5 Ways To Stretch Your Beauty Dollar

To follow on from my previous article, ‘Splurge or Save’, I’d love to share with you some nifty tricks to get the most out of your beauty dollar. Some of them are a super-dooper-freakin’ easy, some of them get a bit physical, some of them require a bit of courage but they are sure worth it to stretch out your cosmetics moohlah.

1. Get surgical

Don’t be fooled by a seemingly ‘empty’ product container. Get a cutting board, a sharp knife/scissors and cut through any tube/bottle that you may have. You will be surprised at the amount of product hiding away in the container’s crevices. Scoop out the product with a clean spatula into an empty glass jar – and it’s ready for use! This is great for liquid products, such as eyeshadow primers, foundations and moisturisers. Obviously, don’t try this idea with any glass bottles, you would probably lop off both your thumbs in the process.

2. Sample, sample, sample!

I am a true believer of ‘try before you buy’. When purchasing any skincare or makeup from department store counters, I always make a note of other products that I’m interested in trying, but not quite willing to shell out the money. Don’t be afraid to ask the cosmetics assistants for samples – more often than not, they’re readily available and it’s always best to try products at your own pace, in your own environment. Many cosmetic products also provide samples for new product launches, so keep your eyes peeled for offers in magazines, emails and Facebook pages. Some companies such as M.A.C also provide samples of products in little jars upon request.

3. Gift with Purchase (GWP)

Ok, I’ll tell you a little secret. 90% of the time I buy high-end cosmetics will usually coincide with a GWP offer. Generally, I make a mental note of which products are running low, and then going for the kill when the GWP offer springs up in my inbox.

Every season, many cosmetic companies offer a generous set of deluxe samples with a purchase over a nominated amount – usually $60-$80. The set often comes with a plethora of items, such as a cosmetic bag, moisturizer, perfume, lipstick, mascara, anti-ageing skincare and eyeshadow palettes. These are perfect to trial the products, a great size to use for travelling, and hell, you have fancy-schmancy new prodz to slather all your face! Win. The most notable brands for Gift with Purchases include Bloom, Natio, Revlon, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Clinique.

4. Double duty

Just like your boss might get you doing the coffee runs as well as the filing, start thinking creatively when using your make-up. I’ve previously used mascara as a brow groomer, lipstick as blush, blush as lipstick (mixed with a bit of gloss), eyeshadow as a cheek highlighter – the list goes on. If the colour is appropriate, go ahead and try the formulation on your cheeks, even though it’s meant for your kissers. And use commonsense. You bet that you would look ultra-weird if you wore blue eyeshadow on your lips. Unless you are auditioning for the cast of ‘Avatar’, in which case, you are ridiculously late.

5. I love lipstick nubs

Have you worn your favourite lipstick down to plastic? Don’t even think about throwing it out. Get a cotton bud, snip off the end to expose the plastic tip, and scrape it all out. I swear there is half a lipstick hiding in there each, begging to be used. Store in lipgloss pot. If you don’t like the messy appearance of mooshed lipstick in a container (I am bringing out the OCD in you, aren’t I?), go ahead and heat the chunk of lipstick in large metal spoon, over a candle. It will melt into a liquid, and then you can pour it right into whichever container that you desire. And it will look absolutely brand new.

What are your tips to ssssttttrrrrreeeettttttcccccchhhh your beauty dollar? 😉


  • Reply dj23249 Saturday 1st February, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Awesome tips

  • Reply xlilda Wednesday 12th June, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Great tips!

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 30th April, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Great tips, any help saving money is a bonus these days

  • Reply Venga Friday 1st March, 2013 at 6:51 am


  • Reply dj23249 Sunday 24th February, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Should save me alot of cash, thanks

  • sbooth29
    Reply sbooth29 Sunday 10th February, 2013 at 10:49 am

    thank you for the tips!

  • Reply Jane Sunday 3rd February, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Gotta love samples and GWP.

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Thursday 31st January, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    So userful!

  • Trish_D
    Reply Trish_D Saturday 19th January, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    How I love GWP’s. Very rarely buy a high end product without it being involved in a GWP, such a sensible way to buy and feel good at the same time.

  • Reply Jane Tuesday 1st January, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Oh how I love love love samples.

  • Reply BellaB Friday 14th December, 2012 at 1:49 pm


  • Reply Ian Saturday 8th December, 2012 at 11:49 am

    good tips

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Sunday 18th November, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Fab tips!

  • Reply betelgeuse Wednesday 7th November, 2012 at 9:39 am

    good to know!

  • Reply missmolly161 Saturday 3rd November, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Yesterday I cut open my loreal primer sample just to get the last bit out for one more application.
    You can also find products that do a number of things in one, for example, you can get products that are a moisturizer, sunscreen and primer in one. You would save money buying this then spending on the three separate products.

  • Reply aalana Thursday 4th October, 2012 at 10:08 am


  • Reply leahkate Wednesday 5th September, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for those awesome tips X

  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Saturday 11th August, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    great tips!

  • Reply BellaB Sunday 22nd July, 2012 at 2:48 pm


  • jodyxo
    Reply jodyxo Saturday 7th July, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    great tips!! (: x

  • Reply jessicawheelock Thursday 14th June, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Great tips

  • Reply ahu1234 Monday 4th June, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    haha, love the creative thinking in these. lovely article with some great tips.

    Melting lipstick is probably a bit too much effort for myself though. I’ll stick to the smooshed effect.

  • Reply locapez Tuesday 29th May, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Great ideas thanks.

  • Reply ellej Wednesday 9th May, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Love the lipstick idea!

