I Shower In My Kitchen.

You read right. I knew that Manhattan apartments were funky, but this is on a whole other level. What seems like a normal pantry is a small stand up shower hiding in my kitchen. Ironically, this inspired my newest post. Keep reading for some major skin care hacks!

 

Among your produce, greens, and sweets, there are some great skin product substitutes I have discovered. I know that every prestigious magazine and beauty influencer will tell you that you need to spend a pretty penny on your skin care regime. But, I am here to tell you, that is FALSE. I’d rather spend a fortune on shoes, not lotions and potions.

Every great tale has a back story

A while back, I got an extreme allergic reaction on my face, to a new product I was trying out. For months I was breaking out all over my face, and especially on my cheeks and chin. I eventually had to go to the dermatologist to be prescribed a fix for the construction site that was my face.

After this turn of unfortunate events, I wanted to detox my skin care routine from all of the extreme chemicals and reactive toxins that were in EVERY off-the-shelf product. After consulting with skin expert and practicing aesthetician, Mara Tsoronis of Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in NYC, I learned there are some great product substitutes hiding in your pantry!

Coffee Grounds & Honey as a natural exfoliant. $11

 

Take todays K-Cup and scrub away the day’s troubles.

 

Green Tea Toner. $3

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Brew, cool and GO! I add a few drops of tea tree oil ($8) for added antibacterial properties!

 

Coconut oil as a makeup remover/ moisturizer. $10

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I feel like a cup cake with this headband. Oh and look how shiny and healthy my skin looks:)

As a hair mask, to cook with, and now as a facial moisturizer. This product is truly 1000 uses in 1. Use with a damp cotton pad to remove eye/ facial makeup. NEVER buy 9 dollar makeup wipes again.

 

$15 Kitchen Table Makeover

Being a college kid really makes it tough to pursue your interior design goals.

This removable wallpaper made it super easy to add a quick and cheap fix to my grossly colored kitchen table. Walk into any NYC coffee shop and you will see very beautiful (and expensive) white marble tables. They are not only great quality but totally instagramable. The problem is they will cost you the equivalent of about 395 cups of coffee.

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So, what did I do? I googled a solution. I found this removable wallpaper on houzz.com for just 11 bucks! Plus tax brought me to a mere 15 dollars. It looked pretty real if you ask me, and was extremely easy to put on. It’s literally a peel and place type of method and pulls off easier than most fake lashes.

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 Left: Before, ugly warm toned.                        Right: Clean and sleek 

This is great for not just coffee tables, but any flat surface that needs an aesthetic update! You can really let your creative mind wander with this project.

The after! Not a caterpillar so I had to remove the over-sized leave napkins :/