I don’t know about anyone else, but I am the ultimate girly girl. I used to get manicures every week, pedicures every 2 weeks, eyebrow threading every 3 weeks. I would buy countless amounts of beauty products, eager to try to latest skin cream or hair conditioner. For a girl that’s planning on going to Thailand in 8 months, I’ve had to significantly cut down on all of my favorite beauty regimens. For the first few weeks, it was utter chaos. My nails were a hot mess, and my eyebrows had grown into an unruly bush. My expensive organic conditioner had run out, and my MAC mascara was dry.
What’s a girl to do when she wants to look her best, but is trying to save money for a huge trip? Well, my first step was to search on youtube for manicure tutorials to teach myself how to do it myself. I taught myself how to do regular manicures, french manicures, and I’ve even dabbled into some designs! I thought I’d never be able to do my nails myself, but I actually prefer it now. If my nails chip, I can fix it. If I want to repaint them everyday of the week, I can. And it’s all free! The same process has worked for me shaping my own eyebrows. After I one day completely misshaped my eyebrows myself, I vowed to ALWAYS get them done professionally (threading has saved my life on many occasions). But an amazing video has taught me the many wonders of shaping your eyebrows yourself. And again, it’s ALL free! By doing my nails, toes and eyebrows myself, I can save at LEAST $150 a month. I wish I’d starting doing it all myself sooner!
As far as beauty products go, I’ve found some awesome alternatives to my pricey skin, hair, and makeup products.
If you haven’t tried Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara, you’ve truly been missing out. The wand make your lashes clump free and long with TONS of volume. I’ve actually had people ask me if I have fake eyelashes on. Falsies runs about $7.50, MAC runs for about $11 and Dior Show is a whopping $24. I’ll stick with the falsies.
For my conditioner, I have fallen in LOVE with Trader Joes Nourish Spa Conditioner. As you know by now, my hair is outrageously curly, and it takes a REALLY good conditioner to not make my hair look like a fro. It’s cruelty free, enriched with organic botanicals, and it doesn’t contain any harmful laurel/laurel sulfates, which is DEATH for curly hair. At a mere $4 at my local Trader Joe’s, it’s a steal.
Cetaphil Antibacterial Gentle Cleansing Bar may not work for everyone, but I was recently diagnosed with adult onset acne, and this soap has been a godsend. It’s basically cleared up my acne, and it works really well for after workouts when you’re super sweaty. It’s super gentle and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry and gross. One bar is $3.99 and lasts FOREVER.
I’ve also switched out a lot of my expensive makeup products for drugstore brands. Almay’s eyeliner lasts all day and goes on super smooth, Maybelline’s Dream Mousse concealer has great texture and coverage, and L’Oreal’s HiP eyeshadows are super affordable and offer amazing pigment.
All of the changes I’ve made to my beauty routines and products have saved me countless dollars that I’ve added to the savings account for my trip. It’s refreshing to know that I don’t have to completely sacrifice beauty for Thailand, just make a few changes.
And remember, for you guys who might be reading, you might not use makeup, but you can definitely give yourself manicures and groom your own eyebrows! Just don’t use the polish! 🙂