Like most women I know, self-care, whether it’s makeup or skincare products makes my world go round. It’s the one thing that can help keep me sane and feeling good at all times. Though I do see it as a necessity, I do realize how overwhelming it can become over time for your bank account. This was a lesson that I learned midway through college when I became the person responsible for supporting my self-care spending habits.
When I was in college, I wasn’t living it up relying on my parents sending me money like most people I knew; I was out working to pay my own bills and all of my other expenses. It was then when I felt like money was being spent just as fast and it was being made that I had to take a step back and really evaluate my spending including my beauty cosmetic purchases. While I learned how to shop the sales and sensibly shop for groceries, I was also learned how to cut corners when it came to my beauty and self-care products without it stealing the joy from it.
Many of the shortcuts that I took back in college I’ve taken into my adult life and has helped me be more sensible with my spending. Here are some of the things that I do and you could too if you’re on a budget or just looking to control your spending habits, especially in the beauty department.
Use bar soap vs body wash
We all understand, and hopefully appreciate, proper hygiene and understand showering is absolutely necessary. Instead of purchasing body washes use bar soap, which is usually less expensive and lasts longer, as long as you don’t let it get dissolved up in water. While a typical body wash will run you anywhere from $7-$12 and last you about a month and 8 pack of a good bar soap can run you a little less and last you twice as long. Also, with body wash/shower gel we tend to be overzealous and uses a lot more, causing us to run out of it much quicker.
Pro-tip: Bar facial soap is a thing and yes, in my experience it lasts MUCH longer than liquid face soaps!
Use my toothbrush to exfoliate my lips
Lip scrubs are something that I find absolutely necessary as someone who wears lipstick and lip glosses almost every second of the day. Instead of splurging on my favorite lip scrub or making one of my own I use my rinsed toothbrush to give my lips a gentle exfoliation after brushing my teeth, the results are virtually the same.
Using Eyeshadow for almost everything (i.e eyeliner, lipstick, contour powder, fill my eyebrows) instead of buying a new product for each need.
Eyeshadow is one of the most versatile makeup products in my opinion. With an eyeliner brush, it can be used as eyeliner, with an angle brush it can fill your brows, with a blush brush it can be used to contour, mixed with lip balm or Vaseline it can be used to make a lipstick and of course it can be used as eyeshadow. Instead of going out and spending money on all of these things, try experimenting with any eyeshadows that you have on hand.
FYI. A dark brown/black eyeshadow is something that you should have at all times. It can literally do all of the things that I mentioned above.
Experimenting with my groceries as skincare/body care
There are quite a few things that you can do if your groceries are on the verge of going bad. You can eat them, freeze them (depending) and in my household use them to replace expensive skincare treatments. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought avocado’s and haven’t eaten them before they started getting mushy and turning brown or how much oatmeal I have in my pantry.
Most foods that we have in our households hold some type of benefit for skin as part of a DIY mask/treatment. Oatmeal, honey, avocado, banana, lemons, olive oil and brown sugar are all great for skin and even have conditioning properties for hair.
Finding budget friendly “multitaskers” that can work for many things at once
Some of these multitaskers can work wonders not only for beauty purpose but also around the house. Baking soda works well as a face scrub, teeth whitener, and even to get tough stains out of clothing and keep your fridge smelling fresh while only costing about a $1 on average for a box. I keep these on hand at all times because it’s something that can always be helpful to have around
Another great multitasker is Vaseline. You see a jar of petroleum jelly. I see makeup remover, lip balm, heel softener, brow tamer, skin protector when getting color or relaxer, highlighter and the list goes on. Spend a few dollars and invest in this ASAP.
Dupe-ing for the GAWDS
Finding dupes a.k.a. budget friendly replicas of luxury products is a great way to compensate if you just can’t resist buying a new product, whatever it may be. You can basically find a dupe of anything with a simple google search.
Learn how to do things yourself
Whether its learning how to shape your own brows, do your own mani pedi’s or a hair style, learning just one of these things can cut out the annual expense of getting it done professional. Though it may take a little practice, you’ll be happy when you master it and witness the savings. It also can be pretty funny and relaxing.
Use less product
Some times we tend to overuse product in hopes of it working better, but it doesn’t work that way. For example I never thought that a nickel to a quarter amount of shampoo was enough to wash my hair but you’d be amazed. The results are virtually the same. Try this same approach with other beauty products and watch how much longer you can hold on to them without cheating yourself of the benefits.
Whether you saving to invest in something or just saving simple because you think your spending is out of control cutting a few corners here and there on beauty product can significantly help you save without taking the beauty away.
Actually use those samples that you were oh so happy to get and never used…
If you’re anything like me, then you have made a trip to your favorite makeup counters received a sample (that you may or may not have asked for) and never used it. Girl by! Those samples, especially generously sized one can buy you some time. I’m relying on 0.5-ounce samples of Clinique Smart Night Cream as we speak! That’s $54 that I don’t have to spend for while.
What are some ways that you save money on beauty products when your budgeting? Let’s discuss it in the comments.