3 quick, cheap beauty tricks with coffee

Sponsored by Woolworths

Perky, fast, and focused: three things every woman needs to be, especially around 6:45am each weekday when the morning scramble is at fever pitch, and the people in your home are relying on you to help maintain everyone’s sanity.

But at our place during that time, as I’m muddling my way through making bottles of milk, packing lunches, dressing the kids and quickly compiling my dishevelled self into something remotely presentable, my morning haze only starts to lift after I’ve had my daily liaison with Joe, the barista at the local café. Ah coffee, what would I do without you?

And now, I’ve found three quick and cheap ways to use coffee at home that can make you look and feel perky and polished in less time that it takes to dress a squirming two year-old.


DIY Soften & Glow Face Mask

This easy-to-make mask reduces puffiness, tightens pores, leaves your skin feeling softer than your baby’s tushie, and is guaranteed to freak out the kids. 



  • Mix a couple of teaspoons of used coffee grounds* with a splash of milk and a super-generous dollop of honey.
  • Pat onto your face, gently sweeping the mixture all over your skin, avoiding the eye area.
  • Continue with your morning business, and take delight in freaking out the kids with the brown gooey mess on your face.
  • Rinse off with a warm wash cloth.

*You can use different types of coffee in this DIY mask:

Coffee capsules: Gently cut open the foil lid of a used capsule, and empty the contents into your mixing bowl. Money saving tip! Woolworths Select capsules are only $41c per single unit compared with Nespresso at $78c

Instant coffee: When mixing, try not to let the granules dissolve completely so you still get the exfoliating benefits from the gritty texture.


DIY Glossy Hair Rinse

Leaves you with shiny, glossy locks for a day filled with smug hair-swishing.


  • Before you brush your teeth at night, make a strong brew of coffee (espresso if possible), and allow it to cool.
  • Pour into a clean, empty spray bottle, and set aside till morning.
  • On waking, spray on dry hair till it’s quite wet, and then hide the spray bottle from cheeky little hands who’ll be keen to spray espresso all over your bathroom tiles.
  • Leave the espresso mix on for about 20 minutes while you wipe bottoms, make lunches, and feed hungry little mouths.
  • Rinse thoroughly in the shower, and pretend you can’t hear the little people who are trying to talk to you while you’re warm and soapy.
  • Enjoy your day, Glossy-Locks!

Beauty disclaimer: Avoid if you’ve got light or bleached hair, as it may dull your golden sparkle.



DIY Café Quality Coffee

Made with your own coffee machine, you’ll get that much-needed instant perk up – stat! – that tastes just like the brew made by your local barista, but without the trek to the coffee shop, the small talk, and the wait.


 “Yes, I drink my coffee out of a tea cup…”


  • Slosh milk into your new milk-frothing machine, and press its On button like you’re in a department store elevator and you wanna get to the third floor where they sell all the shoes.
  • Remind infants “Mummy doesn’t dance with Elmo before her morning coffee” as you flick the switch of your spanking new Caffitaly System that you picked up from Woolworths.
  • Repeat statement about Elmo to infants as you load a coffee capsule into the slot, daydreaming about a child-free trip to Vegas with your girlfriends with the money you’re saving on take-away coffees.
  • Slide your Mother-in-Law’s china that she ‘saved for best’ under the Caffitaly spout, fill it up with the java and top with frothy milky goodness.
  • Remind infants again about the Elmo-dancing-thing, as you sip your fab home-made latte and feel your eyelids finally prise open as the caffeine kicks in.
  • Dance with Elmo like a demon.

Caffitaly, Woolworth’s new coffee system is available in store and online now for $99, or $79 for Everyday Rewards Members. The Caffitaly Milk Frother machine is $29 and also available in Woolies stores or online. Woolworths Select Coffee Capsules are $5.99 for a pack of 16 (that’s $41c per cup vs the average $3.50 per cup at the local café). So do the math, then start planning that trip to Vegas 😉


WIN one of 2 coffee machines, frothers, and capsule hampers!



Woolworths and Fox in Flats are giving away two coffee systems to two lucky readers!


Each prize pack includes a Woolworths Caffitaly Coffee Machine, a Caffitaly Milk Frother machine, and a hamper of Woolworths Select and Gloria Jeans coffee capsules, valued at $178.


