10 Frugal February Ideas

So February, another month of tightening our belts and counting down to the return of a little sunshine. I do somewhat enjoy the Winter season but feel a little break from the currently dismal weather would be most welcomed, as would a splurge in my local beauty hall. Since neither are on the horizon any time soon, here are a few tips and tricks to make saving money a little easier this Frugal February.

1, Instead of purchasing any new beauty products make do with what you have and finally use up all of those half used items you have lying around - you honestly can not beat the satisfaction of hitting pan. That or I lead an extremely dull existence.

2, Set aside a day and clear out your beauty stash, you may be surprised at what long-lost lipstick or blush you may find? I also find a good ol' clear out really motivates me in terms of blogging and helps to provide me with new post ideas. Try it, you'll be surprised.

3, Sell or pass on, those in-date yet lightly used beauty products that you know you will never go back to. Who doesn't enjoy extra space and/or extra cash.

4, Return those empty pots (MAC, Lush, Khiels etc) back to the respective stores and claim your free beauty products. Free is free after all and if on a spending ban you are technically breaking the rules - loopholes are there for a reason *wink,wink*.

5, Have a beauty swap party - get around all your best buddies, pop all your lightly used and sanitised beauty products on a table and shop each others stashes. Fun!

6, Finally put to use that "brave" lipstick/eyeshadow/blush choice you made a few months ago but have yet to pluck up the courage to apply. Who knows you may just kick yourself for not trying it out sooner.

7, Make February the month in which you use up all the mini fragrance and skincare products, you have most likely collected over the last few months. I have found many a staple fragrance and eye cream this way.

8, Use beauty products in new ways - cream eyeshadows as liquid liners, bronzers as eyeshadows and so on. Don't get stuck in a rut.

9, Why not use any spare time to learn a new beauty skill? YouTube has pretty much a tutorial for anything, just think in four short weeks you could be Queen/King of contouring!

10, Take a long hard look at your beauty collection and figure out where you need/want to spend money next. If you have 10 half used foundations and a plethora of nude lipsticks is it really worth investing in another?

I hope this helps and yes I too am currently cutting back on what I purchase, I want to travel more and that becomes a little tricky when 95% of your cash flow goes towards make-up...whoops.