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Makeup Addicts Should Never Miss These 30 Money-Saving Tips

Makeup Addicts Should Never Miss These 30 Money-Saving Tips

We have all heard the popular saying regarding diamonds being a girl’s best friend, but maybe people were misinformed. Makeup is a girl’s true best friend, and for good reason. No diamond can hide flaws, zits and lines and accentuate facial features, but cosmetics can! Just like diamonds, however, make up can be expensive. It doesn’t have to be, though, so makeup addicts, rejoice! Check out the money-saving tips below, so that you can enhance those already beautiful features you have, without breaking the bank!

1. Trust Google

If you want to shop online for makeup, always go to Google and type in the name of the place you are shopping at, plus the word ‘coupon’. You should never have to pay full price shopping online.

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    2.  eBay is your best friend

    Have a nice perfume that costs an arm and a leg to purchase? Go to eBay. You can even get unused testers for your favorite perfumes at discount prices, saving you some serious cash! eBay is also great for makeup because you can get bundles and kits for significant price discounts.

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      3. Remember that the average mascara has a shelf life of three months

      Once your mascara has expired, you don’t have to throw it away. Wash the tube and wand and use the wand as a eyebrow sculptor or fly away tamer.

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        4. Lipstick can be recycled

        A lot of lipstick often remains unused because it is stuck in the tube. You can recycle unused lipstick by remove the remaining contents and repackaging them. That way, you can choose to mix and match different colors of lipstick for a new shade, or make the most of what you have left. You can even turn them into lipgloss, by mixing the colors with petroleum jelly.

        5. Use lemon juice for cheap highlights

        If your

        highlights are looking dull, combine 1/2 of a spray bottle with lemon juice and the other half with water. Spray liberally before you go out in the sun. The lemon juice helps enhance the appearance of highlights, so no professional salon appointment necessary.Blond_woman_in_with_sunset_on_the_background

          6. Baby oil is also a makeup remover

          Baby oil helps remove leftover eye makeup. It works just as well as any make-up remover. Click here for more suggestions.

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            7. Get your free samples

            Go to Google and type in ‘free makeup samples’, or ‘free makeup’. Many companies and Web sites often advertise free samples. This is a great way to try a product before buying it in order to test the quality.

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              8.  Always compare and contrast the prices of your favorite products

              Sometimes the full size product is a better value than the travel size item, so always pay close attention to the sizes and prices.

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                9.  Don’t be afraid to dig through the bargain bin at your favorite pharmacies and grocery stores

                They tend to carry some great brand name and lesser known make up brands. Just because something is cheaper, doesn’t mean it’s lower in quality.

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                  10. Make your own lip scrub

                  Instead of buying your own sugar scrub for your lips at a much higher cost,  make your own! Just do a general search engine request for sugar lip exfoliating scrub recipe. You’ll find several!

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                    11. Check out the discount stores too

                    Discount stores carry all sorts of perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, and hair products from name brand to unknowns at very low cost. Don’t be afraid to stop by your local TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Big Lots and Ross stores to see what they have to offer.

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                      12. Get a loyalty card

                      Plenty of beauty stores now offer free shopping cards, where you can get points for your purchases. Those points you earn can be used toward buying more products at no additional costs. Definitely take advantage of them.Take a look at Sephora’s Beauty Insider Program!

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                        13. Baby powder can double as dry shampoo

                        Had a lot of fun last night but don’t have time to wash your hair? Grab some dry shampoo, spray it your hair, comb through, and go. It’s a great secret weapon for when you’re in an emergency! Time is money! Don’t have dry shampoo? Baby powder will do the trick!

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                          14. Clean up your nails without needing to go to a professional

                          Combine a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with a few tablespoons on baking soda, and soak your fingers in the solution for a few minutes! Those nails will be looking pretty! Here are even more ideas!

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                            15. Say ‘yes’ to local cosmetology schools

                            Need a haircut? Cosmetology students are always looking for new models to practice their skills on, and that can mean a free makeover for you too!

