I came across this feature in my latest issue of InStyle and I thought it was fun. These are 8 items they feel there’s no need to splurge on.
I was right there with them at first. Cosmetic cases, sure, you can pick one up for around $20 that will do the job. Makeup brushes, yes, the Sonia Kashuk collection at Target is fabulous and at $5-$15 a piece, they won’t break the bank. Elf lip gloss goes for about $3. Cotton ribbed tanks at Old Navy for $9 are a great bargain.
Even $60 for a bathing suit, while not exactly cheap, is still far less than what I spend to get something that offers the modesty and support I need.
Then I almost choked on my latte when I saw what they thought was skimping for a bottle of wine — $15 is their idea of a wine that “won’t break the bank if you’re buying multiple bottles for a dinner party.”
Which leads me to my next question: How much do you generally spend for a bottle of wine? I know that a lot of wines go for upwards of $20 a bottle and well into the hundreds for serious connoisseurs, but for our everyday table wine, I stick to the $10-12 price point and I feel like that’s still pretty extravagant.
I thought $60 for ballet flats was pretty steep too. I have definitely paid more, but I’ve paid a lot less too.
And $15 for hairspray? PLEASE!
So I thought I’d put together my own list of Feel Free to Skimp items.
Feel Free to Skimp
I appreciate a nice piece of jewelry, don’t get me wrong. But for everyday wear, inexpensive fashion jewelry can jazz up your outfits without breaking the bank. Places like Etsy and Everyday Icing and retail outlets like Target and Forever 21 have tons of cute bracelets, necklaces and earrings for less than $20. For nicer jewelry that is still affordable, a lot of handcrafted shops like Studio Jewel and Lisa Leonard and even direct sales retailers such as Silpada and Stella & Dot have some lovely pieces for less than $100.
2. Eye Makeup Remover
There’s no need to buy expensive eye makeup remover. Sonia Kashuk makes one for $10 that works great, but in a pinch I love to use coconut oil from my kitchen. I keep it in a small rubbermaid container in my bathroom. Not only do I use it to take off my makeup, but I also use it as a moisturizer during the warmer months.
3. Contact Lens Solution
I always buy the store brand contact lens solutions. I can’t tell a difference.
I’m a Lancome mascara girl through and through so I was shocked to discover that CoverGirl Last Blast mascara is almost as good and last twice as long for 1/3 the price. If you’re on a budget, definitely save your bills for worthwhile investments like foundation and eye shadow and go for the drugstore brand mascaras.
5. Self Tanner
With Jergens Glow Daily Moisturizer, there’s no need to spend twice as much on the department store brands. I do sometime splurge on the Clarins, but if you prefer to eat (I usually do!) the Jergens does a good job; it just takes a bit longer to build up.
What would you add to this list?
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