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The world of beauty is certainly a strange one. On one end of the spectrum, we have creams, lotions, and potions with price tags into the upper hundreds. And at the other? A whole community dedicated to creating beauty routines which are basically free – and contain almost no products at all.

So where’s the balance? Well, a whole bunch of hacks you may come across online are actually pretty much duds – and can end up causing you way more harm than good. But in amongst these dubious nuggets of advice, we have some standouts that could actually help you out. Looking to solve a beauty problem without splashing out on time or money? Look no further.

Use ketchup to brighten dull hair

Putting condiments in your hair may sound like something you should have given up after primary school – but there are select instances where they can work wonders. One that’s particularly amazing is a ketchup mask to enhance colour. If your hair is colour treated, but has started looking muddy or dull, apply to dry hair, then wash and condition as usual. The vinegar will remove any build up, while the warm tones will cancel out any murky, green vibes.

Mask with mayonnaise to keep hair soft and strong

And our other condiment-based hair recommendation? Mayonnaise. If you think about it, it’s essential a thick paste packed full of oils and proteins, making it not entirely disparate from a conventional hair mask. Apply pre-shower (focusing mostly on the ends of your hair) – and make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any tell tale sandwich smells.

Tone with apple cider vinegar

Condiments aren’t just for your hair (or, we guess, for your food). Apple cider vinegar has long been a beauty staple of hippie mums, and honestly – it’s not half bad. Dilute the stuff with water in at least a half and half ratio, then enjoy a gently brightening and exfoliating solution. It’s also great on areas of discoloration on the body, and can be used as a clarifying shampoo. That’s it – we’re moving it from our kitchen to our bathroom cabinet for good.

Heat up your eyelash curler

If you love to flirt with danger, you’ll absolutely love this genius hack. Eyelash curlers are pretty addictive, particularly if you like to give off a slightly creepy-doll vibe. But to make them work even better, consider adding some heat to the mix. Think about how you curl your hair – you’d never expect the tongs to work cold, would you? You can warm your eyelash curlers with a quick blast from your hair dryer. Obviously be very very careful when bringing anything hot close to your eyes, and make sure they aren’t at a burning temperature by testing on your hand first.

A dunk of cold water as a setting spray

This is one which genuinely sounds like a YouTube challenge, but best believe – it actually does the job. After you’ve finished your full face of makeup, apply a little bit too much setting powder. Then, dunk your entire face into a bowl of extremely cold water for a few seconds. Somehow (and, believe it or not, I’m not a scientist) this somehow seals everything in, and is genuinely the most effective way to ensure your slap stays fresh on sweaty days.

Go for a non-glamorous moisturizer

With all the beauty products on the market, going for something super glamorous is enticing. But to get a simple job done, you may actually be better going for a product that’s a little too embarrassing to display on your vanity. We’re just going to say it: there’s nothing quite like the O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Foot Cream for times when your feet are truly gnarly. And while we’re on the subject, if your lips are in desperate need, go for a cracked nipple cream rather than a regular balm, ok?

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