In an era where the cost of living continues to rise, maintaining a beauty routine can feel like a luxury. However, with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can still indulge in self-care without burning a hole in your pocket. From subscription programs to budget-friendly makeup brands and DIY treatments, here are five savvy beauty hacks to help you save money while looking and feeling your best.

Subscribe and Save with Adore Beauty
Adore Beauty’s Subscribe and Save program offers a convenient way to save money on your favorite beauty products without having to compromise. By subscribing to your essential skincare, haircare, and makeup items, you can enjoy 10% off subscription orders and 15% off the fifth order. It not only helps you save money but also helps you avoid the hassle of constantly restocking.

This means you can have your favourites like Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair (one of my faves!) always available. With brands like Estée Lauder, OPI, Wella, Make Up Forever, asap and Bondi Boost, Adore Beauty’s subscription service ensures you always have your beauty essentials on hand with the bonus of a discount!

Discover Dupes of Expensive Brand Skincare and Perfumes
While high-end skincare and perfumes may boast sophisticated packaging and luxurious marketing campaigns, there are often more affordable alternatives that deliver comparable results. Thanks to the beauty community’s dedication to finding dupes, you can discover budget-friendly alternatives to your favourite pricey products. Websites, forums, and social media platforms are filled with recommendations for dupes that mimic the effects of expensive serums, creams, and fragrances. By exploring these alternatives, you can achieve the same radiant complexion or signature scent without overspending.

Embrace Great Beauty Brands that don’t cost a bomb
Who says you need to splurge on makeup to achieve a flawless look? Budget-friendly brands like MCo Beauty, Maybelline, L’Oreal and CeraVe offer a wide range of high-quality cosmetics at affordable prices. From foundation and lipsticks to eyeshadow and mascara to cleansers and moisturisers, you can find these at Chemist Warehouse, Priceline and leading Supermarkets.

Whether you’re a makeup novice or a beauty enthusiast on a budget, these wallet-friendly options allow you to experiment with different shades and formulas without the guilt of overspending. Plus, with regular promotions and discounts, you can stock up on your favourite products without sacrificing quality. Some of my favourites include Maybelline’s Master Liner eyeliner, MCo Beauty’s Xtend Lash, L’Oreal Paris’ Filler 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser. You can get all of these without breaking the bank.


Indulge in At-Home Beauty Treatments
Why spend a fortune on salon treatments when you can pamper yourself at home for a fraction of the cost? DIY beauty treatments, such as facemasks and hair masks, are not only budget-friendly but also incredibly effective. Additionally, investing in affordable beauty tools like facial rollers and scalp massagers can elevate your at-home spa experience without breaking the bank. By incorporating these self-care rituals into your routine, you can achieve salon-worthy results from the comfort of your own home.


Embrace reusable and refillable products or products that are multifunctional
You can save costs with reusable and refillable products. The breadth of these products is ever growing, meaning you can not only help your hip pocket but also more eco-friendly. Explore reusable makeup removal pads like Garnier’s Micellar Reusable Eco Pads and Face Halo reusable makeup remover so you can reduce the need for buying cotton pads and lessen the use products for makeup removal like disposable wipes.


Refillable products are becoming more prevalent – from skincare to makeup, there are products that offer sustainable refill options, allowing you to reduce waste and save money by purchasing refill cartridges instead of entirely new products. I love the Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick which comes in a variety of colours from MECCA.


Additionally, consider multitasking products that serve multiple purposes, such as tinted moisturizers with SPF or versatile makeup products that you can use on different parts of your face. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip & Cheek Glow which is not only multifunctional but also super convenient for my handbag. Using highlighter as eye shadow is also another way to help maximise the use of your products.


Savviness is easy
Maintaining a beauty routine doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor. By leveraging subscription programs, discovering dupes, embracing budget-friendly brands, indulging in at-home treatments, and shopping smart, you can achieve your desired look without breaking the bank. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can enjoy the benefits of self-care while keeping your budget in check. So go ahead, pamper yourself and unleash your inner beauty without the financial stress!


Images provided by Adore Beauty and L’Oreal Paris

About The Author

Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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