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Budget Beauty Tip #4: Ditch Department Stores for Drugstores
If you’re used to top of the line everything when it comes to your beauty regime, shopping at drugstores for makeup, skin care and hair care products truly isn’t as bad as it sounds. Many women don’t know this, but the majority of beauty products are made by two of the most enormous cosmetics companies in the world: Estee Lauder and L’Oreal. And L’Oreal actually owns and manufactures the less expensive brand, Maybelline, and the most expensive brand, Lancome. So, if you have a favorite face cream from the organic makeup line at the mall, by all means keep it in your budget as a splurge, but staple products like body lotion and mascara will do your body just as good when purchased at a drugstore. So, if money is tight, know that you can still get amazing results from drugstore beauty products at a fraction of the price of your go-to department store brands. Couple that up with a rewards card and you’ll hang on to even more of that hard-earned cash.
Budget Beauty Tip #5: Depend on Dollar Stores for Beauty Basics
As if deciding to head to the drugstore for beauty products wasn’t daring enough for you, you’ll be incredibly surprised at this easy way to save. Almost every woman has a daily need for bobby pins, makeup applicators, cotton swabs and scrunchies. So why are you spending four dollars on bobby pins instead of a buck? The fact of the matter is that many of us don’t even think about heading to the local dollar store for these types of beauty steals! You can even stock up on hand sanitizer, manicure kits and makeup staples like mascara and eye shadow from some of your favorite brands. Make a trip to the dollar store for these beauty purchases and we guarantee that you--and your wallet--will leave pleasantly satisfied.
Budget Beauty Tip #6: Research and Try Before You Buy
One thing many of us fail to add to our beauty routines is to research (and even try) products before we make purchases. Websites like Beautypedia.com provide reviews on popular beauty products based on their ingredient lists, published research and comparisons to similar products. You can even download beauty applications such as ModiFace Makeup or InStyle Hairstyle Try-On to see if a certain hairstyle or makeup looks good before you buy or head to the salon. Free cosmetic samples are usually available at specialty beauty stores or your local day spa so you can try before you buy, too. Did you purchase something, try it and not like it? You may still be able to get your money back. Most online retailers and drugstores have relaxed their return policies for beauty products, so save that receipt!