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Thursday, October 10, 2013
RECENTLY, this column discussed how to get the most out of bath and beauty products to save our hard-earned money. Picking up from the same line of thought, here are more tips to save on beauty treatments and products.
Be on the lookout for sales at beauty counters or department stores, as many brands will discount products a few times a year for anywhere from 10 to 50 percent off. Online sellers also offer cheaper prices than retail.
When buying things like shampoo or lotion, get the biggest bottle. It will come out cheaper per mL, and is more environmentally friendly. It’s also a good idea to buy packs or sets. If buying a pack of three soaps, for example, it will likely be cheaper than buying them individually. With makeup sets, the products may come in slightly smaller sizes, mixed with some full-size ones. For example, a set of products may cost P3,000 if purchased individually, but if bought in a set, it could be priced at P2,000.
Also stay updated with reviews from friends, bloggers and fellow beauty enthusiasts for product dupes. Sometimes, a P300 lipstick can look exactly like one that costs P1,000.
Not everyone has the time or the cash to indulge in a weekly manicure and pedicure, or even once a month. If your nails are manageable, an at-home nail treatment would save you plenty. If you prefer to get your digits done at the salon, like I do because I’m not ambidextrous enough to do a good job on my own, it’s a smart idea to bring your own nail polish. That way, if your polish does the annoying thing of chipping two days after a salon visit, it is easy to touch it up yourself.
If you have hair that looks nice no matter what length it is, you are extremely lucky.
But if you have very fine or very thick hair, waves or curls, or want to copy a certain haircut, I feel that it’s okay to spend a bit more. A professional hairstylist will be able to cut your hair in a way that flatters its natural texture, as opposed to cheaper salons that may just give you a template style that may not work for your hair, face shape or lifestyle. Even if a good haircut grows out a bit, it will still look nice, which will save you from frequent trips to the salon. With a good haircut, you don’t need to buy so many products or spend a long time styling it to make it look good.
Having hair dyed at a salon does produce a really nice effect, but it can also push you back thousands of pesos. To prevent numerous trips to the salon to touch up roots, have hair dyed in a color that is not too far from your natural strands. A trick that celebrity stylists do is using both highlights and lowlights. This way, there’s less of that harsh ‘demarcation’ line of color when hair starts to grow. (Because, see, even celebrities who get paid to look good don’t always have hours to sit in a salon chair.)
Coloring hair at home is always an option, especially if you have someone to help you.
This is best when you’re going no more than two shades off from your natural color.
Anything more than that, or if hair is already damaged, should really be left to the pros.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.