That means some of the things that we used to consider necessities, such as getting regular manicures and pedicures by a professional, have now become what they are — luxuries.
Since we’re only spending on true necessities this year — food, shelter, transportation — we recently decided (and our crusty feet demanded) that we take beauty matters into our own hands.
Because it was our friend’s birthday we really wanted to make the experience special. We’d normally have done something like mani/pedis out, possibly hit a happy hour, had dinner to boot and left the whole experience happy, but much lighter in the pockets. So we hosted a full-fledged spa night with face masks, lip treatments, pedicures and cocktails.
First up, avocado face masks! We had some avocados that were getting a little closer to the garbage disposal, so rather than waste them we decided to turn them into face masks. We got the recipe for an avocado honey mask from “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics” by Barbara Close. We hated the smell, so we added a few things like almond milk, banana and vanilla extract. We ended up with this disgusting-looking goo that smelled a lot like cake batter when it was all said and done. It was a little astringent and we’re still not sure if it really did anything, but we had a good time mixing it up in the kitchen and getting all messy.
After beating back the winter blahs from our faces and restoring our youthful glow, we tackled the body part that needed the most work — our feet! It would have been nice to have some little tubs, but big pots and plasticware work just fine. And since we have a nail salon-sized polish collection at our house (sad, but true) we had everything we needed for great pedicures.
In addition to the polish, we broke out pumice stones, nail nippers and clippers as well as two kinds of body wash and some Johnson & Johnson baby oil. We were very serious about our endeavors and we now have the smooth feet to prove it. We also put the leftover avocado goo to good use and re-purposed it as a foot mask. We think the goo worked better on our feet than it did on our faces.
This was a great excuse to get together with a friend and have a fun evening in. The next time you want to get together for a girls’ night in, think about turning your living room into a spa zone on the cheap. You’ll create great memories, and your feet will thank you later.
Until next time … keep it thrifty.
Read more about Ricks’ and Reese’s thrifty adventures at toothriftychicks.com.