12, 07, 2016
From facials to haircuts – we may not even realize it, but beauty treatments and products are essential in many of our lives. The need of wanting to look good does have a price, and the costs can sometimes start to build up. Here are some tips for saving money while still getting your beauty essential needs.
1) Visit a professional hair school
As someone who attended hair school, I can tell you this is a great alternative to your regular salons. If you just want a trim or an all over colour while still being on a budget, a hair salon school is the perfect place. The trainees are all overseen by technicians, so you know you are being looked over carefully. You’re helping someone out by letting them get the vital hands-on experience they need, and the best part is that the bill will come as a pleasant surprise!
2) Trial the travel size
If you’re like me and have commitment issues [with beauty products] the best thing you can do is opt for the travel sizes. Not only are they super cute and compact, but they let you try out a new product before deciding if the full size is right and beneficial to you. Since most products are now available in travel size versions and testers, you’ll be able to try out as much as your heart desires.
3) Check quantity
Sometimes deciding on ‘this or that’ can be a bit of a challenge. If there are two similar products you can’t choose between, check the price compared to the amount. You’d be surprised at how deceiving a bottle can be; some will contain much more than others. Don’t be fooled by pretty packing!
4) Read the reviews
With so much online social interaction nowadays, you’ll always be able to find a review on just about anything and everything. I think it’s always best to read through and watch as many reviews as you can before investing in an expensive beauty treat. While all people have different opinions, you should educate yourself as much as possible before parting with your hard earned money.
5) Search for coupons and discount codes
Keep an eye out for coupons and vouchers which can be used in-store and online. You can save yourself a fortune in cost cutters and similar shops, by using vouchers to pay for products and healthy foods.
6) Cut open tubes and bottles
My mom always told me to never waste anything, and it has stuck with me ever since. Make sure you really have finished off that bottle of lotion before chucking it away into the recycling. It’s best to cut open any packaging, scrape out the last remains, and transfer them into a smaller container before going out to buy new ones.
7) Leave your items in the cart overnight
Beside stopping yourself from having those more than occasional impulsive buys, leaving the items in your cart overnight has it’s perks. When shopping online there are a few tricks and hacks that can save you money. When you leave your purchases idle, some companies notice and will then offer you a discount as an incentive to press the ‘buy now’ button. I guess good things do come to those who wait after all? :]
8) DIY BB cream
If you have a foundation that is a bit too heavy, but the colour is perfect – all is not lost! Mix in a bit of your favourite moisturizer that has an SPF and voila, you’ve got yourself a new tinted moisturizer!
9) Beauty Boxes
Subscription beauty boxes can be a great way to fulfill your cosmetics curiosity without breaking the bank. A lot of these boxes are of great value, and are often times even the equivalent of buying one full size product. You gotta admit that trying out new products and treatments each month without having to buy the full size is more than appealing, plus it saves you money and space.
10) At home manicure
I know we all love to be pampered by someone else, but the truth is a manicure and pedicure are both treatments that can easily be done at home. Especially now with so many more options to DIY, it’s possible to get the professional salon look. If you love the long-lasting gel manicures you can even now buy gel topcoats which will make your varnish last longer without the need for a lamp.
11) Rewards cards are your friends
If you regularly shop at the same store, a rewards card can be a great way of getting a little bit back for your loyalty (being a shopaholic does sometimes pay off!). Many stores offer gifts and discounts to their members or favourite customers, so don’t be afraid to ask in store the next time you’re in.
How do you budget your beauty needs?