These are hard times, my pretties, but don’t despair! Just because the economy is in a tailspin doesn’t mean your beauty regime has to be in one too. Here are a few of my favorite ways to be beautiful on a budget:
1. Make your own Sea Salt Body Scrub. This scrub is great on the whole body as well as feet and hands. You can buy the ingredients at any natural foods store.
1/2 Sea Salt
1/2 Hain Pure Vegetable Oil with Vitamin E (to preserve freshness)
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I *love* lemongrass.
2. Best buy: Covergirl Aqua Smooth or Advance Radiance Compact MakeUp ($8.99 – $10.99). They’re knock offs of Vincent Longo’s wonderful Water Canvas Creme-to-Powder Foundation ($52.50). I use and love both! Just make sure you apply the Covergirl with a foundation brush (rather than the sponge they include in the compact) to mimic the lighter, natural look of the Water Canvas. Always close the compact completely so the makeup doesn’t dry out. You just saved $40!
3. Make your own La Dolce Vita Lashes. These lashes, also by Vincent Longo, are great because they’re smaller than regular false lashes, making them both natural-looking and easy to apply. But they’re also pricey ($14!). So, instead of spending your hard-earned money on them, buy a pair of inexpensive Ardell lashes at Sally Beauty (I like the Demi Luvies in black) and cut off the inner third of the lash with an small pair of scissors. Voilà, you’re fabulous and frugal!
4. Make your own lash separator. Just clean off an old mascara wand and you’re ready to go. It works better and is easier to use than any tool you’d buy, I swear.
What are your frugal femme tips? Please share!
PS Check out this week’s Drugstore Deals and Steals at Blogdorf Goodman.