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Queen of free: Don’t waste money on products you won’t use

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It is easy to get overwhelmed in the aisles of your nearest spa, the department store or your favorite big box store when it comes to choosing beauty supplies. If you are anything like me, your eyes begin to glaze over, and everything swirls together in a big mess of price tags and product.

What do you really need and how much should you spend? Let’s tackle ways to save when you are getting purdy.

Sample it up

Many beauty counters or stores like Sephora offer free samples of their products.


Simply blend ¹/3 cup of dark cocoa, 3 tablespoons of heavy cream (Greek yogurt works, too), ¼ cup of honey and 3 tablespoons of finely ground oats. You can apply it directly to your face and leave it for approximately 15 minutes. Then, rinse with warm water and dry with a soft towel.

This is incredibly helpful so you do not purchase a product that does not work for you, look right or achieve the results were desiring.

In particular, I went through a string of hair products to find something that wouldn’t offend the King of Free’s allergies before landing on one that was “just so.” Be bold and ask for a variety of samples to try before you pony up to purchase anything.

Head to Amazon

Most people think of books, music and electronics when it comes to the internet shopping heaven that is Amazon. However, Amazon has great deals on beauty goods. I love looking for high-end products at a low cost on the online store of champions. Be sure you know where your purchase is shipping from so that you do not pay crazy shipping fees.

Sort your searches to include only the Super Saver Shipping Option or Subscribe & Save (which often even offers a discount on top of a cheaper price) to save time and money.

You’ll also want to double check the product specifications to see how they compare with an in-store purchase. I’m guessing you might score a pretty deal from the comfort of your couch.


I spent only 30 minutes on Pinterest and found approximately 999 DIY home beauty products. From scrubs and conditioners to lip stain and foot soak, the tips and tricks abound. I even found homemade pore strips. I complied a huge board of ideas called Beauty & the Cheap (www.pinterest.com/thequeenoffree).

The good news is that many of the items are in your kitchen cabinets right now. It can be as simple as olive oil and sugar (add a little lemon juice too) to create a moisturizing scrub. Or you can make a yummy chocolate facial mask.

You can certainly look like a million bucks without spending that much. Don’t waste your money on products you won’t use, destined to sit on your shelves for decades. Construct a careful strategy to keep your appearance glowing and your bank account growing.

Greenwood resident Cherie Lowe and her husband paid off $127,000 in debt in four years and now live debt-free every day with their two kids. Send questions, column ideas and comments to newstips@dailyjournal.net

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