In college, I lived in a house with a "curious" girl, a gay guy, a basketball player from the Ivory Coast (who claimed that he is a diplomat's son, but we all knew he isn't), and an average white dude.
By the way, I was not on The Real World.
The gay guy and I got along the best.
We both love fashion, skin care, and cute boys. He is also equally as vain as I am. So you can imagine the pain he felt when I messed up his haircut.
Luckily, Ricki* is smart, and suggested going to beauty school for a cheap fix. The students re-cut his hair, and did a wonderful job.
As Ricki enjoyed looking handsome again, I learned a bargain beauty trick -- beauty schools offer great cuts at a fraction of the price. In fact, many beauty schools offer discount services by students seeking real-life training.
Over the next 15 years, I learned other bargain beauty tricks. Read on to find out what they are.
How to Save Money on Beauty?
1. Tools Over Products
My Clarisonic brush is a treasure. Although it cost $200, it lasts a long time, and I haven't purchased expensive face wash yet.
Both expensive and drugstore face wash contain similar ingredients. It's your technique and tools that really cleans.
2. Buy Like a Traveler
Not sure about a product? See if you can get a sample or travel-size version. Before making big purchases, test them in small doses.
3. Groupon - It Works
So glad I finally got on the Groupon train. Some places offer half price services.
4. Bartering Like the Olden Days
Trade your skill for service. It doesn't hurt to ask.
This is especially true for beauty and fashion bloggers. Why don't you propose trading a free review for service at a local salon?
I have just been invited to review a local aesthetician. Can't wait.
5. Better Care = Less Spending
Honestly, if you take care of your skin everyday, you don't need facials all the time.
Thanks for reading!
* Name was changed to protect person's privacy.