Bargain beauty buys and tricks

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Jess Neale

Jess NealeThis week our twitter party was discussing some fabulous thrifty beauty tips and so I thought I’d share some of my favourites too. I love a bargain and any savings tips to help out the cost my beauty regime are more than welcome.

Brand swap

A great way to save money on makeup is by swapping those expensive designer make-up brands for a cheaper alternative. Here are my top three:

  • YSL illuminating concealer is renowned for its ability to vanish dark shadows and disguise a sleepless night. But you have don’t have to break the bank to do all that. 17 Hide and Chic is one of my favourites. At under £5, it conceals and highlights at a fraction of the price.
  • Fake tan… now I may be from Essex but I don’t want to look like an Oompa Loompa.  St Moriz may sound a little less glamorous than St Tropez, but the cheaper cousin of the popular brand is a great swap that leaves me with an even, natural looking tan for under a fiver.
  • Nail polish is a great way to brighten up an outfit and it’s often difficult to find a cheap and cheerful polish that does the job without chipping after one day! I swear by Barry M’s collection of £2.99 varnish for your talons.
  • If you like to glam up your eyes on a girly night out but find buying false lashes expensive then go for the cheaper option, like these from 2true in Superdrug at £1.99. Invest in good glue and it usually does the trick. Rather than using the whole lash (that can be quite fiddly to apply) I cut each lash into three sections and use them just on the ends… it still glams up your eyes but makes your money stretch further!

Homemade tricks

Beauty treats can be found in your very own home, you just don’t know it yet! There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself with bits and bobs you’ll have lying around, and natural beauty wins hands down for me.

During our #thriftythursday twitter party we were inundated with some fantastic tips from you savvy savers. For example, @BerryBerryBlues suggested a great tip for a ‘banana and honey facial with mashed banana – honey and yoghurt (if you change your mind you can always eat it!)’

And from one thrifty tip to another as @MinistryThrift suggested adding ‘salt to virtually any ‘butter’ e.g. cocobutter or lotion or even a fruit like mango for fantastic bodyscrub!’

Or for a beautifying blemish banishing trick, ‘dab honey on spots and cover with plaster overnight. Honey kills the bacteria & speeds up healing’ says @MelissaWanted.

Online discount

Last but not least is a bargain hunter’s dream way to buy cosmetics without the pricetag. Check out online discount vouchers and offers for beauty buys. For example at the moment there is 10% off Beauty Award 2012 winners at Debenhams.  Check out what our Just Ask community are saying about discounted online perfume websites.