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Money Saving Beauty Tips

June 8th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I'm home sick from work today, so I thought I would take advantage of my down time and share some of my favorite frugal beauty tips. Enjoy!

Money Saving Beauty Tips

1. Replace your eye makeup remover with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I must admit that I just love Lancome BiFacil but I can't afford it while on a budget. Olive Oil breaks up and easily removes eye makeup just as well, plus it's super gentle. This really does save money if you are a bulk buyer.

2. Treat acne with aspirin. This really works! Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is the active ingredient in many acne medications. Apply an aspirin mask by dissolving 4 uncoated aspirins in a few drops of water (it really only takes about 3 drops) and mush it until it is a paste. Apply to affected areas and rinse off in ten minutes. A friend of mine had her teen daughter start using the aspirin mask and it cleared up her acne and saved her hundreds of dollars in prescription creams.

3. Use microfiber cloths to remove makeup, not cotton balls. You can get microfiber cloths at the dollar store and they remove makeup very well. Plus, you can reuse these which cuts out unnecessary waste and expenses.

4. Try out LUSH shampoo bars. While the initial investment may seem high, these actually last forever. My favorite is Seanik and I have had it for about 3 months. Plus, there is no packaging so these are environmentally friendly. Plus, I don't have to use conditioner with this awesome shampoo so that saves even more!

5. Need a body scrub? Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle sugar on the insides. Rub the lemon over all the rough spots- elbows, knees, feet, wherever. Add more sugar as needed. Note: this will remove self-tanners.

6. Check your local grocery store for sales. My grocery store almost always has either Revlon, Cover Girl, L'Oreal, or Maybelline on sale BOGOF.

7. If you must have high end cosmetics, check out Ebay. They have some great deals on there, but beware- some members sell fake merchandise. This is especially a problem for MAC cosmetics. If you ever have a question about the authenticity of an item, feel free to message me, I'm pretty good at telling the difference.

8. Got oily skin and need a primer? Get some Monistat Anti-Chafing treatment. I am absolutely not kidding. You may feel kinda squeamish about putting this on your face, but it is full of dimethicone which is the main ingredient in most primers. In fact, the Monistat cream is an almost exact dupe of Smashbox Photofinish primer. If the thought of that completely turns you off, consider Milk of Magnesia- it has awesome oil absorbing properties. Use your fingers to spread over your t-zone and clean up any white marks with a damp washcloth before applying makeup.

9. Make your own lip color. Scoop out about a teaspoon of vaseline into a small screw top jar. Add 2 drops of the organic food coloring of your choice (this can be found at Trader Joes). Stir with a toothpick and you have just made your own colored lip balm. Use red food coloring for the same effect as Benefit's Benetint Stain.

10. Don't toss old mascara wands. When you are done with them, wash with soap and water to clean then use these as brow groomers. It's the exact same thing as the spoolies you would buy in the store, but it's recycling!

11. Take advantage of recycling programs. The most popular is MAC's B2M, or Back 2 MAC, program. For every 6 empty containers (must be b2m marked) you bring back in, you get a free full sized items. At counters you get a free lipstick of your choice, and at standalone stores you get to choose an eyeshadow, lipstick, or lip gloss of your choice.

6 Responses to “Money Saving Beauty Tips”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the tips. I sure didn't know about the aspirin for acne. It will come in handy as I have a preteen daughter.

  2. homebody Says:

    I am home sick today too. Great tips, on the Monistat. You can also use preparation H for tigntening wrinkles around your eyes. Same thing, maybe mark the tubes with a sharpie!

    My 3 daughters use MAC and I am not sure they know about that recycling thing. I will be sure to let them know.

    PS My YD just moved 30 minutes from Savannah, DH just flew home here to California from there, after helping her and her DH and baby move. I cannot wait to visit in August (bad time I know, but granddaughter turns 1)!

  3. Ms. Pearl Says:

    I love your tips, read your last post too. I just have to disagree with the Ramen noodles though, the Sodium content is ridiculous...as is calories and fat. But hey, my kids and husband eat these all the time so I probably sound hypocritical! And yes, it is money saving, just not health saving!

  4. milehighgal Says:

    I do a lot of these too. I love my reusable mascara wands, especially the rubber/silicone kind, they are great! Thanks for the tips!

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