Quick Budget-Friendly Beauty Tips
Easy advice to take the pressure off your wallet
Kate Holowaty, Features Editor
Sometimes during the budget-tightening drudgery of post-secondary it can feel as if you’ll never be able to splurge on expensive and name-brand beauty products. But you don’t have to break the bank to get your beauty fix. Use these awesome tips to make your dollar go the distance.
1. Mascara is mascara…
There’s no need to drop $30 on a tube of black goo when there are awesome formulas as the drug store. Try the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly or even the original Lashblast from CoverGirl. Both the waterproof and regular formulas are great.
2. Research for duplicates of higher end products
There is almost always a less-expensive dupe out there for a higher end product. Watch some YouTube videos to see live swatches, a good YouTuber that does a lot of really informative dupe videos is GlamLifeGuru.
3. If you’re going to splurge do it on brushes and applicators
Application is always more important than the product itself and can make a big difference visually. RealTechniques has affordable starter brush sets at most drugstores. Also if you can’t afford to splurge on the cult-favourite Beauty Blender, Superstore’s brand Joe Fresh carries an awesome dupe sponge.
4. Threading is the new waxing
Not only is threading significantly less-expensive than waxing it’s also a lot better for your skin. Waxing pulls on your skin and takes off a layer of epidermis resulting in more redness and irritation. This can also lead to premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin making threading ideal for facial hair removal.
5. Research brand affiliations
Being aware of brands is an extremely important aspect of the beauty industry because brands that own each other are likely to have similar formulas, but in different packaging. Some examples are that L’Oreal owns Maybelline New York, Lancôme and Yves Saint Laurent. Even Estee Lauder owns MAC, La Mer, Smashbox and Clinique. Do your research and you can scout out products that are extremely similar to higher end ones simply disguised in less pretty packaging.