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1. Boohoo

Boohoo is one of the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce sites. The booming retailer offers non-stop fashion with up to 100 new pieces hitting the site every day. The majority of styles on offer are under AU$100, and some are even as low as $2, so fill up your basket without any pesky spending guilt.

2. Nasty Gal

Created by “girlboss” Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal began as a humble eBay store selling vintage clothing. Since then, the brand has grown into an e-commerce giant that sells a broad range of genuine vintage and new, vintage-inspired pieces. This site is perfect for girls with a little bit of attitude who like to have a lot of fun.

3. H&M

Do we even need to introduce H&M? The Swedish super-retailer is everyone’s first choice for affordable, fast-fashion clothing, and its online store makes it all available from the comfort of your home. Sit on the couch while stocking up on great basics, lingerie, trends, accessories, workwear, activewear, and even homewares.

4. Free People

If you’re a free spirit or a hippy at heart, Free People is the online shopping destination for you. This bohemian retailer dishes up the goods when it comes to dreamy designs. Fill up your basket with wonderful pieces that are fit for brunch, the beach or a trip around the world. Also, take a look at the brand’s Movement label for great activewear.

Nordstrom has been a leading fashion retailer for over 100 years and is continuing to uphold the title. Although the brand’s online store is obviously a lot younger, it follows suit from Nordstrom’s physical stores in terms of excellent service and extensive product range.

6. Mango

Mango, also known as MNG, offers a broad range of minimally chic clothing and accessories. The brand’s designs are pieces that can be worn every day that easily blend into the rest of your wardrobe.

7. Luisa Via Roma

From sporty to chic, this site has it all. It offers pieces fresh off the runway, exclusive collaborations and discounts across some of the world’s biggest labels. If you’re after curated styles that will make you stand out from the crowd, you can’t look past Luisviaroma – it’s the one-stop-shop for all things beautiful.


If you haven’t shopped online at ASOS, you’ve seriously been missing out. This site is a one-stop destination for all of your fashion and beauty needs at a reasonable price. Filter through thousands of on-trend products from a variety of brands as well as the ASOS house labels.

9. The Outnet

Created by the people at Net-A-Porter, The Outnet is the ultimate destination for exclusive discounts on more than 350 designer labels. Some of the featured brands include Chloé, Stuart Weitzman and Oscar de la Renta. This is a great place to visit if you’re after your first luxury piece, but don’t want to spend your entire paycheck on it.

10. Farfetch

There’s only one of you, so why wear something that everyone else has? Finding your perfect piece of clothing shouldn’t be a hassle, thanks to Farfetch. With vintage pieces from the labels you love like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Versace, you can be seen in something that no-one else is wearing.

11. Shopbop

Since its launch in 2000, Shopbop has become a site that fashionistas know and love. It’s the perfect place to shop for both contemporary and designer labels and has an impressive selection of apparel, shoes, bags, and accessories. Another major highlight of this site is that it offers lookbook and wardrobe advice features, which makes the online experience all the more enjoyable!

12. Revolve

You can always count on Revolve to bring you the most trendy pieces you’ll need for a season update, and the site features many prominent designer brands. They’ve even added face masks to their list of products —  so you know they’re keeping an eye on current trends and needs. For convenience, fashion lovers can also get their favorite beauty products on the site, which is super appealing because you don’t have to order from multiple retailers. Revolve’s Shop This Look section is also a fantastic way to find outfits you want to recreate, and their dedicated customer service team will help with any issues.

13. Nordstrom Rack

If you love a bargain, then Nordstrom Rack is the place to go! We all know that designer clothes can come with a high price tag, but this is the site that helps you save money while also getting your hands on your dream brands. At Nordstrom Rack, you can get up to 70 percent off the original department store and boutique prices, and they are continually adding new items to the inventory. Be sure to check in weekly for new arrivals and shop your favorite styles, which can be done from the comfort of your living room. If you want to browse on-the-go, the mobile app also makes shopping super easy!

14. Saks Fifth Avenue

Most people have heard of Saks Fifth Avenue, the famous New York department store, and their online site does not disappoint. Saks is known for fashionable and exclusive items, and you can now shop them from the comfort of your home. Choose from a wide range of designers, pick the trendiest apparel, handbags, and shoes, and finish off your looks with interesting pieces of jewelry and chic accessories. If you need inspiration, The Edit highlights seasonal favorites and trends, and the editorials are always impressive.

15. Topshop

One of our favorite British high street brands, Topshop, is also available online. This site offers all the great styles that you’re used to finding in-store at the same affordable price. Tall, petite and maternity ranges are also on offer for those who want Topshop’s on-trend style but need a different fit. On top of all that, standard international delivery, which is up to nine days, is free when you spend over £100.


For the lovers of luxury fashion and independent designers, look no further than SSense. With thousands of incredible curated pieces available, you can find a one-of-a-kind piece that others will adore, or the latest items fresh off the runway. Whether you’re gaga for Gucci or a lover of La Perla, this is the site for you.

17. Uniqlo

Uniqlo is the place to go for basics on a budget. You may not find the most fashionable pieces here, but you will find some great, quality pieces to be the core ingredients of your casual wardrobe. Think comfortable cotton hoodies, cashmere sweaters, down puffer jackets and essential seamless underwear, all for the lowest prices imaginable.

