Sometimes, the best beauty hacks are the “do it yourself” ones. Instead of paying a crazy amount of dollars for expensive products, you can create these beauty hacks yourself easily by using the products you already have at home or for a very cheap price.

1. Teeth whitening. Back in the olden days, they never had teeth whitening strips. Here’s a great hack to whiten your teeth effectively.

What you will need:

  • Lemon (either lemon juice or a lemon will work)

  • Baking soda

  • A spare toothbrush

Mix the lemon juice with the baking soda to create a paste. Once you have your paste, take a toothbrush (or your fingers) and apply the paste all over your teeth. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse it all off with warm water. Do this on a monthly basis to ensure not to harm your enamel.

2. Out of deodorant? We’ve all been there. Here is a hack that most people actually don’t know about. It’s when Vodka has another purpose other than giving you a great buzz and bad hangover.

What you will need:

  • 100% vodka

  • Cotton ball or cotton pads

Pour out a bit of vodka onto your cotton ball or pad and dab it on under your arms. Blow-dry or air-dry it! Not only does this really help odor disappear, but the vodka will also kill the bacteria stored under your arms.

3. Do your shoes stink? Well this hack is perfect, especially for those of you who own a cat.

What you will need:

  • Kitty litter

  • Old nylons

In two separate nylons, fill them up half way with kitty litter. Tie them up and stuff one into your left shoe and one into your right shoe. Let it sit over night and presto—your shoes don’t smell so bad anymore!

4. Want long healthy looking hair? This is one of the best ways to strengthen, thicken and grow your hair.

What you will need:

  • Coconut oil

Before going to bed, massage some coconut oil onto your scalp and into your hair. Let it settle for the whole night. Remember to put a towel down on your pillow, so that you don’t get any oil on it. In the morning wash it out and you will definitely feel the difference. This hack will help your hair grow long and smooth, and it will also gain beneficial vitamins and minerals.

5. Smooth legs. This can be done two ways, either with baby gel or conditioner.

What you will need:

  • Baby gel or conditioner

  • Razor

Instead of using shaving cream, baby gel and conditioner work wonders. Apply the gel or conditioner onto your legs the way you would with shaving cream and then shave your legs. This easy hack makes your legs amazingly smooth and it also makes your razor last a bit longer.

6. Thicker and longer lashes! You don’t need extensions—that’s what Vaseline is for!

What you will need:

  • Vaseline

Before you go to bed, lather some Vaseline onto your lashes and in the morning wash it off. This hack will help thicken and extend your lashes. People will think you got extensions, but you can happily say, “They’re real!”

7. Clear skin—when life throws you lemons, clear your skin with them!

What you will need:

  • Lemon

  • Brown or white sugar

  • Cotton balls or cotton pads

Lemons are full of AHA and BHA acids, which helps get rid of dead skin cells. Start making the lemon scrub by squeezing the juice out of the lemon into a bowl and mixing it with sugar. Wash your face well with warm water to open up your pores. Dip your cotton ball or pad into the scrub and start gently scrubbing your face in a circular motion. Wash it off with water and dry your face. You can do this once a week to keep your skin clear and smooth.

8. DIY Gel Liner

What you will need:

  • Pencil eyeliner

  • Lighter

Gel liners can be expensive to buy. You can create your own DIY gel liner by carefully heating the end of any of your pencil liners for about half a second with a lighter. Apply it on your eyes. This creates a gel effect and also makes your liner last all day without smudging!

9. Longer lasting lip colour

What you will need:

  • Your favourite lipstick

You wear your favourite lipstick and go out, but by the end of the day it has rubbed off-- don’t you hate that? All you need to do is apply your lipstick, dab your lips onto a tissue, and apply your lipstick again. Now hold a tissue over your lips and brush on some translucent powder to help it set. And voila—you have longer lasting lip colour!

10. Achieving plump lips without surgery. Who says you need to use injections?

What you will need:

  • Peppermint oil

  • Your favourite lip gloss

I know it’s “the trend” right now, but you don’t have to pay expensive bucks to get your lips looking plumper, nor do you have to go through the pain of injections. Try this hack. Add 2 drops of peppermint oil into your favourite lip gloss, mix it up, apply and plump away!