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DIY at-home beauty tips to save you time and money

Julie Kraut is a freelance writer and the author of Slept Away and Hot Mess. Visit JulieKraut.com for more.




Summer beauty at home

When it’s summertime, there are plenty of ways to spend your time and money: traveling to the beach, shopping for new sunglasses, chasing after the ice cream truck, and so forth. What you don’t want to be wasting time and money on is pricey beauty regimes. So, here are a few beauty secrets you can do at home that will cut down on your salon time and amp up the sunshine in your life.
woman doing home pedicure
1

Pedis that last

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail GlossYour toes are going to be on display over the summer, so you surely want to have them done. Invest in a bottle of a signature summer nail color at the beginning of the season and do your toes at home. Remember that light pinks, whites and clears tend to yellow when they're in the sand and sun, so go for something bright and summery. Our summer fave is CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss. One coat is all you need for instant pedi! Try Perma-Pink if you're traditional or Out of the Blue if you're feeling a little more daring.

2

At home hair color

Clairol root touchupDon't even think about spending an entire afternoon in a salon this summer covering grays or getting highlights. Do it all at home for a fraction of the salon price with Clairol Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-Up. It will leave your hair shiny and soft, and is a snap to use. From start to finish, the entire process is 10 minutes. If you went to a salon, you wouldn't have even changed into that weird smock in 10 minutes!

3

Don't sweat it

Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirantGive Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirant a try this summer. Apply once before bed and again in the morning and you'll be confident and dry no matter where your summer days take you. The best part of this product is that it gives you prescription strength protection without an embarrassing trip to the doctors or prescription prices.

4

Say no to aloe

oatmeal

Ditch the pricey aloe this summer, and make your own remedy for sunburned skin. Just prepared oatmeal and mix with milk in a 2 to 1 ratio. It won't look pretty, but the mixture will be soothing. In addition to calming down that burn, the oatmeal has the added bonus of very gently exfoliating your skin.

5

Self tanner

Jergens Natural Glow MoisturizerFor a sun-kissed look without the hassle, costs and questionable outcomes of a professional spray tan, simply swap your daily moisturizer for Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. The product is subtle and tans you gradually with each application. So you don't have to worry about streakiness, turning into an oompa-loompa or suddenly looking like you spent the afternoon in the rotisserie chicken cooker.

We hope these tips save you time, money, and trips to the salon this summer.

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Do you have any at-home summer beauty tips? Share in the comments below!

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