Look Like A Million Bucks For Less


by Stephanie Berenbaum – June 28, 2010

Retro Beauty Tips That Will Turn Back Time

Last weekend I went back home to visit my parents, so of course we pulled out the old family photos and took a walk down memory lane.  I had just opened up the first album when a yellowed newspaper clipping fell out and  floated onto the floor.  Wouldn’t you know it was a ‘look like a million for less’ newspaper clipping — from 1979!  My mom must have cut it out – I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  As I read through it, I couldn’t help but laugh at all of the handy tips for using electric rollers…but the article actually also had a bunch of smart & simple beauty suggestions that are still relevant — over thirty years later.  It doesn’t have to be new to be Fab & Fru!

Highlights from Jon Goodman’s column,”Wonderful You”, Chicago Sun-Times, 10/17/1979!

-Yes, a man wrote this popular column for women!

  • Use safflower oil to remove eye makeup — has anyone ever tried this? I am willing to give it a go…
  • Perk up blond hair by rinsing it with Chamomile Tea!
  • A homemade nail strengthener – brush nails with a mix of baking soda and water and leave on over night (seems a bit messy, wouldn’t you think?)
  • Condition eyelashes with vegetable oil to make them glossier and prettier (would this be irritating to the eyes? anyone?)
  • Look in the refrigerator for beauty treatments — Jon mentions that some models use yogurt to cleanse their faces instead of soap? He also suggests mixing one tablespoon avocado with a little oatmeal for a fresh facial mask.
  • Also noted – emery boards are cheaper than metal files, and much more effective!
  • Recycle products (Jon was ahead of his time!) he suggests using flat beer as a good ‘setting’ lotion.  Of course I was not sure what setting lotion was until I read the next tip about ….
  • Losing the hot rollers! Instead of buying expensive electric rollers, revive your sagging hairdo in the tub! Apparently, you can just roll your dry hair with regular rollers before climbing in the bath (presumably your Calgon bath – this was the late 70s, after all) and let the steam “work your set”.  This Fab & Fru advice actually made me wish I had a set to work!

Have fun trying out these retro beauty ideas.  And let us know ALL of your TIMELESS beauty secrets from the 70s, 8os and beyond.  What comes around ALWAYS goes around!

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4 Responses to “Look Like A Million Bucks For Less”

  1. Ainsley says:

    Egg whites are a fabulous and low cost facial.

  2. RP says:

    Johnson & Johnson baby oil gel is an awesome and inexpensive way to make your legs shiny and smooth…I always put some on before going out if I’m wearing a skirt or dress. Just be sure to get the gel, not the regular oil…the gel is thicker.

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