It’s been a bit of a hectic week for me, with looking for a new roommate, to picking up extra shifts at the restaurant and also feeling the financial stains of adulthood. I didn’t think I would get a post up this week and was feeling really down. It’s tough because I’ve made a big commitment by cutting down shifts at my full time job so that I can take time to get my blog off the ground. There are financial struggles attached to that since I’m working less but need just as much money, if not more than before so that I can keep up with current/trending products and events. It dawned on me though, that this would be a great opportunity to share with you how I make it work when money is tight but I still need to keep my basic makeup and skincare products stocked.
Cut open the packaging
Get an extra one to three days of product out from anything that comes in a tube. From moisturizers to foundations, you’d be surprised how much product is leftover in packages even after you think you’ve finished it all. By cutting open the tube or prying off the top (ie. MAC Pro Longwear concealers) you can easily scrape out another day to three days worth of product to get you through until you can re-stock.
Use less product
It’s common nowadays to see beauty gurus and famous makeup artists use a TON of product on someone— piling on the foundation like it’s paint and then going over that again with concealer. It’s just plain unnecessary. Always start with way less product than you think you need and then add more if need be. Not only will your wallet thank you, but you will also be surprised at how well most foundations and concealers work even when you only apply a little bit. You will probably notice less creasing, and your skin will also enjoy the extra breathing room!
Research, research, research!
We all know how expensive makeup and skincare is— that’s literally the whole reason why I’m writing this post. Before investing your hard earned dollars on a product you haven’t used before, do a bit of research on it. Try to avoid reading reviews, because even though they can be helpful, everyone’s skin is so different so if something works for a hundred other people, it might still not work for you. Read the ingredients in the products you’re currently using on both products you like and don’t like. Usually the first five to ten ingredients are going play a big role in what works or doesn’t work for you skin. Of course, the ingredients alone aren’t the only factor as it can range from how much of each ingredient there is to where and how the product was formulated. Once you have an idea of what might work for you, then I would suggest grabbing a sample to see how it reacts on your skin.
I don’t recommend doing this all the time because it’s a perk that a lot of people take advantage of. When I worked at Sephora, it was very apparent when people would come in with no intention of buying anything but just wanted to stock up on samples. As a customer, you have the right to grab up to three samples each visit, so coming in for ten when it’s busy and there are other people who need help who are actually purchasing products just isn’t cool. However, with that being said, if you are looking to try out a new product or have run out of one you currently use and need a little bit more to get you through until your next paycheque, then there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t grab a few samples!
Keep in mind though that if you’re trying out certain skincare products, you’re really only going to know if you get a reaction from the product or not and the point in testing it is just that and maybe to see how it feels or performs under/over makeup. You won’t be able to tell what that product can really do for your skin with only a sample because it takes about 28 days for your skin (cells) to regenerate and up to three months for your body to adjust to certain chemicals/balancing PH and whatnot. I recently tweeted a great article on how long it takes for your skin to adjust to new skin care, so if you’re interested in reading it, you can check it out @PacificBeauty_ on Twitter.
Swap out high end products for drugstore dupes
I love to save money as much as the next person but I do also know the advantages of investing in products that do more for your skin than others. I talked a bit about this in my last blog post (click here to read) but just because something has a higher price tag, it doesn’t always mean it’s better. That being said though, there are certain products that do actually have a lot more expensive and beneficial ingredients in them than something you would find at a Shoppers Drugmart or CVS. When you’re in a pinch though, there are tons of high end or even mid-range products that have drugstore dupes. They may not perform at the same level as the ones you’re use to, but if you’re trying to save some money, then this is a great way to do it! Again, a few google searches and a little research will send you in the right direction. However, in my last post, I do mention a few dupes and I could always start a post solely dedicated to dupes that I continually update, if you guys would be interested.
Hopefully these few little tips n’ tricks will help you guys save a bit of money, as they have definitely been helping me. As always, make sure you’re following me on all my social media platforms to stay up to date and leave a comment here if there’s anything else you’d like to see in the future!