Keeping up with the beauty trends of today is no easy feat, and can even leave a dent in your bank account if you choose to try out some of the new beauty treatments and makeup trends offered. Keeping your hair in check, your nails freshly manicured, and your skin smooth and vibrant can be challenging, but there’s good news… it doesn’t have to break the bank! Save your money and stay within budget by trying these five beauty hacks.
Free samples are God’s gift to Earth! Free samples of new beauty products are easy to come by. Cosmetic stores often offer them, and makeup counters in department stores always keep them on hand as a way to promote the product. Even if you flip through fashion and beauty magazines, oftentimes you’ll find a free sample of one product or another tucked within the pages. It may not seem like much, but actually utilize these. You might actually come across an amazing product that makes all the difference in your beauty regimen.
Try adding some DIY products into your regular skin and hair care routine. Many products that we purchase in-store can actually be made at home, for a fraction of the cost. You can even go as far as making your own face wash, moisturizer, makeup, and shampoo. Another benefit of this – other than saving a pretty penny – is that your homemade product will contain no harsh chemicals like the products we find lining the store shelves. Start out with something simple, like a sugar or salt scrub, and you might even have all of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry already. No matter what you’re hoping to make, chances are you can find tons of DIY recipes online.
Take advantage of free memberships. Most beauty and cosmetic stores – like Ulta and Sephora – offer free membership cards where you are actually rewarded for purchasing their products. When you shop, you’ll receive points that you can redeem in the future for free stuff. Other perks of becoming a member include exclusive offers and early access to sales.
Look for cheaper drugstore alternatives. Who says you have to spend an arm and a leg on your daily products? There are some brands out there that seem to think this is the case, but often the $8 drugstore foundation is just as good as the $45 foundation found in department stores. Some people assume you get what you pay for, but there are lots of knock off brands available that deliver amazing alternatives to the more expensive designer brands.
Clean your makeup brushes often, no need to buy new ones. Women typically use separate makeup brushes for each product; one for foundation, one for bronzer, one for blush, and a multitude of different brushes for eyeshadows and eyeliners. Do your best to make these last by cleaning them often. This will allow you to keep each brush for years, rather than having to continuously purchase new ones. Wash your brushes out every week or two; this will not only make them last, but will also keep your skin feeling fresh and vibrant.