How to Save Money on Beauty Products
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How to Save Money on Beauty Products

Posted on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 6:12 am
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Are designer cosmetics and department store beauty product prices draining your wallet?  The following tips can help you to save money on beauty products and still leave you looking and feeling fabulous. Who ever said you had to choose between savvy shopping and looking gorgeous?

Shop Online

Shopping online is one of the best ways to save money on beauty products. Many online stores, such as StrawberryNET and, offer the brands you love for less. I found my favorite powder online for $10 less than my local store. You can also find online coupon codes and printable coupons for beauty products. Many stores also offer free shipping, samples, and gifts when you order online, so keep an eye out for those special deals.

Give Generic Brands a Chance

Change isn’t always easy when it comes to our favorite beauty products, but generic store brands can save you a lot of money in the long run. For example, L’Oreal owns several luxury brands, including Lancome. The main difference between L’Oreal and Lancome products is the price. You can get L’Oreal eye cream from your local drug store for around $15, while the Lancome equivalent costs over $60. Look for generic store brands for other items such as body washes, soaps, shampoos, and lotions too.  Often, the store brands include the same ingredients but cost less. For example, Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash is $5.99 while the CVS brand equivalent is only $3.99. Check out store deals for Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.

Buy 2-in-1 Products

Many beauty products can get two jobs done at once. For example, with summer quickly approaching, look for a body lotion with SPF that can double as sunscreen. You can also try 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Target offers Garnier Fructis 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for $4.74, while buying the shampoo and conditioner separate will cost you double.

Mineral makeup is another great product that can save you money. Although mineral makeup can still be pricey, it goes a long way and offers great coverage so that you can cut back on the number of other products you buy. A good mineral powder will usually cost about $30-$40 but should last for up to 6 months and there is no need for a foundation. My favorite brands are Bare Escentuals and gloMinerals.

Homemade Beauty Products

Beauty products such as facial scrubs, cleansers, makeup removers, and hair treatments can be made with items right out of your kitchen. You can find great homemade beauty recipes by searching the web.

A Few More Tips for Saving

  • Don’t wash your hair every day. Washing your hair every other day instead will cut your shampoo and conditioner use in half and give you shinier, healthier hair too!
  • Don’t use too much makeup. Instead, subtly highlight your favorite features.
  • Consider alternatives. Baby oil can be a great substitute for pricey makeup removers. You can also replace expensive night creams with Vitamin E oil.
  • Have realistic goals. Don’t fall victim to the beauty industry’s unrealistic promises. If they say their facial cream will make you look 20 years younger in just two weeks (and for just 3 easy payments of $49), the truth is it probably won’t. Instead, stick with products you know work and enhance your natural beauty. A shimmery earth tone eye shadow can highlight your eyes, or the perfect gloss can make your lips really pop.


By saving money on beauty products, you can afford to have a little fun – try some new makeup colors, treat yourself to a pedicure, maybe splurge on those summer wedges you’ve been eying all week. Really, there is no need to spend hundreds on beauty products when there are perfectly suitable (and much more affordable) alternatives on the market. You just need to know where to look!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.