Smart Spending: Budget Beauty Indulgences
I hate shopping for beauty products. I never know what the lipstick color will look like on me and you can't really "try it on." There is nothing worse than buying a face powder only to have it not work with your skin tone... or trying some anti-aging cream, just to have it sit there, used only once, taking up valuable shelf space in that medicine cabinet (this happened to me recently, as I am turning the big 4-0 at the end of this month).
Add to this adding up all of the wasted moolah, and it makes a gal just want to wear a paper bag on her face. But, that just attracts stares and odd looks. I still want to indulge, but I want to know what products I can buy at the budget price point, so my Family Piggy Bank is happy, and Mama feels a little special.
Finding those splurges to pump up my look without really splurging is the task at hand. Though these tips won't solve the "will the color look jazzy on me" dilemma, I know I'm getting the best bang for my buck. Here's the list of beauty products you can feel good about paying less for:
-- Mascara. Hands-down the best beauty product you can buy for less. Mascaras from regular brands like Mabeline repeatedly beat out designer name mascaras as the best on the market. Make-up artists swear that it is how you use the wand, not which wand you use.
-- Eye shadows and liners. Again, go down the drugstore aisle and see which ones works for you, then use the good brushes you bought to apply them or smudge them (remember yesterday's advice?) and -- poof - you look like you had a professional do your make-up.
-- Body Lotion. No need to spend extra bucks for lotion. Your basic lotion has the same ingredients as the big designer brand name ones.
-- Face cleansers. Brands like CeraVe and Cetaphil are touted by dermatologists again and again as the best way to remove dirt and make-up. No need to head to the mall: just buy them when you are buying trash bags and bananas at the supermarket or drugstore.
Share your beauty secrets -- what's your favorite low-cost beauty indulgence?