Saving Face: My Beauty Solutions To Help Save Your Spending!

It’s MONEY MONDAY again – so here we go, some Value themed topics for my Face Value Friends to start the week in a fine and frugal manner. LA LAA!

I’m cheating slightly, today’s blog is taken from something I wrote earlier in the year for Nikki at The Crafty Side of Sarcasm – an american blog about pretty much everything – please check it out, she’s lovely!

So here it is – a FaceValue special – money saving tips with a beauty focus. 
Let’s go.

Eyeliner emergencies.

If you’ve run out of eyeliner, or like me, dropped it on the floor and its rolled under the cupboard… NEVER FEAR! Just dampen an eyeliner brush (or any thin, flat brush) dip it in eyeshadow and line away! 

This also works for coloured eyeliner fans – no need to spend lots of money on that gorgeous turqouise eyeliner you’ll only use once. Just open that eyeshadow palette and finally start using those colours you never normally use!

Frizzy hair in need of a lion tamer

Have you ever noticed that your hair is best the day after washing? Freshly washed hair has that annoying fluffiness that you can’t quite get rid of unless you’ve got serum or finishing spray handy…

But if you’re short on pennies, there’s no need to splash out on serum moisturise your hands with your favourite smelling moisturising cream and then pull your hands through your hair. This helps smooth any just-washed frizz and calms down the fluffiness.

Check the cupboard

Olive Oil is an absolute god-send, the queen of multi-taskers. If I’ve run out of conditioner, lip balm, lip gloss, eye makeup remover or even body lotion- a dab of olive oil will do the trick! It’s a bit too heavy for my face as a general moisturiser but it’s perfect rubbed into dry elbows and knees! And all-natural with no naughty preservatives!

Want a natural exfoliator? Look no further than a handful of sugar! Preferably the brown stuff as it dissolves slower when wet. Try mixing it with a drop of olive oil and buff it into wet lips for a quick and easy lip scrub!

Cotton onto cheaper cotton

This is my favourite little Value tip. I don’t know about you but I go through at least FIVE pieces of cotton a day. How many do you use?

I don’t really differentiate much between double-faced, large or quilted cotton pads- but it seems that’s all that Boots have stocked in the cosmetics section. Then get out of the Cosmetics section! 

Head to the Baby section– they do cotton wool pads and balls like Cosmetics but cheaper!! A pack of cosmetic cotton pads is 1.89 but the Basics range in the Baby section is only 1.39!

More lippie for less!

Got lots of lippie but never the perfect shade?? Who says you can’t mix! I took a bright red shade and layered a dark plum colour over the top to get the coveted wine colour that everyone’s talking about…

Alternatively, layering a different coloured gloss will completely change the tone and also makes a matte lipstick shiny. Also dusting translucent powder on glossy, satin finish lipsticks will bring it down to matte! By jazzing up old favourites, the beauty of it is, you can stick to the textures you love and are used to!

We’ve all been there when you were just paid last week and you’re already running low! 

I hope these tips help you in times of beauty need when your budget won’t allow it…..

What beautiful money-saving tips do you have?


Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Tara Thiyagarajan
    February 11, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Great tips! Going to try the exfoliator one for just before valentines day!

  2. Michelle L.
    February 11, 2013 / 3:18 pm

    I've started mixing lipsticks to get the perfect shade, it's just a nuisance if I'm out and want to reapply.Great post! Michelle xThe Never-Ending Wardrobe

  3. Katie Clarke
    February 11, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    great post! 🙂 love the eyeliner tip! x

  4. Nfk Khan
    February 11, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    Useful. TipsLike the eyeliner tip coz its really new for me

  5. Selene Galindo
    February 12, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I especially like the one about the sugar scrub!!

  6. Grace
    April 11, 2013 / 9:52 am

    Love the tips like usual. What is the best Lipstick in your opinion that stays on the longest?

    • Zoe Dubs
      April 14, 2013 / 7:18 pm

      There are some great long lasting lipsticks by Maxfactor called Lipfinity but I don't like the commitment! They are a bit hard to remove!I normally layer up lip liner, followed by lipstick, blotted with powder, then another layer of lipstick for lips that last – but not overnight!! x

  7. Pete
    May 6, 2013 / 7:58 am

    Some great tips Zoe and it is nice to see people responding to questions. A nice change.

    • Zoe Dubs
      May 6, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      Taa Pete! I do try to be nice once in a while 🙂 x