18. Verishop

Verishop is the one-stop-online-shop customers love because they have so many different apartments. From men’s and women’s clothing and apparel to beauty and wellness or stylish pieces for your home, this is the best way to find items you love or the perfect gift for friends and dear ones. Shop from both global and digitally native brands, including Billie the Label, and leisurewear brand LETT. Another highlight is the fast and free shipping and 24-hour customer service, which makes the whole experience easy and fun!

19. MyTheresa

MyTheresa has been around for over 30 years, first as a fashion hotspot in Munich, and later an online extension of the exclusive store. What can you expect from this site? For starters, fast delivery within one business day, free returns within 30 days, and an impressive collection of designer items! The site stocks over 250 international designers, and is known for being one of the best sites to purchase luxury buys, with big names including Acne Studios, Emilio Pucci, and Fendi.

20. & Other Stories

If you live in the U.K., U.S., or one of a selection of European countries, then you are lucky enough to be able to shop online at &OtherStories. The brand focuses on the whole outfit, making accessories an essential part of its business. The clothes are nice, but the pieces to buy are bags, shoes, sunglasses, and jewelry.

21. Coggles

Discover your next favorite piece of clothing on Coggles. Featuring designers like Victoria Beckham, Balmain, and Kenzo, you can filter through thousands of beautiful clothes and accessories to find something perfect for you. From sneakers to fine jewelry, it’s the perfect shopping site for a friend or yourself.

22. Missguided

Missguided is your online shopping destination for young and fun fashion. This site is perfect for anyone who’s not afraid to show a bit of skin. Low cut tops, bodycon dresses and short shorts are a regular occurrence here. Pick up a few of the brand’s continuously on-trend pieces as a cheap way to spice up your usual wardrobe.

23. MatchesFashion

Everyone deserves to treat themselves once in a while, so why not do it on Matches Fashion? From the essentials to the exquisite, this site offers unmatched assistance. If you’re having difficulty making a decision or you need a bit of extra help, let the MyStylist service help you out. Whether you’re unsure of how to put a look together or you need to spark some inspiration, this team is here to help.

24. Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters stocks a huge range of brands and styles so that you can find what you need for the price that you want. Filter products by categories, styles, lengths, sizes, colors, brands and prices to quickly hunt down key items, or just click through pages and browse all the lovely styles.

25. Forever21

Forever 21 offers super-affordable casual wear that is both cute and stylish. This user-friendly online store is the perfect place to pick up all the trends that you want to try without investing too much financially. The brand also loves social media and often re-posts customers’ photos, so get buying and then get snapping to feel the online love

26. ModCloth

Visit ModCloth if you’re on the lookout for indie, vintage, and retro-inspired clothing and accessories. This brand’s democratizing approach to fashion is incredibly refreshing, featuring a variety of models on its site and selling styles to suit everyone. Take a look at the dress section to find some truly beautiful pieces that are perfect for summer days and picnics in the park.

27. Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge, which initially began as a part of Selfridges department store in the U.K., is now a part of the Arcadia Group, which owns Topshop. Visit this retailer’s site if you’re looking for fun party dresses or gorgeous day wear.

28. COS

COS is like the older, cooler and much more refined sister to H&M. Made by the same company, COS steers away from fads and passing trends while H&M embraces them. Offering a range of minimal and modern wardrobe essentials, COS will provide you with pieces that last beyond the current season. Although you will pay more than you would at H&M, you’ll get your money’s worth.

29. Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer, which launched its Australian web store this year, offers a range of relaxed and chic styles that are all well within budget. Check out the brand’s extensive range of accessories to find affordable pieces to match every outfit. Also, explore the M&S & Alexa Chung Collaboration for great vintage-inspired styles.

30. Princess Polly

Shopping multiple brands that you love in one spot is as convenient as it is fun. Proving this point is the online retailer, Princess Polly. This site carries several fashionable and affordable brands, including Evil Twin, Minkpink, Somedays Lovin, The Fifth Label, Windsor Smith and Nobody Denim


Big corporations are complex entities. They look glossy on the outside but behind that facade, there are all sorts of shady secrets they try hard to keep hidden. And the more the corporation has to interact with the general public, the more frantic it gets trying to keep the rotten underbelly from being exposed. With that ominous introduction, you probably know what’s coming. Walmart is in the title so obviously, we’re going to talk about some dark stuff that the retail giant doesn’t want people to know about.

10. Store-brand Supplements Are Not Worth It

Not the darkest secret in the bag nor is it the biggest skeleton in the Walmart closet but we’re just getting started here. Now the thing about supplements is that unless they’re prescribed by a doctor and come from a reputable and trusted source, you should really steer clear from them. But some people find them hard to resist. After all, taking a pill is always much easier than stuffing one’s face with green veggies. And if you are one of those people who just can’t do without supplements, then the last place you’d want to stock up on your precious pills would be Walmart. Especially their store-brand supplements. Why? Well, for one thing, the pills don’t contain all the herbal ingredients written on the package. I mean it doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out. The supplements are cheaper than in other stores and even cheaper than other brands sold right next to it, so something is up. And that’s what’s up. The good stuff that’s supposed to benefit your body is missing. In other words, you could be just shoveling down a bunch of placebos stuffed with flour and sawdust. So just because they’re cheap it doesn’t mean you’re saving money. Most likely you’d be throwing money down the drain for something that will do you no good at all.

