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Looking fabulous isn't easy - or cheap. No worries. With a few great shopping secrets and DIY ideas, you can get affordable beauty products.

Here are some tips for looking marvelous while spending less.

Trimming Hairstyling Costs

To save money on haircuts, start by clipping coupons. Personal finance website The Balance notes that local newspapers and advertising mailers can be good sources for salon coupons. Even typing the word "coupon" next to the name of a beauty shop in your town might turn up some hidden savings online.

Another tip from The Balance: Get your hair done at a cosmetology school or salon training facility, where a supervised student can give you a new look at a discounted price.

If you really want to save on hair grooming, try making your own shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo recipes often start with a base of distilled water and unscented liquid castile soap. Kitchen ingredients like yogurt, avocado and olive oil can be the foundation for a conditioner. Search online and you'll find variations designed for different hair types and scalp conditions. Customize your concoctions with some fragrant herbs or essential oils, and you'll have a hair-washing regimen that costs just pennies per use.

More Makeup for Less

Don't overlook drugstore brands when you're shopping for makeup. If you're partial to a certain upscale line of cosmetics, try out a few less expensive versions from the drugstore. Even if they don't all measure up, you may discover at least a couple of money-saving items that work just as well.

This Buzzfeed article lists more than 30 tips for squeezing more dollars from your makeup budget. For example, you can request free samples from cosmetics retailers like Sephora and Ulta, match brand coupons with drugstore sales and follow your favorite brands on social media to get posts about their sales and discount codes.

Skin Care Savings

If you love certain facial cleansers, moisturizers, shower gels and body lotions, stock up when they go on sale. Consider making your own scented hand cream by adding fragrance to coconut oil, almond oil or beeswax. Or raid your cupboard to collect honey, sugar, salt or coffee grounds for a homemade foot scrub.

Check out a subscription shaving service like Dollar Shave Club, Harry's, Dorco, Bevel or the Wet Shave Club. As Lifehacker notes, these services deliver razors and shaving products to your door for less than what you would pay at the store.

Finding affordable beauty products for your everyday beauty routines makes it easier to indulge now and then on a pampering spa treatment or dramatic salon makeover. Keeping your eye out for the bargains means you can look your best even when you're on a budget.


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