HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, I know I did! It was so nice to spend time with friends and family that I don’t always get to see throughout the year. I honestly did not want it to end but like all good things, it had to. The best part of this time of year is the excitement in the air over the new year, I for one cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for all of us!
Now that we’ve set aside the excitement of the new year, we can talk about the downfall’s of the holidays coming to an end. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past couple of months buying gifts and indulging in new outfits, makeup, party decor, dinners out etc. etc. It’s all great till January 1st rolls around and you realize you’ve spent way too much money. No need to worry though, I have you covered with some wallet friendly beauty hacks to make the most of your cosmetics and beauty products (because we all know how expensive those can be).
- You know all those old containers you have laying around from MAC and/or Lush? You can redeem them for free stuff! With MACs Back to MAC program, you can return 6 of their containers and get a free lipstick, likewise with Lush’s 5 Pot Program where you can return 5 empty pot’s for a free Fresh Face Mask. Looking for something a little more organic? Check out Olivia’s Organics for 100% natural and affordable skincare products. Like MAC and Lush, Olivia’s Organic’s has a recycling program that gets you a free, organic lipbalm with every 3 containers you send back.
- Dirty makeup brushes? Wash them with warm water and a drop of blue Dawn dish soap. The soap is totally inexpensive and can be used for multiple household chores. Much better than spending money on a little bottle of brush cleaner that costs way more but does the exact same thing.
- Tired of dropping serious cash on cleaners and wipes just to get your makeup off? Try washing your face with Johnson’s Baby shampoo. A 592ml bottle costs less than $5 and doesn’t contain many of the harsh chemicals found in a regular bottle of makeup remover. I have some friends that do this and swear that it not only removes all their makeup, but leaves their face feeling clean and fresh with minimal breakouts. I know this one is a little odd, and I was a bit timid to try it too. If you’re looking for something specially formulated for skincare, check out the Oil Cleanser ($15) from Olivia’s Organics which works as a 3-in-1 product (cleanser, moisturizer and makeup remover).
- When you’re buying expensive mascaras, you’re essentially paying for the name and the packaging. A lot of high end and drugstore mascaras are made in the same factory but are sold at various price points just for the name on the package. The only perk to high end mascaras are the wands that really grab and coat every hair. Next time you finish a bottle of the high end stuff, wash the wand and use it on a drugstore brand mascara. You’ll have the same effect for half the price.
- Running low on your favourite perfume? Buy a bottle of unscented lotion and add the last few drops of perfume to a cup of lotion. You’ll be able to maximize the amount of perfume you have left while also keeping your skin hydrated.
- Buying your cosmetics online at sites like Sephora.com and Beauty.com allows you to stock your bag with up to 5 free samples per purchase. I’ve had my sample of Bite’s Agave Lip Mask for almost a month now and I still have a lot left!
- Love the look of full lashes but cant afford to spend $20 on a pair of falsies every time you go out? dip a q-tip in baby power and apply it to your lashes between coats of mascara. The mascara will cling to the powder and give your lashes a fuller look at a fraction of the cost.
- Whenever I buy a new bottle of mascara, I instinctively pump the wand to spread the product around. Instead, try spinning the wand in the bottle, when you pump the wand, more air gets into the bottle and dries out your product quicker. Spinning your wand ensures an adequate amount of product on the wand and extends the life of your mascara. Some people may argue that the pumping is what gets rid of the clumps. To get rid of clumps, try letting your mascara sit in a bowl of hot water or adding some saline solution to the bottle.
- Looking for plump lips without the price of fillers or expensive plumpers? Add some peppermint or cinnamon oil to you lipgloss as a natural plumper. Not only will it make your lips look perfectly plump, but it’ll add a nice scent to your lipgloss.
- Have a bottle of coconut oil in your kitchen? This natural oil can be used as shaving cream for a perfectly smooth shave. Coconut oil can also be used as a body lotion, lip gloss, breath freshener, makeup remover, brush cleaner and just about everything else your heart desires.
I love learning about beauty hacks, anything to prolong the life of my makeup and save me some money is A-OK in my books so let me know about any handy hacks you may have!