9. Discrimination

Now we all know that discrimination in the workplace is a serious problem. And most large corporations do their best to polish their public image and show that this kind of behavior is not tolerated. For years Google would go with “Do No Evil!” It was a good motto until lawsuits piled up against Google then they dropped it. Walmart prefers to go with “Equal Opportunity Employer.” It sounds good and gives the brand a spotless clean image. But how true is that motto? And is Walmart really an equal opportunity employer? Judging by the lawsuits, we’re going to say no. And it’s not just that thing about equal opportunity either. There are also two decades worth of sexual harassment lawsuits to take into consideration. For years the company has swept under the rug all complaints of sexual harassment that employees had filed against their colleagues. Instead of taking action and putting a stop to the rampant problems, the company chose to look the other way. This has led many of the victims of such horrendous behavior to either leave the job or bear it silently. But the discrimination doesn’t even stop with being biased against pregnant women. It’s against women in general. Most of the job descriptions the company puts out in its ads make it clear the job is male-oriented and targeted toward men not women.

8. Avoid Walmart Organic Food

Organic groceries imply lack of antibiotics and clean and healthy food to put on your table. Of course, this healthy food comes at a price. Organic food is usually pricier than its non-organic counterpart. But if you can afford it you won’t have a problem with paying a little more. Unless you’re shopping in Walmart that is. Because then you’ll be paying a whole lot more to get your organic food than you would at other retail chains. In general, the food section in Walmart is its least appealing one. In fact, you’d do yourself a big favor doing your weekly grocery shopping at other places such as Aldi or Trader Joe’s. The low quality of the food items and the price tags both make Walmart a bad choice. And this problem is nowhere more obvious than in the organic section. A recent review of the major retail chains has found that Walmart usually charges its customers a lot more for organic food than its competitors. If you have the time you can check it for yourself. Just visit the websites of the retailers near you and compare prices. You’ll find that Walmart’s prices for organic food are always higher than other retailers.

7. No Background Checks

Every employer no matter how big or small tries to vet new employees before hiring them. This is especially true if the employee is someone who will be interacting with the customers. Background checks ensure that the staff has no criminal records or violent past that might put the public at risk. It’s also a great policy to ensure the company will not be liable for lawsuits if an employee loses it with a customer. Which makes it all the more puzzling that Walmart will not follow that reasonable policy of checking the background of their employees before hiring them. And since Walmart has a firearms section you can begin to get the picture here. What if a convicted felon started handling firearms at Walmart? And if you think this was a remote possibility, then think again. Someone once posted on Reddit, the social platform, how Walmart had hired their convicted brother to work in the hunting department. Now the safety of everyone who enters the store is at risk. This includes not just the customers but also the other employees who have no clue what kind of person is handling firearms at the hunting department. And of course not having background checks means Walmart might hire people previously accused of sexual harassment in their previous jobs, thus exacerbating their own sexual harassment problems.

6. Online Prices

As with most businesses, Walmart usually tries to attract customers by offering discounted prices online. You just go to their website and browse around. You’ll find daily promotions and discounts on several items and products. As we said, this is a normal practice that almost all retails do. But the thing is, if you go to the store you will find the same product being sold at a different price. There’s no scam here. Because the online prices change almost on a daily basis, the various outlets of the giant retailer don’t adjust their prices to match those offered online. And that’s where you come in. Now Walmart’s policy is if the same product has a lower price on a Walmart website you will get that discounted price not the one at the store. So while shopping at Walmart make sure to have your phone with you. Enter the name of the product on the Walmart website and see the price it offers. If it’s less than the price at the store, show the discounted price to the cashier and they will adjust it on the spot. Just remember that the product has to match the item in the store. Same name, brand, and size.

5. Harsh Work Conditions

We’ve all heard it before. Giant companies benefiting from sweatshops in poor countries where the work conditions are abhorrent and the workers get treated unfairly. It has to do with cutting down the cost of labor and increasing the profit margins. Higher profits mean the shareholders are happy and the top executives in the company get enormous annual bonuses. But what has Walmart got to do with this? Well, apparently, everything. You see, Walmart has someone else to please besides the shareholders and the stock market. And that is the customer. The only way to please the retail customer is to offer cheap prices. Price wars are a common thing among retail giants. But how do you cut down costs and offer the customer a good product at a low rate while still showing good profit margins at the end of the fiscal year? Well, the answer is in the sweatshops that use child labor in poor countries. And it’s not that Walmart directly hires these workers and subjects them to these subhuman conditions. But Walmart deals with the companies that employ these people. Even when the media exposes the harsh conditions in these factories, you would think that Walmart would stop working with them. But that’s not what happens. Since profit is the goal, the corporation will not bother with things like workers rights and fair pay as long as they happen thousands of miles away.

