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Cheaper by the Dozen: Beauty Tips to Save you Money Right Now

This blog is all about spending less and looking great, right?  Well I have 12 of the best beauty tips to save you $$$ right now and they are all totally tried and tested by me.  I haven't scammed them from Pinterest and no bunnies have been harmed in the writing of this post.  Ready? Lets go!

1. Dry frizzy hair equals super expensive conditioner, right? Well, yes and no.  I use my expensive hair masques just on the last few inches of my hair then stick a cheap one on the rest.  The results are the same and it makes my treatment last way longer.

2. Got a drawer full of sample sachets of facial moisturiser from magazines? Me too. At least I did but then came up with the genius idea of decanting them all into an empty moisturiser pot and voila, another month's worth of face cream.  I'm pretty sure that mixing them all together must be cresting some kind of super cream, yes?

3. Stop pumping that mascara brush! It dries out your mascara really quickly.  If its too late, then stick it in a mug of really hot water for ten minutes to free the gunk and give you an extra couple of weeks use.

4. If you do your make-up and you're really pleased with the result, take a quick selfie and a pic of the products you used.  It'll make it so much easier to recreate and you won't waste time and products trying to remember what you did last time that made you look so awesome!

5. Reactivate your curls in the morning with a water spray rather than adding more product.  It doesn't matter if you'd used mousse, cream or spray the day before, a quick spritz and scrunch will give you an extra day from your curls.

6. Trim your own fringe. If you've got long hair, like me, you might go a few months with a cut but need your bangs done every couple of weeks.  Most good hairdressers do free fringe trims, but that's no good at 7am in the morning when your hair is poking in your eyes.

This video shows just the easiest way to trim your fringe - you'll be amazed!

7.  Tint your own eyebrows and lashes.  This is such a simple way to make you look more groomed even with no make-up on.  I use dark brown on my eyebrows and blue-black on my lashes.  

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Pro tip: use an old mascara wand to apply to lashes and brows. I usually do two applications as my eyebrows are stupidly fair.  Also, don't forget to remove the eyebrow dye before going to the park with friends, as you may get some strange looks.....true story.

8. Olive oil makes a surprisingly good eye make up remover in a pinch.  Just make sure to emulsify it after with a face wash or toner.  

9.  Invest in a nail buffer for a cheap way to keep nails looking shiny and groomed.  I bought one from Kmart recently for $5 and it leaves my nails shining like glass.  Much nicer than chipped polish.

10.  It really is too easy to make your own body scrub.  A handful of rocksalt is all it takes to leave your skin silky smooth.

11. Did you get every drop of product out of that squeezy bottle?  Cut it in half, then cut a small band from the bottom half so the top half will fit over it as a lid.  You'll be amazed how much is left in there.

12.  Finally, I've written a post about how to look after your fragrances but the one I'll reiterate here is to keep it in its box! Perfume goes off so quickly in the sun so it'd really worth keeping it under wraps to make it last so much longer.

I'd love to hear your money saving beauty tips!

If you like this, check out my post on how to make your summer wardrobe last all winter long.


  1. Great tips. I try and keep my mascara in the fridge. I really need to do something about my eyebrows. Not sure I'm game to dye my own but I also think I need professional help to get them sorted. I'm suffering from overplucking in the 80s syndrome.

  2. Luckily my son's school is near my hairdresser, so I have been known to pop in for a free fringe trim after the school run! Love the idea of taking selfies with products used.

  3. I cut my tubes open as well to get the remaining product out of it. Just make sure you cut it close enough to where the product sits because that plastic can be sharp! I've cut myself reaching into it.

    I love coconut oil. I purchase the organic virgin coconut oil and use it for so many things. All over body moisturizer, defining my curly hair, a little pat of it to tame fly aways on top of the scalp when I have it blow dried straight, when solid mixed with sugar for a scrub, etc. That is my go-to product. It's so good for my skin as well since I have been using it as my body lotion.


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