How to enter:

Click here to fill in the entry form, answering the question: How do you quickly get perky and polished in the morning?


The legal stuff:

  • Two winners will receive the following prize:  A Woolworths Caffitaly Coffee Machine, a Caffitaly Milk Frother machine, and a hamper of Woolworths Select and Gloria Jeans coffee capsules, valued at $178.
  • The promotion period is from 7th of December, 2012 to midnight EST on the 21st of December, 2012. 
  • You can enter once via the entry form above.
  • The winning entry will be selected by the team at Woolworths, and it’s a game of skill – so get creative! 
  • Contest is open to subscribers of the Fox in Flats newsletter only. You’ll be automatically subscribed when you enter the giveaway. 
  • This giveaway is open to residents of Australia only.
  • Be sure to check the newsletter to see if you’ve won. The winner’s names will be published in the Fox in Flats newsletter on Sunday December 23rd. You’ll have till midnight on December 28th to claim your prize. If the prize is not claimed, it will be awarded to another entrant of our choosing. 
  • Entrant must abide by the contest entry conditions listed above. 

Good Luck!


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  • kerry santillo

    hi fox in flats i have to fill the competition out here as there is something wrong with the form, it keeps saying email error ?

    Coffee, hot and really strong.

    in the morning makes me break out in song!!

    aromas of beans filling the air

    perking my day, not a care.

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Kerry, It’s working, and I’ve got a few entries from you, thanks A

  • Yes, sorry lovely but I too thought that the linked form wasn’t working properly….however I have received a confirmation email from you so all good I guess. 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Catriona, Yes, I’ve got your entry, thanks, A

  • Rachel Kapsalakis

    Yes I got a confirmation email even though the form said it hadn’t been able to process it.

    • FoxInFlats

      Oh dear – seems to be working and I’ve got your entry. Cheers, Andrea

  • sue petrie

    cannot send it keeps telling me no email address i can send it to

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi sorry – your entry has gone through though, I just received it.

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Sue,
      Your entry has been recieved, but there seems to be a glitch in the form that I’m trying to fix. Sorry for the hassle.
      Kindest, Andrea

  • Same error message as the others:

    Your form could not be submitted for the following reason(s):
    Can’t contact MailChimp if no Email address is specified. Check the error log.

  • FoxInFlats

    Ok, issues with the entry form all fixed. And don’t worry if you were getting the ERROR message, all of those entries were received. Sorry for the hassle!

  • TheMindfulMum

    My immediate reaction to this question: bahahahahaha!!!! Cannot remember last time I was “perky & polished” of a morning and cannot see it happening any time soon – daughter number 2 brought home from hospital less than 3 weeks ago and daughter number 1 is a toddler still and running me ragged. I NEED THIS MACHINE! Please, please pick me!

    • TheMindfulMum

      Oops I’ve written in the wrong place, I will go and put it in the form (see how much I need a good coffee lol)

  • Excited to see who wins! Working at a zoo with lots of little kids requires good quick coffee!

  • Megan

    With a 4 year old and a 3 month old, it has been a while since I have been “perky and polished” in the morning. I need all the help I can get!!!

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Megan, To enter make sure you fill in the entry form – click the link in the post. Cheers, A

  • I don’t know about perky and polished but I use a night cream and some nice cold water followed by moisturizer gets me going and out the door.

    ky2here at msn dot com

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi there, To enter make sure you fill in the entry form – click the link in the post. Cheers, A

  • hot shower and hot coffee

    • FoxInFlats

      Hi Christine, if you’d like to enter make sure you fill in the entry form – click the link in the post. CHeers, A

  • Angie b

    Ah Foxy, I’d give my NASA engineered perky bra for tht coffee machine right now. Instant just does not cut it at this time of year 🙁

    • FoxInFlats

      HI Angie, to enter make sure you fill in the entry form – click the link in the post. Cheers, A

  • Wow! Love the idea of the coffee mask. Must try that one today! Thanks for the tip

  • diane baum

    it takes me a very long time to get perky and polished in the AM, a long with my dogs helps

  • Jaclyn Reynolds

    Going outside in the fresh air is a great way to wake up, then come inside and really wake up with coffee!

  • Getting outside in the fresh air helps me to wake up. Thanks for this contest!