Make up for Less!
Us ladies love make-up, we love to browse the new ranges, buy some to try, spend hours putting it on, trying new styles, talking about it with friends. But we can have as much fun saving money and finding bargains.
1. Find what you have got
Have a good rummage through your drawers and handbag and see what you have forgotten about, haven’t finished or haven’t got round to using yet.
2. Buy Less Expensive Brands
You don’t need to buy that salon brand shampoo or make up from a department store, or expensive brand products, you’ll be surprised that cheaper brands can be just as good. Try downgrading one product at a time to see for yourself that cheaper brands can be perfectly good.
3. Buy more!
If you buy larger sizes of toiletries or buying in bulk you can save money. Careful though, check price per unit as sometimes shops will play on the fact that people assume that bigger sizes will be cheaper!
4. Grab a Freebie
Watch out for free samples, you can join websites that will tell you when free samples are available. Check your favourite brand websites regularly and see when they are offering samples. Shops like Lush will let you take a sample of some products for free, so try asking at the make-up counter if they have any samples. Don’t forget to take those toiletries from hotel rooms.
5. Cut what you use
Remember you don’t need to use more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, so try using less of everything you use. One coat of mascara and one coat of blusher will be fine for the whole day. Damp your make-up sponge to apply foundation so you use less. You don’t need to wear make-up every day, so save those expensive products for when you are going somewhere special if you can.
6. Create it!
You can also make your own toiletries to save money. Look online for recipes for things like laundry detergent and shampoo. Then see if the ingredients are cheaper than the products you normally buy. For example, don’t buy an anti-dandruff shampoo, rinse your hair with malt vinegar or apple cider vinegar!
7. All a Pound!
Try make-up and toiletries for your local pound shop. They have their own range as well as selling end of range branded product.
8. Wash your Brushes
Looking after our make-up brushes, sponges and anything else you use, will make them last longer. Wash them out every three or four months with soap and water. Rinse them well then leave them to dry on a clean towel.
If you really want that expensive brand make-up, you can always put them on your Christmas list or ask for gift cards from your favourite brand and get somebody else to pay for it!
10. Mend it!
Don’t throw away make-up just because the case is broken, just put the remaining product in a small box or jar with a lid so you can keep using it. Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the bottle as it dries out the mascara, twist it around instead. This also makes sure that the brush is evenly coated and removes clumps. Save the mascara brush from your expensive brand as they often give a better covering; just give them a quick wash in warm water. Get an extra couple of days out of your foundation by cutting the empty tubes open to get the very last bit. Running warm water over your lip gloss or mascara when they are nearly out helps you get the very last bits out. If your mascara is drying out, add five drops of contact lens solution or eye-drops and shake well to loosen it up again!
Let me know if you have any other tips for saving money on make-up and I would love to hear which your favourite cheaper brands are!