Beauty Products: When to Spend or Save?


Being a self proclaimed beauty addict can be expensive… very, very expensive! Over the last year or two I have started to be more conscious of what I am spending on beauty products and services. When I can, I try to use cheaper alternatives, like an at home or DIY version to save some cash.

Manicure: SAVE –  With drugstore brands coming out with so many gel polishes that don’t require a UV light to cure the polish I have become obsessed with at home manicures. With an at home gel manicure I can get close to seven days out of an at home manicure, which is pretty good in my books. My favourite at home gel polish is from Revlon. Another tip I heard from a friend if you want to save when getting a manicure at the salon is to ask for just the polish. This will save you some money because it cuts out the whole massage and prep part of the manicure. If I am being totally honest, I don’t even enjoy the massage part of a manicure.

Skincare: SPEND –  Your skin is the largest organ on your body and you don’t get any second chances. With that being said, I am 100% hands down willing to invest in products for my skin. One tip I do have, for when you are paying a higher price tag for skincare products, is to be sure to look into the return policies. I know Shoppers Drug Mart, in particular, is willing to return a lot of higher priced skincare products even after they have been used. This is a great policy because you have a chance to try out the products and see if they work for you. If it isn’t the right match, you can bring it back.

Artificial Tan: SAVE – As a permanently pale skinned girl with no hope of ever getting that golden glow from the sun I am all for team self-tan. I have gone the professional spray tan route and the at home version and my verdict is to save and self-tan at home. There are so many good options for tanning at home that provide the same results as the salon. Plus, one bottle of self-tan to apply at home, which can be used for numerous applications, can run close to the cost of one application from a professional. My favourite at home tanning products come from St. Tropez Tan, which can be purchased at your local Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart.

Hair Colour: SPEND – Hair colour is one thing I haven’t ever tried to save on and don’t think I ever will. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly outcomes from boxed dyes working in a beauty retail outlet. That experience in itself has been enough to turn me off of trying to save a few dollars. I’m leaving my hair colouring needs up to the experts. If you are looking to save on the cost of hair colour from a professional check out Groupon. I have heard of a lot of people who have been able to purchase Groupons, which has helped them save when getting a cut or colour from the salon.

Hair Care Products: SAVE – I am a huge fan of saving when it comes to hair care products. I can often find really good products at the drugstore, or can find great discounts on salon branded products at discount retailers like Winners. Since discovering a number of great higher end products at Winners, I can no longer justify paying full price for salon products. The amount of money you can save this way is amazing!

What do you like to spend or save on? Let me know in a comment below!

Kaitlyn xo



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