Some of us do admit it, while others are very reluctant – the fact that beauty products consume large portions of our budget on a monthly basis. We buy shower gels and shampoos, creams and lotions, masks and treatments, foundations, lipsticks, mascaras and so much more in an effort to look better and feel better about out appearance. But the good quality beauty products can be quite costly while the cheaper ones can actually do more harm than good. So how do we lower out beauty budgets without resorting to lesser quality cosmetics?
The Cheapest Deal Online
Shopping online is undoubtedly cheaper, but there are numerous beauty retailers on the web and more and more are showing up every day. This makes it rather difficult to choose your favourite store, especially if you don’t have all the time in the world to look at all your options and determine who sells which product at the lowest price. Thankfully, you have price promises on your side. Most large and well-stocked online retailers monitor prices daily and strive to always offer the best price. They are marked by something like a Lowest Price Guarantee or Price Match Promise and will repay you the difference if you find the same product at a lower price somewhere. Go for renowned stores praised by beauty bloggers or often used by your friends and you should be covered.
Stocking Up on Discounts
Your favourite foundation is now available with 40% off? Don’t buy one, buy two! Of course, stocking up heavily on beauty products is a bad idea, because they have rather short expiration dates, but you could at least buy an extra few to take advantage of the current low price. Yes, this does involve a slightly larger initial investment, but you will get your return on it over the next couple of months. You could use that method every month on various products and you will still save – paying £15 for two mascaras this month and £20 for two foundations the next is better than £20 every month for both. The numbers are only exemplary, of course, and the savings small, but if you count all of the products you use on a regular basis, the search for sales and stocking up are definitely worth it.
Some products have dual or triple purposes and can save you money that way. Instead of buying a body lotion and a sunscreen in the summer, buy a body lotion with a high SPF. Instead of a lip balm and a lipstick, buy a tinted lip balm. There are many ways to use these products to the advantage of your budget. Keep in mind that the combined product might seem a bit expensive to you at first glance, but it will certainly be cheaper than if you bought the two products separately.
Homemade Masks and Treatments
The web is filled with cheap, easy and completely natural recipes for homemade masks, scrubs and more. Instead of buying that hyped up face mask for oily skin you’ve had your eye on, you could do something as simple as mixing a banana, a tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice to achieve the same effect. It will be much cheaper, absolutely chemical-free and it will probably smell better too. Just search the web – face masks, hair treatments, lip scrubs, body lotions – it’s all there and usually involves things you always have at home.
Last but not least, you could eliminate the need for some beauty products entirely by simply employing a healthier lifestyle. You won’t need concealer for your under-eye shadows if you adjust your schedule and get a good night’s sleep. You won’t need nail strengtheners if you include more fruit in your diet. And a good exercise regimen will certainly make a difference by not only making you look better, but feel better too.
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