There are a certain few things on which I refuse to spend my money. Food delivery, for example, makes no sense to me as an individual with a car and a dedicated parking space. I also don’t obsess over the newest trends, and work in an environment in which loud makeup is frowned upon. Maybe you’re like me and work in an industry that is more conservative, meaning you save money on your beauty routine. Read ahead as this year, I’ve discovered more ways to save money on my beauty routine.
Liquid Makeup Remover
I used to buy the 25 packs of makeup remover wipes from Walgreens. At between $4.50-$7 a pack, it came out to $0.18 when the wipes are on the cheaper side. While most days I’d only use one wipe, sometimes I’d use two, meaning that I was going through at least two of these packs a month. Then, about a year ago, I discovered Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract. Used with one or two cotton rounds or even tissues, per day, this makeup removing cleanser lasts me between five and six months with daily use. At between $0.12-$0.15/per use, you can save money on your beauty routine when using this method instead of makeup wipes.
Paint Your Own Nails
I have various qualms about salon manicures. First, I hate sitting there getting my nails done. Second, I’ve never had a no chip manicure last more than six days. If I am spending $40 on my nails, I expect it to last for a full vacation. Unfortunately, that just hasn’t happened. I am very partial to doing my own nails. You can touch up any chips because you have a bottle at home, and the bottles last for 10-20 manicures, depending on your nail length. I’ve found using a buffer, a cuticle trimmer, base coat, and a more expensive top coat are all necessary to achieve a salon-like manicure.
No Need for Salon Facials When I have my own Extraction Kit
My favorite part of a facial is when the esthetician does the extractions. Stubborn blackheads and blemishes are banished when she takes out the spotlight and her little tool. Well, that tool is known as a comedo remover, and you can get your own for home use. After a hot shower, aka when my pores are open, I pull out my little kit and it works wonders. If you really want to get professional, you could buy the facial steamer with the comedo remover kit as well. Or you could put a facial from Kohler Spa on your Christmas/Holiday wish list.
Make-up Lasts Twice as Long with a Spray Extender
Not reapplying makeup more than once a day is one of the easiest ways that you can save money on your beauty routine. You know what I’m talking about: that post-work touch up for dinner with a friend or a weekday date. I used to have to re-apply under eye makeup, concealer, eyeshadow, and mascara. I was using these products at a rate of two times per day, 5-6 days per week. But, I’ve figured out a way to make my makeup last twice as long. How? By using a makeup extending setting spray. I’d had makeup artists spray me for wedding and bridesmaid duties, but I’d never actually purchased one myself. I must say, it does what it says. It isn’t particularly expensive either, with most brands offering spray extenders for under $25. The one I use, L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Extender Spray, is under $16. It has no discernible scent, and keeps my makeup set for the whole day.
Use Ostia Collection Root Lifter as a Hair Style Extender
I discovered Ostia Collection Root Lifter from the lovely Tony Odisho to style quick and easy weekend hair last month. It has changed my weekly hair routine and saved me oodles of time and money in the process. The product mattifies your hair so that even after one or two days post-shampoo, your hair doesn’t appear greasy! It has volume and texture, and looks great half up, down, or in a sleek pony. I’ve been loving using
Toss the Synthetic Loofah to Prevent Body Breakouts
I’ve read a million times about needing to dry out your loofah or wash it weekly to avoid mold or mildew buildup. I can’t say that I followed that too closely. As such, I would often end up with breakouts on my upper back despite using charcoal based soaps. Then one day, I walked into a Sabon NYC store and discovered the loofah soap bars. These glycerine based bar soaps are poured over pieces of real loofah, thus giving you a soap and exfoliating tool in one. At $9/bar, they don’t come across as cheap, but with the money I’m saving on toner and drying out agents for my blemishes, they are well worth it.