Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A College Kid's Guide to Saving Cash: Beauty

Whether you’re entering your final year of university (we are!) or finally getting into your own apartment, here are some money-saving tips so you don’t have to eat ramen noodles every day because you’re a broke mofo. 



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There's no denying that I am a beauty junkie. I have an arsenal of products that would put a magazine's beauty closet to shame. With that being said, it's really simple to spend a lot on beauty products especially if you happen to be a little (ok, a lot) high maintenance like me. So, how do you save money and still look phenom all the time?

First, the miracle product. Coconut oil. This is magic. I read an article on Fashionista earlier this month about one of the writers switching her whole beauty routine to include coconut oil. Curious, I ran to Whole Foods on my way home from work the next day (the one in Columbus Circle had TONS!) and bought myself a tub. It is magical. Killer for shaving, an awesome hair mask, and in the $9 range. I am forever indebted to Fashionista for giving me a play by play on how this stuff works so that I could convert. This saves you money on expensive hair treatments, shaving cream, makeup remover, and even face creams.

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If you wear makeup as much as I do, the costs start to add up. There are a lot of drugstore brands that are pretty amazing, though. It's been a process of trial and error, but I've found dupes for many of my favorite brands. Most of them, surprise, surprise, are from my favorite brand to feature in Lip Service picks, NYX. With pigmented products and a HUGE variety of colors and finishes, this brand has replaced a lot of my pricier picks. A few of the makeup artists at the major event we had at the start of this month were talking about their favorite NYX products... they were amazing so if they endorse the brand, there's even more reason for me to love it! I still believe in investing in a great foundation, but for the outliers, this brand is perfect. I bought $7 bronzer at the end of July that I'm in love with more than the Laura Geller baked bronzer I fought for on the phone after a late night QVC binge (I'll never do that again...swear). Another brand I swear by is Rimmel. They have amazing lipsticks and mascaras that are relatively cheap.

Looking put together is important. It doesn't always mean a full face of makeup, but it does mean taking care of how you look. And it doesn't have to be as expensive as you might imagine! With the above tips and a little experimentation, you can look gorge on a college girl's budget!

Good luck, and happy shopping!

XOX,

Elise

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