4. Keep an Eye on Deep Discounts

There are two types of shoppers. Those who drive to the nearest retailer with or without a shopping list. They go in there, grab a cart and start filling it up with the stuff they need. Then they head to the nearest checkout, pay, and leave. And there’s this other type of shoppers who go prepared. They check online and compare prices. They know which days the retailer offers discounts on grocery and when there’s a promotion in the meat section. That type of customer knows what they want, when to buy it, and in many cases, how much they will pay for it. Now guess which type pays less and winds up with the best deals? The second customer of course. Walmart and other retail giants rely on the first type of customer to make a profit. It’s true, Walmart offers discounts, but these are mainly targeted at the second type of customer. The one who searches and compares, and decides where to shop. Even big discount events like Black Friday shouldn’t be taken for granted. In the days leading up to Black Friday keep an eye on the prices of the items you want to buy. Then you’ll know if you’re really getting them at a good discount on Black Friday or you’re being ripped off.

3. The Early Bird

You must have heard of the early bird adage. Well, it’s more than an adage and it’s not just your mom was trying to get you out of bed in time to catch the school bus. And if you were wondering what kind of worm you were supposed to catch as you hustled bleary-eyed every morning to get to school on time, well, Walmart has got the answer. See, the retail giant tends to offer big discounts on groceries early in the day then take them down around noon. It works best with food from the previous day which hasn’t been sold and would be returned unless you snag it first. Bread from yesterday gets a hefty discount before the bread is removed from the shelf. So if you manage to make your way to the store early in the morning, you’ll find most of these food items sold at a great price. And that is the worm that the early bird gets. It’s a lot of savings on food. Do you think that’s worth getting up early for?

2. The Clearance Section

This is not exactly a secret, but most people who spend hours shopping at Walmart go blissfully unaware of its existence. We’re talking of course about the clearance section. Now, every Walmart outlet has got one. And they keep it out of the way as much as possible. That means you’ll need to do some digging and walking around looking for it. Or you could just ask the manager where they keep their clearance section. So why would you want to check them anyway? Well, for the great discounts obviously. These sections have everything the store has failed to sell. Instead of returning it or dumping it in one of their stores, they keep these items piled together in a secluded section. You can find toys sold cheap or even electronics. Keep in mind that not all outlets will keep their heavily discounted items in one place. You can find them at the lowest shelves for example. So you will need to literally dig deep and bend over to reach those valuable items. That’s the real takeaway from this article. Don’t go shopping blind. Be prepared to research and spend some time looking for the best deals and big discounts.

1. Say No to Walmart Furniture

Who doesn’t love cheap stuff? All along we’ve been focusing on how to get the best deals and pay less to get more. So what’s wrong with Walmart’s cheap stuff? Well, nothing if you’re buying bread or non-organic vegetables. But if you’re buying durables such as furniture, then you’d better shop elsewhere. When it comes to furniture you don’t want to go cheap. This is not something you’ll be buying every day, week, month, or even year. You want your furniture to last until you get tired of looking at it and replace it. Walmart furniture has a knack for collapsing when you least expect them and they really have no sense of loyalty. They tend to get bored with their new owners quite quickly. Just when you’re about to get used to your new couch or chair or that quaint coffee table with the weird colors, your brand new furniture calls it a day and commit a treacherous act of self-destruction.


By A. Santiago

No matter where you’re from, odds are you occasionally find yourself looking overseas with envy.  How do those women in India get their hair so shiny and silky and tame their flyaways?  How do those Japanese ladies get their skin so clear?  What about those South American women with their luminous complexions?  Genetics obviously plays a role in our attributes, but a lot of it comes down to simple beauty secrets which anyone can learn.  And odds are if you’re feeling envious, someone else around the globe is looking toward your shores and feeling envious of what you’ve got.

Australia: Yarrow extract for stretch marks.

Do you suffer from stretch marks?  These unsightly marks appear after you have had a rapid weight gain or growth spurt or during pregnancy.  Once they show up, they are extremely hard to get rid of, because they are essentially scar tissue.  But that doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily stuck with them.  Yarrow extract is a beauty secret which has been used by Australian Aboriginal women for generations to clear up their stretch marks.  Yarrow root contains anti-inflammatory compounds, and can also moisturize your skin.  The combination does a great job for soothing and healing all manner of skin irritations and healing old wounds—like stretch marks.  Search for a stretch mark cream which contains yarrow root extract for a natural, effective end to stretch marks!

Australia: Tea tree oil for dandruff.

Sick of pulling dandruff away from your itchy, dry scalp?  Australians use tea tree oil to combat this problem.  This is one of those tricks where a little bit goes a long way, so it’s well worth the investment.  Just add a couple of drops into your shampoo and you will be amazed at the difference.  The tea tree oil will moisturize your scalp and prevent all that itching and flaking.  You can also find tea tree oil shampoos for sale that already have this amazing ingredient included.

Brazil: Oatmeal to heal a sunburn.

You may already know that oats are great for your skin.  It’s no wonder; if you’ve ever looked up the nutritional facts on the back of a box of oatmeal, you probably noticed it contains an abundance of minerals and vitamins that your body needs.  It turns out that the nutrition that is great for your body as a whole is great for your skin too.  Brazilians use oats to ease the pain of a sunburn and speed healing.  How do you do it?  Next time you get a bad sunburn, tie up some oats in gauze and then position it over the tap for your bathtub.  Turn it on and fill the tub, allowing the water to filter through the bag with the oats.  Soak in the bath and you’ll get fast relief from your sunburn.  Oats have amazing anti-inflammatory healing properties!