  • Reply BellaB Thursday 3rd May, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I totally agree with the GWP approach.

  • Reply thugsy Friday 13th April, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply doogs Friday 13th April, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I do the same

  • Reply bardie Friday 13th April, 2012 at 8:11 am


  • Reply jarjar Friday 13th April, 2012 at 8:07 am


  • Reply Whatthe Monday 9th April, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Love this article and I love the photo too – she has such big brown eyes!

  • Reply pearl06 Friday 6th April, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    keep the awsum tips coming

  • Reply Zerotolove Friday 6th April, 2012 at 12:27 am

    so good!

  • Reply Arijana Sunday 1st April, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Such fantastic tips, especially the lipstick one! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply thelakehousewriter Sunday 1st April, 2012 at 11:53 am

    great tips!

  • Reply diamond0901 Saturday 31st March, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Great tips, time to apply them I think!!

  • Reply ang43@hotmail.com Friday 30th March, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for the tips

  • Reply adnrew Friday 30th March, 2012 at 12:10 am


  • ellisonralph
    Reply ellisonralph Thursday 29th March, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I never thought of the lipstick idea! Thanks

  • Reply kymheaton Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    good post

  • Reply Isis21 Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I love to get value for money and always buy my favourite perfume when there is a gift
    with purchase promotion.

  • Reply kiccules Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    i was told about the cutting tube one a couple of years ago, it is amazing how much extra i get out of them that would have been thrown out

  • Reply maggielyly Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    lol samples!! haha <3

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I have a downstairs bathroom that stays under 20 degrees, its full of products!

  • Reply ragdollbaby Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    some good ideas there

  • Reply fifi73 Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Great tips, and yep I agree with the lipstick one, but I just use a lipstick brush to use it all up…. 😉

  • Reply Blackwolf Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Good tips – I mostly use them

  • maryanacole
    Reply maryanacole Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 11:05 am

    great tips

  • Megan
    Reply NaughtyBaubles Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I used to be a visual assistant for a dept store and everytime a beauty counter(except Chanel) had a GWP I got to set it up. For all my hard work they always gave me one to take home and if we used any for the visuals those were also up for the taking. It was the best job ever and my moms beauty cabinet never looked so rich…lol. These are amazing tips!! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply fifi73 Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Wow that would have been sensational! 🙂

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Always looking to save a doller

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Great tips every beauty lovin gal should be practising! Samples are heaven sent indeed!

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Great tips!! Good to know I’m not the only one out there who squeezes every last drop out!

  • Reply fengari Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for the great tips

  • Reply juliew Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 8:48 am

    great ideas

  • Reply jessicawheelock Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 8:16 am


  • Reply adnrew Wednesday 28th March, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Great tips!

  • Reply JENNIFAARRH Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Reply styleezta Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Good tips!
    I like to use contact cases
    For moisturizer left over
    From a semi empti bottle.
    Good to travel with too!

  • Reply ichigolove01 Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Loving these tips!

  • Nita
    Reply Nita Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I have always completely destroyed my makeup and skincare containers when I get to the end and it is unbelievable how much product is hiding out in there.
    I also keep all my makeup and skincare (everything – even perfume) downstairs in the lounge room in draw sets, as it is really cool and air conditioned downstairs and upstairs is like a sauna, so I like to protect my beauty products, I pay too much for them to let them waste away.

  • Reply lynn Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    great tips

  • Reply Misskate Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    In hot weather I put my eye liners, lip liners and lipsticks in the refrigerator. It keeps them fresher longer and easier to sharpen. The lipstick doesn’t go all gooey.

  • Reply linhyy Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 9:44 pm


  • Reply mandystsai Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I loooove the samples!

  • Reply aalana Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 8:41 pm


  • Reply Through My Looking Glass Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Love this! Sharing it on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/throughmylookinglass

  • Reply traanster Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Awesome tips!
    I surprisingly do some of these too.

  • tiffany001
    Reply tiffany001 Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the great advice, got a few good ideas on what I’m doing wrong

  • Reply fayzeedayzee Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    yep, always go the lippy nub route..and sniping the tubes as well 8)

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Great tips.

  • Reply dapperdolly Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Good tips.

  • Reply izzysherbet Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks! such useful tips

    • newbie
      Reply newbie Thursday 5th April, 2012 at 1:04 pm


  • Ora_Mygalls
    Reply Ora_Mygalls Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the tips Audrey.. especially love the one for lipsticks!!!

  • Reply Crystal Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    great tips!

  • Luci
    Reply luci321 Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I love using blush as an eyeshadow. Its’ a bit of double duty but I find at time you just need the eye shadow (pink or peach!) and your make up look is done.

    I also love the ‘buy with purchase.’ I do it sometimes with gifts for Mum, do the splurge on her and get the minis for me that last forever!

  • Reply ashleyjane Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Will be asking for samples from now on, great tips!

    • flossyfewclothes
      Reply flossyfewclothes Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Me too 8) thanks!!

  • Reply AmberB Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Great tips.

    • newbie
      Reply newbie Thursday 5th April, 2012 at 1:03 pm


  • Reply KatP Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 1:35 pm


  • Reply candicelee22 Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Tips number 1 and 5 – divine

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    This article is spot on! I love your end-of-lippy trick too.

  • Reply midnightstarfish Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 11:58 am

    🙂 awesome tips

  • Reply KNY Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Great tips, I already do all of them. Glad im not the only one cutting up tubes to get every last drop out.

  • Reply Chanels_Allure Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I do all those tips, glad to know Im on the right track!

  • Reply chrystal Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I keep my products in their boxes in to keep them fresher for longer – in this hot climate.

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