Hello. I am a college student living on my own Between paying rent and eating my beauty budget isn't quite what i wished it could be. Over time I have been finding out creative ways to save money and fix my budget so i can still get those few more pricey beauty items once in a while.
Here I have began to compile a list of my tricks. I would love to hear others. I am hoping this thread will be a great resource for girls like me. Hope you enjoy & benefit from my examples, and please, share your own!
-If you like to use a special moisturizer that isn't cheap, 'stretch' it with a cheap basic lotion. For example, i use a basic beauty lotion all over, and a special one around my eyes and forehead that need some extra attention.
- Don't be afraid of store brand! Look at the ingredients if you are skeptical, but they usually are the same thing. For the most part, that extra money you'd pay just goes to advertising, not quality.
-Don't disregard dollar stores, discount stores & outlets. You can usually find really good deals! I for one love the dollar store for body lotions, soaps, q-tips etc. I've even found things like brand name cosmetics, eyelash curlers, & vitamin oils. It's a good place to scope out and stock up!
-Go through your make up & other beauty supplies often. (make a list if you have to) Know what you have and what you still need/want. This will keep you from over buying unnecessary things. I started doing this when i realized i already have 4 blur eyeshadows after just buying one, and i don't really wear blue eyeshadow very often. It then is just a waste of money.
-I use baby oil instead of shaving cream. I get it at the dollar store and a bottle last a long time. I feel like it makes my legs feel a lot smoother then using shaving cream, and its WAY cheaper. I have also been told that conditioner works good, too.
-I use a cheap shampoo (like suave) and then spend a little more on a really good conditioner, since thats the one that makes the difference on how manageable your hair is.
-Good 'ol Vaseline! This stuff is a must have! It's a great moisturizer & lip balm. It's cheap and a little goes a long ways. Even celebrities like Tyra Banks swear by it. Check out this thread to see more of its powers at work. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104661.0
-Know what you are about to run out of before you are desperate, that way you can keep an eye out for sales.
-Look for rebates!! Most drugstores have monthly rebate offer booklets and sometimes they offer full rebates. I love to try new things - this lets me do it more often without carving too much into my beauty budget.
-Theres no reason to get fancy with your lotion. Just plain, inexpensive lotion will do. As long as the oder is mild it doesn't matter esp. if you wear perfume or body spray.
-samples are awesome! I collect clinique samples and I buy samples of mac on ebay. I have no need to invest full price on full bottle of pigment that would last all eternity - so sample sizes are a great way for me to have the luxury of plying with mac, and costs the same as most drugstore brand eyeshadows!
-Make yourself a beauty budget and STICK TO IT. I use www.makeupally.com
which has this feature on it. If you don't go over at the end of the month, then you can get yourself a specail treat - and it will bee even better when you've earned it!
Well, thats about all i can think of for now. I hope that helps. I'll add more as they come to me. Please share your own!