Let’s face it: economic times are hard. We can’t all afford to pay top dollar for high-end services that make over our wardrobes, our hair, our accessories, and our make-up. Most of the time, we’re left to do that on our own. It seems like a daunting chore but a makeover is possible on a frugal budget. Fifty bucks or less can define a new you.
First of all, get over the idea that department store cosmetics are superior to drugstore ones. That’s just not true these days. Recently, renowned make-up artist Carmindy appeared on The Nate Berkus Show and featured a segment highlighting the similarities of department store and drug store cosmetics. http://www.thenateshow.com/videos/detail/3145 Newsflash: the Lancome lipstick you buy is the same formula as L’Oreal because they’re manufactured in the same way and owned by the same parent company. As Carmindy points out, foundation, for example, used to be the one department store “splurge” most women would make. It’s not necessary any longer. Companies across the board are bumping up their formulations with antioxidants, free radical fighters, and other coveted ingredients. Always look for good UVA/UVB SPF coverage in your foundations, primers, and lip products. All of these benefits can be found in drugstore offerings.
Second, read online reviews. While this reviewer thanks you for reading this entry, there are also a ton of places online to get information regarding a product before you buy it. Do your homework first before spending money. If you decide a potential product may be right for you, check the company website. Many, if not most, offer online coupons that will ease that first purchase for you. Also, be sure to sign up for preferred customer purchase offers at stores you frequent. If you have a Facebook account, consider “liking” your favorite store pages to get further offers.
Third, just because you buy from a drugstore, don’t think it can’t be returned. It can. Just have your receipt and most places will approve credit or an equal value swap with no questions asked.
Lastly, know yourself. Instinctually, most women have a pretty good idea of what colors will and won’t work for them. Don’t blame a $3.00 drugstore lipstick for being a terrible product when you know the color and formula aren’t for you to begin with. Be judicious with what you spend and religious in returning items that don’t work out despite your best effort.
So set aside fifty bucks. Do some research, get some online deals, and follow your gut. For this amount of money, you can get a decent haircut at your local discount chain, get a new hair color, a few make-up items, and perhaps have money left over for an accessory to bump up that wardrobe. Happy makeover.