How to live life (survive) on a student budget: Part 2

Here it is! The much-anticipated (one can hope) part two of “How to live life (survive) on a student budget”- the essential guide to maintaining your sanity and dignity (ok, granted this is still yet to be determined) on a constantly-starved wallet.

This week, ladies and gents (but mostly ladies for this one), is vanity week here at QUT Student Sharehouse. Because us uni gals (and guys) may lose our sanity and dignity, but our vanity will always remain in tact. I mean, we want to look good when we can finally put the books down and go out into the world, right? Oh wait, one store-bought beauty product = 10-20 coffees. Dammit. Then again, one homemade beauty product = 0-1 coffees. Winning. 

maddie-face-mask-blog-editSo, do as I do, put a salad on yo face and see how much extra coffee $$$ you rake in (spoiler alert: bonus cheap coffee tricks comin’ at ya next week).  

Hair masks:
A personal favourite combo of mine is 1 x humble ol’ egg (from the dozen we purchased at Woolworths earlier for $2.29) plus a few tablespoons of lukewarm coconut oil.

Simply mix the two, apply throughout hair, wrap hair with a plastic bag to keep the heat/mess in, and leave for 30 minutes. Wash out in the shower with cold/lukewarm water and shampoo twice 2-3 times. If you really want to make your shower hot, go ahead, but enjoy the cooked scrambled egg remnants you are left meticulously picking out of your hair.  

Scrambled eggs are fun for breakfast, not so fun for picking out of your tresses

Scrambled eggs are fun for breakfast, not so fun for picking out of your tresses

Face masks:
The best all-rounder is as follows:-
1/2 tsp of turmeric (that yellow spice at the back of the spice rack)
2 tbsp of chickpea/almond/regular flour
1 tbsp coconut/almond/avocado oil
1 tsp honey
Buttermilk
Mix the ingredients and add as much buttermilk required to form a paste. Apply to face, take ridiculous selfies, and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off with a warm washcloth and make sure you wash well, unless you want to be left looking like an Oompa Loompa.

She looks much more satisfied with her life choices

Under-eye treatments:

  • Paste for dark circles
    1/4 tsp of turmeric
    2 tsp of buttermilk
    Mix with a small brash, apply to under-eye area, leave for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water.
  • Potato slices for droopy and dark under-eyes
    Cut semicircle slices of potato and sit on under-eyes while watching TV. Have your face smell weird for a bit. Shrug your shoulders because whatever, you look great.

A model looking far more elegant than I modelling the “veggie garden on yo face” look

Blemish treatments (because being young sucks sometimes)

  • Turn 2 tbsp of honey and 1 tsp of honey into an inconveniently sticky face mask, apply to face, leave for 10 minutes and… good luck getting it off
  • Papaya away your pimples: teenaged skin is the worst, right? (says a 21-year-old). Finally a way to use that weird fruit that smells funny! Mash up papaya flesh, smear it on your face, leave for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water

“My skin looks great but don’t come too close, my face smells”

Aaaand that’s all the contents of my fridge gone… now what to eat? Oops. Oh well, my skin looks flawless (#iwokeuplikedis) and my hair looks like I stepped out of a Herbal Essences advertisement so at least I have that.

That’s all folks! See you next week for budget tips on the third ranked necessity behind food and skincare (duh): coffee. #priorities.

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