Friday, June 25, 2010

Obsession of the Week: Tea Bags

While the Brooklyn Bitches are far more likely to reach for that second cup of coffee, shooting daggers at anyone who suggests we should cut bag and drink more tea instead, this week, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of uses for tea bags as beauty product. However, we've been more broke than usual this week, with the combination 1-2 punch of some unexpected (and still delightful) house guests, as well as fueling our soft serve/waffle cone addiction in whatever way possible. 


We took to the streets- er, our Williamsburg bathroom- to give these suggestions a try.


Reasons we're obsessed:


1. Whether you partied into the wee hours at Ella last night or were bowling strikes at The Gutter all night long, your eyes are droopy and dark-circled. We're certainly not here to judge the cause of the all-nighter, but we would recommend grabbing a few tea bags and cruising your way to clear eye city. Soak two tea bags in warm water and put under your eyes for about 20 minutes. The tannin in the tea will reduce puffiness and soreness.
2. The soothing elements found in tea will ease your sunburn or your razor burn. If you fell asleep while lounging in McCarren Park (which this Bitch has done after a few too many mimosas at a girl's brunch), or just cut your legs up in the shower, cooled tea bags will bring immediate relief. Reach for the black tea if it's available- it contains the strongest amount of tannins per bag out of any tea variety.
3. If you're paying your way through summer by standing on your feet while other Bitches are fast asleep (like us), your pink kicks are nothing to brag about at the end of the day. In fact, you may even be tempted to leave them outside your front door to de-stinkify themselves after a long, hot day. While we've lost many a pair of red flats (RIP) via this method, it's time to save your tootsies and your sneaks. Soaking your feet in strongly brewed tea for 20-25 minutes is a known way to reduce foot odor, and it's a lot more appealing than cutting off your feet at the end of each day. 
4. Skip your everyday shampoo and opt for a cup of cooled herbal tea instead. The herbs found in the tea will make your hair smooth and silky after rinsing two or three times post-shampoo. While we have yet to test this one for ourselves, we would suggest picking a peppermint or an Earl Grey type of tea as opposed to the crazier chai and Tiger spice varieties. Just beware- chamomile tea on light hair will darken it, and this blonde isn't seeing the sun nearly enough to take that risk.
5. Out of that expensive drugstore toner? You'll regret spending the money in the first place after you apply a few swipes of peppermint tea on a cotton ball. Wait for the tea to cool, pull your hair off of your face, and try a few wipes of your T-zone. Your skin will feel tingly fresh in no time.


For all of these reasons and more, we're pretty obsessed with tea this week. With the way this summer is shaping up, we're finding that we'd much prefer to spend the dollars we slave for on cold Pilsners from Barcade, gold lame fanny packs for all of our daily essentials, and, of course, chasing Mr. Softee. Which makes tea bags our beauty buy of the week: a bargain at nearly any supermarket, drugstore, or bodega in town). You can even buy them in bulk at Office Max for just $6!


Got any other suggestions for getting more mileage out of everyday tea bags? Leave us a comment below, drop us an email at bbonabudget@gmail.com, or Tweet us @bbonabudget.


xo,
B

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