3 Ways to save money on beauty and cosmetics

Great news! Your beauty and cosmetic routines do not have to consist of costly, overpriced products and procedures. I’ve been blogging about cruelty-free beauty for a few years now and I’ve found that it’s not only an ethical way to shop, but it’s also cost-effective too. That said, you don’t have to splash out for named brands and special formulas when you can DIY some beauty items and get a discount on the rest. Here are a few tips on how you can save money whilst still looking good…

1. DON’T BUY BRANDED PRODUCTS

When you want to save money on toiletries, it would be wise to choose a generic brand over a top named product.  Most beauty products such as body wash, shampoos and conditioners will contain the same ingredients as their more expensive counterparts.  What’s more is that they are more likely to be included in ‘buy one get one free’ offers or multi-buy deals.  However, there will be some products you simply can’t compromise on. 

When you have a signature scent or a particular face cream that you know works for your skin, you can still buy it. Just shop around to find the same branded product for a much cheaper price. In fact, you can buy discounted beauty products online and there is usually the added benefit of free delivery. This month I even got a free eco-friendly stainless steel water bottle when I ordered my usual Vinosource products from the Caudalie website using the code BOTTLE2018 – you’re welcome!

2. MAKE YOUR OWN

It may surprise you to know that some of the products you are currently using contain ingredients you already have in your kitchen cupboard.  If you usually go for natural and organic beauty products, take some time to read the label and decide whether it would be cheaper to buy the ingredients for a similar effect.  For example, a 500ml bottle of branded body lotion containing coconut oil will set you back around £16.  Compare that to £6 for a 500ml tub of pure coconut oil and you’ve just saved £10 – that’s a huge difference in price! There are many other ingredients you can buy in store or online in their original state such as honey, tea tree oil, and aloe vera. You can even make a homemade cheek tint out of cocoa powder and shea butter or use egg whites as a face mask!

3. TRY AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS

We all know that a trip to the hairdressers doesn’t come cheap, so when it’s time to touch up your roots, consider buying a DIY colour kit instead. Most supermarkets will sell hair colour products for around £7, which will save you a small fortune compared to having it done by a professional hair stylist. If you really can’t trust yourself to even attempt to dye your own hair, see if there is a trainee stylist or a student colouring day at your local hairdressers where you can receive a treatment for up to 50% less than the average salon price.

We all want to look our best but being able to save money at the same time can make us feel good in more ways than one. Let me know your tips for cutting costs on beauty products and looking good on a budget in the comments below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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