5 Ways to Save on Beauty Products

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One of the questions I get asked most often both personally and professionally is “How do you save on beauty products?”.

Whether you like high end cosmetics or drugstore brands, you can save money if you shop smart. So for those beauty lovers on a budget, here are…

5 Ways to Save on Beauty Products

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Fall is here! Autumn is my favorite season. I love making my own hand and body scrubs. This week I decided to make a seasonal scrub- Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub.

I love the scent of this one! Making your own sugar scrubs is a great way to save money. Retail scrubs are so expensive. You can make a scrub for pennies on the dollar. Plus YOU control the ingredients. Homemade Sugar Scrubs make terrific gifts too.


I used a mini mason jar for this scrub. You will want to adapt the recipe based on the quantity you wish to make.

What You Need:

1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar (Light or Dark)

1/2 Cup of Raw Sugar or White Sugar

1/4 cup of Grapeseed, Olive or Coconut Oil (more or less to preference)

1-2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice (more or less to preference)

Dash of Vanilla extract (optional)


If you do not have Pumpkin Pie Spice on hand you can use this Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe

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Beauty Review: OLEHENRIKSEN Pure Truth Melting Cleanser

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Beauty Review: OLEHENRIKSEN Pure Truth Melting Cleanser


Look what arrived last week! I was so excited when I was asked to review the newest cleanser from OLEHENRIKSEN- Pure Truth Melting Cleanser! It is all the buzz in the beauty world and is currently being featured in Sephora Hot Now in stores!


This hydrating 3 in 1 cleanser goes from from a gel to a luxurious oil to a hydrating milk as you cleanse. It effortlessly melt impurities and long-wear makeup. It is for ALL skin types.

Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is water activated so you apply with dry hands to a dry face and massage into your skin. The unique oil emulsifies to milk that rinses clean.

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It is packed with Vitamin C, Rose Hip, and Virgin Cherry Oils!

Vitamin C: Brightens, supports natural collagen, and neutralizes free radicals.

Rose Hip Oil: Natural source of omega 3, 6, and 9; regenerates, repairs, and nourishes.

Virgin Cherry Oil: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants; reduces redness and hydrates.

My Review


I have been using this cleanser every night for a little over a week. I have to say…I think it is pretty awesome. Check this out…


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Yves Rocher: FREE Day Cream- Up to $50 Value (8 Options) + Free Travel Tote + 20% Off Your Purchase + Free Shipping on Orders of $45 or more

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Beauty Lovers, this is a FABULOUS way to grab some beauty products and get a HIGH VALUE Day Care Cream on the cheap.

Currently, Yves Rocher is offering 20% OFF sitewide + free shipping + free gifts with your $40+ order! You will need to use coupon code 20YR20 at checkout. End date September 30, 2014.

There are 8 different Day Care creams to choose from…valued at up to $50!


If you spend just $5 more you can get an ADDITIONAL Free Gift- get a Roomy Travel Bag FREE with your $45+ order!

This is a super AWESOME time to grab some beauty items on the cheap.


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Homemade Lavender & Chamomile Sugar Scrub


>So this time I made a lavender and chamomile sugar scrub because I am obsessed with lavender and chamomile tea at the moment.


  I am also thinking of scrubs that would make great homemade gifts with the Holidays around the corner. I think lavender and chamomile would be pretty popular with most folks.

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DIY Avocado Face Mask

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As you have probably gathered, I love to make homemade body scrubs (I have a list of those below). Homemade beauty products intrigue me. I decided to make an all natural homemade face mask. I opted to try an Avocado Face Mask because of the nourishing properties of avocado.

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Homemade Green Tea Sugar Scrub


I have a new body scrub recipe for you this week- Green Tea Sugar Scrub!

This is the fourth body scrub I have made for the blog and I have to say…it may be my favorite. I love Green Tea. I try to drink at least 2 cups a day. Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. If you aren’t familiar with all recent studies on Green Tea, be sure to do a little Googling. It is really quite interesting.

This Green Tea Sugar Scrub is so easy to make.


