I'm a big Sephora shopper and have enrolled in their Beauty Insider program to earn points for freebies. In addition to earning free beauty products, they also automatically give 3 free samples with each order. They also offer coupon codes for online customers for special discounts and other freebies. This past year, I earned a free bronzer and moisturizer (I'm saving my points now to earn a higher tier product in the future.) through the Beauty Insider program.
With their coupon codes, I received FREE 2 silvery purses filled with 10 beauty samples each. (I shared my extra with a friend), Bare Minerals sample and a 10 piece men's product sampler. For my birthday, I received FREE 3 tubes of lipgloss. My husband and I now have more perfume/cologne than either of us can use in a year's time, all for free.
We've also been able to try some expensive beauty products at no cost. With all the freebies, I've had to buy quite a bit less in the makeup/beauty dept. = SAVING $!
Another way I like to save is by removing the perfume/cologne samples from magazines. My husband and I use them quite frequently trying out new scents. It provides a day's application and they're FREE! They're also great to take on the go or when I travel so I don't have to worry about my perfume leaking on my belongings.
By Kelli from Tulsa, OK
Have you been told that mayonnaise is a great conditioner for your hair? How about making your own sugar scrub for your face, or egg white for a facial mask. I read that glue spread onto your face is good as a face mask.
Now for the facts. Science has spent years and millions to find the best products for our hair and skin. There are many inexpensive products that work wonderfully. Food is to be eaten, not smeared on our face and in our hair. Forget it.
Get recommendations from your friends or the Internet to find what you might like too. You can read reviews on Amazon for cosmetics to see what might meet your needs.
I hold to one exception; baking soda. I know it does many unconventional things, so you can experiment.
As for sugar scrubs; not for me! I tried it once, and my hairline was sticky, as well as behind my ears, and around the sink. Leave the sugar in the kitchen, and read reviews for store bought scrubs that are even better.
And here's a tip all of the pros know: the only three beauty products you really need are sunscreen, water and moisturizer. As long as you drink water, moisturize and protect your skin from the sun, you can skip the rest.
By Lynda from Kearny, NJ
By Lynda from Kearny, NJ
Here is my essay:
Hi all! I wanted to tell you about recent awesome CVS trip. I no longer have the receipt so amounts are approximate.
First, I bought my Loreal make up for $12, with a $1 coupon. I got 3 extra bucks.
I then went back to the coupon machine and it gave me a $2 coupon for hair color, which I was planning to buy anyway yay!
I bought two $10 boxes of Loreal hair care, on sale for $7. I used my $4 off two Loreal hair products coupon and my $2 coupon from the machine.
I also got an $8 whisk on sale for $4.99; I had a $2 coupon.
I got $50-60 worth of name brand stuff for $16 and it was all stuff I use! Yay, good for me! What is your recent good trip?
By Kathleen W. from Pittsburgh, PA
Similarly, look for store brand fabric softeners and bleaches. They all get the same job done for a far different price. Save our money for stain fighting products that might not be offered at store prices. (However, there are clever ways to use household products to fight stains.)
Vitamins are another way to save greatly in the generic department. Centrum can be upwards of $7 a bottle for 100 caplets, while the store brand multi-vitamin can be purchased for $3. Some store brands actually have more of certain supplemental elements such as calcium and iron, making them a much better deal.
Along that line, find the one cold medicine that works best for your family and stick with it. It's not too often that I have a head cold that doesn't include a sore throat. While treating symptoms that aren't present isn't a good idea, the variety of cold medicines available is exuberant. Select a medicine for a head cold and a medicine for a chest cold, keeping acetaminophen on hand for fevers.
Be wary of products that do the same thing as products you already have, and keep the medicine cabinet stocked with a minimal amount of expensive products.
By Kelly Ann Butterbaugh
I am looking for discount grocery stores/outlets that carry health and beauty products in PA? It doesn't have to be in Ephrata, anywhere in PA would be worth looking into. Thanks in advance!
By lily4 from Ephrata, PA
Try the Sharp Shopper. It's on Rt. 322 and Sharp Ave. in Ephrata, by Martins and Ace. I go there a few times a week. They do sell health and beauty items as well as groceries. The prices are 50-75% off retail prices. I think this place is better that Amelia's.
Tips for using the last little bit of beauty items and cosmetics. Post your ideas.
Changing the color of lipstick:
I'm just about the most frugal person you'd ever know, and I've found a way to change many lipstick colors I dislike to one I can wear. I'll take a light beige or a flesh-colored, neutral lipstick then apply it over or under a color I dislike or that's too dark or bright. The light beige, or light-flesh color lipstick will then tone down or completely change the lipstick you first applied! After applying, just rub your pinkie finger along your lips and the 2 colors will easily blend together. Try this, you'll like it!
Recently, my daughter was given a bunch of brand new full-size lipstick samples from a relative that buys Estee' Lauder and other high-end brands to get the "free" sample kit (if you spend over $25 or so on other make-up products). Anyway, my daughter gave me 5 or 6 tubes in colors she didn't really like. At first, I thought I'd never wear them, but after I applied the lighter neutral color over them to tone down the darker colors, most of them looked quite nice on me. I find that very dark reds tend to make me look older, but when I place the lighter colored lipstick over the top of the red (after I've blotted the red) then I get a wonderful color that looks good on me!
This trick also works to change a color from a "bluish" or a "more coral" color. (Say you are wearing a red outfit and the lipstick you have clashes). If you have a tube that looks like it's way too orange, save it and apply it over another color that's too "purplish", and the orange-coral lipstick that you may have hated, can totally change your lipstick's color and save the day!
A NOTE: When you start mixing colors by applying one over the other or one under another, you may end up with some lipstick colors that you totally love, but might not remember and can't repeat. Do yourself a favor and keep track of the lipstick blends by keeping a tiny pad and a pencil in your make-up drawer. Also, you'll get a whole different look depending on which one goes on first or last and if you do or don't blot in between.
ALSO: If you buy a "Mineral Powder Foundation" that's a bit too light for your skin, it makes a wonderful eye shadow. I use it on my eye lids, and it really brightens them up and makes me look more awake and alive! You can also apply the lighter mineral foundation powder over your under-eye-dark-circles to lighten them up as a sort-of "concealer" before you apply your regular mineral powder. Try it, you'll like it!