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    Saving Money On Cosmetics

    By Allison Saunders

    A cosmetic case that won't zip closed, that basketful of make-up on your bathroom counter, the vanity drawer crammed with products and colors you're saving just in case.

    We all have a stockpile of make-up that is either impractical, a little too glitzy or just plain old. You don't need to stockpile your cosmetics.

    In fact, you really shouldn't for a few very good reasons.

    WHY?

    Your beauty supplies may not be marked with a specified shelf life, but they have one. Write purchase or throw away date on bottom new products with a permanent marker. Old products are not safe, do not wear correctly and subtle changes in color may occur.

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    * Cleansers/Moisturizers - good for six months.

    * Foundation - six month shelf life if applied with fingertips, one year if applied with a sponge.

    * Lipstick - one year.

    * Eye and Lip Pencils - one year.

    * Powders and stick concealers - one year.

    * Eye shadow and blush - two years.

    * Mascara - good for three months

    WHEN?

    Shop when seasons change - new season, new colors - when products have gotten old, and when things are on sale. Keep an eye on those pharmacy and department store circulars. You can find great deals if you're a smart shopper.

    WHERE?

    Local pharmacy/health and beauty chains are convenient and inexpensive. Shop sales, sometimes you can even buy two items for the price of one. Department stores with high end products and trained cosmetologists often have giveaways.

    Look for in-store banners. Some product lines will even mail you invitations/reminders for sales. A purchase as small as lipstick may get you a goodie bag full of trial and even full size products. If you shop during bonus events, you'll get your money's worth.

    Independent Beauty Consultants are in everywhere. There are good products available, but be prepared. These sales people are often friends and it's hard to say no when a friend must meet a sales quota.

    If you can stick to buying only what you need, this is a great way to get individualized service in the comfort of your own home.

    On-line beauty catalogs may save you a lot of money. But you need to do your research first. Only purchase make-up that you have used in the past. Orange pancake foundation is still orange and thick, even if it was on sale.

    HOW?

    Carefully and with an honest friend at your side. Take someone with you who has your best interests at heart. Trust your friend's opinions, and don't get upset if she tells you not to buy that gold shimmer lip gloss.

    There are many, many ways to look great and not spend too much... develop your own unique personal style.

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    Allison Saunders is a MAC qualified Make-up Artist and the author of an amazing new course, "<A HREF="http://www.hollywoodmakeupsecrets.com/dt/s.php?id=9">Hollywood Makeup Secrets</A>" a step-by-step simple video system for maximizing your inner and outer beauty potential.

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    Re: Saving Money On Cosmetics

    Thanks for the article. I'm very picky about keeping makeup...buy something new, throw out the old. If you arent picky about brands, Rite Aid usually has great makeup sales...combined with coupons you get great deals. My CVS also usually has tons of makeup on clearance...again with coupons I have gotten many items for pennies.

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      #3
      So, as I am your typical impoverished student, cosmetics can't be my priority with my money.

      But I'm not exactly going to go out wearing no makeup, I like to look nice

      So what are some GOOD cheap brands, or style tips to look good wearing less makeup?

      By the way, I'm one of those very pale people

      And I have to wear foundation, too, else I look red and blotchy, and no-one likes that.

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        #4
        I am into cosmetics, and I am happy that you shared this post.

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          #5
          Originally posted by jack11 View Post


          So what are some GOOD cheap brands, or style tips to look good wearing less makeup?

          By the way, I'm one of those very pale people

          And I have to wear foundation, too, else I look red and blotchy, and no-one likes that.
          I am very pale, too, like Clinique doesn't even have a pale enough foundation. If I get a Sephora gift card, I really like Bare Minerals, they now have it in compacts which made applying it in the parking lot at work a lot easier, lol. But expensive.

          I make out well at CVS, combine a store coupon, sale, manufacturer's coupon and if you have extra bucks, you can get stuff free often. For pale foundations, L'Oreal has good selections. But I've tried others, Physicians' Formula, Revlon, Neutrogena, they were all good. Do not care for Covergirl or Maybelline foundations or powders but they are good for free lipstick or mascara.

          to get started, try a site like this: http://www.iheartcvs.com and check the ton of drug store make up review sites for advice, as well

          it's easy once you understand how the programs work. Rite Aid and Walgreen's have their own thing, I just find CVS to be the easiest. And you can return make up you didn't like, no problem

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