money saving tipsThink you spend too much money maintaining your looks? Here are a few ways to cut down on beauty expenses.
1. Use Multi-Tasking Products: One very straightforward way to minimize your beauty expenditures is to use fewer products. Fortunately, more and more products are multi-purpose, so they slim our cosmetics cases while they fattens our wallets. Instead of using SPF + moisturizer + anti-aging product + foundation, try a "Beauty Balm" cream or "BB Cream", which is a combination of all four. Our April issue of Good Housekeeping has more information on the different offerings that are out there, or check out my previous article on BB creams where I recommend Revision Skincare Intellishade SPF45 Matte and Boscia BB Cream.
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2. Try Store Brands: A little while back we tested generic brands to see how they compare to name brands. We found that when it comes to body lotions, consumers like generics just as much as big-name brands. Try making substitutions for other simple products like body wash and facial cleansing wipes. But when it comes to products with specific functions, like reducing wrinkles or getting rid of age spots, you're better off sticking with name brands.
3. Buy Budget Eye Makeup Remover: I wear eye makeup every day, so I go through eye makeup remover pretty quickly, but I hate constantly shelling out money for it. My mother taught me that any basic face cream swiped on with a Q-tip works just as well and it's a tip I rely on. (It's also a great way to get rid of mid-day eye makeup smudges.) Lately, I've been using store-brand baby shampoo and a washcloth and it really takes everything off, and quickly, too. Since baby shampoos are "tear-free", I don't get any eye irritation. I wet my eye area and a washcloth with running warm water, add a dollop of the baby shampoo to the cloth, and gently rub it back and forth over my closed eyes. Keeping my eyes closed, I rinse with warm water. Viola! My eye makeup's gone and I've saved money and time.
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4.Color Your Own Hair: Sure, we all love the way we feels when we leave the salon after having our hair done, but regular visits really add up, especially when it comes to coloring. Luckily for you, we've done rigorous testing at GHRI to identify the best at-home products. You don't have to convert completely: If you really love the pampering you get at the salon, try saving a couple of bucks by using a root touch-up between visits or a demi-permanent color to replace a professional glaze.
5. Do your Own Nails: Weekly manicures can make a dent in your budget so try doing your own nails more often. Once you've mastered the process, you'll wonder why you ever spent time and money at the salon. I polish my own nails about 90% of the time now and committing to the task has me almost as skilled as a pro. Last week I decided to "treat" myself to a manicure for the first time in months and found myself antsy sitting in the chair, annoyed at the time it was taking. Afterwards I realized that I could do just as good a job myself. For now, I'll go back to doing my own nails and keep more money in my pocket.
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