Save money and time with these beauty fixes using household products. Photo courtesy of Marie Claire

The recession may be officially over, but that doesn't mean that we aren't trying to spend less on beauty products.

And while we may not be able to stop forking over our hard earned dollars for our favorite Clinique moisturizer or Lancôme lipstick, we could definitely save when it comes to beauty dilemmas like removing water-proof mascara, soothing skin irritation, and avoiding razor burn when we've run out of shaving gel.

Lucky for you, there are simple solutions right at home.

Marie Claire has beauty fixes that every woman should know, including using clear nail polish to prevent eczema (say what?):

Clear Nail Polish to Ward Off Ezcema: Ever had eczema outbreaks on your stomach when you wear your favorite jeans? Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist in Montclair, NJ, says that painting clear nail polish onto the back of the buttons of your denim can keep your skin from being irritated. "People have an allergy to nickel," she says.

Petroleum jelly as a soothing agent:
Washing your hands with rings on your fingers can cause soap to build up under the jewelry, which leads to skin irritation. A quick fix for this is applying petroleum jelly at night to the affected area. To get to the root of the problem, Dr. Downie says. " Take off your rings when you wash your hands!"

Shampoo as makeup remover:
It's not ideal, but this will do until you can make it to your beauty supply store to pick up makeup remover. Baby shampoo with water will help remove thick layers of makeup from your face, and it won't irritate your eyes.

For more tips and tricks, check out MC's 5 Quick Beauty Fixes (Using Products You Already Own!).