Beauty On A Shoestring: Five Tips To Look Beautiful When You Are Strapped For Cash
As a fashion-conscious woman, you definitely know that looking beautiful does not come cheap. From manicures and makeup to flattering hairstyles and nice clothes , maintaining good looks can burn a hole in your pocket. According to a recent study, a woman spends at least $15,000 on cosmetics in her entire lifetime. That’s a whopping figure given the fact that beauty products are not our basic needs (you might disagree). However, everyone wants to look beautiful, and it might be really difficult for you to resist yourself from buying beauty products. If you are on a shoestring, here are five tips to look beautiful without tapping into your reserve funds:
Give Yourself Beauty Treatment At Home
While we always recommend going to a professional hairstylist for getting a haircut, there are many other beauty services which you can do on your own at your home. For instance, you may save up to $40 by buying quality salon products and doing a manicure at home. Additionally, you can have a spa night at home with your close friends as well. You can either buy or concoct your own facial masks and give each other spa treatments. These are just some of the things you can try at your home, and you don’t even have to worry about tipping the salon girl.
Go To A Cosmetology School
Professional hairstylists with years of industry experience can cost you a bomb. However, if you can find someone who is less experienced, you may save big on your spa treatment or facial care. Therefore, if you do not mind being a guinea pig of sorts, try to look out for a cosmetology school in your city. There are many such schools out there that look for models to give their students some hands-on training, and these schools offer the beauty services at marked-down prices. These trainees are not top-notch professionals, but they know the nitty-gritty of hair-styling, facial care, manicure, and a range of other beauty treatments. Worry not about their lack of professional experience because they are also guided by very senior professionals.
Use A Promo Code
Maybe you always go to your preferred salon and spa, but if you are on a shoestring, it’s a wise idea to look for cheaper alternatives. You may give coupon sites a try. Every day, loads of promo codes and special offers available on beauty services are rolled out by these sites, and you might get a hefty discount on a beauty service in one of your neighborhood salons. Chances are, you may find coupon codes of a salon which you really like, and at half the actual cost, you may get a spa or beauty treatment.
Visit The Nearest Drugstore
If you have ever visited a pricey cosmetic boutique or walked down the cosmetics aisle of a department store, you would know that these places offer high-end products with exorbitant price tags. If your budget is not high, opt for drugstore make-up instead. In these drugstores, you will find branded beauty products at bargain prices. Bear in mind that the same brands manufacture both high-end as well as low-end beauty products. Hence, it’s the same masterminds that formulate the expensive products and their cheaper alternatives. You may even find dupes for expensive products that you’ve always wanted to buy but can’t afford. Remember that products with hefty prices don’t always mean quality.
Visit The Salon Less Frequently
You might think that visiting the salon weekly for a manicure or getting a haircut every month goes well with your routine, but visiting salons so often might cost you an arm and a leg. You may want to cut back on your trips to the salon; maybe even try to lessen these trips. Also, if you only need a trim or a hair color, choose a cheaper salon or do it yourself at home with drugstore products. If you’re scared of messing up, there are thousands of tutorials readily accessible for you to check out.
Beauty does not come cheap, but that does not necessarily mean that you have to spend a lion’s share of your monthly paycheck on beauty treatments. Use these pithy tips, and make sure the product or service you are buying is what you really need. Looking gorgeous on a shoestring is easy, provided you know what to splurge on and what not to.
If you can save big on beauty products or services, you can easily save for a rainy day. In the future, you may easily afford expensive anti-aging products and treatment. Isn’t that cool?
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