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New ways to achieve beauty on a budget

02:00 Thu Nov 22 2012
Melissa Williams-King
Budget beauty/ Thinkstock
Budget beauty/ Thinkstock

Times may be tight, but that doesn’t mean your beauty routine has to fall by the wayside.

Here are out top five ways to save money and still look amazing.

Deal websites

The trick here is to choose a site that partners with reputable stores and salons. Many daily deal sites are a grab bag of random retailers – unless you spot a deal for a salon you know and love, they are usually best avoided. (Who wants to drive 45 minutes out of your way for a potentially dodgy haircut or bikini wax?) But we love specialist beauty site Flossie.com. This new site offers cut-price appointments in off-peak hours at some of the beat spas and salons in the country.

Online stores

If you know what you want or are just refilling your beauty supplies, online sites are the way to go. But instead of using potentially suspect overseas discount sites, go for reputable NZ-based shops such as Mybeautystore and BeautyBible. Take advantage of free shipping, special promotions, free gifts and samples and even competitions to win product.

Sample clubs

Beauty sampling clubs are huge overseas and are just starting to take off in New Zealand. For a minimal monthly fee (around $25, depending on the club) you can receive around five deluxe samples of beauty booty. We love Samplebar because of its carefully edited selection of top-notch products.

Price cuts

Many top overseas brands are feeling the pinch now that Kiwi buyers can easily purchase their product online from overseas – and they have lowered their prices in response. If you think a luxury brand is out of your price range, it pays to go and check at a department store as many (including Skinceuticals, Lancome, Kiehl’s and more) have implemented price reductions. Plus, they often have gifts with purchase or valuable loyalty schemes.

TV shopping

New Zealand’s first television shopping channel has just launched and beauty brands such as Living Nature, Evolu, Bridget Black and Elizabeth Arden are on board. Many are offering special prices and promotions, which you can check out online as well as on TV.

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