Slash Your Beauty Budget: 14 Product Swaps That Will Save You Money


Want to look your best, but find that beauty products are too expensive? Think again! With these 14 tips, you can look and feel like your most glamorous self all on a budget. Check out the list below for the best hair and beauty swaps you can make that’ll save you cash down the road — and keep you looking and feelng better than ever.

1. Swap hydrating facial mist for upping your water intake and save $14.

Most of us don’t drink enough water, but getting your eight glasses a day could improve your skin. Make an effort to have a full glass before bed, as going for a long period without water can leave you with lackluster skin.

2. Swap eye cream for chilled green tea bags and save $17.

Eyes aren’t looking their best but you don’t want to splash out on eye cream? Grab some green tea bags from the cupboard, soak them and then chill for the perfect budget eye mask.

3. Swap quick-dry nail spray for cooking oil and save $5.

If you’re fed up with your nails taking too long to dry, there’s no need to splash out on drying sprays. Instead, spritz a bit of spray cooking oil over your nails. This helps to hydrate hands, too.

4. Swap replacement lipstick for longer lipstick life and save $18.

Keeping beauty products such as eyeliner, nail varnish, and lipstick in the fridge extends their shelf life and ensures that you don’t waste money buying a new lipstick after your last one melted or snapped. This free trick will help keep your favorite products at their best.

5. Swap tinted moisturizer for serum and save $17.

If you don’t want to spend extra on a tinted moisturizer or highlighting base, mix a little serum into your foundation to add extra glow. If you don’t use serum, a simple moisturizer will also do the trick.

6. Swap a hair mask for olive oil and save $16.

For those with dry hair, masks are a must. Instead of splashing out on salon-priced products, leave olive oil in the ends of your hair overnight to rehydrate. After your morning shower, you’ll have soft, luscious locks.

7. Swap new mascara for an existing one and save $10. 

Make the most of your mascara by popping the closed container in a bowl of hot water and leaving for a few minutes. After this quick fix, you should get more uses out of it — and save a little cash in the process.

8. Swap face scrub for kitchen essentials and save $8.

Avoid splashing out on a facial scrub by making your own completely natural alternative using your kitchen cupboard essentials: For instance, add a small amount of ground almonds to coconut oil and gently rub off dry skin. In the mood to celebrate fall? You can also make your own pumpin facial to keep your skin soft and nourished this season.

9. Swap body moisturizer for yogurt and save $15.

Whether it’s on the face or body, natural yogurt is a fantastic calming moisturizer, working equally well on sunburned skin and winter dry patches. Reach for this fridge favorite before you shell out for an expensive rich moisturizer.

10. Swap bleaching shampoo for lemon and save $8.

Spritzing hair with lemon juice helps to naturally lighten it, saving lots of cash compared to the high price highlights. This fruit-bowl favorite can also lend a helping hand if you’re unhappy with your current shade of blonde, gently correcting brassy tones without the price tag of purple shampoo.

11. Swap nail strengthener for lemon juice and save $13.

Versatile lemons strike again! This wonder product makes a great nail strengthener as well: Rest hands in a bowl containing lemon juice and warm water to strengthen nails and remove any leftover color.

12. Swap body scrub for coffee grinds and save $17.

Yes, your favorite hot drink offers plenty of beauty benefits. To create a free body scrub, mix in leftover coffee grinds with your usual shower gel and use in the shower for a free pamper session.

13. Swap hydrating face masks for honey and save $22.

If you have raw honey in your cupboard, don’t just use it in oatmeal or tea. Apply this natural treat as a face mask to get plump, hydrated skin.

14. Swap concealer to cover dark circles for more sleep and save $12.

Lack of sleep leaves skin looking dull, so save on serums by ensuring you have a good night’s rest. Adding this to your beauty regime helps to cut back on skincare steps and the extra makeup needed to cover dark circles.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.

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