Columbia: Avocado for shiny hair.

Avocado is one of the top beauty secrets in Columbia and other Latin American countries.  It’s great for your face as well as your hair (we’ll talk about avocado facial masks in a bit, since they are also popular in the Philippines).  How do you use avocado to enhance your hair?  One of the best recipes is this:  Get an avocado, a banana, and a tablespoon of olive oil.  Mash them all together to make a uniform paste.  Take that paste and rub it into the roots of your hair.  Work it down to the tips.  Do something else for half an hour, and then get in the shower and shampoo, condition and rinse.  The results will astound you!

Costa Rica: Shrink your pores with orange juice.

Have large pores on your face which you wish you could shrink?  This is a short-term solution, not a long-term one, but it’s a great idea if you just want to shrink your pores for a photo op.  Women in Costa Rica combine orange juice and water (in a 50/50 mixture) and use a cotton ball to swab it onto their faces.  Wait a few minutes, and then rinse it off, and your pores should be less obvious.  Be sure to rinse thoroughly so that you aren’t sticky afterwards, and try to keep the juice out of your hair.

Chile Crushed red grapes and flour for glowing skin.

Here is another beauty recipe for vibrant skin, this time from South America.  If you have ever wondered how Chilean women get their skin looking so luminous, it turns out the secret is crushed red grapes mixed with white flour!  A handful of grapes is all you need and a couple of tablespoons of flour.  Mix it together, apply it to your face for ten minutes, and wash it off.  You should get a lovely glow to your skin.  This can work wonders if you are used to looking in the mirror at a fatigued complexion.

Dominican Republic: Garlic for stronger nails.

Here is another great beauty secret from South America.  Do you have brittle nails that break all the time?  One great way to strengthen them is to use garlic.  This tip comes from the ladies of the Dominican Republic, who chop fresh garlic and add it to clear nail polish.  They wait about a week to a week and a half, and then apply it to their nails.  Be warned: it will smell foul—but the smell will wear off, and the garlic will leave your nails harder and stronger.  As an added bonus, garlic has antibacterial properties.

Bulgaria: Rose water as a facial cleanser.

Bulgaria’s Rose Valley is world famous; the valley produces around 85% of the world’s rose oil.  So it’s no surprise that Bulgarian women have discovered the many uses of rose oil and rose petals.  Rose water is one of the best all-around rinses you can use to enhance the health and beauty of your skin.  How do you make it?  You can either use well-diluted rose oil, or you can boil a tea out of rose petals.  Either way, you will enjoy moisturized, clean, clear skin.

Croatia: Wash your itchy scalp with nettles.

Here’s a great tip from Croatia for those who suffer from dandruff or a dry, itchy scalp.  Croatians gather nettles from the fields and boil them in water.  They then use that water to wash their hair, often skipping shampoo altogether.  That’s how effective it is at cleaning your hair and nourishing your roots!

France: Get rid of nail stains the easy way.

Have unsightly stains on your nails?  A lot of women in France do their own manicures, and they are experts at dealing with beauty problems like this!  It turns out they have the simplest solution in the world for nail stains.  Just soak your fingers in lemon juice for ten minutes, and most of those stains should go away.  It’s very fast and easy!

Greece: Olive oil for healthy skin.

Do you envy the mesmerizing complexions of Greek women?  It’s not all in the genetics as it turns out; Greek women have a number of beauty secrets, one of which is olive oil.  Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and is one of the all-around best things you can eat.  In Greece (and Italy), women make olive oil a regular part of their diet, but in many other countries, butter or margarine is a more common choice.  Neither butter nor margarine contains all the healthy antioxidants and vitamins that olive oil does, though.  So consider buying a bottle of olive oil the next time you hit the grocery store.  Spice it up and use it as a dip for bread at dinner time, instead of going with butter or margarine as you usually do.  You can also cook in olive oil instead of vegetable oil!  It is better for your skin, and healthier all-around.

Greece: Rosemary for healthy hair.

The women of Greece not only have gorgeous clear skin, but shiny locks.  If you’ve ever envied their beautiful hair, you will love this Greek beauty tip.  Greek women rinse their hair using water that’s been steeped in rosemary.  Rosemary removes buildup from your hair for a deep cleansing effect.  An even better alternative?  Steep a hair rinse out of rosemary and apple cider vinegar.  In the shower, combine a few tablespoons with water and use that to rinse, and you’ll get an even more amazing effect.  Plus, a little bit goes a long ways, and you can use your rinse again and again before you run out.  Be warned, however, that rosemary can darken hair, which is great if that’s what you are going for, but if you want to keep your locks light, you might want to skip it.

Greece: Yogurt and olive oil for shining locks.

Staying in the Mediterranean, you will find another great olive-oil related beauty tip in nearby Italy.  Italian women also eat plenty of olive oil, but they also have figured out that it can be mixed with yogurt and applied directly to the hair as a conditioner.  All you have to do to get the same silky effect is to mix a cup of plain whole-milk yogurt with a teaspoon of olive oil.  Wash your hair and apply the conditioner afterwards.  Wait for five minutes and then rinse it out.  You should have a nice lustrous shine to your hair when it dries, and should also find it softer and more manageable.

