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Smart Spending: Mini Beauty Splurges We Love

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Welcome to April, ladies - anyone fall victim to an April Fool Prank yesterday? It's no joke that Spring is here, and we feel like busting out with new looks, shedding wooly mittens, and perhaps changing up a hairstyle or trying a new lip color.

New wardrobe additions, new beauty buys, even new items for your kitchen can all add up to some foolish spending. But we moms deserve a little indulgence every once and a while. Making those purchases count, knowing how to splurge wisely, and treating yourself at home in Family Piggy Bank-approved ways is what April and May are all about. Sounds fun, right?  

First up, smart spending when you are getting ready for your close-up...or just Easter Sunday brunch or a trip to the playground. There are so many choices when it comes to beauty products and services -- how do you know what the better deal is? Is that budget-friendly mascara from the drugstore better than its pricier cousin from the department store beauty counter? What is a better use of your bucks: the 180-minute massage from the spa or two facials and a 30-minute massage? And can you do stuff that gives you the same results for free at home (gasp!)?

I've scooped up the scoop on some smart spending hints -- when it is a smart idea to spend a few extra dollars on your beauty buys.

Foundation -- Here's one that many of the pros agree on. Some of those at the lower-cost end of the spectrum tend to look a tad mask-like. Spending more bucks on better foundation buys you better ingredients, better color choices, and overall, a better product. This isn't always the case with make-up...tune in tomorrow for what has almost the same ingredients no matter the cost.

Tweezers -- Seriously, the unibrow only looks good on Bert from Sesame Street. But not all tweezers are made equal. The Tweezerman Slant Tweezers are a tad pricier, but they are the BEST at pulling out the craziest little eyebrow buggers. No pulling your skin by accident, no grabbing too many hairs at once, and, get this, if they ever get dull, the company will sharpen them for free...forever.

Brushes -- Lower-cost blush and drugstore eye shadow looks like the high-end kind if you apply it properly...and that means you need something other than the little brush in that plastic case. Invest in a few basic make-up brushes. Now, you don't need a $60 powder brush. Grab one from Sephora or the pros have rated Target's Sonia Kashuk brush collection at the top year-after-year.

More massages for less time -- Say you do have a certain amount of money in your budget to go to the spa. Studies have shown that you get more of an internal high from a mini massages every other week, than one long super massage. The psychological effect makes total sense, but we don't always remember this in the moment. Split splurges into smaller bits, and you will have more "happy" and probably more dollars in your wallet. Another good idea is to do some of these spa splurges at home (we tell you how on Wednesday).

What beauty products do you pay a little more for? Do you go to the spa? 

Š adisa 

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Does organic, chemical free hair spray count as a beauty splurge?  It's definately not cheap.  I don't wear makeup or paint my nails, so there really aren't any "beauty" products in my home.

I get a spa treatment once or twice a year.  Not as often as I'd like, but better than none at all!

by on Apr. 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM
I dont really buy any and dont go to the spa.
by Nikki on Apr. 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Nail polish!

by on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I don't buy beauty products because I don't wear make-up and I don't go to the spa either.  I very rarely do anything for myself.

by Carissa on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM
Never go to the spa but would like to some day. I spend a little more on a good foundation and lip stick.
by on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

This is my only area of really splurging on myself. My makeup drawer is overflowing, I get mani/pedis often, massages, and occasional facials.

by Member on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I'm willing to pay more for Bare Minerals makeup. It looks so great on my face and my breakouts are gone!

by on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I don't spend more than $8 for anything LOL

by Member on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I also like getting highlights and lowlights

by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

I've never been to a spa, but I plan to within the next month as soon as I have time.

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