Beauty on a Budget This Holiday Season

by R. Carnavale | November 1st, 2013 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion

makeupWith the holiday season just around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning to look your best at the many parties, dinners and events you’ll be attending. From your hair, makeup, nails, to your accessories, you’ll want to look beautiful. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to look sensational. You can be like Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, who shops the 60% off rack at her local retail shop or Lady Gaga who uses coupons and tries to bargain with the cashier when she shops. (She’s from New York, you know.) Take a look at the following shopping tips and you’ll save a boodle this holiday season:

  • Buy early — many retailers are already featuring great pre-holiday discounts. You can check your Sunday paper or the stores’ websites for coupons and sales.
  • Haggle — that’s right, pretend you’re in New York or the Middle East and try to bargain the prices down, down, down. After all, you’ve got nothing to lose and savings to gain.
  • Book early — the earlier you book your beauty appointments, the more likely you are to get the stylist of your choice at the price you can afford.
  • Purchase makeup and hair coloring products from a retailer that deeply discounts prices — for instance, Sally Beauty offers professional quality beauty supplies at very low prices both online and in-store. Here’s another secret: If you happen to live near Sally Beauty retail location, check out the discount racks near the cashier — makeup items like lipstick, lip gloss, and eye shadow often sell for less than $4.
  • Accessorize — buy a low-cost pin, purse or necklace with a holiday motif and wear it with your dress clothes. The accessory will add holiday style without hurting your bank account.
  • Resist temptation by avoiding the high-priced cosmetics departments at high-end department stores — yes, it’s a thrilling experience to try on the $860 Clive Christian No. 1 perfume spray and the $99.99 Lady Dior eye shadow, but your wallet says otherwise. Ditto for the luxury goods department.
  • Save on eye makeup and use eyeliner to score evening eyes in just one step.
  • Buy beauty products that multitask — buy a cheek stain that can also be used on your eyelids and lips, a lip gloss that doubles as a brow tamer and a cleanser that also exfoliates.
  • Avoid splurging on holiday-themed makeup items, such as odd colors of nail polish (like Christmas green), that you’ll only wear briefly during the holiday season.
  • Make your own beauty products — you can easily make your own body scrubs and facial masks by using recipes found online and in books and magazines.
  • Do special removal treatments for spider and varicose veins and brown spots NOW because it’ll take at least one to three months to remove them.
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