The recession changed the way I spend money. I thought I would share some money-saving beauty tips with you.
- Do your own nails. You know, the look is for shorter nails, which is great because they are low-maintenance and easy to shape and lacquer yourself. Thanks to the recession, I have saved a small fortune since I gave up salon manicures and pedicures. Polish your nails with a trendy shade from Sephora for less than $5 a bottle (look for the small bottles), like a sophisticated silvery grey, or try a sexy Christmas red glistened with gold lustre; like my favorite Revlon shade, “Frankly Scarlet” (just under $5 bottle).
- Shop smart for holiday dresses. If you absolutely must have something new this season for your holiday parties, and you usually shop at Ann Taylor or Macy’s for dresses, consider budget-friendly shopping alternatives. I purchased one of the prettiest cocktail dresses I own, a teal satin number, from Wal-Mart! I also found a great sleeveless top. The dress was — brand new, not on sale — $18, I kid you not. The top was $15. So, if you’re on a recession budget, keep an open mind about discount stores. Dress Barn has some of the prettiest dresses I have seen anywhere this season. That’s just my personal taste, perhaps, but they really are nice, and they also have plus size versions. The dresses at Dress Barn top off, when they’re not on sale, at about $79, which is about half what you’d pay at a higher-end department store. But there are also plenty of great dresses at Dress Barn for $39 and $49. There is no reason to buy more when you might only wear the dress a few times or maybe even once.
- Shop smart for jewelry, accessories and evening bags. Costume jewelry can get pretty pricey. Because I don’t have pierced ears, I have long been a fan of Claire’s for their clip earrings. It’s really not just for kids! I have received many compliments on the jewelry I have purchased there. I once saw the identical scarf sold elsewhere for more than $20 in department stores for less than $15 at Claire’s. And everyone was wearing that style scarf this fall. Target should be your destination for unique and gorgeous evening handbags for fantastic prices. The look this year is not too matchy-matchy; go for a contrasting bright color, or skip matching your bag and shoes.
- Festive shoes for less. The most comfortable pair of black satin evening heels I wear that everybody goes crazy for was bought at Payless on sale for less than $20. I also have a pair of silver flats I bought there that really kick up jeans that I snagged for less than $15.
- Scent and sparkle. Bath and Body Works often has a terrific deals on lightly scented, sparkly moisturizers; $5 a tube. My favorite is Warm Vanilla Sugar. I think a little lustre on your shouders, cheeks, and decolletage is really delightful during the holidays. I also like the their scented body sprays (3 for $10), which I find less cloying than expensive perfumes.