Beauty Note: 5 Ways to Makeover Your Look Without Spending a Dime

Beauty Note: 5 Ways to Makeover Your Look Without Spending a Dime
Whoever first coined the famous phrase “Beauty is pain,” was spot-on. Between trips to the hair salon, waxing appointments, and splurging on expensive skincare products, beauty is pain…painfully expensive! However, today I’m going to teach you that doesn’t have to be the case. Whenever I feel stuck in the same old beauty routine, I turn to some foolproof primp tricks I keep in my back pocket. And they always work.

Without further ado, here are five ways to update your look without spending a dime:

  1. Change your part.
    If you always sport a side swept ‘do, mix things up by parting your hair down the middle. Similarly, if you’re a center part kinda gal, go for a deep side part. You will be surprised how much it changes your facial features. And the best thing about it is that you can go back to your classic favorite in a matter of seconds. Click here to read my post about finding your perfect part.
  2. Try a bold lip or a cat eye.
    You all know by now that my go-to eye makeup is a swipe of liquid liner on my top lid. I discovered this beauty look because I was not a huge fan of eyeshadow and I wanted to try something new. It instantly updated my look, and as you can see, I haven’t strayed from it since! Using a bold red, coral, or pink lip color can have the same effect. It adds a touch of glamour to your everyday beauty routine. If you don’t have liquid liner or a bright lipstick, you can always visit the beauty counters at your favorite department store and play around with a makeup artist until you find what suits you.
  3. Make a mask with things you already have in the kitchen.
    It’s crazy how many face masks you can make with items you use for cooking your meals everyday. Sounds crazy, I know. One of my favorite DIY masks is this Greek yogurt mask that calms acne and hydrates dry skin. I’ve also read that you can make a mask by mixing up ½ avocado and the juice from ½ of a lemon. So grab your leftovers and get to work for refreshed and moisturized skin. (See more recipes here).
  4. Try a natural teeth whitener.
    Drugstore whitening strips are great for brightening up your pearly whites. But if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, try mixing baking soda and lemon juice into a paste, then brushing it onto your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave the mixture on for about a minute, then brush it off. According to, the baking soda will remove stains from your tooth enamel while the citric acid in the lemon juice will have a bleaching effect.
  5. Stand up straight.
    Many of the best beauty secrets I’ve ever heard have been simple tips that help you not only look your best but feel your best too. Case in point: perfect posture. When I make an effort to stand up straight during the day, I find myself with a perky attitude and a more carefree disposition. Slumping over will do just the opposite, leaving you feeling lethargic and jaded. Stand up straight, ladies.

Do you have any tips for making over your look on a dime?

Leave them in the comments below.

XO Lauren

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  • Ashley

    These are all great tips! Thanks for sharing. I need to try the at-home teeth whitening and having better posture!

  • Ana Sofia

    Great tips…I will try the teeth whitening at home :)


  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Thanks for the fabulous tips! A little really does go a long way!

  • Sarah Heckle

    Ooh, I’ll definitely be trying the baking soda and lemon mixture! I mix things up by switching up my makeup routine. I’ll skip eyeliner one day, or use bronzer instead of blush — it’s simple, but makes a difference!


  • Meghan Silva

    I am totally going to try out changing my path since growing out my fringe I am always rocking a deep side path , time for a change :)

  • Emilia Alexandra

    I love making at home masks! It’s pretty amazing how soft your skin feels after. Most of the ones I find are on pinterest.

  • Katelin Absher

    Def changing up your part changes your appearance dramatically!! I know with me, changing to a middle part I get questions all day!

  • Paulina Mo

    my fave is changing the lip color, such an easy thing that makes a world of difference!

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  • Brianna Collins

    The only thing about the teeth whitening is that those two ingredients together damage your teeth to an awful extent. I wouldn’t recommend this what-so-ever.

  • Brianna Collins

    Baking soda and lemon is terrible for your teeth.

  • Cassandra Lueken

    I think a really good makeover change would be to do the lipstick color change. For example, if I want a more nude lip for summer I will play with my concealer and foundation and just add gloss.

  • Cassandra Lueken

    Try curling your hair or playing with it to find new hairstyles. Then try playing with bobby pins.

  • Kate Chaundy

    Careful ladies- I work with dentists and this teeth whitening tip can be really damaging to the enamel which will cause problems down the line… x

  • Stephanie

    For me, I almost always leave my hair straight. But I do get a little tired of it on occasion, so to spice things up, I curl it really wild. I also love a new addition to my wardrobe, so I hit the scrap pile and throw together a new, easy skirt. It feels great to get compliments on something I made myself!

  • Lexy

    I definitely wouldn’t recommend baking soda AND lemon as the baking soda is very abrasive and citrus is known to cause enamel damage. Stick to brushing maybe just twice a month with baking soda for two minutes, then again using toothpaste. You’ll see results.

  • serendipia

    I’d have to definitely go with changing up the hair. Side-does, to braids, leaving your hair out, etc. Each style changes your appearance incredibly!


  • Lexy

    Research this first – it will badly damage your enamel if you use both at once. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

  • Ali

    Yes I have to say a cat eye is one of the easiest and quickest ways to add drama to you look with out any major changes. So fun, I have not done this in a very long time not since my goth days in high school. I will have to try it again.

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  • Ana Vizotto

    I feel the same way about the posture!! Def going to try doing a mask tonight, I’m way past due for a at-home spa treatment:)

  • Kayleefawne

    I am looking for a change…with my hair.

