October 9, 2012

Petroleum Jelly: the Secret Beauty Product That Every College Girl Needs

When you're in college, you're definitely on a budget. And so, as much as you may want to stock up on a ton of cosmetics, the reality is that the money that you could spend in a department (or even a drug) store is also money that could put an extra few tanks in your car.

So, this means that you have to come up with some creative ways to look stunning...but for far less.

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Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly

If you can relate to this minor crisis, there is one thing that you can buy that only costs a couple of bucks, but can work wonders for so many areas of your face and body. You might find it hard to believe, but it's a jar of Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline. Yep, that's right. It's definitely a "miracle oil" and a secret ingredient that every college girl needs.

Here's why:

It's great for your skin.  

If you naturally have excessively dry skin, or the skin on your face tends to crack during the winter months, applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly can help to restore the moisture that has been lost. It's not just good for your face, though.

When you just get out of the shower, by applying it to your body before you towel off, you will have skin that is very soft and supply for the rest of the day. It's also a nice additive when it comes to homemade manicures and pedicures.

Right before the final step of polishing your nails, put on a generous amount, rub it in, place some clean socks over your hands and feet for about 10 minutes and then rinse off. Your hands and feet will be silky smooth, for sure.

For a Dewy look With Petroleum Jelly

Smear a smudge of Vaseline on your finger and apply over the top of the cheekbone for a dewy look, apply a little at a time, remember you can always add but its much more difficult to take away.

You can also mix a little blusher into this to give your cheeks a little color.

It's great for the eyes. 

If you're low on mascara, no worries. You can put a dab of petroleum jelly on your lashes and it will be next to the best thing. Are your eyebrows a little unruly? By applying a thin layer of the jelly onto them and then brushing along the brow line, they will easily remain in their place for the rest of the day.

Do you want your eye shadow to intensify in color and last for hours on end? Use some petroleum jelly as the "base" before applying it. Oh, and at the end of the day, petroleum jelly is also a quick way to remove that very same eye shadow too.

It's great for your lips. 

If you are working to get a degree in criminal justice and you have a presentation to make in class, when it comes to a "beauty violation", there's simply nothing more criminal than standing in front of a room full of people with chapped lips. This is why it's a good idea to carry a portable jar of petroleum jelly either in your purse or backpack.

If you like a certain shade of lipstick, but you want it to have more of a glossy feel, you can rub a bit of lipstick on the back of your hand, then put a dab of petroleum jelly on it, mix it together and, there you have it: instant lip gloss in your favorite hue.

Oh, and speaking of speaking in public, it's also pretty tacky to be talking with lipstick on your teeth. By applying a thin amount across your teeth before putting your lipstick on, you will avoid that mini-crisis as well. Pretty impressive for just a couple of dollars, isn't it? We think so too.

In closing

Petroleum jelly is the one beauty item that saves time and money. It's always a good idea to  always carry a small pot of petroleum jelly with you as it  is a really useful product for nights out, staying over at a friends after a party or a weekend break when you don't want to pack or carry much.

(Guest Post by Carol)

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  1. Ramola10:43 AM

    I think everybody should have a jar of vaseline in the house. I use it at night to moisturize the skin underneath and around my eyes. Its one of the best beauty secrets there is. Also before bed, I coat my feet with it and then slip on some socks....in the morning your feet will be super soft!

  2. i use it to remove my eye makeup soometimes...it definitely got it off good..

  3. Bhavana10:45 AM

    I apply Vaseline on my lips before i go bed in the morning your lips feel really smooth =]

  4. it makes your skin moisturised:)

  5. Vaseline acts as a brow gel if you don't have one handy. it ensures that the brow hairs stay tamed.


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