When you look good, it makes you feel good about yourself. How do you continue to do that when economic times are tight? It is possible to continue to keep yourself looking good and feeling good without blowing your budget. No reason to spend a lot of money on a beauty routine, you can still look like you have a million bucks even if you only have ten.
To begin head to the department store to find make-up shades that flatter you. Many counters have testers that you can use to find flattering shades. Don’t be afraid to ask the Beauty Advisors for help, that is what they are getting paid for. You do not have to purchase from them, because they took time to help. There will be many women behind you that will make-up for the sale you don’t give them. Make a list of what colors are your best colors, when you are shopping for make-up you can refer to this list. While you are at the department store test the perfumes. Smelling good is part of the feeling good process. Find a fragrance or two that you like, ask for a sample. If you feel pressured to buy, then let them know you are going to try the sample first. You need to know your husband likes the scent, before you make such a purchase. Get a few of the ones that you like. Department store prices for perfume are outrageous.
Where do you shop for make-up now that you have the list of your colors from the overpriced department store? You head home and wait for the Sunday sale ads to come out. That is right, we are going to wait for a sale and some coupons. Walgreens, CVS and Target all take manufacturer coupons. You can combine a store coupon with a manufacture coupon, making savings even better. Every week some store will have make-up on sale and manufacturer coupons can be found in the Sunday paper.
Most drugstores have a beauty advisor to help you make your selection. Also you want to ask about the return policy if the color is not right or you do not like the product. Once you pick out your brand, make sure to ask for coupons. Some stores have coupons, behind the counter for customers. Most stores will refund your money with your receipt. All these stores care make-up brands that are comparable to the high priced department store.
Remember the perfume samples you asked for? Wear them and decide which one you like. You don’t have to go to the department store to buy a bottle. CVS and Walgreens both carry some of the same perfumes department stores carry and much better price. If you can hold out till a few major holidays, Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day or Mother’s Day you may see them on sale. For example a bottle of D&G Light Blue will run you $80.00 or more at a department store whereas at Walgreens you can find it for $57.99. When it is on sale it is $10.00 off that price. So now your $80.00 bottle of perfume is reduced to $47.99 plus tax.
Haircuts and waxing cost a small fortune at the salon. Heck, some of those fees would be a cell phone payment for some of us. There are a few ways you can save money on salon treatments. Start with the local beauty school. The students are still in training, so you pay less. Each student is supervised by a licensed hairstylist. If you are leery about having a total cut then start off by getting a trim. Let them know exactly what you want and watch them as they are cutting. Speak up if you feel they are not doing it the way you want, say remember I would like such and such done.
Another way to save on salon treatments is to go to your local Cost Cutters, Best Cuts or Great Clips. Each of these places provide the same services as a high end salon without the high end price. Watch the local paper you might be able to find a coupon. The above places don’t require an appointment for most services, so you may end up waiting a bit. That will give you time to get the feel of the place and see which stylist work you prefer. If the one who calls you, is someone you don’t want cutting your hair; tell them you will wait for the next available stylist.
Simply rethinking how you shop for beauty products will keep extra money in your pocketbook. Just looking around for inexpensive yet good quality services; will keep you looking and feeling your best through these tough times. If you are in need of help, ask for it. After all that is what we are paying the Beauty Advisors, hairstylists and waxing professionals for. So go out and have a beauty day without spending your rent payment.