    I am currently brunette- naturally a dirty blond (not appealing with my complexion ) I usually just go solid dark brow as I do not wear red tones well, nor can I afford to maintain numerous colours. I cut my bangs a little while ago, and have them grown out a little now. I do not want to cut them off again, but I am looking for some Hair Inspiration!!!thank-you

    xo. K.

  • makeupfaerie14

    Funny, it’s always in the back of my mind to stand/sit with good posture. I just tried a teeth whitening diy yesterday, I always like to switch up my part, just made a diy mask from kitchen ingredients, and was just looking at a fun new makeup look to try! Haha.

  • debora f

    I also use products that I find in the kitchen to my beauty routine! I love the scrub with brown sugar and almond oil!
    use vinegar for shiny hair! is fantastic

  • Chelsea Underwood

    Lemon juice rots your teeth so only use it once a month, if that.

  • BearsBubble

    Use a wash in and wash out dye. If you have blonde hair lighten it with lemon juice!

  • Steph

    Is it really Lauren?!!! Oh my gosh.. I love you Lauren!!!!

  • AnselSf

    How does one use the vinegar, Debora?

  • AnselSf

    Hey, Ana Sof

  • Melia Williams

    You can use lemons to lighten your hair as well!

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  • Sasha Heywood

    Grab an angle brush and brow makeup and go for a different brow look. Go easy though subtlety is definitely key here.

    Draw a little beauty spot!

    When I’m feeling blue I always raid my bathroom cupboard for self tanner. Then I paint my nails a bright color from the nailpolishes I buy but never end up touching.

    Hoop earrings are great if you’re a pearl wearer and vice versa!

  • Jade Wright

    Reading the last one while standing at my desk at work, I caught myself quickly straightening up 😉

  • Deanne Castro

    These are great tip! I am deinitely going to try some of them!

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  • Kate Noto

    I am going to try parting my hair and see how that works for me.

  • debora f

    I do the final rinse with vinegar and water ….. no fear the odor then disappears :) it’s an old trick I used grandmothers for shiny hair!

  • Nikki

    It’s so funny, I parted my hair differently the other day and I looked like a different person.

  • AnselSf

    Thank you, very much! Where are you from, by the way?

  • debora f

    italy!! :)

  • AnselSf

    Yay, Italy! God willing, I will be visiting your beautiful country this summer. I’m really excited about that!!! :) :) :)

  • david lance

    Excellent tips!!!
    I read out your interesting and informative tips. I sure will must be try this at home. Looking sounds good!!!

  • whit

    That’s great! I’ll definitely try the teeth whitener.

  • Ashley Lindo

    These tips are great and refreshing can’t wait to try

  • Rachele

    Great tips that won’t break the bank, and get you thinking outside the box not just about your makeup skin routine. But also maybe how to revamp your wardrobe for little to nothing. Like taking a pair of jeans you like but just don’t wear that much anymore, and turning the into a cute pair of cut-off shorts! Love these ideas and am actually re-thinking my usual go to side part.

  • jill s

    Wondering how to achieve the perfect blowout at home.. check out my latest blog for Tomy B. Salon

  • kat

    is that healthy for your teeth? like I know lemon eats through w=your enamel so….

  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    I think people underestimate what a difference changing up your makeup look can make! It’s amazing how doing your eye makeup a little differently can completely change your appearance.

  • TStrahlendberg

    Love it! I keep thinking what I can do with my long hair now. I’ve been waiting for it to be “”super”” long and now I keep doing the same things. Ponytail, open straight or for “”fancy”” nights I try to curl the ends a little. Sometimes a little ballet bun can help me get through a day by looking a little more posh :) But then… hmm? Any ideas? Maybe you could make a little hair special! I always love picking up new ideas from you!

    xx Taty

  • Jackie o

    My favorites are the DIY face masks, which im always doing, and the standing up straight tip:)My father is always making sure I stand up straight. It is known that Americans have bad posture lol

  • Jenn Welch

    neither are good. Baking soda is abrasive and lemon is acidic and can eat your enamel. I use an even mix of I part peroxide and I part water to rinse. I keep it in my mouth for about 60 seconds, without swishing it around. Bright white! :)

  • Annie b.

    A big fan of the egg white facial. After rinsing your face, apply egg whites to your face with your finger tips. Let it dry for 15 minutes. Take a bowl and fill it with ice and water. Once you 15 minutes is up, rinse the egg white off with the ice cold water. Viola, this helps minimize your fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Samantha Brown

    Love the first time – it’s such an easy way to change how you look! Plus it’s fun trying different things with your hair! I think I’ve tried just about every hairstyle there is (but there are some I will never ever do again haha)

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  • Natalie Jane

    Even A flower in your hair make a Bright, Bold and Beautiful difference and I even received a compliment this morning off of the Post man- “Pretty flower in your hair”
    :) So sweet !

  • Richelle

    I’ve read rubbing the inside of a banana peel can help with whitening your teeth without the danger of ruining your enamel from something acidic like a lemon. I’ve yet to try it myself but my friend is a hygienist and that’s what she recommends.

  • Rachael

    I read and enjoyed the book, “how to look expensive”. It has great tips on utilizing what you have to create a classy and glamorous look. This book is fun and a gear reference tool.

  • Khalia Ippoliti

    i make a mask that really helps brighten up my skin and it really makes my eyes pop!! i use 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp of honey and a tiny squeeze of lemon or lime juice… WORKS WONDERS

  • Grace

    Get fake nails, use treatment masks for your hair and try a new style lip an updo

  • Fallyn

    I am a dental hygientist and I don’t agree with this teeth whitening technique because lemon juice is so acidic you will break down the enamel that protects your teeth! Just a heads up!



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