Saving Money on Beauty Products the Easy Way

Saving money on beauty products the easy waySaving money on beauty products the easy wayMost women are well aware of the time, effort and money that goes into a daily beauty routine. Some products are ridiculously overpriced and you can easily drop hundreds on a single trip to top up on your utilities.

A simple stock up of shampoo, conditioner, cleanser, moisturiser and foundation can set you back $150 even if you don't buy top end products but there are a few things you can do to knock a sizable dint in your beauty budget.

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What you can't live without

If you've found a skin care regime that's perfect for you, don't cut it out, even if it's expensive. The better your base is to work with, the less you'll need to spend on make-up to perfect the canvas.

The great thing about cleansers, toners and moisturisers is that the simple cheapest products are often the most effective. The same applies with shampoo and conditioner, some simple supermarket brands are just as effective as expensive salon bottles, just find what works for you and stick to it.

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Improvise and substitute

As usual, the more creative you are, the more money you will save. Try these tips:

· If you only need light coverage, make your foundation go further by mixing it in your palm with moisturiser before applying

· If you get the occasional break-out, dot toothpaste on your skin when you feel a spot pop up rather than using expensive pimple cream

· Invest in a good quality warm wax to use at home rather than paying for salon jobs, once you get the hang of it, it's a cinch

· Being blonde is expensive - find a good brunette bottle dye and do it yourself - brown dyes are hard to get wrong and only require a top up every six weeks for a fraction of the price of a salon do

· Cut the end off tubes of product when they're empty to squeeze out the last drops, especially for expensive products like primer or anti-wrinkle cream.

Be aware that mid range brands such as Revlon and L'Oreal are almost no different in price to upper range brands like Clinique and Lancôme.

Generally speaking products by those upper brands will last longer and wear better so it might be worth the extra $5 for a more durable product.

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Work out what you can ditch

Depending on the size of your toolkit there are probably a few items you can do away with and not replace when they run out. Do a quick stock take - note the items you use everyday and what you haven't used in months.

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Final tips on saving money on beauty products

· Buy in bulk and save heaps - there's nothing weird about buying a five litre bottle of shampoo if you love the brand and you're going to use the whole thing

· Buy makeup online - websites such as www.strawberrynet.com.au sell department store products at reduced prices

· Buy products at specialty stores like Priceline and Price Attack rather than department stores and pharmacies, they're always cheaper

· If you must go to a department store make-up counter remember that most of them will offer to do your make up if you spend over $30 or $40 - buy those products on days when you have a party or event in the evening to make the cost worthwhile

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