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Everybody wants to look their best, especially when they step out of the house. They see the magazine covers of glamorous stars and try to mimic the look. But looking great from head-to-toe like your favourite celebrity can be out of your budget, right!

Wrong!! Here are a few diva tips to ensure you will always look your best, but nobody will be able to tell that you did it on a shoestring budget!

Clothes/Shoes/Bags

Clothes can be expensive but here are a few tips to fashion shopping without fashion prices.

  • Buy Basics – Its money well spent to spend a little extra on the high quality basic wardrobe such as black trousers, black skirt, black dress, white blouse and a sexy pair of jeans, they won’t go out of fashion. Dress them up with fashionable cheap mix and match accessories.
  • If you’re not in love – put it back – I know I’m probably stating the obvious but how many of us have bought clothes with lukewarm mix feelings and then leave them in the back of the wardrobe. Only buy clothes that make you say wow, when you try them on, if you’re not sure put it back.
  • Quality not quantity - With clothes, more isn’t necessarily better. It’s better to have a few things that you really love than a lot of things you kind of like.
  • Accessories – The right shoes, bag, clips etc can make a cheap outfit, look a million dollars for example change the buttons on a cheap jacket to give it a complete makeover.

Hair

You could go for the easy solution and have a low maintance haircut but if that sounds a bit drastic try a few of our other budget hair tips:

  • You can always try dying your own hair, you should be able to find a good selection of products at your local chemist or supermarket. There are no special guidelines to choosing one. Remember if you choose a “permanent” hair colour, it will last until you cut it out or until you get a professional re-colour. “Semi-permanents” will wash out or fade in four to six weeks.
  • It’s worth considering going to a hairdressing student night for both a cut and colour. Trainee hairdressers need hair to practice on and they are supervised throughout the consultation by an experienced hairdresser. Ask at local salons and at local colleges about whether they need any models for the trainees.
  • To boost the shine of dark hair rinse with diluted vinegar. For blond hair use lemon juice. They act by sealing down the cuticles of the hair, which means it will reflect light more effectively

Make-up

Your beauty regime need not cost a fortune. In fact, some of the best beauty investments cost nothing at all. Who needs expensive make ups, creams and moisture’s when nature’s around.

  • Buy some vinegar- Vinegar is one of the most versatile ingredients known to man. It can be used to fight dandruff and dry scalp when mixed with equal parts warm water. A rinse of this with equal parts cold water will make your hair shine without expensive shine serums. A tablespoon in 8 ounces of water makes an excellent toner for your skin.
  • Spots - dab a bit of toothpaste on it and leave on overnight. For blackheads, mix equal parts plain, instant oatmeal with honey and make a paste. Massage into skin for seven minutes and rinse. Your skin problems will disappear, instead of your money.
  • Cold Tea bags and cucumber help revitalise tired eyes and bring back the sparkle.
  • For a great facial mask mix together honey and oatmeal.  Spread over your face and leave until the mask feels tight. 

Here are a few beauty secrets from the stars (Extract from the Sunday Mail)

  • Jennifer Lopez uses Vaseline

She says: "You can use Vaseline for loads of things - from taking off make-up to moisturising knees and elbows."

Tip: Vaseline is a great universal fixer for dry skin problems. Apply a thick layer to cracked skin on your feet at night, wear a pair of pure cotton socks to bed and in the morning your feet will be baby-soft.

  • Julia Roberts uses Olive Oil

These days the busy mum-of-three can't always squeeze in a manicure so she keeps her nails in tip-top condition by soaking them in olive oil. This moisturises nails and helps soften cuticles too.

Tip: Add few drops of olive oil to a bowl of lukewarm water and soak nails for at least 10 minutes.

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones uses Honey and Strawberries

Super glamorous she swears by honey as a pure skin treatment to enhance her flawless complexion. She also keeps her Hollywood smile bright by brushing her teeth with strawberries.

Tip: Mix one egg, one teaspoon of honey, half a teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of rosewater and apply as a face mask to hydrate and nourish dry skin. Honey will heal and moisturise skin and helps promote dead skin cell regrowth.

  • Teri Hatcher uses Wine

The Desperate Housewives star adds leftover wine to her bathwater as a skin softener. She says: "If you haven't been able to finish a bottle of wine, pour it into your bathtub, it feels so luxurious."

Tip: Grape seed extract is also a powerful anti-ageing nutrient. What a good excuse so get glugging girls.

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