You can save so much money by making your own scrubs. Not only are DIY Body Scrubs easy on the wallet, when you make your own scrubs you can control the ingredients.  You can also control the amount and texture.

The first thing you will need to do is make a strong cup of Green Tea. I used the small cup setting on my Keurig. Allow the tea to steep and cool completely.

You may want to consider using distilled water. (Your scrub will keep longer**.)

You will need three ingredients- Granulated Sugar, Grapeseed Oil, and Green Tea. The amount you will need will depend on the container you use. (Guideline below)


What You Need:

1 Cup of Granulated Sugar

1/8 Cup of Grapeseed Oil

1/8 Cup of Brewed Green Tea (cooled)

1 Bag of Green Tea (not brewed)

Personally, I like granulated sugar for scrubs. (Though Natural Sugar has larger crystal if you prefer a coarser texture.) You could also substitute Olive Oil for the Grapeseed Oil…or another carrier oil you prefer.

You will will need a large bowl and spoon to combine your ingredients.





Combine all the ingredients and mix well.

(I recommend adding a little brewed tea at a time.)

I find that adding the bag of loose tea to the scrub makes the scrub more interesting aesthetically. It also adds scent and texture.

The texture should resemble apple sauce or wet sand. Though texture is a personal preference.


Then just fill your container. (You will want to choose a container with a tight fitting lid.)

I tried this scrub today in the shower and I really like it. It is mild and the scent is subtle.

I do not use scrubs on my face. So any scrub I make with be a hand and/or body scrub.

I also think it would make a nice homemade beauty gift! You could use a bit of washi tape and a chalkboard label to re-purpose an old  jar into a giftable presentation.

**Since this scrub is made with water, it is not going to keep as long as a scrub that is made without water. If you would like a longer self life, you will want to delete the brewed tea and just add the tea straight from the bag.  Remember, there is not a perservative in this scrub. Always inspect the scrub before using and do not use any scrub that looks or smells odd.**

Remember, that this recipe does contain oil so if you plan on using in the tub or shower you will want to exercise caution. I am sure if you get this on the floor of your tub or shower it will make it extra slick. Also, you may want to use a plastic container if you plan on keeping this in the tub or shower. You always want to test any beauty product on a small area to make sure you are not sensitive to any of the ingredients. As always, if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients don’t use the product.

Disclaimer: This blog or it’s owner makes no claims health or otherwise about the effects or usefulness of this recipe. This post is for entertainment purposes only. You should address any skin care concerns with a skincare professional.

All featured were inspired by recipes from Pinterest. You can view more of these Scrub recipes on my Homemade Beauty Pinterest Board.

You can also follow Living Chic on the Cheap’s Pinterest page here


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Homemade Beauty: Oil Cleansing Method

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DIY Kool-Aid Lip Gloss

Homemade Bath Salts: Lavender Foot & Body Soak

Homemade Beauty: Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

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DIY Kool-Aid Lip Gloss


OMGoodness! This is such a fun, frugal and easy Homemade Beauty project- DIY Kool-Aid Lip Gloss.

You probably already have everything you need at home to give this a go.


What You Need:

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DIY Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub


This is a super fun and easy Homemade Beauty project- DIY Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub! Plus it super inexpensive to make and you probably already have all the ingredients you need.

I use a lip scrub a few times a week to help exfoliate and smooth the lips. For this recipe you only need 3 ingredients.


What I Used:

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Beauty Review: Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique


*I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to review the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique. I am always on a quest for long full doll lashes. In my twenties I actually did wear false lashes on a regular basis…like the kind you piece in…. I really can’t imagine doing that now. How life has changed. Though I am still rather vain, I have these things called children.  There is just no way I can spend 20 minutes applying false lashes on a daily basis.


I had never heard of Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes or Younique before I was contacted by Monica about this review. You know me…I am a beauty junkie. I was excited to give it a go.

First of all, check out the product packaging/presentation. The formula comes in a nice hard eyeglasses type case. It is pretty awesome.

Let’s get right to the results….


Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes vs. Bare Lashes


Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes vs Mascara Only


Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes vs. Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes (haha -tie)


Ca-chow! Boom! I am ready to bat my eyelashes around like a cartoon character.

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