Bionic Asks: Staying beautiful in today’s economy

by Bionic Beauty on 04.Mar.2009 · 5 comments

Bionic Asks - Makeup and beauty question seriesNot a day goes by that the current poor state of the US economy doesn’t touch our lives. We are inundated with coverage on TV, radio and the internet. Our friends and family members are having tough times paying bills or getting jobs. Companies we once loved to shop are closing their doors.

Yeah, it sucks. I used to revel in purchasing a new shampoo or the latest skincare item. Now I save my bucks for things I really need or want and wait for the rest to offer free samples. 🙂 It’s minor, I know. I’m not trying to trivialize what’s happening, but this is just one of the ways I’m saving a few dollars here and there.

So this week’s Bionic Asks is have you changed your beauty spending habits due to the current economy? And do you have any tips to staying beautious on a thrifty budget?


1 Luci Weston March 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I am not buying new items without testing or sampling them first. Even though things can be returned, we all have those extra lipsticks or powders we bought, tried it once, and “forgot” to bring it back to the store.

I am also using up some extra items that were lingering around, like travel sized cans of hairspray and shampoo samples. This is also good for reducing clutter and seeing exactly what you have!

2 josi March 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm

First off, I am trying to limit my time watching the news!!! Then when it comes to my personal beauty budget, I have started coloring my hair myself every other time….so it cuts salon visits in half.
An as you know, drugstore beauty coupons are EVERYWHERE…so I try to stockpile those…then I always try to hold out on shopping until I go ULTA..they have $5 off in all the major mags and combined with the coupons on their mailers I save a ton!!!!

3 The Cheap Chick March 5, 2009 at 8:54 am

I completely cut out expensive treatments, like pedis and spray tans – even when you can find a deal on them, they’re still too wasteful for my puny budget. And I agree with Luci, I’m trying to use up all the stuff I already own.

4 wrekehavoc March 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

i splurge more on skin care and am now holding back on the cosmetics. i once saw a 60 minutes program years ago that showed this one cosmetics manufacturer who sold the cosmetics to high-end cosmetics companies as well as lower-end, drugstore brands. same stuff, higher markup.

5 joycey couture March 5, 2009 at 9:14 am

Well, one thing I’ve learned from being a product junkie- I have invested a lot of money in nail polish! 🙂

But, with today’s economy I just don’t have it in the budget to keep up with my old habits and, on top of all that, my favorites are thickening with age. Don’t frown if you’ve felt like I have- just add a bit of polish thinner to each bottle and you’ll get even more wear out of your pretty enamels. 🙂

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