Sometimes you stumble onto things born from urgency or necessity. Sometimes good advice. Sometimes a lightbulb just goes off and you think "hmm, why not?" As a big fan of the human guinea pig approach to beauty I've compiled a secret collection of things that I use in ways other than you are "supposed" to use them. Whatever that means.  Call me a beauty rebel, call me a genius - either way these cheap tricks work better than other options out there. Usually for a fraction of the price. Go on, you know you want to break the rules...

The Product: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


Seriously, the other night somebody asked me if I was wearing tights. The skin on my legs looks good. It all happened one day when I was in the shower. I was out of shaving cream and body wash. Since my shampoo and conditioner was way too expensive to be using on my legs I looked around me and spotted the humble cream and blue bottle. I thought, well I love how it leaves behind that moisture, and it feels like it would make for a nice glide... why not. OH BOY, I was blown away. My razor didn't tug, no nicks and cuts AND afterwards my legs felt soft and moisturized. Since then I've noticed that the complexion of my legs has improved. No joke. Plus a bottle will run you about $9 each (two for $18) and lasts about 4 months if you use it luxuriously on your entire body.

The Product: Baby Toothbrush

The Hack: Jewelry Cleaner (especially that special ring)

I can't take credit for this one, as it comes straight from the pros (my incredibly talented jeweler Mark Watson, of Watson and Sons) but I will say without a doubt that this is so much better than wipes, chemically dips or other options out there. I try to do it at least once a week and it really does make that sparkle sparkly. Try it on a piece of jewelry you wear a lot and watch the magic happen.

The Product: Perricone MD No Blush Blush

The Hack: The Perfect Lip Stain

This color is so pink and fresh and just a little matte. It lasts forever, and my husband will still kiss me when I wear it, which means it looks like I have nothing on. There is something about this shade that just makes my skin glow, like I drank my eight ounces of water, did a spin class and got 9 hours of sleep glow. It looks healthy which is all I really want from a lip color. 

The Product: Contact Lens Cases

The Hack: Pack Your Products 

I love me a good pouch, but nothing ruins the look like cramming it full of too much stuff. Plus, sometimes I like to bring some foundation (those bottles are HUGE) because it doubles as my sunscreen, and whatever other sundry beauty thing I need. Contact lens cases are the perfect reusable size to pack whatever you want for on the go. And since they are designed to carry contact solution, they tend to be airtight. 

The Product: Aspirin

The Hack: Acne Killer

I love a good DIY Acne Mask and I've grown fond of aspirin in part because of it's portability.  Honey (which I still love) is sticky, not airplane friendly and expensive. Aspirin is cheap and portable. In a pinch you can crush up these bad boys, make a paste and place it on the blemish. It will provide some relief, especially for deep cystic acne... which is the worst.