So we’ve all had this happen. You see a product that you think you will love and lo and behold, it sucks. Or at least, it doesn’t do what you would like it to. So what do you do? Don’t throw it out! There are many ways to re-purpose so it doesn’t go to waste.
That face moisturizer is too heavy/breaks you out
So you bought a new face moisturizer and it turns your face into a grease factory, or it breaks you out. Oh no! Well there are many things you can do with it, rather than throw it away:
- Use it as an eye cream. Eyes are naturally dry and delicate so a super moisturizing/greasy moisturizer would make an excellent night eye cream.
- Use it as a hand cream. Sure you may go through it fast, but it will keep your hands super moisturized until it runs out! Or, to help it last longer just use it on your cuticles.
That new facial oil just isn’t working for you
So you jumped on the oil bandwagon. Maybe you picked up a mixture of oils specifically for face, or just a single oil (like avocado oil). Either way, you don’t like it. Here’s what you can do:
- Use it on your hair. Most oils will be too heavy for your hair for daily use, but oils make a great deep conditioner. One of my favorites hair products is Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Hair Oil, and its just oil! So take that unused oil, apply it on dry hair, leave for 20 minutes (or even overnight), wash out and voila! Happy hair.
- Use it on your feet and hands. On slightly damp feet (especially after a bath), rub the oil over feet, slip on some socks and let the oil do their magic. The same goes for hands and cuticles. Just make sure your hands are slightly damp (oil on skin works best on slightly damp skin), rub the oil all over while focusing on cuticles and let your hands sit and be happy.
- Use on elbows/other dry spots. I don’t know about you, but my elbows are always super dry. Rubbing in a few drops of oil will help them be super smooth.
- Speaking of skin, adding a few drops of oil to your normal lotion or moisturizer will help kick it up a notch. Just be sure to mix them in your hand as you use the lotion, don’t just dump the oil into your lotion bottle and mix, the chemistry won’t be right and it will separate.
That new body lotion/facial moisturizer isn’t moisturizing enough
So the opposite of the previous two, you buy a new lotion and/or moisturizer and it leaves your skin dry. The easiest thing to do it just add a drop or two of your favorite oil to it, mix in your hand and apply. The lotion ingredients will help the oil disperse and sink into skin.
That new shampoo is too heavy/too drying
Whatever the problem is, you don’t like your new shampoo. It sucks. So here’s what you can do:
- Use it to wash delicates. Shampoos can make a great laundry detergent for delicates and you only need the teensiest bit.
- Use it to clean your shower. Since shampoo is meant to break through oil on your hair, it also works well for oil that builds up in your shower. Just use a stiff brush and scrub away! (dish soap also works super well for this)
- Use it as a hand soap. Shampoo makes a great hand soap, and the best part is you can dilute it with water so it lasts even longer.
- Use it to clean your makeup brushes. Just be sure to use a small amount and rinse thoroughly and you will have clean makeup brushes!
That new conditioner is too heavy/too drying
- My favorite use for unused conditioners is as a shaving cream. You can use shampoos as well for this, but since conditioners are meant to add moisture, they work great for shaving. Even the not-so-moisturizing conditioners still work great for shaving.
That new body wash just isn’t working
Whatever the problem is, body washes are super easy to repurpose. The biggest one is to use it as a hand soap, but any of the ones mentioned above for shampoo work too!
You don’t like/use an eye shadow
For whatever reason, you have one or more eye shadows you just don’t use. Fear not! Here are ways to re-purpose:
- If you have kids, eye shadows (or any makeup) can be used for dress up or for halloween or other costumes
- If your eye shadow isn’t already in powder form, you can remove from the pallete and crush it yourself. This crushed eye shadow can be mixed in with a nail polish to change the color (or add color to a clear). Rather than pour it in the bottle, just pour a small amount of nail polish onto a paper plate and mix there.
- Use it for other purposes. Brown eyeshadows can be used for a bronzer and light ones can be used to highlight. If the pan is small, it may be easier to crush and use in powder form.
- Powder (or crushed) eye shadow can also work as a lipstick! Just dip your favorite lip balm directly into the powder, apply to lips and you got yourself a cool lipstick.
You don’t like/use a blush
As well as the ideas above for eye shadows, blush can also be used for an eye shadow! I love Jane Iredale’s Moonglow as both a bronzer and eye shadow palette.
That lipstick is too dry
If you found a lipstick color you love but it dries out your lips, take it out from its tube, smash it in a small container (contact lens cases work super well for this) and mix in some eco-vaseline alternative like waxelene (you could of course just use vaseline too, but I like eco-alternatives). This will make it more like a thick lip gloss and way more moisturizing. If it’s a harder lipstick that won’t mash/mix well, just heat it in a small (sanitized) bowl over simmering water to help it soften.
That lipstick color isn’t right
If you have a lipstick that has a funky color, you can use it as a cream blush! Of course, this works best with lighter/pink lipsticks. Just take a small bit, add a drop of moisturizer, rub it in your fingers to warm and spread over cheeks for pinky goodness.
That foundation is too light/too dark
If your foundation is too light, use it where you want to highlight your face. Use it in the middle of your forehead, along the bridge of your nose and under your eyes. You can even mix in a little bit of highlight powder to kick it up a notch.
If your foundation is too dark, use it for contouring. You can help define your cheekbones, define your nose or anywhere else you normally apply bronzer.
That’s it for my ideas – how do you re-purpose beauty products that didn’t work?