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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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                                                            Featured photo credit: By O Boticário SPFW [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons via commons.wikimedia.org

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                                                            50 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

                                                            50 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

                                                            Most people want a few more dollars in their wallets. But between an employer and family, the time most of us can devote to a second job is severely limited. Running a small side business can provide a few more options: you don’t have to show up at a set time and you can use skills you already have. Not all will be perfect for everyone, of course, and I’m sure that you’ll have a few ideas of your own after reading this list. If you’d like to share any other business ideas, please add them in the comments.

                                                            1. Selling collectibles — From antique books to teddy bears, there are plenty of opportunities to buy and sell collectibles. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the collectible of your choice but if you choose something that you’ve been collecting for a while, you’ve got a head start.
                                                            2. Locating apartments — It can take time to sort through apartment listings, but you can make some money by finding the perfect apartment for a renter.
                                                            3. Baby proofing — New parents often prefer to bring in an expert to make sure their home is safe for a new baby.
                                                            4. Calligraphic writing — If you’ve got elegant handwriting, you can pick up gigs writing or addressing wedding invitations, holiday cards and more.
                                                            5. Selling coupons — Search on eBay for coupons right now and you’ll see thousands of listings for coupons. It’s just a matter of clipping and listing what you find in your Sunday newspaper.
                                                            6. Pet training — A surprising number of people don’t know where to start in training a pet. Even teaching Rover simple commands like ‘Sit’ and ‘Stay’ can bring in a few dollars.
                                                            7. Running errands — A wide variety of people want to outsource their errands, from those folks who aren’t able to leave their homes easily to those who have a busy schedule.
                                                            8. Researching family trees — Amateur genealogists often call in experts, especially to handle research that has to be done in person in a far off place. If you’re willing to go to a local church and copy a few records, you can handle many family tree research requests.
                                                            9. Supplying firewood — The prerequisite for selling firewood is having a source of wood; if you’ve got some land where you can cut down a few trees, you’ve got a head start.
                                                            10. Hauling — As more people trade in their SUVs for compact cars, hauling is becoming more important: people have to rent a truck or hire a hauler for even small loads.
                                                            11. Image consulting — Image consultants provide a wide variety of services, ranging from offering advice on appearance to teaching etiquette.
                                                            12. Menu planning — For many people, the trip up in eating home-cooked or healthy meals is knowing what to prepare. Meal planners set a schedule to solve certain dietary problems.
                                                            13. Microfarming — Cultivating food and flowers on small plots of land allows you to sell produce easily.
                                                            14. Offering notary public services — Notary publics can witness and authenticate documents: a service needed for all sorts of official documents.
                                                            15. Teaching music — If you’re skilled with a musical instrument, you can earn money by offering lessons.
                                                            16. Mystery shopping — Mystery shoppers check the conditions and service at a store and report back to the store’s higher-ups.
                                                            17. Offering research services — Just by reading up on a topic and compiling a report on it can earn you money.
                                                            18. Personal shopping — Personal shoppers typically select gifts, apparel and other products for clients, helping them save time.
                                                            19. Pet breeding — Purebred pets can be quite value, especially if you can verify their pedigree.
                                                            20. Removing snow — During the winter months, shoveling walks can still be a reliable way to earn money. You might be asked to take care of the driveway too.
                                                            21. Utility auditing — As people become environmentally-concious, they want to know just how efficient their homes are. With some simple testing, you can tell them.
                                                            22. Offering web hosting services — Providing server space can be lucrative, particularly if you can provide tech support to your clients.
                                                            23. Cutting lawns — An old standby, cutting lawns and other landscaping services can provide a second income in the summer.
                                                            24. Auctioning items on eBay — Want to get rid of all your old stuff? Stick it up on eBay and auction it off.
                                                            25. Babysitting — Child care of all kinds, from babysitting to nannying, can offer constant opportunities.
                                                            26. Freelance writing — If you’ve got the skills to write clearly, you can sell your pen for everything from blogs to advertising copy.
                                                            27. Selling blog and website themes — Do a little designing on the side? Customers that don’t want to pay full price for a website will often pay for a template or theme.
                                                            28. Offering computer help — Particularly with people new to computers, you can earn money by providing in-home computer help.
                                                            29. Designing websites — It may require a little skilled effort, but designing websites remains a reliable source of income.
                                                            30. Selling stock photography — For shutterbugs, an easy way to put a photography collection to work is to post it to a stock photography site.
                                                            31. Freelance designing — Check with local businesses: you can provide brochures, business cards and other design work and get paid a good fee.
                                                            32. Tutoring — Math and languages reamin the easiest subjects to find tutoring gigs for, but there is demand for other fields as well.
                                                            33. Housesitting / petsitting — Stopping in to check on a house or pet can earn you some money, and maybe even a place to stay.
                                                            34. Building niche websites — If you can put together a site on a very specific topic, you can put targeted ads on it and make money quickly.
                                                            35. Translating — The variety of translating work available is huge: written word, on the spot and more is easy to find even on a part-time basis.
                                                            36. Creating custom crafts — No matter what kind of crafts you make, there’s likely a market for it. Etsy remains one of the easiest places to sell crafts.
                                                            37. Setting up a wi-fi hotspot — With a little bit of equipment, you can set up a wi-fi hotspot and charge your neighbors for the access they’ve been ‘borrowing.’
                                                            38. Selling an e-book — You can write an e-book about almost anything and put it up for sale online.
                                                            39. Affiliate marketing — If you’re willing to market other companies’ products, you can earn a cut of the sales.
                                                            40. Renting out your spare room — From looking for a long-term roommate to listing your guest room on couch surfing sites, that spare room can make you money.
                                                            41. Offering handy man services — Handling small household tasks can provide you with plenty of work, although you’ll probably be expected to have your own tools.
                                                            42. Teaching an online class — Share your expertise through a website, an online seminar or variety of other methods.
                                                            43. Building furniture — For those with the skill to create handmade furniture, selling their creations is often just a matter of advertising.
                                                            44. Providing personal chef services — Personal chefs prepare meals ahead of time for customers, leaving their customers with a full freezer and no mess.
                                                            45. Event planning — From planning corporate events to bar mitzvahs, an event planning business can require plenty of work and offer plenty of pay.
                                                            46. Installing home safety products — Particularly as Baby Boomers age, people able to install handrails and other home safety products are in demand.
                                                            47. Altering / tailoring — If your sewing skills are up to par, altering garments is coming back as people try to stretch more wear out of their clothing.
                                                            48. Offering in-home beauty services — Hair cuts, makeup and other beauty services that can be performed at home have a growing demand.
                                                            49. Business coaching — Helping others to establish and develop their businesses can provide many opportunities to earn money.
                                                            50. Writing resumes — Writing resumes can provide a reliable income, especially if you can put a polish on a client’s credentials.

                                                            There are plenty of offers that claim to provide you with the opportunity to make thousands of dollars a week. Unfortunately, none of these businesses will provide that sort of income, but they aren’t scams either. They were chosen because they all require a minimum investment to get started — some require nothing more than a flyer advertising your business. Even better, if you do enjoy any of these businesses, there is a potential with most of them to continue to expand — perhaps even to the point of going full time.

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