18 May 2014

How To Try Out New Beauty Trends On a Budget

New beauty trends come around every season. Magazines and blogs are full of the newest launches and trends to try out but how do you know if a trend is going to suit you? What if you fork out £10 for a new orange lipstick only to discover you hate it? I've got a few tips on how to save money when it comes to trying out the latest beauty trends on a budget!

Friends with benefits
Have you got a beauty obsessed friend/sister/mum? Chances are they'll already have a product you're interested in getting. So next time your looking at purchasing a new product such as a primer or a serum ask around to see if anyone already has one you can test out. Plus lucky you if you have a beauty blogger friend - take advantage of their stash!
Buy highsreet
Lower end brands such as Natural Collection, MUA, e.l.f, etc.. are your best friends when trying out new trends. I recently wanted to give the white nail trend a go but didn't want to commit by splashing out on Essie 'Blanc' so instead I picked up a similar shade from Natural Collection for just £1.89! MUA do a fantastic range of lipsticks if you're wanting to try a new shade. Collection 2000 also have a good selection of eyeliners if you're looking at testing out a daring new colour.
Visit a make up counter
Make up counters can be quite intimidating places but they need not be! Take use of their beauty expertise. Maybe you're looking to rock the new blue eyeshadow trend but you have no idea how to apply it/wear it. The beauty consultants are trained at giving makeovers so are able to demonstrate how to use certain products. Get them to try out a particular trend on you before buying. Take a friend with you to for a second opinion. 
Get samples
Ready to jump on the CC cream bandwagon? Take a small tester pot into Boots or Superdrug and fill with a sample so you can go home and try out the product before buying. If you're a bit unsure about doing this, ask a customer assistant first if it's ok. You can usually buy sample pots from the travel section in Boots.
Be loyal 
If you are reading this and you don't have a Boots Advantage card - I'm very disappointed. Loyalty cards allow you to earn points so you can spend them in store. I always save mine up to buy high end items, that way if I don't like it at least it was free! Shops such as Superdrug, Debenhams and Holland & Barretts do loyalty cards.

What are your tips for trying out new trends without breaking the bank?
p.s check out my Spring/Summer 2014 makeup trend posts here and here


  1. Samples are my favorite way of trying new products. Usually I sign up for them on the internet or request one at the counters.
    I've never taken any in a sample pot myself before. I didn't realise you were allowed to do that but it seems a good idea
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  2. Such a great post, really helpful and so true. I love the advice to take your own sample pot to counters, that's a great idea x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  3. Good tips! It's good to get samples for sub boxes and things like that as well :)

    Jasmin Charlotte

  4. Fabulous and thrifty tips there!
    I love the sample pots idea, it's genius!! :)
    Love Kate xx

  5. i found this really helpful, as im only a teenager i don't want to waste money on things i dont like so this was good. Rosalie x

  6. Good evening ! I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, here's the link http://remainreverie.blogspot.fr/2014/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html xx

  7. Such a great article, I'm trying to cut down so I can save before I emigrate. Great tips! ~ Claire


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