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This article was written by Tania Bhattacharya on behalf of Sherley Altidor.
If you remember, a few days back I blogged about starting a beauty inventory at home. However, an inventory needs investment, more so if you want to purchase things available in stores. Now, the question is, how to accommodate makeup and beauty products purchase within budget? I think it is doable if we stick to a few basic principles. Moreover, there are other things to consider apart from money. Let’s find out:
Do you really need it?
That’s an important question to ask yourself before you buy anything. I know it is hard to overcome the allure of those rich colors and fragrances of beauty products, which is why you must analyze the situation. The first principle is to try and stop indulging in compulsive shopping. As they say, less is more.
Can you handle it?
There is no use to stock up on products that you cannot use. For instance, if you don’t do eye makeup often or don’t feel confident about using mascara and eye shadows, maybe you should not buy these. Although you may feel that you will use them in future, I can say it from experience, that rarely happens. If you really want to try something new, consider getting hold of free samples.
Carry cash when beauty shopping
This might sound ridiculous, but it really works. While using plastic money, we often tend to cross our budget. I think switching to cash when on budget is a better idea. Think of a sum that you want to spend on beauty products and then withdraw that amount of money. Keep the cash with you and use it alone to pay for your purchase. You will never overstretch your budget.
Indulge in daily skin and hair care routine
Trying to ‘fix’ things is harder than maintaining something that’s already good. I live by this principle and so never make skin and hair care a part-time affair. You should have a daily beauty routine in place and then follow it diligently. That way, you will not only look and feel beautiful but will also save money.
Here are some more handy tips:
- Make beauty products do a double duty. For example, use a lipstick as an eyeshadow.
- Mix two or more shades to create a unique lip color.
- Switch to using natural products easily available at home to take care of your skin and hair.
- Collect samples.
- Shop for inexpensive drugstore brands. Price doesn’t always guarantee quality.
- Buy combination products— cleanser-toner-moisturizer, shampoo-conditioner. You get the drift.
- Some companies offer bonus products with a minimum purchase. Buy those.
- Shop during sale.
- Ask for your favorite products as birthday gifts
- Most importantly, talk to yourself and find out what you actually need.