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Monday, August 23, 2010

Saving money on cosmetics

There was a great post from DailyWorth and here are a few points taken from Beauty and the Budget by Heather Allard:

Samples, Please

Shop sites and stores that are generous with samples, like Sephora,, and It pays to try products before you buy (and keep a stash for travel).

Steal the Deals
Coupon sites like Dealigg, CouponSuzy and RetailMeNot feature gorgeous deals, steals, coupons and codes that'll save you BIG money on products and shipping. Blogs like the Budget Babe and Mr. Cheap Stuff deliver chic on the cheap.

Kick It Old School
There's a reason why Vaseline, Dove Soap and Ponds Cold Cream are still around. They work—and they're super cheap! A tube of Vaseline costs $3, lasts forever and works wonders on crow's feet. Ditto for Ponds, which removes makeup in a flash.

I personally use MAC and they will give you a free lip gloss if you return 6 empty products! I think it's a good idea to spend money on cosmetics that last a long time and are high quality. However, I tend to experiment with eye shadows at various price points because sometimes inexpensive brands can be pretty good. Drug stores offer a good variety of options at prices that are very affordable. I use Dove soap to wash my makeup off and Cetaphil lotion to moisturize...I refuse to spend money on anti-aging creams.

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