Beauty, Beauty on a Budget, Makeup, Skin Care

Beauty on a Budget: The art of finding a good deal

We all know beauty products can cost a fortune and many of us are on a tight budget. Spending the extra cash for the good stuff can be very difficult, especially if you like to try new products. Large chain stores have a wide array of products, however they only carry certain brands and if you are looking for a specific one you might be out of luck. There are many different ways to buy beauty products ranging from a specialized store, online,and to independent consultants.

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Join the club!

Many stores such as Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta offer rewards program benefits. Some programs give you points based on dollar amounts, others have a small membership fees. There are other types but these are the most common. In return for shopping you can get discounts, free samples, gifts and more. Loyalty programs are a great way to get extra savings if you already plan on spending the money. Once you sign up you can watch your email for good deals.

Free Samples

Many stores, consultants, and salons offer free samples when you make a purchase. This gives you an opportunity to try before you buy. There is usually only one or two uses in them but the information you get can be invaluable. They can turn you onto a great product or keep you from buying a bad one.

Subscription sites

Birchbox and other sites have become increasingly popular as a way to try products at a low cost. If you consider yourself a maven on a budget you may consider looking into this as an option. There is usually a subscription fee involved and in return you receive a monthly package with different sized beauty products. Some are samples and some are full sized products, it depends on the site.

Multitasking products

One way to stretch a budget is finding out how to use products you have for new purposes. There are plenty of resources online to go to when looking for a way to revamp your cosmetic bag. You may find tips and tricks you would have never thought off. It is important to do research in the buying stage if this is important to you.

These are just a few ways to save your hard earned cash when it comes to beauty and they are the most readily available. Online shopping is also a good option but I don’t recommend buying anything online unless you have previously tried it. Almost nothing is worse than spending money on a product that has great reviews and it doesn’t work for you.

This is my favorite way to save, what’s your’s? Let us know below or ask any questions you may have.


Beauty, Beauty on a Budget, Makeup

Beauty on a Budget: Unexpected uses of lip gloss

When you are on a budget finding creative ways to use your existing products becomes important. As spring comes around new trends and looks are coming out. Bright, natural and dewy are in, pushing the darker winter colors out. You may see this and think about what it will cost to stay on trend. Chances are you have an arsenal in your purse you are unaware of, your lip gloss collection.

Here are some easy tips on how to fully utilize your lip gloss:

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Use lip gloss on your eyes for a shiny, dewy look. You can use a translucent pastel, pink or sorbet color to stay natural and bright. To prevent the gloss from being sticky you can prep your eye lid with a waxy balm. To keep the lip gloss from creasing use sparingly and dab on with your ring finger.

Clear lip gloss can double as a eye primer. Dab a little on before applying eye shadow to help the colors pop and stay put. You can also use lip gloss as an eyeliner with your favorite eye shadows. Use a very thin eyeliner brush to apply to your lash line. Using the same brush, go over the gloss with the color of your choice. This gives you a unique color with a gel-like finish.


Your lip gloss can also double as a cheek color. You want to start with a gloss that is darker and has a highly pigmented, heavy-duty formula. This will be more like a liquid lip color. Using the back of your hand blend it with a little bit of balm-like moisturizer to create a sheer cheek color. To apply it, dab the color on your cheek, never rub it in. This is true with all cream colors.

You can also use clear gloss as as a highlighter. Just dab a little bit on your cheekbones. This technique is great for pictures as the effect may not last very long.


If you hair is being unruly and sticking up every which way, use a clear gloss on the ends to help make it more manageable. It helps with flyaways as well as making hair a little easier to handle. One word of caution: try to keep the lip gloss away from your roots. This tip works particularly well for color treated hair, which tends to be drier.

These are some great tips on how to maximize your already existing collection or help out when you find yourself in a bind. Lip gloss truly is one of the most essential pieces a girl can have in her makeup bag. It is a great multitasker and can pull a look together the old fashioned way, on your lips.

If you have a favorite lip gloss please share or leave a comment with questions or suggestions.