Times are getting hard: the pandemic done kicked our asses economically.

Commissions are being sliced and jobs are being lost as we speak. With our purse strings getting tighter, there is a pertinent need for us to re-evaluate our various allocated budgets…including the one we set aside to at least stay beautiful in the face of crisis.

Are you adding the right items to your cart? Is it possible to find multi-purpose beauty products instead of buying one for each purpose? What should you not be spending on that you do not know of? Let’s dive in and get to all of that, one by one.


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Quality over Quantity

AGE DEFY Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging Lotion – SW1 SHOP

On e of the golden rules of purchasing skincare products is to always remember to choose quality over quantity.

Cheaper products and product lines can offer you more for your dollar, but when you consider how long the product lasts or how well it does its job, you’re probably losing money and getting short-changed for it.

Always go for good quality essentials, and opt for prescription-grade ingredients that will go the distance.

You will find that they are less costly than the brand name cosmetic counter offerings you see at Sephora, but give you three times the benefits.

If anti-aging is your desire, the one night cream you need is retinoid rich Age Defy. If clear skin is your aim, then make sure to have adapalene-containing Flawless.


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EMERALD OIL Vitamin-enriched Anti-aging Eye Treatment – SW1 SHOP

Besides being a godsent lifeline for busy individuals such as working moms, multitasking beauty products are a great time and money saver for those on a shoestring budget.

With the added bonus of reducing clutter and freeing up much-needed space on your vanity table, there are always at least a few awesome 2-in-1 products worth checking out.

Playing triple roles of skin booster, peepers enhancer and lip hydrator, Emerald oil comes with a rollerball tip for convenient storage and easy application.

Formulated with 100% certified organic grapeseed oil, this handy product can be applied to the face, eyes, and lips, to soften and smoothen fine lines and wrinkles while boosting the suppleness of your lips and resilience of your skin to restore its youthful glow.


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Putting a Price on Beauty

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Beauty comes with a price tag, and there are some treatments that are very costly and can add up quickly. It’s really all about stratification to decide what you got to have, and what you can do without.

When it comes to regular facials for maintenance, there is no shortage of frills-free options to stretch your beauty budget to a mile. Whether you’re hard-pressed for cash or sniffing out a good deal, the Deep Deep Clean is arguably one of THE best budget beauty treatments you can ever find.

Utilizing ultrasonic wave motion to send out vibratory movements to loosen stubborn whiteheads and blackheads that are clogging up pores, this exceedingly gentle procedure works perfectly for deep pore purging without the much-dreaded pain and risk of scarring associated with manual extraction.

Vitamin C serum is then infused and introduced into the deeper layer of the skin for its anti-inflammatory, skin brightening and anti-aging effects.

The whole procedure is then punctuated with an oxygen treatment mask to give you maximum bang for your buck. With numerous accolades from the industry under her belt, having this fuss-free beauty treat at SW1 Spa is very much like buying one item, and getting 3 free.

Now where can you find a deal like that – for anything whatsoever?


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Buck the Skincare Trends

Baking: The YouTube makeup trend Kim Kardashian is so done with

When a new product is launched or a certain famous face (read: any of the Kardashian clan) is endorsing it, things can run out of hand as it goes viral as a must-have trend.

From Facebook to Youtube and all the Instagram ads masquerading as Instastories, it’s hard not to fall prey to what’s trending.

Play it smart and be skeptical especially with products that promise extraordinary results. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you’re still tempted, wait a while for the craze to fizzle out before giving it a go. Always read reviews and ask for feedback from those with prior experience and this can certainly sieve out the bad and save you a bit of money on your beauty budget.


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Smoke Out the Bad Habits

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It’s great to know what to spend on that stretches your dollar, but being on a beauty budget is not all about buying the right products; it is also about weeding out all the wrong habits – like smoking for example.

With cigarette prices steadily increasing every few months, the price of a cigarette pack easily costs 14 dollars these days. Now if you’re a frequent to heavy smoker, that’s easily (14 x 7) 98 dollars a week, 392 dollars a month, and a whopping 4,704 dollars a year you’re spending on those cancer sticks.

With cigarettes being proven to dull the complexion on top of a host of other undesirable health risks, I’d much rather you added that 4.7k annual cigarette budget to your skincare budget – you’ll be happier for it, trust me!


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