Creating a collection of any sort is hard work on your bank balance. Getting enough stuff together to be worthy of the title alone can be eye-watering when looking at your financial accounts, but none more so than when women invest in makeup. It’s like the holy grail that just keeps on giving. There is always something new on the market, a magical new product that will help you on your way to looking divine and heavenly and everything you have ever dreamed of. However, there are certain things that you can do to keep both your arrangement of makeup and your bank balance levels up…
Look for Freebies
There are always samples available for many beauty products that are for sale currently or are just being tested out – just like these Covergirl Samples from samplestuff.com. Most of the time you don’t have to do much in return for them apart from giving your honest feedback on the products, so it’s a win-win situation – you get to add a little to your makeup collection and the company benefits from your feedback and (hopefully) your custom.
Products that have been discontinued or don’t sell well are usually sold off at a much cheaper price. If you look online on sites such as eBay, there are quite often an array of items available which are at a very reasonable price. You may be able to find them in a bargain bucket at your local drugstore if you’re not keen on getting them online; the problem with purchasing any beauty products off of the net is that you can never accurately colour match them with your skin tone. However, if you are already familiar with the brand and make of the product, then this should be a relatively simple and effective process for you.
There are so many makeup communities online nowadays that do swaps of products. If you have two of a product or have barely used something such as an eyeshadow palette, there will always be someone out there willing to take it off your hands and give you something else in return. What is your trash is another person’s treasure, and it’s very much vice versa in this situation! There will also be people offering out their unused makeup for free or possibly for a donation to a charity of their choice, but this can be rare – hop on it while the going is good and keep an eye out for chances like this.
Make Do and Mend
If you have products which are nearing their end, have a look around to see what can be made into something else. It sounds strange, but certain eyeshadow combinations can be put together to make a great highlighter, and some makeups have multiple uses (e.g. both a cheek and lip tint). Making the most of what you’ve got and transforming it into something else is the way forward in making it seem like you’ve got an extensive collection but sticking to what you know, love and can afford.