UR THRIFTY: 4 Beauty Products You’re Paying TOO Much For

Written by Karina Cruz

This article was originally published on Honesty For Breakfast, an online lifestyle publication. Be sure to check out their site for daily articles on dating, fashion and culture. 

Being in your 20s can be one of the best years of your life, but being broke can play a big role. Set aside the money you used for the down payment for your apartment, pay back your college loans, and the endless trips to Starbucks this week and you’re not left with much. But no matter what, a girl will spend as much money possible to stay beautiful. Luckily you don’t need to max out your credit cards in order to get quality for certain essential beauty products.

1. Shampoo and Conditioner

Freshman and sophomore of college, I was obsessed with buying multiple shampoo bottles. I’d be perfectly content with Pantene, but then I saw a TreSemme commercial and switched over. This habit repeated itself until I realized, there are limitations to what shampoo can do. You can buy everything from “silicone free”, “paraben free”, or “all natural keratin” but in the end, it’s how you treat your hair that matters. If you always use heat, refuse to get your hair trimmed, and constanly use chemicals then of course, your hair will get damaged. Try to give that blow dryer and flat iron a break, and buy a decent bottle of shampoo that ranges from $4 to $10. Trust me, buying a $25 to $30 product is a total ripoff.

Fun Fact: You don’t need to buy a bottle of shaving cream every month. A little hair conditioner or body wash works just as great.

2. Body Wash

I know, this surprised me too! Every couple of months, I always tried a new type of body wash. Dove, Dial, Irish Springs, Nivea and etc. They were decent products but sometimes would cost up to $7 or $8 a bottle. One day, I bought Suave Moisture Rich Milk & Honey Bodywash for only $1.88 and have been using it ever since. Cheap bodywash is seriously underrated.

3. Department Store Makeup

Before I can say anything else, let me begin to state that there is nothing wrong with department storemakeup. It’s just that your entire makeup case doesn’t need to only be filled with expensive lipgloss, mascara or nail polish. There are things worth buying in a MAC store like foundation, concealer, and lipstick. But products like blush, eye makeup and nailpolish are a lot cheaper and work just the same. And what is the point of buying $30 mascara that you’ll need to replace in 3 months when you buy one for $7 from Walmart and still get the same great look? As for nail polish, just stick with Sally Hansen, OPI, and Rimmel. They’re half the cost and will last.

4. Makeup Remover

You don’t need to spend $10 a month buying those makeup facial cleansers or wipes! I bought a small bottle of PONDS freshman year that I use for my eye makeup. I’m a Junior into my second semester and still have enough to last another two years.

Fun fact: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil makes a great eye makeup remover. It’s also great to use before you shave. Using a razor can strip the natural oils from your body but coconut oil helps and moistures your skin. You also can combine it with brown sugar and lavender oil to make a homemade body scrub. Coconut Oil also makes a great deep conditioner mask for your hair.

Didn’t know that, did you?


Karina Cruz was born in Rhode Island and raised in the suburbs outside Orlando. She currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi where she studies Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Business Administration at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

No more articles