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By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
I rush through my mornings and have found several ways to save time on makeup application. The first is: Do not wear any. It's actually freeing. But if you do want to wear it, I have my makeup in a little drawer under the sink that is removable.
Cosmetics can be expensive and colors often look completely different after we get them home and actually apply them to our face. After many years of costly makeup mistakes, I learned some money-saving tips.
First of all, instead of buying costly cosmetic items on impulse, try to find samples of any product you plan to buy ahead of time if you can. Some stores offer "beauty days" where samples are available for free. New product samples come out in magazines or can be requested on company websites.
You can often get samples of new products just by requesting them when checking out at cosmetics counters, especially at large chain drug stores. I usually just ask "Do you have samples of any new skin care or cosmetic samples I can take home and try?" In addition, ask at your favorite stores and see if any of them will take cosmetic item returns that are the wrong color or that have been opened. Most won't, but some will.
If all else fails, whenever you buy a cosmetic and the color doesn't look right after you get it home, try mixing it or layering it with a darker or lighter shade to change the color. I have lighter and darker lipsticks I put over wrong colors to alter them. Blush that is too light can be used as a highlighter or underneath a darker shade to add an overall glow to the face. Liquid foundations are easily mixed with lighter or darker colors to get just the right shade. Eye shadows can be lightly layered and blended to change incorrect shades.
If you can't find a way to layer or blend the incorrect shade, go to the manufacturer's website and see if they offer a money-back guarantee. The cost of postage to send in the item is often less than the cost of the item itself. Be sure to keep all your receipts just in case!
By G. Lomax from Dallas, TX
I know this isn't for everyone's skin type, but I added a hefty dash of cornstarch baby powder to my squat little wide-mouthed tub of mineral makeup to increase the amount and it worked!
I was getting low on mineral powder but now the amount is doubled (or a little more). After shaking the container to mix the mineral and baby powders, it is well-blended and the white is unnoticeable. However, I advise to not add too much white baby powder because it could make the mineral makeup too light for your skin color.
The original color I had gave me a bronzed look, but I am happy the new lighter, more natural shade since adding the cornstarch baby powder and will enjoy the extra time this lasts too.
By Erin813 from Seffner, FL
With the price of so many things skyrocketing I have found myself looking for areas to cut costs. One of them is the cost of beauty supplies. When a decent anti-aging cream costs about $20 I want to get every last drop. I use my kitchen poultry knife or scissors to cut open the container when I reach the end. It gives me enough left for a couple more days. I follow the same practice with body lotions, toothpaste, and even my favorite body powder.
Lipsticks are another costly item. I use a lipliner to get every last bit of lipstick out of the tubes, same with concealer and foundations.
If you are busy like me and buy the facial cloths with the soap built right in, you can get twice the mileage out of them by automatically cutting them in half when you get them home from the store. I can easily get my face and neck soapy enough with half of a wipe. I like the fact that I get a 60 day supply out of a 30 day supply of facial cloth cleansers. And when I am done, I rinse it and clean around the faucet and sink before tossing it into the trash can.
Crisco Shortening is an excellent moisturizer for the lips when combined with honey which has healing properties. I use the old containers of lip gloss, that have been cleaned out and washed.
When I was at the mall last night, I ended up in a department store and wandered around in the makeup section. I discovered you can get a free trial-size bottle of a new Lancome foundation ...
Instead of buying expensive face powder, I simply fill a small container with corn starch. It works well and gets rid of the shine!
Makeup foundation is so expensive. Much of the liquid clings to the side of the bottle. I use a Q-tip to get every ounce of makeup from the container. I do this with concealer too.
Several years ago, I began buying Allure magazine in October when they do a thorough testing of all makeup products. For me, it saves money to choose a few new pieces that are well rated then waste money on items that don't really work.
When my powdered foundation compacts are almost all empty in the center but still have a little around the edges that are hard to get to, I've been sticking them in a drawer, not knowing what to do with them.
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Does anyone know of a budget mineral makeup store online for e.g. sheer miracle, bare essentials, or other items that are just as good.
Sandy from Woodside, NY
Try www.mineralbasics.com. She makes her own but it's as good or (IMO) better than the "big name" mineral makeups. She also has some good lotions, soaps, etc., all homemade and all-natural. HTH!
Laura in TN
On ebay many sellers offer small jars of the product. I bought a few to try them out and didn't spend as much as the special offer.
I went to that online "store" and tried to order something. I filled out checkout 5 or 6 times and couldn't get through. Has anyone else tried? Maybe I did something wrong.
You can answer me at pamob38 (at) wmconnect (dot) com
I order from skin-1. Free shipping on all their products. I'm not sure how to spell their web address. Number is 888-877-5461.
I've ordered samples from http://www.Aromaleigh.com, and their prices on regular sizes are good.
I have tried probably a dozen of the Bare Escentuals "knock-offs" and not met my expectations. They were alll too powdery and drying & not creamy and glowing like BE. The glow from the foundation goes away & is replaced by a different glow when the mineral veil is applied. That glow is what diffuses the light from the fine lines & zits & stuff so your face looks like porceline.
People say Bismut is bad,but it is not the chloride it is the oxychloride and happens to be the main ingredient in Proactive Acne Solution. I sleep in it & never looked better. My husband thought I had Botox or something expensive done & she showed me a better way for me to use the concealer the way my eyes are. it does not leave it shiny and oily looking and if you r skin gets dry, spray with skin REV-ER Upper or a knock off that is good and refreshing.
