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Beauty Luxe on a Budget

May/26/2024 / by Melanie Fourie

Pocket-friendly DIY rituals to do at home

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When it comes to beauty, opulence doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. With a little creativity, some household items, and reasonably priced products, you can pamper yourself and achieve salon-worthy results without spending a fortune. Join us as we delve into some beauty hacks that promise salon-quality from the comfort of your home. 

Hair Coloring and Conditioning

Discover the nourishing properties of henna, a cherished botanical in South Asian culture, as you pamper your locks with this coloring and conditioning treatment. Mix henna powder with coconut milk and a squeeze of lemon juice to create a thick paste, then apply it to your hair from roots to ends. Leave on for an hour before rinsing out to reveal silky-smooth, freshly colored strands imbued with the essence of luxury. 

If you prefer dying your hair with fewer chemicals, choose an affordable box hair dye like the Revlon ColorSilk range, which does not contain ammonia. In addition to its vibrant color, the product also provides a lustrous finish. 

Face Masks and Exfoliators

Harness the power of turmeric, a staple in South Asian kitchens, to create a brightening and anti-inflammatory face mask. Mix turmeric powder with yogurt and honey to form a paste, then apply to your face for 10–15 minutes before rinsing off. Let this golden elixir bestow upon you a radiant complexion that echoes the beauty of ancient queens. Before applying this, however, be sure to conduct a patch test to rule out possible irritation.

Unveil radiant skin with a simple yet effective oatmeal face scrub. This pantry staple gently buffs away impurities, leaving your complexion refreshed and rejuvenated without the hefty spa bill. For a spa-like treatment, you could also opt for a facial scrub and exfoliator from Era Organics.

Eyecare Beauty Treatments 

Combat dark circles and puffiness with a soothing tea bag eye treatment. Cool, green, or black tea bags work wonders, reviving tired eyes and rivaling the effectiveness of luxury eye creams without the hefty price tag.  You could also buy an eye cream like the CeraVe eye repair cream to help reduce dark circles and puffiness. 

Luxurious Footcare

Pamper your feet with a luxury dose of petroleum jelly. Slather on this affordable emollient before bed for silky-soft feet that rival the results of a pricey spa treatment. You can also moisturize your feet, especially your heels, but be sure to use the cold-pressed, hexane-free type for the best results. You could also buy pedicure spa-like treatments, such as foot soaks with Epsom salts or foot soaks with tea tree oil.

Facial Toners 

Toners are an important step in skincare, as they help prepare your skin for other products. Embrace the delicate fragrance of rosewater, a beloved ingredient in South Asian beauty rituals, as you craft your own toner. Simply mix equal parts rosewater and witch hazel in a spray bottle and mist onto your face after cleansing to hydrate and refresh your skin. Let the floral essence transport you to a garden of beauty and tranquility.

Acne Solutions

Combat acne with neem, a sacred tree revered for its medicinal properties in South Asian culture. Create a neem paste by grinding fresh neem leaves with a few drops of water. Apply this paste to affected areas and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Neem’s antibacterial and antifungal properties will help clear acne and prevent future breakouts, restoring balance to your skin in true South Asian fashion.

Facial Massages

Treat your skin to a refreshing ice cube facial massage. This budget-friendly indulgence depuffs and revitalizes, bestowing a radiant complexion worthy of the red carpet. Do avoid your eye area when massaging your face and be sure to round off this facial by washing your face with a natural facial cleanser like yogurt and then finishing it off with a moisturizer. If you prefer using tools to massage your face, consider purchasing a BAIMEI IcyMe facial roller and gua sha.

Taking Care of Your Teeth

Use a baking soda teeth whitener to illuminate your smile. This natural remedy banishes stains, leaving your pearly whites gleaming without the need for expensive dental treatments. Alternatively, you can get some whitening toothpaste to help brighten your teeth or Crest 3D White whitening toothpaste.


Embrace the tradition of oil massages to strengthen your nails and nourish your cuticles. Warm up a few drops of coconut or almond oil and massage it into your nails and cuticles in gentle circular motions. These natural oils penetrate deep into the nail bed, promoting strength and flexibility while keeping your cuticles soft and hydrated.  Consider investing in a quality nail cream, such as Barielle Nails Daily Strengthening nail cream, for an effortless spa-like experience. This luxurious product will leave your nails feeling pampered and strong, as if you’ve just stepped out of a professional manicure session.


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