Budget Saving Tuesday Tips: Makeup & Skincare

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Welcome to the third installment of Budget Saving Tuesday with tips to stretch your budget.

Today, we are discussing makeup and skincare. 

I am not interviewing anyone, but sharing with you tips I have learned over the past eleven years of blogging.


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I have been honored to test and learn about all price points of makeup…and I do love an excellent consultant at a department store beauty counter.

However,  I think beginning with the pandemic, all of us have been forced to make changes in our expenses.

So, over the past two years, I have able to find quality products and trim down in the beauty portion of my budget.

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To begin with, I am still using Laura Geller Makeup for many reasons.

First off…I like it!  I like the coverage and the colors and the fact it is created for our age group.

It lasts a long time…I have not re-ordered these products since I began using them after the first of the year and I do use them most days.

The makeup is affordable and they often have specials running, so watch for them….sign up for the emails.

RIGHT NOW YOU CAN GET 40% OFF of blush, bronzer and highlighters with the code BH40!

The brushes are very good and incredibly affordable….the Blending Beauties Face Brush Set is now on sale for $25!

I highly recommend the makeup!  Laura Geller has completely transitioned me off liquid foundation!

I also want to remind you that Lancome and L’oreal are in the same company… “Lancôme is part of the L’Oréal Luxury Products division.”

Many times I have found a Lancome item I tried at the counter in a near perfect match in the Loreal aisle at the grocery….for half the costs!

This happened to me when I switched to wearing makeup for women who wear warmer colors and the eyeshadows were the same. 

The Lancome Set was $50, and the Loreal set with the same colors was $15 at the time I purchased it…may be higher now.

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I have almost used all of my Loreal eye colors and spotted this set. THE BAKED EYESHADOW WARDROBE WARM DELIGHTS in the SALE area of Laura Geller.

On the day I saw it, there was a special additional 20% off happening…so I ordered it!

The colors are perfect and there are more in the set than the Loreal I have been wearing….looking forward to its arrival.

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There are other lower priced makeup items I use that I like better than over the counter options.

Many of you know that I have used the Maybelline Snapscara in purple of several years….purple makes my hazel eyes pop.

I like Maybelline Mascara no matter the shade.  This shade, though, has been discontinued in store, so I have ordered it a couple of times on Amazon.

After the pandemic happened, I ceased using Bobbi Brown purple eyeliner and have now switched to Loreal Pencil Eyeliner.

I loved Bobbi Brown products and used them for years….but I believe that time is over.  I can get the same quality and much less ….that is budget saving!!


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First of all, allow me to share with you budget brands that I believe to be just as effective as the more expensive offerings.

This Gold Bond Ultimate Firming Age Defense lotion is excellent and I use it at least once a day.

I plan to also try the Gold Bond Ultimate Crepe Corrector Age Defense cream.

I have tried the more expensive lotions who make the same claims….and the Gold Bond lotions work just as well.

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Especially during the hot summer months, I need to use foot cream every night.

I have tried several products, but I like this one best….Blue-Emu Foot Therapy.

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I realize Vaseline is controversial with some of you, but I have been taking my eye makeup off with it for 49 years!

And the skin around my eyes looks pretty good for someone about to turn 69!

I feel about Vaseline the way the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding felt about Windex….it is good for so many things….my heal all product.

I often use it for a nightly hand salve…and we have completely replaced an antibiotic ointment with Vaseline…as recommended by our dematologists.

Right now, I am treating my sutures from my skincare procedure with it twice a day.

I will say that I like the original Vaseline better than generic products and I have tried a few.  I finally stopped buying them and returned to the real thing!

For any who think petroleum jelly will ruin your skin….I believe I am proof that it doesn’t.


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I believe women can waste a boatload of money on makeup and skincare constantly searching for the best!

My top tip today is that when you find something you know is working…stick with it…and don’t waste the money changing around.

I understand if you need to find something less expensive, but if you can afford what you are using…stick with it for now!

I am sticking with the Chamonix Skincare products because they work…I have used them for years…and they are worth it to me for now.

Also, I make no money supporting this brand or sharing it with you….I could direct you to brands where I do make money…but this is one I stand behind.

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I am often asked if I could recommend only two of their products, which would they be….in order…I recommend:



Both last about 6 weeks before a re-order is needed…the cream can be used twice a day if you like.

There you have it...Budget Saving Tuesday Tips: Makeup and Skincare…and I truly hope these posts are helping.

That is my intention.  We are all in the same boat and need to be helping each other out with the best ways to save within our budgets and I know many of you are on fixed incomes.

Let us know if you have additions…or questions…or comments….tomorrow will be more headlines just for you….now, make sure that you….


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