As part of guest blogger week here on TGG, and as part of Spendless September (more to come on Monday!), I'm so delighted to bring you Brodie from Brodie Jay. This girl is a SERIOUS babe, and her blog, writing and photography always scoot to the top of my 'must read' list in bloglovin. I hope you love her as much as I do, and I know you will! She's put together five of her best tips for beauty saving, which I will definitely be referring to as I budget the hell out of myself this month - her 'one in, one out' rule will be tough, but WORTH IT when I have a fully furnished house by October... Right, Brodie? RIGHT?! Enjoy!
This month, the focus is on spending less, and I for one really need to cut down on my budget. That YSL lipstick I just bought is gorgeous, but did I really need it? Probably not.

I’ve sat down and brainstormed a few ideas that may help you guys out with resisting those cheeky purchases this month. It’s absolutely do-able, and you’ll be surprised at how easily you can save a few pennies!

1. Makeup Rummage – Last week, I went through my blush collection and discovered three blushes that I had totally forgotten I’d even owned. The reunion was sweet, and for two weeks now I have been alternating between them and remembering how much I loved them. It felt like I had three new products to play with! I also re-discovered a few lipsticks, and ultimately saved myself from buying the MAC lipstick I’d been eyeing off for weeks, as I realised I already had a similar shade hiding away! This is a great way of making a new catalogue in your brain of what you already own – don’t you hate when you go out and buy a new blush only to discover a few weeks later that you already own the exact same colour?

2. Work With What You Have – I am the absolute worst when it comes to purchasing products I see in tutorials. Oh, they used this eye shadow – I need that eye shadow. I’m starting to learn that I can actually use what I already own to re-create the look in a tutorial, at least most of the time. Becoming familiar with colours and how they mix is definitely a big help, but playing around is going to let you learn just as quickly. You only need a few basic colours to create most shades, so have a go at creating your own! Custom! Unique! I also found that so many beauty products are very versatile. Bronzer as an eye shadow, eye shadow as a highlighter, the list goes on!

3. Do Your Research – How often have you bought a product on a whim and months later, it’s sitting at the bottom of your drawer, untouched? This has happened to me quite a few times in the past and to think how much money I have wasted hurts. Now, I almost never go out and buy a product before doing extensive research. Of course, you have to keep in mind that different things work differently for every person, but for the most part, I have saved myself a lot of dollars by reading reviews on certain products. Especially skin care, there are so many different things to think about and having a product absolutely let you down is the worst!

4. Cut Yourself A Deal – Being an avid beauty blog reader, every day I am tempted to buy a new product (or two, or ten…). Unfortunately, my bank account would be rather displeased if this were the case and so I really have to hold myself back, and work out what I can and can’t buy. The most important thing to remember is that a lot of the bigger beauty bloggers out there are sent a lot of products by companies to review, you can’t expect to have the same collection as they do! My worst habit is buying multiple skincare products – multiple cleaners and exfoliates sit on my bathroom shelf. A few months ago, I made myself a deal – I cannot buy a new product until I finish one. So far it’s working, and it’s not long until I can reward myself with a new product!

5. Ask For Samples – This is something that took me a long time to realise I can do, depending on where I’m shopping. Now, I know that this doesn’t apply to everywhere – but there is no harm in asking! The worst they can say is ‘no’, but if they say ‘yes’, you can save yourself a whole lot of money by trialling a product before splurging on it. Not sure if that moisturiser is right for your skin type? Will this mask really make a difference? It’s great if you are able to ask for samples, and I highly encourage it – and at the end of the day, you still get to go home with something!


  1. Great tips! I really should rotate the makeup I use, I have a lot of products crammed at the back of my drawers going unloved! I love getting samples, mostly because - free stuff. Haha! A lot of the time I'm quite shy/intimidated haha, SAs can be quite scary!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. Don't be scared by the SA's! It's their job, and they do it all day every day. Doesn't matter how expensive the product - at the end of the day, you might try a $100 moisturiser and be so totally wowed by it, that you go in the next week and purchase it. If they didn't let you sample it, they might not make a sale at all!


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