take you anywhere to eat.
7. Coffee Grounds
This one I have used.
Did you know you can use coffee grounds as a body scrub to help treat cellulite?
Truth be told, I don’t know how well it works, but apparently the caffeine will help stimulate and tighten up the skin cells, while the texture of the grounds will scrub off any dead skin like a normal body scrub would.
We’ve all heard of cucumbers, but putting raw, peeled potatoes on your eyes for 10 minutes will help decrease any puffiness.
I think if I kept these in my bathroom, it would be a little strange.
A date would think, "Is this some science project? Is she starting her own garden of fresh fruits and veggies? And if so, why did she choose her bathroom as the perfect ecosystem for it?"
9. Baby Powder
This isn’t that weird, either. I’m sure many people have this in their bathrooms.
But, I think if a dude showed up at my house and saw all these baby products and no baby, a few scenarios might pass through his mind.
Baby powder, however, is great for unwashed hair. Just apply to your roots to soak up any oils.
Plus, it’s also amazing at elongating your lashes. Apply a layer of mascara, then add baby powder to the mascara on your eyelashes with a Q-tip.
Follow up with a second layer of mascara for thicker, fuller looking lashes.
10. Red Wine
Yeah, we're looking like alcoholics in the bathroom.
But apparently, some people add red wine to their bath water and swear it softens their skin.
I haven't tried this one, and I don't think I ever will.
I don’t think I could bring myself to waste any wine. I’ll stick to coffee scrubs and diaper cream for amazingly soft skin.
Allegedly, if you’re a blonde and make a mistake with darker hair dye, you can use ketchup to pull the color out.
With my luck, though, I’d probably just end up coming out with my hair a heinous shade of strawberry (or ketchup) blonde.
Please, if you try this, do it with caution.
And if you are someone who actually does this, message me because I would love to know your technique.
Lady Gaga allegedly uses tape to remove her eye makeup.
I get that it’s probably pretty useful on glitter makeup, but what else? Does this work on my cat eyeliner?
Because that would be amazing if it just came all off in one strip. Although, it might take my lashes with it.
13. Kitty Litter
Snooki is pretty famous for this one.
I think I’ll stick with coffee grounds, but I can understand why kitty litter could work as an exfoliant.
Although, I think if a date saw this in my bathroom, he’d be really concerned, as I don’t have a cat.
If I followed all these beauty regimens, my shower would start to look like a kitchen cabinet rather than a place to clean yourself.
A date would look around my bathroom and think, "Why does she have so many baby products but no baby, kitty litter but no cat and so much booze in her shower? She’s clearly unstable."
It would all by because the Internet gave me beauty tips on using household items.
At least I would look fly as hell, and people would wonder what my secret is.