Beauty ‘n Fashion: Beauty tips that cost you (next to) nothing (part I)


Money keeps the world going round… especially in the beauty industry! But the beauty tips I will give you today, will cost you (next to) nothing!

1.Drink a lot of water


Drinking a lot of water is very beneficial. It cleanses your body and organs, but also your skin. If you don’t drink enough water, your skin will be dehydrated, which will enhance the appearance of wrinkles.

I know… drinking water can be hard! But check out this post in which I give you plenty of tips on how to increase your water intake!

Cheers 🙂

2.Put your lipsticks in the fridge


This is a tip which will come in handy when summer comes… put your lipsticks in the fridge for several reasons:

  • they won’t break because of the heat
  • you’ll use less product for the same result
  • the shade won’t fade/change over time
  • they won’t start smelling

3. Refresh your face with ice cubes

There are different ways to refresh your face with ice cubes. I’ve got two methods, but I must admit that I only do this on ‘important’ days or nights out or when my face is extremely puffy.


  • Take a bowl of cold water, put heaps of icecubes in it and you can even add a sliced and peeled cucumber. Then dunk your face in the bowl for 10-15 seconds and take it out. Do this several times for about 15 minutes.
  • Take a couple of ice cubes, put them in a wash cloth which you’ve moistened with cold water and massage it onto your face.
    • Don’t put the ice cubes directly onto your skin as you might ice-burn your skin!
    • Using a wash cloth has a bit of a ‘scrubbing’ effect as well.


  • Improves circulation.
  • Perfect against a dull complexion.
  • Makes your face/eyes less puffy.
  • Tightens the pores.
  • Makes your skin smoother.
  • Wakes you up in an instant!
  • Makes your complexion radiant.
  • Perfect against a dull complexion.
  • Perfect for oily skins: there is less oil production.

4. Use samples


I love getting samples, especially skincare samples, and I always use them! I usually take them on daytrips or weekendbreaks, which saves me the trouble of packing fullsize products.

The last couple of months, I’ve been writing these blogposts about the samples I use. I share with you my first impressions and tell you whether I would buy a fullsize version or not. Here’s an example of such a blogpost!

5. Cut open the packaging



This is a tip I’ve stumbled upon when I was a teenager…

My two sisters, my mother and I shared a tube of foundation, but you can imagine that with the 4 of us sharing a tube, that tube finished very fast! One day, my mum hadn’t bought a new one just yet and I had to do my make-up, but I just couldn’t squeeze a single drop of foundation out of the tube… BIG DRAMA!!!

I was so desperate for some foundation, that I cut the top of the tube to check whether there was still some product left… and boy this was the most fantastic idea!!! Of course there was product left in the tube… heaps as a matter of fact!

From that day onwards, I’ve been cutting open tubes to make sure to completely empty the packaging.

Two examples: recently I cut open a concealer (the one pictured below) and honestly, I have used this concealer for two more weeks.

I also cut open a tiny sample from Shiseido (see picture above). I could use the sample for three more days with the product that was left in this little tube!!

Try it, you’ll be surprised at how much product is still in the tube!

And that was part I of my budget beauty tips. I hope you found them helpful? Soon more budget tips 🙂

Love, Kathleen



6 thoughts on “Beauty ‘n Fashion: Beauty tips that cost you (next to) nothing (part I)

    1. Isn’t it?! I was extremely surprised at how much was still left in that concealer. The smaller the tubes the more you can get out of it when cut open I think… top tip isn’t it 😀


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