Greece: Try an egg white hair mask.

Here’s another quick trick from southern Italy, where the sun is intense and can dry out hair really quickly!  Purchase some egg whites, and then whip two egg whites (or more, depending on how long your hair is) so that they get frothy.  Apply them to your hair while your hair is wet.  Wait ten minutes, shampoo your hair, and rinse it all out.  This will really boost the moisture content in your hair!

Spain: Cranberry juice to bring out red highlights.

If you are a redhead, a brunette, or even a strawberry blonde, there is a wonderful beauty secret from Spain that can help you to bring out the red tones in your hair.  It’s really easy!  All you have to do is mix cranberry juice with water (about half and half), and pour it over your head when you are done washing your hair in the shower.  This technique works especially well if you then head outside and spend some time in the sun.  Another alternative is hibiscus flower.  If you purchase hibiscus tea, you can use this as a rinse; you may find this a better option because you do not have the sticky sugary residue from the juice.  You don’t have to rinse it out as a result.

If you are a blonde and don’t want to be a strawberry blonde (or simply have no red tones in your hair to bring out at all), you might want to try lemon juice or chamomile or calendula instead.  All three of these are great choices for bringing out blonde highlights and lightening your hair.  Once again, spending time in the sun will enhance the effect.  If you do either the cranberry or lemon juice rinse on a regular basis, you will get a great effect over the long term!

Spain: Potato slices to get rid of dark circles under your eyes.

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  If you get dark circles around your eyes when you are fatigued, you can get rid of them by cutting thin potato slices and putting them on top of your eyes for ten minutes.  This will lighten the skin around your eyes.  You’ll find this trick works particularly well if you do it routinely.  A perfect trick before you head to that early morning job interview or sales presentation.  Show everyone how awake and alert you are, whether you feel it or not!

Sweden: Green tea, mineral water, and sauna treatments for healthy, beautiful skin.

Ever wonder how those Swedish women keep their skin so radiant and clear?  One great treatment recommended by Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand is green tea!  If you have green tea bags, you can freeze some green tea in an ice cube tray, and use the ice cubes in place of a toner.  If you are not so keen on the idea of rubbing ice cubes over your skin, you can skip that and just use the tea bags themselves after you make your tea!  Strand also advises the use of saunas as a skincare treatment.  Saunas are very popular in Sweden, and help to purge the body of toxins.  Strand recommends a recipe combining olive oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and rock salt as an alternative.  Rub it over your body and rinse it off, and you will remove toxins from your skin.

Here’s another tip from Scandinavia.  Mineral water is great for your skin, but you’ll get the best effect if you go with icy mineral water.  Splash it on your face and you will firm up your skin.  If you have puffiness around the eyes, it can help you reduce that (those Scandinavian women sure are brave, coming in out of the cold and splashing ice water on their face or using ice cubes as toners!).

Poland: Try an egg yolk hair mask.

That Italian hair mask using egg whites isn’t the only way you can nourish your hair using eggs.  It turns out that those Italian ladies are actually missing out on the amazing nutrients in egg yolks!  In Poland, women make hair masks using the yolk of the egg along with a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil.  They leave the mask in their hair for fifteen minutes and then rinse it out.  Apparently the egg yolk nutrients strengthen hair so it is less likely to break.  Which is better for hair, the yolk or the whites?  You will have to experiment to decide.  Maybe you will end up combining the suggestions from Poland and Italy and using the whole egg.  Sounds like a plan!

Romania: Olive oil and vitamin A for stronger nails.

Looking for a great way to improve the texture of your nails and strengthen them?  In Romania, there is a great secret to strong nails, and that is to soak them in a bowl with warm olive oil and vitamin A oil.  It only takes a few drops of oil, and you only have to do it every couple of weeks for a few minutes each time.  The vitamin A and olive oil will nourish the cuticle beds, which will cause your nails to grow stronger.  They should be less prone to breakage after a few of these treatments.  You may also have less skin peeling around them, which is a symptom of really dry nail beds.

United Kingdom: Wash your hair less.

Women who live in the UK have a unique beauty challenge to tackle thanks to the abundance of lime in their water supply (and you thought your hard water was bad!).  Lime makes hair dry, brittle, and breakable, so it is a constant uphill battle to keep hair strong, soft, and shiny.

How do they do it?  It’s actually what they don’t do more than what they actually do.  Many women in the UK don’t wash their hair more than three times a week, and keep it under a shower cap the rest of the time.  How do they keep their hair clean on days they don’t wash it?  Dry shampoo.  Even if you don’t live in the UK, this is great advice.  Why?  First off, hard water in many countries creates similar beauty struggles.  The less you wash your hair, the less mineral buildup you have to deal with.  Plus, most women wash their hair more than they should to begin with, stripping out the natural oils.  Wash your hair less and you will keep your natural oils intact.

China: Rice water as a facial rinse.

China is of course famous for its rice.  Rice is not just a dietary staple in China, though, it is also a beauty secret!  The women in China use rice water as a cleansing rinse for their faces.  Rice is chock full of antioxidants, which nourish your skin and fight harmful free radicals that lead to aging.  How do you do it?  Buy some Chinese rice, and soak it in water for 20 minutes.  Strain out the rice, and then use a washcloth to mop the water on your face.  Do this on a weekly basis and you should notice a difference!

