It used to be that you would start your teenage years with budget brand makeup so that you could get to know yourself and your make up style; then when you were older you would move onto the big name brands, the Cliniques, and Clarins of the world. However the economic climate has changed and for many of us, we have headed back to the easily accessible budget brands and some of us have even started to make our own beauty products to save dollars. It may sound strange, but there are many ways that we can replicate our beauty favorites at home with items from our cupboards.
There are many ways that we can cut the cost of our must-do beauty regimes, but if you are struggling to get from paycheck to paycheck, then you may want to consider your finances first and work out the beauty later. If you are in an emergency financial situation, then the last thing on your mind is probably your beauty regime, so it’s important to get yourself back on an even plain – think about the aging effects of stress and you will know why! Consider a short term loan, to help you out of a financial emergency, like an unexpected bill or medical emergency that needs to be paid. A simple search for online payday loans in Toronto will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Once you are ready to start your budget beauty regime, the first thing you need to do is look at where you can buy the products that you desperately need – moisturizer, foundation, blusher, etc. Drugstores such as Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Quebec) and Loblaws are must-stop shops for all your essential beauty needs – they both offer a wide range of cosmetics and bath products at discounted prices, stocking brands such as Marcelle (one of my favorites) and Annabelle. Both of these big brands offer high-quality basics for your makeup bags, from eye shadows to lipsticks, and are perfect for your everyday needs. By switching to these brands, you can save some money to put towards the designer brands for that one-off, special treats that we all love.
There are many online retailers, that offer our favorite Canadian brands or worldwide brands – be aware though that is you are shipping from overseas, it will cost you up to 20% more for your products.
If you are feeling really adventurous, then have you considered making your own products? In this world of green living, many people have decided to start making their own bath and body products as a means of both saving money as well as helping the environment – two reasons that we both love some DIY beauty. There is also some evidence that handmade cosmetics do have anti-aging properties due to the removal of all the nasty preservatives, see this news article from The Canadian. Some of the easiest and budget-friendly products to make are moisturizers, both for your hair, skin, or nails if you fancy. Here is one of my personal favorite homemade products.
Cocoa Butter Moisturiser – all you will need for this is Cocoa butter, but if you are feeling daring then coconut oil is a great alternative although stronger in scent. Then you need to add a mixture of oils to create a thick paste, almond oil is a personal love of mine and smells great. heat the whole mixture up slowly and then leave to cool – it’s that simple!