Repurpose the beauty products you’re not using

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If you’re anything like me (a compulsive buyer of beauty products, that is), your bathroom cabinets are probably full of things that you’ve never used or are struggling to use up because you don’t really like them or they don’t work for you. The plot thickens if, on top of that, you just hate throwing away half empty bottles. Hopefully these hacks will inspire you to repurpose those products. 


That moisturiser you sweat off as soon as you step out of the bathroom

Remember that moisturiser you bought because Zoella said it was amazing? Now you realise that her skin, unlike yours, is dry and that’s probably why she doesn’t look like a piglet who just went out for a swim after she has applied it. You do. But it was pricey. So, now what?

Well, here are a few ways you can repurpose it:

    • if your eyes aren’t sensitive, use it as an eye cream


    • if you’re getting older (23 going on 38), it’s time to give your neck and décolletage the moisture they deserve


  • you could also use it on your cuticles or as a hand cream.


That hand cream your mother-in-law gave you

Speaking of hand creams… That one your mother-in-law gave you for your birthday just smells like soap for old ladies. According to thorough scientific research done by me, the feet are the extremities which are the furthest away from your nose, so you could definitely apply your hand cream onto your feet and not be bothered by its smell.

For extra moisture, cover your feet in cream, put on socks for the night and they’ll be all nice and hydrated in the morning (this might be more pleasant in the winter).

endora, mother in law in bewitched


That expensive serum you bought on a whim

Serums are usually big financial investments and it’s such a disappointment when they don’t work out on your skin. There can be a plethora of reasons why a particular serum doesn’t work on someone, but the fact is that you splurged on it and now it’s sitting on your bathroom sink just looking pretty and expensive. 

If it’s an oil, try applying it (in small quantities) on the ends of your hair. There is no such thing as over-moisturised ends.

If it isn’t an oil, well… time for your neck, décolletage or hands to benefit from your hard earned money.


That shampoo which weighs your hair down

There’s different ways you can repurpose a shampoo you don’t like:

  • wash your dog(s)*
  • clean your makeup brushes
  • use it as a substitute for laundry detergent

Shower gel will work just fine as well.

hack to repurpose shampoo















*Pictures of wet Labrador available on demand.


That hair conditioner which doesn’t really repair your hair

Meet your new shaving cream! Hair conditioner is by nature very hydrating and soothing and will leave your legs silky and smooth.

You can also repurpose it to:

  • clean your makeup brushes
  • remove your eye makeup
  • replace your laundry detergent


I hope you’ve found this post helpful. If you have other hacks, please do share them in the comments.





  1. July 10, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    This post is BRILLIANT! I have a load of gift sets from people full of products that I mostly just end up throwing out but think I’m going to try repurpose them in some of the ways you’ve suggested!

    Livvy x

    • Kate
      July 10, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much. Keep me posted if you try out any of these tips 🙂

    • Kate
      July 6, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Abi!

  2. geniussr
    July 4, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Amazing post.. I never thought to repurpose and product I don’t use.. great tips.. thanks for sharing..❤️

    • Kate
      July 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks, love!

  3. July 4, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Great post, Kate! I never thought about repurposing products but this was pretty eye-opening. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kate
      July 4, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks for your comment.

  4. July 4, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    I didn’t think reusing products, especially this one in the first picture for the use of other things I never thought of would be okay to do. lol this is the first time hearing someone reusing their products for the washing machine.

    • Kate
      July 4, 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Using shampoo as laundry detergent does work! I’ve done it many times when I had a shampoo I didn’t like.
      Thanks for commenting, love xxx

      • July 4, 2018 / 6:53 pm

        You are welcome. This is the first I heard someone doing this. very interesting. I might try it for myself one day. lol 🙂

        • Kate
          July 4, 2018 / 6:54 pm

          Keep me updated if you do 😀

  5. July 4, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I’d never even thought of repurposing my beauty products like that, I usually just leave them to languish in the back of a drawer somewhere and try to pretend they don’t exist!

    Cordelia ||

    • Kate
      July 4, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Thanks for your comment. I’m a huge hoarder too and I just can’t bear the thought of wasting all those products!

  6. July 3, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Great post with useful information.. didn’t know that conditioner could be used as makeup remover..😊🤗

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 10:32 pm

      Yup! Thanks for commenting and thanks for your constant support

      • July 3, 2018 / 10:52 pm

        Ohhh! I like your posts and being a girl .. makeup and fashion is always exciting..😊😍

  7. July 3, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Love this! Such great tips and a lot of this stuff I didn’t even know!

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

  8. July 3, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Love this! Great tips. Had no idea that you could do that for your feet? Need to try the socks thing.

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Sure! Moisture is moisture 🙂
      Keep me updated if you ever try it!

      • July 3, 2018 / 7:21 pm

        Will do! And hope to see your top face serums and creams one day if you haven’t already. 😃

        • Kate
          July 3, 2018 / 7:25 pm

          I have already written a post about my skin care routine 🙂

  9. July 3, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    This is very handy!! Didn’t know you could use conditioner to remove eye makeup!

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Yup! Thanks for commenting!

  10. July 3, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I think this is a great post, I didn’t think to reuse products like this except shampoo for cleaning makeup brushes!

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Yes, that’s a classic. I do it all the time as well. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  11. July 3, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    I never thought to use shampoo to wash clothes in the washer! I have used it in the sink to do so.
    I also use extra toothpaste to clean the inside of the glass shower doors…works like a charm!
    Thanks for a great post

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Oh, I should try that as well! Thanks for the tip and thanks for commenting.

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 5:58 pm

      Thanks! And they do work! I washed my dogs bedding with citrus scented shampoo yesterday!

  12. July 3, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    😂😂😂 the hand cream as foot cream had me in stitches but it’s so true! Even old lady soap probably smells better than my feet! Awesome hacks though!

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Hahaha thanks. Don’t you have a drawer full of unused hand creams?

      • July 3, 2018 / 5:54 pm

        I have one that I use and I think I have one in an unopened set I got for Christmas 😂 I have like a million body lotions though!

        • Kate
          July 3, 2018 / 5:57 pm

          Me too! And I’m too lazy to use them lol

  13. July 3, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Oh, I don’t think my comment worked so I’ll do it again. I apologise in advance if it duplicates. I think the heat is getting to me.

    I loved this post. I love a good hack and I didn’t know most of these so thanks! I once saw someone get hair dye out of a carpet by spraying it with old hair spray and blotting. Does that count as a hack?

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      Your first comment worked. I have to click on ‘approve’ before they get published now 🙂

  14. July 3, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I absolutely loved this post. Love a good hack and I didn’t know most of these so thanks!

    I once witnessed someone get hair dye out of a carpet by spraying it with old hair spray and blotting. Does that count as a hack?

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      I think I might have read something along those lines, but if you have witnessed such an experiment you are much more knowledgeable than me!

  15. July 3, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    You can gently wash cashmere with baby shampoo. That’s a hack that will come in handy this fall…

    • Kate
      July 3, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Oh that’s good to know! Thanks for sharing 🙂
      (now all I need is to buy cashmere lol)

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