China: Camellia oil for stretch marks.

Here’s another way you can tackle stretch marks.  Chinese women rub camellia oil onto their stretch marks in the morning and the evening.  Over time, this can reduce the appearance of stretch marks as well as other types of discoloration (like sun damage).

India: Turmeric for vibrant skin.

Turmeric is used as a spice in a lot of Indian recipes, but it is also used for beauty!  Before an Indian wedding, the bride performs the “haldi” ceremony.  This involves applying a turmeric paste to her face and body and washing it off so her skin will be vibrant.  You can make the same paste by mixing a teaspoon of turmeric powder with honey and yogurt.  You want it to get a thick pasty consistency.  Put it on your face for fifteen minutes and then wash it off.  Don’t worry, your skin won’t turn yellow—but you should see a nice glow.  Apparently this can also help you get rid of unwanted facial hair, so this is a really great weapon in your beauty arsenal.

India: Coconut oil for smooth, shiny, healthy hair.

Those Indian ladies really know what they’re doing!  Here’s another great beauty tip from India, this time for your hair.  If you are looking for a natural conditioner, look no further than coconut oil.  A little bit of this stuff goes a long ways, so all you need is around a tablespoon.  Heat it up (you can just warm it up in the microwave) so that it turns into a liquid, and then massage it onto your head.  If you can, try to reach your scalp and the roots of your hair, as well as the ends.  The coconut oil will promote circulation in your scalp, which will help to bring nutrients to your hair follicles.  This in turn will make your hair grow faster!

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, and will work great on dry or damaged hair, so make sure you get the ends and not just the roots!  You can wash it out or leave it in; if you leave it in, your hair will be nice and shiny all day (and also easier to comb than usual).  If you have ever used a product like Biosilk, the effect is similar.

While you’re at it, if you have dry or rough skin, you can rub coconut oil in as an excellent alternative to lotion or moisturizer!  This is a popular thing to do in Belize.  The coconut oil also has protective properties that shield your skin against the damage of harmful UV rays, so it makes a great natural sunscreen.

The Philippines: Aloe for glossy hair.

If you have ever been to the Philippines, you probably were astonished by how glossy and beautiful everyone’s hair was!  How do Pilipino women get their hair so shiny?  It turns out the trick is aloe.  Break an aloe leaf to get at the juice, and then rub it into your hair and scalp.  Don’t have an aloe leaf handy?  That’s okay, you can buy aloe gel from the store.  Rinse it out and you should see glossier locks.  Tip:  Don’t forget that aloe is also great for your skin!  Combine it with ginger and lime and it makes a wonderful moisturizer.  Its inflammatory properties make it an excellent salve for irritated skin too.

The Philippines: Shun the sun.

Have you ever wondered how the women of Japan and the Far East manage to keep their skin so beautiful and clear?  They have a number of beauty secrets, but one of the simplest and most effective is simply to stay out of the sunlight.  In Japan, it is perfectly normal to carry around a parasol on sunny days.  Japanese women also are more likely to cover their arms and legs and wear a hat.  Sunbathing may bring a warm coppery glow to your skin, but it does nothing for your complexion!  Over time, sunbathing will lead to sun damage—age spots, wrinkles, and dry, leathery skin.  If you shun the sun and carry a parasol or umbrella, however, you can keep your skin soft, hydrated, and healthy like the women of Japan.

The Philippines: Seaweed for luxurious locks.

Japanese men and women alike are recognized globally for their long, silky, gorgeous black hair.  How do they get their hair looking so fabulous?  Part of it may be the increased amount of iodine in their diets.  Seaweed is a major part of the Japanese diet, and a rich natural source of easily-digested iodine.  Iodine is added to table salt, but it isn’t as easy for your body to digest as the iodine in seaweed (and if you use sea salt, you are getting even less of it).  Head to your local Asian grocery store and stock up on seaweed and start adding it to your diet!

You don’t have to use it to wrap sushi.  It goes great in salad, rice dishes, stir-fry, or soups.  Experiment with some recipes and you will probably find a lot of tasty ways to eat it (snacking on the sheets is also fun!).  This is a really great way to jazz up a boring bowl of store-bought ramen.  Iodine has a lot of health benefits that go under recognized, not just for your hair, but for the rest of your body.

The Philippines: A sake bath for glowing skin.

Love sake?  If you can bear to part with several glasses of it, try pouring it into your bath water.  Sake contains kojic acid, which is a great exfoliate.  This is yet another beauty secret the women of Japan use to maintain their beautiful complexions and keep their skin looking so fresh and youthful over the years.  Sake can also reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration from the sun.

Singapore: Coconut oil to tame humidity-induced frizz.

Humidity levels in Singapore are crazy.  The average is around 90%, and that’s year-round.  Ouch.  If you live in a place with high humidity levels like that for even part of the year, you know what a pain they can be.  Your hair frizzes up and you can’t control your flyaways.  How do those ladies in Singapore cope?  They rub some coconut oil into the ends of their hair before going to bed and leave it on there.  The next day, their hair is manageable and tame despite the ridiculous humidity.

