For most of us, university is a time for budgeting and trying to save as much money as possible. This doesn’t mean you have to stop your makeup obsession! As a lover of beauty and fashion, I have found some good ways to not break the bank (all the time…)
- Shop cheaper. If you only buy high-end, I would highly recommend checking out the cheaper options out there! The highstreet, or ‘drugstore’ is constantly upping its game, and there are tonnes of dupes out there. As a starting point I would highly recommend Seventeen and Makeup Revolution.
- Do your research – this applies to both high end and cheaper products! Read reviews, watch reviews and swatches on YouTube, make sure you know what you’re buying! I don’t have money to waste, so I try and make sure that a product I want has lots of positive feedback before I take the plunge.
- Use your friends! If you have a friend who’s skin always looks great, ask what he/she uses and if you can borrow a small amount of it as a tester, before going and buying the full sized product yourself.
- Similarly, if you’re ordering online, see if anyone wants to buy some stuff too to save on shipping! This also works for online food shops too…
- Save up. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, as long as it really is once in a while! Its better to buy one product you love that’s a bit more expensive than a bunch of rubbish cheaper ones.
- Use your Birthday and Christmas. I ask for products that I would consider essential, like skincare, but which cost a bit more than I personally would be willing to spend, and then get them as presents. It’s not as exciting as a surprise, but it does mean you don’t have to spend the money yourself!
- Use all of your product. I used to chuck out stuff when the pump stopped working or I couldn’t squeeze any more out. Don’t do this! You can cut open most product and see that there is a tonne of product left over. Grab some cheap holiday bottles to dispense the rest in and voilà – several more uses!
Hope these have inspired some of you, I’ve used them at uni but they’re pretty applicable for life in general really!