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Four Easy Beauty Switch-Hitters


Everybody makes grocery lists, but only the truly impeccably groomed (or obsessive) keep a running tally of what's under their bathroom sink. Personally, I have an entire drawer of shampoo and conditioner that I always seem to be fishing through, soaking wet, only to find that it's actually just an entire drawer of shampoo — so I improvise from time to time. While conditioner is not easily replaced by any other product, many others are. Here's a list of favorite beauty product switch-hitters — share yours in the comments!

  • Bubble bath as body wash. When looking for an apartment, I always make sure there's a tub but don't actually use it once I move in (um, much like the oven). I love the idea of a bath so much that I hoard pretty bottles of bath soak for purely decorative purposes. Using fancy bath products instead of body wash makes me feel slightly less crazy/wasteful!
  • Toothpaste to shrink a pimple. I've read articles about why this doesn't work, but it sometimes does. Don't smear it all over your face, though: It works best on a lone whitehead. Also, don't use a whitening toothpaste because the hydrogen peroxide can be irritating (and mind your sheets!).
  • Conditioner as shaving cream. An oldie but goodie. Conditioner works just as well as any shaving cream to keep legs smooth when you've run out.
  • Hairspray to prevent skirt static. OK, it's not a real beauty use, but it's a noble one! Spraying an aerosol hairspray on the inside of a clingy skirt will help stop the fabric from sticking to you.

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