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Save Money on Beauty Stuff

Updated on March 13, 2018

Beauty Stuff Can Be Expensive

Regardless of whatever gender you might be, everyone likes a good pamper session now and then. And why not? Treating ourselves to luxuries that help us look and feel better is one of the finer things in life. But unfortunately, those finer things can cost a lot of money if you don't know where to look. The beauty industry is a billion dollar one, but you don't have to totally buy into it to look a billion dollars.

You can still look good and treat yourself to nice things, even on a really tight budget.

Razor Blades

Decent razor blades are so expensive, this is probably why they are one of the most frequently stolen items. But you don't have to spend loads of money or turn to a life of crime in order to have a good shave.

If your razor blade is starting to go dull, you can sharpen it by pushing it up a pair of old jeans. Lay the jeans out flat on a flat, hard surface, then push the razor blade up the jeans whilst pressing down slightly, but not too hard. Do this around 20 - 30 times, or more depending on how blunt your blades are. This can prolong the life of the blade for months!

Alternatively if your jeans are too precious to you, you can use your forearm. Do the same thing as you did with the jeans, but with less pressure. It doesn't hurt at all, as long as you push and don't pull.

Make Your Own Stuff

I recently realized that I was spending about £8 a month, purely on dry shampoo! My hair is really long and quite thick, so I go through a lot. I had tried loads of others but only one brand really worked and it was also the most expensive.
I had tried using things like talc for my hair before, but all it did was leave my head itchy. So I looked up a recipe for dry shampoo, specifically for dark hair.

It was two tablespoons of cornflour and one of cocoa powder. It costs around £2 for a whole jar and it has lasted me about three months so far! It works better, keeps my hair fresher for longer, there are no chemicals to irritate my scalp and my hair smells like chocolate!

There are so many beauty products that you can make yourself and there are loads of tutorials online, just search for what you want to make and the chances are, someone will have done it!

Pound shop makeup is quite good!
Pound shop makeup is quite good!

Cheaper Makeup

Some cheaper makeup items can be just as good as the higher priced ones, it all depends on your skin and the products in question. For example, I bought a foundation to try from the pound shop and it has turned out to be the best foundation I ever bought, the colour is perfect which has always been a nightmare as I am an odd colour, and it lasts for ages on my oily skin.

And cheaper mascaras can be made better with a light dusting of talc or face powder on your eyelashes, then apply your mascara and your eyelashes will look much longer.

Try cheaper makeup brands and see how you get on with them.

Dye Your Own Hair

If you go to a hairdresser to get your hair dyed, try doing it yourself. Get yourself a good dye and follow the instructions, you can do your own highlights, lowlights, even ombres. Always perform an allergy test before using a hair colour, even if you normally use that one, they could have added a new chemical into the batch that you don't know about and it could potentially be fatal.

Hairdressing Students

It's not just salons who offer discounts for trainees, colleges do the same thing and they are normally much cheaper than a salon. And don't think they will be just left to run wild on your hair. They have to ask you what you want and there will be a couple of trained people in the room. I got my wash, cut, blow dry and straighten for £3.50 at my local college and it was the nicest cut I have ever had! A clipper cut for men starts from £1.90 there too so don't think it's all for women!

Beauty Students
The same principal applies to beauty or massage therapy students, as they are not yet fully qualified, you can get a huge discount and someone fully qualified will always be there to supervise. You can even get whole pamper days for a brilliant price!

Water is like free makeup
Water is like free makeup

Stay Hydrated

One way to look more beautiful is to stay hydrated, dehydrated skin is dull, tired and flaky. Drink plenty of water and you will look and feel better. Try to get your fill of vitamins and minerals too, even if you have to take a supplement because you don't have a great diet, take one and your skin will look a million times better.


This is another part of keeping your skin hydrated, moisturized skin looks soft and healthy and will stay looking like that for longer. Find the right cream for your skin type and apply it every day.

Embrace Natural Beauty

This doesn't mean going without makeup, this just means wearing less makeup. Makeup is supposed to help you accentuate what you have, not draw on an entirely new face. Less makeup means less money! Try a natural look on yourself and see how you like it!

Double up Products to Save Money

Use the products you have in as many ways as possible to make the most of them. For example, lipstick can also be used as blusher, eye shadows can be used as highlighters, white eye pencils can be used for eyes and to outline lips to make them look fuller. You paid good money for these things, you might as well make the most of them.

Don't waste the last bits, you wouldn't waste that money would you?
Don't waste the last bits, you wouldn't waste that money would you?

Use Every Drop

Cut open tubes and bottle to get every last bit out of a product, you will be amazed at how much is left in there, and you would have thrown it away rather than using it! Cover the exposed top to make it last longer and you will have to buy things much less often now.

Don't Checkout Straight Away

When you are shopping online, leave things in the cart for as long as possible, overnight if you can manage. Sometimes, the company will send you a decent discount in order to get you to buy it, it doesn't happen every single time, but it is definitely worth a try.

Rewards cards make money every time you spend.
Rewards cards make money every time you spend.

Store Rewards Cards

Always use them if they give you cash back in the form of points, you're spending money there anyway, you might as well get something from it! If you forgot your card, always remember to have your points put onto your card the next time you are in, all you have to do is save your receipt.

Learn To Cut Your Own Hair

This one isn't going to be for everyone, but if you don't have a hairdressing college near you, learn how to cut your own hair. There are so many tutorials online because loads of people have been in the same boat as you, just watch carefully and take it slowly, always cut small amounts at a time.

Doing your own manicures will save you money
Doing your own manicures will save you money

Do Your Own Treatments

Basic manicured and pedicures aren't difficult, but if you get someone else to do them then they are expensive. Learning how to do these things yourself means you can always look good without spending cash.


Experimenting is half the fun of beauty, it really takes you back to being a teenager and trying out new stuff, not like sticking with what we know like most of us do now (myself very much included)

Luxury Can Be Cheap!

You don't have to go without luxury if you want to save money, all you need to do is learn where to get it at a better price, or for free!


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      Sp Greaney 

      6 months ago from Ireland

      Adopting even a few of these useful and simple tips would really make a difference. You just gotta be super savvy. Nice hub.

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      Claire Raymond 

      17 months ago from UK

      Thank you!

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      Elizabeth J Neal 

      17 months ago from Louisiana



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