As the cost of living continues to rise, many of us are looking for ways to save money every day.
When it comes to our beauty routines, there’s no shortage of expensive products and high-tech treatments, but the truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks.
Here are seven money-saving beauty hacks to help lower your costs for skincare, hair, makeup and more…
1. Simplify your routine
If you have a multi-step skincare regimen and your bathroom shelves are full of half-empty products you bought thinking they would transform your complexion, the first thing to ask yourself is: do you really need all this?
The “skinimalism” trend has seen consumers cut their daily routines back to basics, saving time – and money – in the process. In the end, all you really need to keep your skin healthy is a cleanser, sunscreen (in the morning), moisturizer (in the evening), and a serum tailored to your needs.
2. Do it yourself
According to Attest researchers, DIY beauty has surged during the pandemic, with 85% of people performing home-care treatments.
By trading in regular salon appointments for homemade manicures, you could save hundreds of dollars a year. All you need is a high quality nail care kit and long lasting polish.
“The piece de resistance is your top coat,” says Kerry Hatton, makeup artist at Mii Cosmetics. “I always recommend our Shine + Shield Turbo Dry Top Coat because the formula protects color and provides extended wear, which means your polish won’t fade in the sun. Use it to prolong the wear of your nail polish.
Tweezerman Glass Manicure Set
Mii CosMetics Shine + Shield Turbo Dry Top Coat
3. Don’t be fooled by high prices
Flashy ad campaigns and influencer endorsements can trick you into thinking the most expensive skincare products are the best, but that’s not always the case.
In some cases, you pay a premium for the brand name, when the most important element is the percentage of active ingredients. For example, you can get high-strength retinol (known for its anti-wrinkle power) for less than a third of the price of high-end formulas with the same strength.
When it comes to sunscreen, which we should all be using daily, you can get an SPF 30 day cream for less than $10 that’s as effective as luxury moisturizers.
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4. Boost your eyebrows
A new study from Avon has found that one in 10 people have given up beauty products due to the cost of living crisis.
Another way to save money is to swap makeup for longer-lasting treatments. For example, tinting your eyebrows.
Sara Sordillo, Make-up Artist for Eylure, offers her top tips for flawless application: “Take some petroleum jelly and apply it to the areas around your brows that you don’t want the tint to stick to. Brush the blended shade through the brows, making sure the brow hairs are completely covered – brush up, down and left to right, to make sure every hair is covered.
“If you have a lighter hair color and lighter brows and want to keep the color more natural, shorten the duration of the tint on the brows, as you can always repeat the steps to darken, but not lighten. “
Eylure Dybrow Dark Brown
5. Try a subscription service
If you’re not ready to give up one of your beloved skincare products, subscription services like Beauty Pie and Skin + Me, which charge annual or monthly fees, can save you tons of money. long term money, offering high quality formulas at affordable prices. prices.
If it’s the thrill of discovering new must-haves you’re after, try a monthly beauty delivery service such as Glossybox or Birchbox, where you’ll receive a curated selection of mini and/or full-size beauty products.
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6. Stock up on consumables
Not only are they better for the environment because they reduce plastic packaging, refillable beauty products can also save you money.
With many top brands jumping on the long-lasting beauty trend, there is now a wide range of shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and soaps available, with great value refill pouches and stylish bottles. to decorate your bathroom.
Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo Refill for Damaged Hair
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7. Dry shampoo your hair
With household bills on the rise, why not dry wash your hair more often, instead of lathering up in the shower, and save money on your water and heating bills? If you have colored hair, this can help the vibrancy last longer because the more you wash it, the faster it fades.
Hairstylist Samantha Cusick says, “My go-to product is always my Batiste dry shampoo. I also like more textured and voluminous hair in the summer, so it gives me that too.
Batiste Naturally Coconut Milk & Hemp Dry Shampoo