Beauty holds a great value. Everyone wants to feel beautiful and to preserve our looks as we get older. A moderate amount of makeup on a woman is even considered polite as opposed to not wearing any.

We fix our hair when we leave the house, just like we choose an outfit based on the occasion. Adding mascara and using powder for an even complexion is the same as taking a shower in the morning- it shows respect toward other people and ourselves.

With the market for cosmetics always growing and evolving, the goal has become to produce products that not only make you look good now, but to enable you to continue looking young after ten years of using them.  And like most products, beauty is going green as well, by dropping the harsh chemicals that were used in just about every lipstick or cream not too long ago.  

One of the biggest obstacles in the evolution of beauty is preserving the products and developing new ways to prolong the expiration period by not using unhealthy chemicals. So as the makeup counter continues to go green, the green from our wallets seems to flow out.  It goes without saying that most of us are not going to start making their own eye shadows and mascaras to save money. But what we can do, is use what we already have at home, and save up on that. There are many books out there teaching you how to make most of the products you`d normally buy, for half the price. So instead of debating over which brand is better, make your own.

For light makeup:

Use milk with a cotton ball, to remove powder, blush or concealer. After wash it off with warm water. This will make your skin feel great.

For mascara and water- proof makeup:

Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a cotton ball and apply it to your eyes. Allow the olive oil to sink in for about 2 minutes and wash with warm water. This is also good for your lashes.

For the entire week:

A mixture of cucumber and milk can be preserved in the fridge, ready for use, for a whole week. Peel a cucumber and make it into an even paste, add half a cup of milk and leave the mixture to soak for about 10 minutes.  Wipe off your makeup and wash with water.