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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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                                                            40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                                                            40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                                                            Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                                                            1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                                                            Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                                                              2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                                                              We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                                                                3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                                                                Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                                                                  4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                                                                  Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                                                                    5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                                                                    Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                                                      6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                                                      We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                                                        7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                                                        This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                                                          8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                                                          One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                                                            9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                                                            If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                                                              10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                                                              Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                                                                11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                                Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                                                                  12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                                                                  Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                                                                    13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                                                                    You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                                                      14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                                                      With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                                                        15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                                                        Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                                                          16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                                                          If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                                                            17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                                                            The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                                                              18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                                                              If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                                                                19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                                                                Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                                                                  20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                                                  I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                                                                    21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                                                    Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                                                      22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                                                      You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                                                        23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                                                        Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                                                          24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                                                          Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                                                            25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                                                            Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                                                              26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                                                              If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                                                                27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                                                                Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                                                                  28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                                  A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                                                                    29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                                                                    You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                                                      30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                                                      Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                                                        31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                                                        Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                                                          32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                                                          Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                                                            33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                                                            Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                                                              34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                                                              If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                                                                35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                                                                Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                                                                  36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                                                                  Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                                                                    37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                                                                    You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                                                      38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                                                      Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                                                        39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                                                        Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                                                          40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                                                          You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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