Money Saving Hacks – Make Up

Hello ladies and gentlemen,

As you guys know, I have a deep love for make up as both a way to cover up blemishes but also as an extension of personality. I really believe make up, like clothing, can help bring the way we feel to the surface. So in this post I am going to talk about ways I’ve seen my money disappear and ways I’ve saved money over the years with my make up.

Brush Cleaners

I’ve been seeing theses products becoming more popular over the years and I’ve never bought one. I have ten year old brushes that are just as nice as they day I got them after a decade of washing them with dish soap and conditioning them with a small amount of my hair conditioner. I’ve never had an issue with hairs falling out of brushes or them becoming damaged due to washing. I let them air dry upside down and wash them at least once a week.


Expensive Bright Palettes

While I think there is merit in purchasing a large neutral palette that you can get a lot of use out of, buying 14 shade+ palettes of neons or varied shades can be a money drain. If you use your colours according to your skin tone, you will have a hard time using most of the palette. If you want to experiment with trendy colours on a budget, consider a 9 shade palette with a theme.

Buying All High End Products

Eva Blakeman – Marcelle’s Face Powder

There are products that are undoubtably better in the higher price range. Foundation, mascara and brushes are all products that are generally better above the drug store quality. Eye shadow, liners, lash curlers, high lighters and bronzers have great quality at the drug store. Brands like Physicians Formula and Marcelles offer great products at reasonable prices. Buying Sephora brand foundation is also a great way to keep a daily use product in a lower price range. A bottle of their foundation is $25.00, which is a few dollars more than drug store, but certainly easier on the wallet than Estee Lauder and other comparable brands.

Clean Your Make Up

I can’t tell you how many people I know who don’t clean their make up or disinfect it. This massively shortens the life span of a product. (Also, always use clean brushes). Ensuring your make up and tools are clean will also help reduce acne so there’s a bonus. I use isopropyl alcohol to sterilize but I’m sure there are alternatives. On that note, use a tool to remove product from pots instead of your fingers to reduce bacteria in the pot.

Take Advantage of Sales

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Whether you shop at Sephora or Shoppers, there are sales and there are points. Sephora admittedly isn’t as easy to build up and use points as Shoppers, but staying loyal to one or two stores can help you build up points and take advantage of sales. The key to saving money with sale prices is not to over buy during sales. Only get what you need and you will actually save money. Then at the end of the year, use your accumulated points.


Online Shop

Eva Blakeman – Gold Colourpop Palette

When it comes to affordable make up, Colourpop is the best. Shipping is low, individual prices can be as low as $4.00 a shadow and their 12 colour palettes can be as low as $12.00. Their liquid lipstick doesn’t have the longest wear time, but you can’t beat its price. While their lipstick requires regular touch ups, their powder formulas have excellent quality.

Duplicate Products

Every year there are new palettes, new products and new trends for us to pour money into. Looking at it reasonably, do we need a gel liner, a stamp liner, a liquid liner and a stick liner? Probably not. Same way we don’t really need three nude palettes, 30 lipsticks and endless highlighters. While it can be fun to try out new products, wait until your current product has become empty or has reached its lifespan before buying a new product. Take the time to test products before purchasing to help reduce buying trendy products that might not suit you.

Own Good Brushes

There are two ways to buy tools. The first is to put very little money into them and need to replace them often, the second is to invest in good tools that will last. Some affordable good quality brushes that I’ve used are Sigma, Morphe and Sephora. It is also important to note that even the best brushes will break down if you don’t care for them. It is important to clean and condition your brushes and to store them where they won’t be crushed or constantly rub against each other. In the long run, buying a product once is much cheaper than having to repurchase many times.


Always Consider Your Skin Type / Tone

We return a little to trendy products here. Consider your skin type before purchasing any product that goes directly on the skin. If you have dry skin and you are buying matte products and heavy alcohol setting sprays, you will only aggravate your skin. If you have a very warm skin tone, always make sure you are buying something with undertones that suit you. While there are some colours that look lovely on everyone, it doesn’t mean the undertones will. Red lipstick is universally loved, but depending on your tone, you may want an orange undertone, a blue undertone or a true red. Ensuring you only purchase things that suit you means you will not only look better, but that you will get your moneys worth of the product.

As always, I really appreciate you coming here to be a part of the community. If you have any tips you want to share, please do so in the comments! I would love to hear what you have to say and learn from you.

Eva Blakeman – Money Saving Hacks

How To Budget

This is a topic we often talk about in passing, but we don’t actively teach. This leads to a lot of young people having issues saving money and keeping all their bills in check. There is a pretty basic way to budget, but it becomes much more efficient the better you track your own purchasing habits. Before we get to the budgeting, we should talk about debt.

Often young people have student debt and credit card debt. Most financial institutions have free access to financial advisors so it’s always worth talking to them about lowering your interest on your debt. In my case, we took a student loan and turned it into a line of credit with much lower interest, saving me a lot of money in the long run.

The best rule of thumb with a credit card is to avoid using it, and always pay it off completely every month. Unfortunately, life happens, and often the amount of debt is higher than the income needed to pay it back in a one month period. Banks are run by people, and they are willing to help you as long as you are actively trying to pay back your debt. You can often talk to them about your minimum payments and setting up payment plans.

Another thing to be aware of is that if you are a member of a credit union, your savings account can gain a small amount of interest for you without giving up access to your funds by investing.

Being able to budget well means you need to know what each month costs you. Keep an eye on how much fuel you pay for in a month, the cost of your groceries and other costs that vary but are seen on a monthly basis. The more you are aware of how much you spend, the easier it is to manage it.

You can always call your phone, internet companies and discuss cheaper plans. Your utilities providers are often willing to give you a new lower rate if you call them. Buying only what foods you know you will need for the week will reduce food waste and money dripping through your fingers. It takes self control not to grab a bag of chips or what ever your snack food is, but it is worth it to keep your budget down. Limiting your driving time or carpooling can really help your budget and being mindful of what you need versus what you want is always something to keep an eye on.

The basic set up of a budget sheet starts with your income after taxes (the amount that actually goes into your bank account). Then you remove every cost you have and determine how much you have left.

Example Of A Budget

Your computer almost certainly has a budgeting spreadsheet template if you want to keep track of your money manually. You can always write it out and there are apps that connect to your accounts and track your spending habits available as well.

Even if you have less than a couple hundred dollars left at the end of the month, do your best to put it into a savings account. Oil changes, flat tires, rent increases and life happens. You will thank yourself for putting away as much as you could.

That is how to budget. If you are young and struggling know that the people at your bank will go out of their way to help you if you ask. Students often get discounts of their insurance and in some cases their rent. Ask questions, ask for help and you will in a better spot.