If you love cosmetic, hair and skincare products, you know they can be quite pricey. Sometimes, splurging on the name brands is worth it, but often, you can get similar results by spending a lot less.
The key is finding the right balance for you. The good news is that it's possible to feed your product fixation without breaking the bank. Keep reading for affordable beauty secrets that every woman should know. The image source is Pexels
Prioritise Your Purchases
Unless you have an unlimited beauty budget, you probably can't afford to indulge in every product on your wish list. You can ease feelings of FOMO (fear of missing out) if you take some time to prioritise your absolute must-haves. It's okay to splurge on things you love. When you're sure you'll use a product and know it brings you joy, you can feel good about making the purchase. There's no need for guilt or regret. Add other items to a wish list. You can always ask for them as gifts or add them to your collection as the budget allows.
In addition, it's smart to prioritise your spending on products that provide the most value. For instance, skincare creams or serums that stay on your skin all day as opposed to cleansers that get washed away might be worth the splurge. You also might not feel as guilty buying the expensive powder cosmetics like eye shadow or blush because those can be made to last longer than the liquid ones.
For a Mini Procedure
If you've been thinking about trying out a cosmetic procedure but aren't sure you can afford the hefty price tag that comes with many of them, you could be in luck by looking into smaller or less invasive treatments. There are a number of affordable cosmetic treatments available these days that offer significant results. Many can be performed in-office with little or no downtime. For instance, consider a mini facelift which is an affordable and effective beauty procedure. This procedure doesn't require general anaesthesia. Instead, only twilight sedation or local anaesthetic are necessary. It can correct numerous issues associated with ageing such as jowling, marionette lines, loose neck skin or dropped cheeks.
Stretch It Out
Speaking of making things last, another thrifty beauty strategy is to find ways to make your beauty products go further. Perhaps you can split double layer blotting pads into two or add a few drops of your favourite perfume to a carrier oil. You'll waste less product by applying directly to your skin, rather than rubbing it in your hands or using a cotton puff to apply.
Make Your Own Products
One of the best beauty tricks is to make your own products. In fact, it can actually be fun to concoct a solution to fit your particular needs and preferences. At-home creations can provide excellent results. Give it a try, and you may never want to go back to paying outrageous prices for the cult favourites you've been used to. For example, apple cider vinegar is fabulous for the condition of both hair and skin. Making your own lip scrub with ghee and brown sugar is an effective exfoliator. Olive, castor or coconut oil can be used as a lash serum for impressive growth.
Try Drugstore Products
It's understandable to be attached to expensive name brand beauty concoctions, and there are some things you simply can't replicate. However, you might be surprised at just how impressive some of the newest drugstore beauty brands have proven to be. Some of these contain the same ingredients as the pricey ones, but don't carry the prestigious name or come in fancy packaging. Maybe you could just switch out some of your pricier brands for their drugstore counterparts.
One strategy to keep in mind is that it might make sense to opt for the lower-priced products you use daily and splurge on things you won't use up as quickly. It can get pretty expensive to replace things like shower gel, facial wash, disposable razors or lip balm. It's always smart to do a little research online to see what beauty editors and fans are gushing over. A bit of trial and error could end up saving you a fortune and earn you a new favourite product.
These are just some affordable beauty secrets to consider. You don't have to sacrifice results to save money.