With so many new beauty products coming out every week, it’s hard to keep up, and we can tend to keep buying the latest thing rather than using up what we already have. I’m guilty of this, especially after seeing pretty pictures in magazines, tv adverts and great blogger reviews popping up on my news feed everyday!
I’ve come up with a few tips to help you save your pennies, use up what you have, and find new ways to repurpose things you don’t love anymore. This post is more for myself, as sometimes, I really need to take my own advice and practise what I preach!
The first thing to do is have a make-up drawer spring clean. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find a few products that are past their prime, such as mascara (these need to be replaced every couple of months) and some lipsticks from years back that used to be favourites. ..Why I ever thought I looked good in that horrible MAC Saint Germain lipstick is completely beyond me! You need to be ruthless and bin these products!
Ahh! Those dreaded drugstore 3 for 2’s or 20% off all beauty counters in department stores! ..Don’t fall for it! It’s so easy to bulk buy our favourite items when they’re on sale, however, by the time you’ve hit pan on your everyday eyeshadow, you’re likely to have found something new and far more exciting! Not only that, by the time you do get round to using it, it may have gone off, or no longer suit you.
Sales are a good way to try out new products, but let’s not get carried away with shopping now..let’s focus!
Try and find another use for products that no longer work for you. Foundation that’s too dark for your skin can be used for contouring, and likewise, a lighter foundation can be used to highlight. This also works well with concealers. Face wipes can be used as wet wipes for your hands when out and about, just throw them in your handbag, and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of uses for them!
Pink and coral lipsticks can be used as cream blush, broken eyeshadows can be smashed up further and mixed with clear lip gloss to create a new lipgloss, or with top coat to create a new nail polish. You can even try mixing a few different broken eyeshadows or pigment together to create a unique colour. Face and body moisturiser can be used as a foot cream, hand scrub as body scrub, and conditioner works really well as shaving cream for your legs! Conditioner has hydrating properties will soften your hair before shaving, although it won’t lather up like shaving cream, it’ll leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and silky afterwards.
You may be a make-up junkie, like myself and have lots of make-up in similar shades, however, you end up wearing the same things on a daily basis.
Start a rotation system every week, so that you use your other products more often. You may even find new make-up looks that you want to try that you can use these ‘new’ products for. This way, you can get more creative with make-up, try out new looks, and of course use up some of your other make-up items that you have.
If you have any products that no longer work for you or that you simply have no use for, donate them to a friend or to charity. Give and Make-up is an amazing charity, founded by Caroline Hirons, to provide women with everyday essentials, namely make-up.
Use up your samples and hotel toiletries when you travel, so it will save you decanting your products into tiny bottles.
Finally, don’t hang on to certain products because they’re expensive, and you think you’ll only crack them out for special occasions! You’ll end up keeping them for so long, that they may go off, and then it’ll be a complete waste. Instead, allow yourself to use them! Mix and match them with some lower end or drugstore make-up if it makes you feel better.. just don’t let them sit in their box looking pretty on your dressing table!
Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this?