I’m sharing some of my recession friendly beauty product secrets. A growing number of people are needing to tighten their budget belts during these hard economic times. That doesn’t mean we have to give up looking and feeling amazing! With this is mind, I am sharing five of my favorite beauty bargains. First, I have listed the high end item I was using, then I have shown what product I think is of comparable quality, but at a fraction of the cost. This has definitely been a trial and error process. In some cases, the saying, “you get what you pay for” has been true. Happily though, that has not been my conclusion for everything.
–Please note I am only sharing my personal opinions and have no financial gain in this review.
Diorshow Blackout $24.50 $6.oo (at Target)
Diorshow has always given my short lashes that thick, luscious, long lash look. I am excited to share that the Loreal Voluminous mascara is just as good!
Clinique sheer tint $27.00 Aveeno tint $11.99 (Drugstore.com, includes shipping)
Cliniques sheer tint has SPF in it without any of those weird sunblock odors. The Aveeno is similar in that regard. I admit, I prefer the Clinique a tiny bit more, but the Aveeno is a great choice for the value.
Artec Kiwi $13.00 (8 ounces) Loreal Vive Pro $4 (13 ounces)
This might be my favorite bargain. I have used a large variety of professional shampoos since I color my hair. (I guess the secrets out now!) The Artec Color was my bargain shampoo until I stumbled across the Loreal Color Vive Pro. I am so shocked how well this $4 shampoo works!
Mac eye Kohl eyeliner $15.00 Wet and Wild Kohl eyeliner $1.00
This is another fantastic bargain where you don’t sacrifice much quality while saving a bundle. I love Wet and Wild for my black eyeliner. I can’t see enough of a difference to justify spending the extra $14.00. However, if I want a brown eyeliner, I have to confess, Wet and Wild doesn’t compare to Mac’s Costa Riche color. It’s perfection in a pencil!
Butter London nail polish $18.00 O P I nail polish $8
Oh, how I love butter…the nail polish that is! There was no way I could recommend some $2 cheap nail polish that would compare in quality and color selection. OPI is the only one that I have found to come close. It’s still not what some would consider a huge bargain, but it’s comparable to Butter London and half the price.
- Ask your friends for recommendations on different products.
- If you’re not happy with an item, save your receipt and return it right away. (shop at stores that allow this if possible) This will help you avoid wasting money on trial and error shopping.
- Stock up when there is a great sale on an item you regularly use.
- If you have an Ulta Beauty supply near you, join their club. It’s free and I have saved a lot of extra money using their points system. (remember the points expire, so use them before they go to waste)