So I FINALLY found Minerals By Design. The girl is really sweet, but doesn't have the foundation, concealer and veil listed in store. It is offered in literature after buying Bare Escentuals starter kits,which are very cheap & high quality.
The brushes are worth the whole kit and she gives ample amounts---4-8 X's most and in her Minerals By Design, she gived full 30gr jars of foundation, veil and corrector in sifters which is more than be gives and about 15 grams of eye and or cheek color which would be like 30-40 jars of BE eye color that costs $14/ea. She gives that free and shipping is VERY reasonable. ypu can see some of her stuff on
and then ask about the other line. She doesn't have a site yet just eBay, but has the cheapest prices I have seen. Even on BE: 2 PUMP DISPENSING POWDER/MINERAL BRUSHES FILLED WITH BE MINERALS FoR UNDER $50, but I bought the a lot cheaper with her liner. you can't tell the difference side-by-side! Surely she will list her own too soon since it is the closest to BE I have EVER seen! at least I know where to get it and everyone i meet does too! I have earned $50 in 2 months,althouh I spent $500 this xmas from her directly and probably got over $1000 in minerals & tools/accessories and "make your own kits" in several things. My kids had a blast with ther first order and they will love the xmas one even better! she is globear07 and email is globear69ATaol. She also gives free stuff and cash credit for referring people to her. She has been coming out with new products almost weekly and says she plans a whole face careline.Already has more than just the basic ol' mineral stuff and brushes are cheap and VERY high quality.
I am a repeat buyer for sure. She will save a sample of your mixture of foundation if you need to mix colors & mix it for you, will customize the SPF if you need more and can copy regular makeup into minerals. She has coycats of a lot of BE and the foundation color names stay the same to keep confusion down when changing over. That helped me A LOT. I have used BE for 3 years and never will again, unless it is free! LOL! but true! I was going to put a PIC from her store, but she may not appreciate that, although i could never see her mad!
I have just opened an online store.My mineral makeup is high quality and I have good prices also. Anything under $25.00 ships free. I will also include samples of my other colors with each shipment. Visit my site today and see for yourself.I also have my makeup in a salon, if you happen to be in the area.
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I really enjoy Cory Cosmetics for my oily 32 year old skin. Samples are only .35 a piece at corycosmetics.com. The finish is totally matte. You can add shine if you want it, unlike BE which is just shiny. I also adore her blush and shadow selections.
Mineral Basics and Aromaleigh gave less coverage for me and I also had more oily breakthrough. I did LOVE Mineral Basics Dusky Dawn blush, though. I would buy shadows and blushes from those stores again.
I order Mineralogie Mineral makeup online from www.MineralMakeupSource.com and have been very pleased with what I got. It's high quality stuff so its not dirt cheap but I'll go back again and again. They sell samples at a VERY reasonable price.
I came across www.everydayminerals.com and it is over 50% less than the big boys and works great! It doesn't have the Bizmuth ingredient either. I got a 9 piece starter kit on Ebay (cheaper than their website) for $19.95. Foundation, Concealer, Finishing Powder, Bronzer, 2 Multi-Purpose colors and 3 brushes. My skin looks flawless!
Does anyone know how you can become an owner of one of these online make up stores?
I use www.southernmagnoliaminerals.com. Barb has an ebay store too. I am happy with the quality and consistency. She has a lot of stuff to give you shimmer. Amy in IL
I found a great website for vegan make-up, but they do sell some mineral make-up, it's www.fyrinnae.com. Their eye shadow colors are intense, and I love their make-up.
I use www.beautyfromtheearth.com. She has wonderful prices and excellent customer service.
I HAVE BEEN USING PRODUCTS FROM SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA MINERALS FOR A WHILE NOW, AND FIND THEM AS GOOD AS THE NATIONAL BRANDS. I GAVE SOME TO A FRIEND THAT USED THE NATIONAL BRAND, AND HAD USED ALL OF HER MINERAL VEIL. SHE LIKED MINE AS WELL AS WHAT SHE HAD USED BEFORE.
E.L.F. Eyes Lips Face This site sells almost all of their mineral makeups for $1 each.
How can I save on cosmetic basics such as eyeshadow, mascara, and lipstick, without sacrificing quality?
By Mary P.
I have found the neatest site www.bigbigsavings.com. Alot of time they have free makeup. They also have alot of other free stuff to try. We have really recieved alot of nice things. You might want to try this site
I buy a lot of my cosmetics from Avon. They have great products and offer specials in every booklet. I've gotten eye shadow for as little as $1.99 and they often have buy-one-get-one-free offers.
Another suggestion is to pay attention to drugstore ads in your Sunday paper. Every week, stores like Rite Aid and CVS offer many coupons good for cosmetics and hair products, and they will also accept manufacturer's coupons on the same product. So if they have something on sale with their coupon for $1.99 and you have a manufacturer's coupon for $1.00, you get the product for $.99. Last week, they had hair color on sale for $4.99 and I had a $5.00 coupon - free hair color!!!
- Lynn in Virginia
There are several brands that are less expensive, but are still quality products. You really have to try different things to see what works for you. As for lipstick and facial powder (loose) you can extend their life! For the lipstick, you can dab the color onto your lips and use a lip balm or petroleum jelly to even it out. Or you can take a small amount of the lipstick (say that in the bottom of the tube) and mix it with a bit of petroleum jelly and apply with a lip brush. You can also buy a pack of lipsticks (usually 10 or 12 tubes) at a discount store for around $5, and mix different colors to get a shade that is right for you.
To extend the life of your loose powder, you can mix cornstarch or baby powder with it. (Obviously this works better on lighter complexions)
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