5 Alternative Beauty Uses Our Co-Editor Swears By


What if I told you that you could be getting more from your makeup and skincare stash. That many of the products you use every day are more useful than you think? Would you be interested? I always am. There’s nothing better than getting more for your money; it’s much more sustainable than always buying newness. But what are these multi-purpose heroes? Well, there’s a lot, so I’ve picked out my tried and tested favourites, especially for this edit. Expect everything from eye creams that promote hair growth to a brow gel turned fly-away tamer.


Eye Cream That Stimulates Hair Follicles

Alternative Beauty Uses: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution doubles as a brow hair serum.

At a purse-friendly £5.80, you don’t need another reason to buy Caffeine Solution, but I’m going to give you one anyway. The cult-favourite eye cream for dark circles doubles as a serum that encourages brow hair growth. How? Well, it contains 5% caffeine, which is an ingredient known to stimulate hair follicles – you’ll find it in many hair care formulas too. You don’t have to take my word for it either; give ‘the ordinary caffeine eye serum for brow growth’ a Google and you’ll find hordes of reviews applauding this alternative use.

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Body Oil That Promises A Silky Shave

Alternative Beauty Uses: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse doubles as a shaving oil.

The Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil is the perfect example of multi-purpose skincare. You can use the 100% botanical oil formula all over your body, in place of your moisturiser, as beard oil, to combat frizz and repair split ends. But, the best use and one Nuxe doesn’t list on its bottle is using it to shave your legs. Trust me; if you suffer from strawberry legs, this is what you’ve been looking for – a tiny amount all over the legs makes for silky smooth pins that look flawless and smell divine.

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Learn more about Huile Prodigieuse, and the rest of the coveted HP collection here.


Brow Gel That Tames Fly-Aways

Alternative Beauty Uses: GIVENCHY Mister Brow Groom can be used to tame fly-aways.

No room for hairspray? No problem. The secret to the sleek high pony you’re lusting after is in your makeup. That’s right; brow gel is the perfect tool for smoothing unruly fly-aways that won’t stay down. The brow gel I recommend for this job is Mister Brow Groom – it’s one of the most long-lasting eyebrow gels I’ve ever used. You could go sky-diving, and there won’t be a hair out of place, and its clear texture is completely undetectable on all hair colours.

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Dry Shampoo That Volumises

Alternative Beauty Uses: Klorane Oatmilk Dry Shampoo doubles as a hair volumiser.

No time to wash your hair? Dry shampoo. Can’t be bothered to wash your hair? Dry shampoo. Limp, flat hair? Dry shampoo. Yes, you read that last one right – dry shampoo isn’t just a godsend for greasy hair, it also works well as a volumiser and to add texture to your tresses. I often use my trustee Oatmilk Dry Shampoo to give my extremely flat hair more body. It’s easy to do too, spritz from around 30cm onto your roots to mid-lengths, massage in, flip your hair, and blow-dry on a cool setting. The results are big and bouncy.

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Skin Balm That Makes Skin Glow

Alternative Beauty Uses: Eucerin Aquaphor Balm doubles as a highlighter.

I want to take the credit for this alternative use but I can’t. Makeup artist, Daniel Martin deserves all the thanks for this tip. He used the soothing skin balm, Aquaphor on Meghan Markle on her wedding day. But, not on her dry, cracked skin (I doubt she has any!) – no, he used it on her cheekbones to create a dewy glow. And, I’ve been doing it ever since – it’s the perfect no-makeup makeup highlight, and it catches the light beautifully. I find it makes my skin look super healthy, and it lasts on my dry skin far longer than any other highlighter does.

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Over to You!

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