10 Money-Saving Beauty Tips to Follow If Your New Year’s Resolution Is to Save Big
Jan. 1, 2020, marks the start of not just a new year, but a new decade. Looking ahead, you’re in search of ways to achieve all of your short- and long-term goals, and if you’re anything like me, saving money is a big one. While it can seem daunting to pinch your pennies – which unfortunately might mean cutting out your daily Starbucks run – there are a few ways that you can incorporate some money-saving techniques into your beauty routine. Whether you shop your own stash, buy your favourite products in bulk, or take your friends’ unwanted goodies for yourself, you’re more than capable of saving some money – and still looking glam in the process. Keep reading for a few budgeting tips for the ultimate beauty-lover.
Shop Your Own Stash
I will be the first person to admit that I often buy new beauty products before I actually finish the ones that I already have. However, that can lead to my “in stock” products expiring before I even get to them. Next time you finish a product, search through your beauty collection to see if there’s anything that you can use before you buy something new. Make 2020 the year of only buying beauty products out of necessity rather than impulsively buying something just because.
Cancel Your Unused Subscription Services
If you’ve subscribed to multiple beauty boxes over the years and have a growing pile of deluxe samples that you aren’t using, it’s probably time to let go of those subscriptions. I know that it can be really satisfying to get a box in the mail and open it up to some surprise goodies, but if you’re not actually using the products, then you’re wasting that $10 to $20 every single month. And if you’re not quite ready to quit your subscription boxes cold turkey, perhaps cancel the one or two that you’re not getting a lot of must-have products from.
Ask Your Friends If They Have Any Unwanted Products
You buy something because you think it’s going to work on you, but after swatching it or trying it out for a couple days, you might find that it’s not a product that works for you. When I accidentally buy something that isn’t right for my skin type or tone, I let my besties raid my stash, and in return, they bring over some stuff that didn’t work for them. It’s a great way to try out products, learn what does and doesn’t work for you, and add to your collection with very little commitment.
Look For Drugstore Dupes
This one is pretty obvious, but if you see a high-end product that you love but aren’t sure whether or not to drop the coin on it, see if there’s a drugstore dupe first. Brands like Maybelline, Honest Beauty, Wet n Wild, L’Oréal, and more create products that are department-store-quality without the high price point. It’s totally possible to build the beauty collection of your dreams entirely at the drugstore – you just have to know what products to look out for.
Take Advantage of Sample Programs
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a beauty consumer is automatically buying something without really trying it out first. In my experience, this particularly applies to complexion products like foundation and concealer, as well as all types of skincare products. Something that I really love about being a frequent Sephora shopper is that they offer a really generous sample program. I have asked them for samples of foundations and skincare products so that I can try them out for about a week and see if I actually love the products further than just a swatch on my hand in the store. This helps to ensure that the color match is perfect and that the products are actually compatible with my skin type.
Go to a Beauty Convention or Brand Pop-Up
Freebies, anyone? If you’ve never been to a beauty convention like Sephora’s Sephoria, Ipsy Live (previously Gen Beauty) or BeautyCon, you’re totally missing out. Admission to these events grants you access to masterclasses with industry experts, activations set up by brands, and, of course, so many free products. Going to a convention not only connects you with fellow beauty-lovers like yourself, but it also gives you the opportunity to try out products that you might not have otherwise.
Another recent trend has been brands hosting pop-ups all over the country. They set up activations in existing stores or open up temporary storefronts so that you can experience the brand IRL and often meet the founders of the brand. This is an especially valuable experience with brands that are direct to consumer (and aren’t sold in any physical retailers), because it’s often the only times that you can actually interact with the product and know whether or not you’ll actually like it. Plus, pop-ups often give away free gifts with purchase or mini samples to take home with you.
Watch YouTube Tutorials
If you’re feeling like you’re in a creative rut with your current makeup collection and you keep creating the same looks over and over again, turn to the internet. One of my favorite things to do when I’m feeling uninspired by my beauty collection is to go on YouTube and watch tutorials. Beauty creators often give me ideas on how to blend colors from my eye shadow palettes in ways that I never would have thought of on my own, and it really gives new life to the products that I was starting to get bored of. Doing this might help you get more longevity out of your makeup collection and prevent you from buying new things.
Figure Out What Your Holy Grail Products Are
Something that really allowed me to streamline my own beauty regimen was finding the products that I absolutely cannot live without. Sticking to these few things that really work for me has allowed me to cut through the noise and not get distracted by the heaps of products that are released every week. While I’m definitely open to trying new things and still do on a pretty regular basis, I spend significantly less money on new products because I’m not actively trying to get my hands on everything new and shiny. Make 2020 the year that you pick out your absolute must haves and stick to those as much as you can.