Singapore: Avocado or papaya for radiant skin.

Here’s another great tip from Singapore!  Mash up an avocado or a papaya (both work great), rub the mixture onto your face, wait for fifteen minutes, and rinse it off.  Both of these have some great oils in them which are ideal for moisturizing your face.  Papaya also works as an exfoliating agent thanks to an enzyme called papain.  This is a great way to make use of avocados that are just a little too ripe.  Otherwise they just go to waste!

Egypt: Bathe in milk and honey.

This beauty secret is so old that it literally dates back to Cleopatra, who reportedly bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin radiant and soft.  She also added lavender and rose petals to her baths, and according to some historians, raspberries and strawberries.  The milk she used came from goats, but cow’s milk will give you the same benefits since milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs).  These compounds help to slough off dead skin cells, gently exfoliating your skin.  This allows healthy new skin tissue to grow for a fresh, youthful complexion.  Other famous historical ladies who have used Cleo’s secret include Valeria Messalina, Emperor Claudius I’s wife, and Pauline Bonaparte, Napolean’s sister.  Francois I, King of France, also used to take milk baths—so this secret goes for any gents reading this too!

Don’t want to pour honey into your bath?  Honey is expensive, but a great alternative is to take the occasional milk bath, and then purchase an organic soap which includes honey as an ingredient!  This can cut down on your costs while you follow in Cleopatra’s footsteps!

Israel: Mud from the Dead Sea as a cleansing mask.

Have you ever taken a mud bath?  If not, you may wonder what compels so many women to jump into a basin full of mud.  It turns out there is actually a really simple explanation, and that is that certain types of mud can do wonders for your skin.  Why?  Mud contains minerals, and minerals are good for you!  Mud from the Dead Sea in particular is renowned for its rich mineral content.  Women in Israel cover their bodies with mud from the Dead Sea, then go for a dip in the salty water.  Many even take jars to the beach and gather up the mud for use later at home.  While you don’t have the luxury of jumping right into the Dead Sea, you can purchase Dead Sea mud from anywhere in the world, as there are many bath products which use it!

Israel: Ginger and honey to prevent wrinkles.

Want to prevent wrinkles and maybe reduce some of the wrinkles you already have?  One time-tested tradition in India is a mixture of fresh ginger and honey.  Add a little water, and rub the mixture onto your face.  The honey gives it a pleasant sweet aroma, and the ginger has a revitalizing warmth.  This makes it a great “wake up” routine in the morning!  You will immediately feel fresh and ready for the day, and you’ll look fresh too.  Start this routine when you’re young and keep doing it daily and you will stay looking young for a very long time.

Morocco: Argan oil for just about everything.

Argan oil comes from Morocco, and is a really amazing product that you can use in so many ways!  It is easy for your skin to absorb and has great moisturizing properties, which makes it an excellent lotion or bath oil.  You can also use it as a moisturizer.  A couple of drops are all you need; it goes a long way.  Suffer from dry hair as well as dry skin?  Rub a few drops of argan oil into your hair in the morning or at night.  You don’t need to wash it out; it is a great substitute for any leave-in conditioner.  It will tame flyaways, smooth out your hair, and bring out its silky shine.  You’ll find it easier to brush and style.  Unlike most leave-in conditioners you can buy, argan oil is 100% natural and healthy!

Turkey: Lighten your hair with daisy water.

If you live in a place with daisies, you can use them to lighten your hair and bring out highlights.  This works best if you are blonde or have light brown hair.  In Turkey, women who want to lighten their hair boil a cup of daisies.  After around five minutes, you can remove the daisies and pour the water over your hair.  Don’t rinse it out, just let it air dry, and spend some time out in the sun.  This is another trick where you can substitute apple cider vinegar for water and use it as a diluted hair rinse over an extended time period for even better results.

Mexico: Curl your eyelashes with a spoon.

Wish you had beautifully curled eyelashes like the women of Mexico?  It turns out they have a special trick to achieve those perfectly curled lashes, and it’s an easy one you can do at home!  Do you have a teaspoon?  If so, close your eye, and place the teaspoon over your eye so that it is cupping your lid.  The bottom edge of the spoon should touch the roots of your upper lashes.  With your thumb, press your lashes up against the spoon, and then push the spoon edge up to the ends of your lashes.  The pressure from your thumb and the edge of the spoon will nicely curl your lashes.  After that step is complete, set the spoon aside and put on your mascara so that your beautiful lashes really stand out.  This has a really dramatic effect, and it’s so easy!  Caution: spoons have sharp edges, so be careful putting a teaspoon near your eye.

Russia: Oatmeal facial mask.

It turns out oats are great for more than just treating sunburns.  Women in Russia know that they make great facial masks.  The recipe is simple.  Just take two tablespoons of oats and soak them in warm water until they turn soft.  This usually takes about ten minutes.  Once that step is done, you need to add a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice.  Mix it up into a paste, and then apply it to your face.  Wait for ten minutes and rinse it off.  Your face should have a lovely, vibrant glow and feel silky smooth.  This is one of the best facial masks you will ever find, and it is so cheap and easy!

We hope you enjoyed this selection of amazing beauty secrets from around the world!  As you can see, most of these ideas are inexpensive, easy, and use standard ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now.