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Sure, lipstick can do double duty as a cream blush. Translucent powder can be used to mop up oily hair, but do you know what cornstarch and dryer sheets can do?


You’re in the shower, you’ve shaved one leg, you go to shave the other leg and you realize you’re out of shave gel. Take a blob of conditioner and use it as shave gel. The conditioner protects your skin and softens the hair just like a shave gel would.

Silverware Holder

My poor husband. He has a beard trimmer, a toothbrush, a comb and dental floss that he has to find in the top drawer of the bathroom vanity. His things are usually hiding among my toothbrush, the toothpaste, loose makeup items, cocktail rings, the QTip container, my electric shaver and God only knows what else I keep “just in case”. Just take a silverware holder and organize your bathroom drawers. They’re like a dollar and if it’s true that time is money, it’s an investment that will pay dividends. No more combing through the drawer looking for hair ties, bobby pins, tweezers or anything else because it’s all nice and tidy and organized.


Moisturizer is a good thing. Especially if you get a moisturizer with sunscreen in it, but sometimes I feel like my moisturizer moisturizes too much. Even if I get one for combination skin, I still feel like it slides right off my face and then there goes my foundation, bronzer and blush with it. Save your face with cornstarch. When you’re done applying your foundation, bronzer and blush, take your big fluffy powder brush and swirl it around in some cornstarch. Tap your brush on the side of the sink a few times to get rid of the excess and then swirl it around your face starting with the oiliest part first. The cornstarch will set your foundation and prevent your “face” from sliding off.


Do you have a pair of shoes that need breaking in, but you’re afraid you’re going to destroy your feet with blisters? Fear not, good lady. Rub a little bit of clear gel deodorant on the spots where you’re most prone to blisters. It gives your skin a layer of protection to guard against painful blisters.

Dryer Sheets

Speaking of deodorant, this has happened more times than I can count. I put on my deodorant and I’m so super careful when I put on my shirt, but no matter how careful I am, I ALWAYS get a blob of deodorant on it. If this happens to you, just take a used dryer sheet and vigorously rub the splotch. It should come right out. If that fails, my backup deodorant remover is an old nylon sock. Put the sock on your hand, resist the urge to make a sock puppet and vigorously rub the splotch. Voila! No more deodorant splotches.

Do you use anything in a way that could be considered “odd”?

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