As women we have to spend a lot of money each year primping ourselves up. Unless you like to go au naturale you probably find you spend hundreds of dollars on makeup, hairdressers and other services. Here 10 ways to cut down on your costs when it comes to beauty.
Don’t opt for a blowdry
Every time I go to the hairdresser I end up spending nearly $200. Granted most of this is because I have been getting foils but one way to save on costs is to ask your hairdresser to towel dry your hair rather than blowdry. This can save you $30-$50 per visit.
Combine your conditioners and lotions
Most of the conditioners and lotions all do the same thing. At the moment I have about 4 different conditioner bottles in my shower all near the end of their life. Rather than throw them out, combine them to make them last longer.
Buy generic makeup brushes
I love MAC brand makeup and accessories but they are really expensive. Instead of buying branded makeup brushes find some cheapies in your dollar store or discount pharmacy. They will be much cheaper and a fraction of the price. Another tip for mac fans is to keep your containers and only buy the refills! In some places MAC will give you a free product such as lipstick if you save all your old tubes.
Heat up the mascara
If your mascara tube and brush has dried up stand it in some hot water or blast it with a hair dryer to get further usage.
Save on exfoliators
Exfoliator scrubs can be quite pricey but you can easily make your own at home. One recipe is combining 1 cup of coarse sea salt with ½ cup of baby oil, whilst another is to mix honey and brown sugar into a paste. Baby oil is also a good and cheaper alternative for a makeup remover whilst honey can help with dry or acne prone skin.
Manicure fix ups
I saw this tip in Cosmopolitan magazine and thought it was a rather clever way to save money. If your French manicure gets chipped rather than return to the nail salon, use white out to touch it up.
You have probably heard this one many times before but using chamomile tea bags, cucumbers or cold spoons can help deflate any under eye puffs. Don’t get caught up into expensive beauty products which claim to do the same thing.
Make your shampoo last
Shampooing your hair too often can make it dry out and most people do not need to wash every day. Shampoo your hair less often and if needed you can put a bit of baby powder on you roots to take away any oil. Also add water to your shampoo bottle-this will make it last longer but it will still be effective in washing your hair thoroughly.
Another way to save money on shampoo and conditioners is to buy the bigger sizes. These are usually much cheaper. Look for specials and compare the prices per 100ml or whatever is on the price tags at the stores.
Don’t use sponges
I used to think that using sponges was meant to be the way to apply makeup before my mum told me that they just do that in the shops to prevent multiple touching of different people. Many people think that sponges are cleaner to use than your fingers but this is not actually the case and they often need replacing. They also soak up a good dose of foundation before applying properly. Dish the sponges but wash your hands before you apply your makeup.