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Budget Beauty Ideas

Most of us started experimenting with budget brand makeup in our teens – from orange foundations and way too bright lipsticks, it’s safe to say that most of our beauty blunders occurred in our teen years. Then in our early to mid twenties some of us started experimenting with high end beauty products like the Cliniques and Clarins of the world. However the current economic climate has ensured that many of us cannot afford to fork out hundreds of dollars for beauty products anymore. But no need to fret ladies – it’s time to get creative! You’d be surprised to find how many of your favourite beauty products can be replicated at home.

Many people have begun to make their own bath and body products not only to save money, but also to do their bit for saving the environment. Research shows that homemade cosmetics have anti-ageing properties due to the absence of all the harmful preservatives commonly added to store bought products. Some of the most simple beauty products to make are moisturizers (that can be used for your hair, skin and nails.) My personal favourite is Cocoa Butter Moisturizer. All you need is cocoa butter, however if you’d like a more ‘potent’ scent, then coconut oil is the way to go. Then add a mixture of oils to create a paste like consistency (I love to add almond oil) and heat the whole mixture. Once it’s out of the microwave then leave out to cool overnight – that’s it! So simple! And I can personally vouch for this being the most effective and versatile moisturizer I’ve ever used. I use it every day on my face, body and hair and always get compliments about the scent! There are so many beauty products you can make at home – just search for whatever you need on the internet and follow the simple youtube tutorials!

Things like foundations etc can be more complicated to make (however not impossible!) If you’re pressed for time and don’t want to risk a beauty blunder, then of course it is okay to buy items like this. However be smart about where you’re buying from and try to find the cheapest prices – do your research online before venturing out to the shops. Drugstores are one stop shops for all the essentials – most offer a wide variety of cosmetics and bath products at discounted prices – look out for brands such as Marcelle and Annabelle as they are both budget friendly and heavenly! They offer high quality basics to fill up our make up bags from mascara to lipstick and are great for your everyday needs. Switch to brands like these that are high quality and budget friendly, as the results can be just as good as the expensive brands.

It may feel like there just isn’t enough money to justify taking care of ourselves like we used to – however that’s simply not the case. Maybe it cannot be justified to spend so much money on singular beauty products anymore, however there are certainly much cheaper options out there which are much more affordable. It’s important to take care of ourselves, because as the saying goes; when you look good, you feel good!

About Jess

Jess hails from Sunny Australia and is the youngest of the frugal ladies. She loves shopping for a bargain, reading, watching movies and spends most of her life on the beach

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  • rebeccabasset

    Thanks for the post, I have never made any Beauty Products but I have heard good things about doing it that way. Especially Make Up Removers which seem pretty easy to make.

  • cheridene

    I have tried to make my own beauty products and have been abit successful

  • lola

    i tottaly agree
    i started buying the cheapest beuaty products, then i wqould get the more expenisve ones, and now i buy kind of the medium-low products, its quality is great and also its prize

  • homelifeabroad

    I would love to create my own facial moisturizers. I like the ones I buy, but I’m always concerned by the amount of chemicals. Thanks for this, I may give it a try!

  • James Smith

    I think my sister gonna love it for sure 🙂

  • malia p

    i like the idea of homemade cosmetics!

  • veronicalee

    I love the idea! At least you know what goes inside the products you slap on your face daily! I feel so guilty each time I buy an overpriced moisturizer.

  • PamIW

    I don’t use too many cosmetics anymore but would be interested in making some of my own moisturizers. Would be interesting to find more info out.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    These are great tips! I’m more an oh natural girl myself!

  • Brittany C.

    I agree! When I put on my makeup for the day and get out of my sweat pants and put on my jeans, I feel like a brand new person!

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    I love the idea of making it at home, that way you know what you are putting in and there are no hidden ingredients.

  • ckepperson

    I spend WAY too much money at Sephora… Let’s just say I’m suprised I’m not a ROUGE member yet. Since I’m a college student I am broke so I’m looking into making some of my own makeup products. I think moisturizer would be a great first start for me.

  • Pamela

    Always a fan of d.i.y. products. It’s so much cheaper.

  • Laurie Floyd

    I have been wanting to try coconut oil for my hair and for moisturizer…..love things I can make at home!!

  • Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack

    I do a lot of DIY products because I can not justify the cost to myself.

  • Jennifer Williams

    I do a lot of DIY products because it is better for my skin. I keep some of my cheap makeup and try it out every now and then to remind me why making it is better! The stuff I have burns when I use it, that is not any fun.

  • Maria

    er thought about DIY makeup? I would love to learn though!!

  • Lexie Lane

    I make a lot of my own homemade beauty stuff. So I do LOVE and truly believe in this post!

  • Eileen

    Wonderful idea! Living in a tropical country gives me access to a boundless supply of coconuts and I do know how to extract the oil from it. I will have to experiment with other kinds of oils and make my own moisturizer. Thank you for this great post!

  • Tory Blum

    There are a couple of products which we can make on our own, like bronzer if we’re crafty enough, but I always mess it up 🙁

  • Katherine Bartlett

    I used to wear Clinique as a teenager. I loved them.

  • Sylvia Elmore Zajis

    I think making things like lip gloss is a great idea and money saver. Best of all, you can customize the shade to be perfect for you.

  • Shanna

    I haven’t tried to make anything like that, but I’ve been wanting to try!

  • I totally agree with you. wonderful idea.

  • Ashley Hanna

    I love being on a budget but keeping up with my beauty. Great ideals thanks for sharing!!

  • Marcia Lee

    I have all the ingredients to make my own lip balm, moisturizer and other beauty products. Now I just need to get started. I’m making my own laundry soap and I love it.