Pinays in their 20s should have some form of beauty routine they’re already following for their skin, makeup, and hair. You may not realize it, but it's a prime example of self-love, even if it sometimes comes with a hefty price tag.
Your expenses for your beauty products can add up over time and can often take a huge chunk from your monthly budget, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. There are a few things you can do to become a better and smarter beauty shopper without necessarily sacrificing quality. Read on:
1. Take advantage of rewards.
Especially when it comes to free rewards memberships and rewards points that never expire, opt in when the cashier asks you if you would like to start a rewards account. Sure, it might take some time to earn enough points for a decent return, but think of it as a long-term beauty rebate. You get to save money when you finally get to purchase your beauty essentials with your points.
2. Splurge on sales.
If you have go-to beauty stores, it wouldn’t hurt to sign up for online newsletters that tell you when their next big sale is. That way, you can schedule and set aside a budget in advance, so when the time comes for you to splurge on beauty products (buy one, take one deals, anyone?), you won’t have a serious case of FOMO. Take note of important dates like mid-season sales or anniversary blowouts, so you can buy enough beauty supplies while saving more in the long run.
3. Use ~all~ of your makeup.
Makeup is one of the beauty essentials you probably spend the most on, which is why you might as well squeeze every bit of eyeliner/lippie/powder/foundation/mascara to the very last drop—as long as they’re not expired anyway. Check out YouTube videos on how to revive old makeup, like mixing a few drops of saline with clumpy mascara or combining rubbing alcohol with broken eyeshadow or pressed powders to reset them.
4. Switch to sustainable options.
Plastic pollution in the Philippines is getting worse, and it’s not just because of plastic straws or bags. Just think of all the beauty product packaging you put in the trash, like the large plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner you’ve thrown out over the years. Part of being a smart shopper is also learning how to be a responsible one, and you can save by reusing those containers. When it comes to Unilever hair products like Cream Silk, Sunsilk, Dove, and Tresemme, you can refill your used bottles with these at the All Things Hair Refillery station at Trinoma, Glorietta 3, and Alabang Town Center. You'll only have to pay a few cents per gram! Read the refilling mechanics here.