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Makeup Addicts Should Never Miss These 30 Money-Saving Tips

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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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                                                            33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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                                                            33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

                                                            In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

                                                            Some easy ways to save money:

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                                                            1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
                                                            2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
                                                            3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
                                                            4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
                                                            5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
                                                            6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
                                                            7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
                                                            8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
                                                            9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
                                                            10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
                                                            11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
                                                            12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
                                                            13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                                                                a reusable water bottle and refill it.
                                                              • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                                                              • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                                                              • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                                                              • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                                                              • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                                                              • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                                                              • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                                                              • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                                                              • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
                                                              • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
                                                              • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                                                              • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                                                              • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                                                              • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
                                                              • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
                                                              • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
                                                              • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
                                                              • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
                                                              • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                                                              • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                                                              Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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