Today’s post does not apply to me 😛 as editor of IMBB I love to buy new things and try them out to review them for our thousands of readers, my lipstick storage is always overflowing, tons of new products to review, so I will take this with a pinch of salt 😛 but in my heart I know these tips need to be followed well to save money, I am homemaker, mother of a toddler, some tips are awesome to save money and then may be buy something coveted out of it later 😛
Use what you own:
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I know all of us have face washes we keep in our cabinets, I for one might be tempted to use another one before I finish the first one, I suggest force yourself to finish one thing before you buy another, goes for lipsticks in one shade, mascaras, nail colors of the same shade, pretty much everything.
Look before you buy:
Always look at your storehouse of goodies before you buy something, you might have the same shade or product kept sealed away and you might end up buying it again due to your love for that product. Check what you have inside the cabinets thoroughly before buying a new one..
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Switch the quality to something little affordable:
You might be fond of high end brands, but if you seriously think a mascara from a drugstore brand is doing much better for your lashes, buy it for less than half..think hard whether you really need that high end product in place of a good drugstore one.
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Buy in family packs:
This goes for a shampoo or a soap you know has some offer and will be used up pretty much before expiry, buy it that moment even if you know that means spending a little extra.
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Find out the reason you shop:
Do you shop only for fun, to lift your mood or to really need some makeup for the weekend date or office party? If you really need a new mascara, your old one has dried up, go for it, just don’t shop because you are feeling low, have nothing else to do or have a little cash handy, or you saw some new release and bought everything possible(happens to me). Think why you are buying before you do.
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Always read reviews:
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Read IMBB before you buy that lipstick, you would know how it looks almost as close as in person. Reviews are the best thing around to save your money.
Try before you buy:
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The store lighting may be bad, try the color on, move around the mall, check you face in another mirror, daylight, car vanity mirror and then if you think its working for you, go buy it, don’t just buy it on an impulse of the swatch looking good on the back of your hand!
Buy what you really need:
Gel liners, mascara, lip liners these finish up all the time, you might use them daily and hence no harm in buying them, but another shade of the same pink lipstick now that needs to stop because you have not even reached half way of your fav pink lipstick..
Check the expiry
Check the expiry dates of products already lying with you make sure to use them and then buy something, also check the expiry on products you buy so that you can be in tune with when to use them till..this really helps if your target finishing that nail color before it gets bad or reaches expiry.
Ask for gifts:
If you really need something for a long time, ask them as a gift from your dear and near ones, ask your relatives coming down from abroad to pick it up for your birthday or Diwali,or any occasion..this way you might stop yourself from buying something else in place of that piece you really wanted since long.
Swap and share:
Your bestie might like your lipstick which you don’t really fancy any more, ask her to take it and give some other shade of nail color, shadow or anything you fancy, this will satisfy your urge for something new and different at the same time save you money.
This works best for me, when I organize at least something once a week, I see how much material I own, I love to discard somethings as well as find some new unused things which again make me feel I bought something new 😛 organize to see what you own and need to discard, you wont feel like buying something new.
This helps me to see how much money I have wasted overtime, it helps me stop myself from buying more and helps me to understand that somethings are best never bought because you wont use them and ultimately throw them away.(Bronzers for Indian skin for example)
Re-access your regimen:
See what things you actually need as part of your daily regime, you would soon know you don’t need that extra highlighter because you wont use it daily to hit the pan, see what you use daily and buy only essentials.
Dont pick up things at the billing counter:
When I used to go to Health and Glow they had a ton of Nivea lip balms at the billing counter which made me pick up a couple more things adding at least Rs. 400 more to my cart, stop right there, say to yourself “I am smarter than this marketing gimmick, I don’t need another balm and I will not put in a single rupee more into the cart” 😛
Baby oil to remove makeup:
Oil breaks down oil, use a regular baby oil half your cost of makeup remover, sometimes it is okay to be not so perfect.
Lip scrub made of sugar:
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Use the last drop of perfume:
Use the perfume till the very last drop before you buy or open your new one, this is extremely satisfying considering perfumes don’t come in cheap you see.
Use bronzers as body illuminators:
If you think you don’t really bronze much, mix it with body cream and use it over your arms and legs for the glow, you will be able to use your product in no time.
Fix Broken Makeup:
If you break an eye shadow kit, or crack the lid of a compact, you don’t have to throw the product away. Instead, scrape the remains of the product into a tiny jar or or stackable like I did here and use it with a brush, melt broken lipstick and fill inside an empty lip balm jar, use with a brush, you will fall in love all over again with your fav lippy!
If you think you dont need cream blushes often, buy something which will multitask a cream blush, lip stain or eye shadow according to your mood.
Less Is More:
Don’t overdo it when you apply makeup. You only need one coat of mascara and one coat of blush to last the entire day.
Invest in long lasting makeup
This is tricky, dont really buy something you dont need to reach that free delivery, or else jot down something essential you can add when you shop and need to reach say 700 for free shipping, lip liners are a good product you might need always.
Become a distributor:
Becoming an Avon, oriflame,Marykay etc seller will help you save, receive samples, test products and know what people actually need,this will help curb the urge to buy useless stuff as well as buy your essentials from the sale products.
Would love hear more from you … 🙂
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