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                              16. Eyeshadow palettes are fantastic to experiment with new looks

                              They are also great for some double duty work! Palettes can double as brow filler, eyeliner, and even a highlighter.

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                                17. Invest in quality brushes

                                Make the investment once. Quality brushes should last you close to a lifetime.

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                                  18. Purchase products that can multitask

                                  Buy eyeshadow that can double as a liner or a brow filler. Buy lipstick that can double as a nice blush. Always keep in mind all of the various uses one product can give you.

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                                    19. A great make-up remover at the end of the day is Vaseline

                                    It works on the whole face and also moisturizes. Not to mention the ease it will have on your purse strings.

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                                      20. Avoid impulse makeup purchases

                                      Have the mindset of ‘what do I really need’ and ‘what do I regularly use to help factor in what to purchase’. This will help you avoid impulse purchases. You can also bring along a friend with you when you go shopping to have them help keep you in check with your purchases.

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                                        21. Have a make up budget, and stick to it

                                        As stated before, impulse makeup purchases can add up.

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                                          22. Figure out if less can be more

                                          See if potentially using less of a product will still give you the same results. If so, try to continuously use less in order to save more.

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                                            23. Look into making more of your own products

                                            Facial masks, hair treatments, and much more can all be treated with at-home DIY substitutions. The great thing is many of these things can be created with routine things found around the house. Here are some ideas!

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                                              24. There is more than one use for your conditioner

                                              Your hair conditioner can double as a shaving cream. It will leave your legs feeling silky and smooth.

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                                                25. Use the most of any product you buy

                                                Be sure to squeeze all you can out of the bottles you do purchase, so that you’re not throwing out product you could have used.

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                                                  26.  Color your hair at home

                                                  Save yourself a lot of money by dyeing your hair at home. Boxed hair color kits are great, especially for root touch-ups.

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                                                    27. DIY your exfoliator

                                                    Mix brown sugar and honey to create a nice face or body exfoliator. Check out how here!

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                                                      28. Recycle your old lipstick and eye shadow containers

                                                      Companies like MAC will mail you a new lipstick, just for recycling. Pucker up!

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                                                        29. Buy in bulk, if you can

                                                        Try to buy a full year’s worth of shampoo, mascara, lipstick, etc. when possible, so that you won’t have to waste money on gas, time, or more money buying as you go.

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                                                          30.  Attempt to combine coupons with sales wherever you go

                                                          It will save you a lot of money and time to look for the sales to go along with your coupons. If you try a product but don’t like it, take it back for a refund.

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                                                            Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                            30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                                                            30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                                                            Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                                                            Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                                                            1. Visit a strawberry festival

                                                            Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                                                            2. Have a picnic

                                                            Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                                                            3. Camp in your back yard

                                                              The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                                                              4. Take long walks

                                                              Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                                                              5. Break a world record

                                                              Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                                                              6. Go on a bike ride

                                                              The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                                                              7. Join a gym class

                                                                The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                                                                8. Find a new hobby

                                                                The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                                                                9. Join a sports team

                                                                Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                                                                10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                                                                  Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                                                                  11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                                                                  Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                                                                  12. Visit a free festival

                                                                  Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                                                                  13. Visit the zoo

                                                                    Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                                                                    14. Take a road trip

                                                                    Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                                                                    15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                                                      Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                                                      16. Make your own ice cream

                                                                      Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                                                      17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                                                        When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                                                                        18. Get a summer job

                                                                        For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                                                        19. Attend a charity event

                                                                        Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                                                        20. Visit a national park

                                                                        National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                                                        21. Visit your local comedy club

                                                                          Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                                                          22. Make your own hammock

                                                                            Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                                                            23. Read in your new hammock

                                                                            Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                                                            24. Watch a movie outside

                                                                            Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                                                            25. Take a hike

                                                                              Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                                                              26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                                                              As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                                                              27. Work out at the park

                                                                              American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                                                              28. Take your dog to the beach

                                                                                One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                                                                29. Make a summer smoothie

                                                                                Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                                                                30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                                                                No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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