beauty • travel • lifestyle

February 17, 2015


There are times when a splurge can certainly be in order when it comes to beauty products - like that Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette - swoon. But that doesn't mean there aren't places that you should skimp on cash where your routine is concerned. With so many multi-tasking products out there all it takes is a bit of savvy shopping to save yourself both time and money. Here are areas where I often like to cut beauty corners, leaving more pennies for, say, that new bag you've been lusting after. 
  • Your foundation can also be your tinted moisturizer // This may sound a bit hypocritical coming from someone who owns so many bases, but really, you can just mix your foundation with a bit of moisturizer for a more customized product. I've tried this method many times and liked the outcome better than some tinted moisturizers that I already own. I think it works so well because you can tailor your coverage to moisture ratio, making it perfect for both your skin type and desired finish. 
  • Use empty candle jars for storage // This again. I know it's probably a bit redundant, but it's just hard to stop mentioning something that works this well. I love the way these cute little jars contain random bits and bobs, especially my makeup brushes and product samples. They certainly don't need to be Diptyque to work, but if you happen to have burned through one, you'll feel less guilty if you repurpose the jar after. Clutter be gone! 
  • Use a moisturizer that doubles as a primer // Some moisturizers work so well at evening out redness and at helping makeup adhere to the skin, that there is really no need for a separate primer. Get rid of the unnecessary extra step, and layer of product, and try a multi-tasking moisturizer instead. My favorites for layering under makeup are the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré and the Glossier Priming Moisturizer
  • Hoard perfume samples // No need to buy those often expensive travel sized bottles of perfume for the few weeks you're on vacation out of the year. If you shop at any department store or Sephora, they almost always toss in a few fragrance samples for good measure. I used to have a habit of tossing them out, but now I save them up and bring a few with me each time I go away - and I have to say I don't mind having my options.  
  • Groom your own eyebrows // This may seem a tad obvious, but with a little bit of patience you'll be saving yourself a lot more money than you might think. Did you know waxing or threading costs between $20 and $50 per appointment? The average woman gets hers done about 15 times per year - that's anywhere from $300 to $750 a year. Learn the brow shape that best suits you, never overdo it, and get plucking! 
  • Your favorite berry lipstick also doubles as a great lip stain // Lip stains are making yet another comeback, in case you haven't noticed. They seem to be a runway mainstay year after year when the weather gets warmer, similar to the whole "florals for spring?" concept from the Devil Wears Prada. Groundbreaking. It's an easy trend to get behind, though, and I especially like the stain concentrated on the inside center of the lips for a low maintenance and whimsical effect. But, before you run out and spend more money on another lip product, dab on a berry lipstick that you already have, like the MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel, and dust overtop with a setting powder.


  1. Great tips! Totally agree about perfume samples for travelling (or chucked into the handbag)! Goes for all samples really :)

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. Thank you! And yes of course - samples are quite the little lifesavers :)

  2. I love all of these tips! Rebel is a beautiful stain, and I have recycled candle jars EVERYWHERE. I can never groom my brows as well as the salon, but the place I go only charges $7 bucks for threading, and I only need to go every 6-8 weeks. You're making me want to mix up my own tinted moisturizer!

    1. I love Rebel :) That's a great price for brows and you're lucky yours only need to be done that often - jealous! Yes, I really found that it works well to mix up foundation and moisturizer



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