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7 Tips to Avoid Wasting Beauty Products

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 30, 2015
Many a times, you find half finished beauty products lying in your bag or elsewhere even before you finish using them. Here are few tips to help you make maximum use out of these products.
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    Too Many Cosmetics?

    If your bathroom shelves are full of half-finished bottles, you could use some ways to avoid wasting beauty products. How many of us actually finish every product we use before buying a new one? Either we fall for the promises of commercials or buy new products on impulse, and end up with lots of half-used (or never used) products. So before you fill your shopping basket with shampoo and moisturiser, here are some ways to avoid wasting beauty products.

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    Too Many Cosmetics?
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    Finish Before Buying New Ones

    One of the ways to avoid wasting beauty products is to finish a product completely before buying a new one. Most of the time we don't wait until we really need to buy a replacement - and because we've bought the new product we're keen to try it out. So the old one languishes on the shelf gathering dust. Squeeze the last drop out before buying anything new!

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    Finish Before Buying New Ones
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    Don't Buy Impulsively

    Impulsive buying is a very quick way to accumulate lots of half-finished products. We see a new shampoo or body lotion on sale and want to try it out, or browse the shops for things we don't really need. So don't pick up products you don't need, and only shop for specific beauty items on your list.

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    Don't Buy Impulsively
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    Try Samples

    If you're interested in trying a new product, see if there is a tester available so that you can decide if you really like it. It's so annoying spending money on a product that you don't like after you get it home. You can also ask if there are samples are available to take home and try; these will likely be available for more expensive ranges.

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    Try Samples
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    Don't Believe the Hype

    Many beauty products we buy and don't finish don't live up to the hype, or don't work for us personally. Let's face it (sorry) - cosmetics can't work miracles. We all know that manufacturers use Photoshop in advertising, so why believe false promises in commercials?

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    Don't Believe the Hype
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    Check Your Stock

    Before buying yet another beauty product, ask yourself if you already have it. If you have a stash of moisturisers and body creams, use them up before buying anything new. You may well have enough to last you for the next year, and can then cut your beauty budget right down.

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    Check Your Stock
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    Versatile Products

    For products that don't have an endless shelf life, you may end up with lots of items that you don't use up before they go dry or become less effective. A good way to get round this is to buy products that can multitask. This way you're likely to use it up, instead of having several products that you never actually finish.

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    Versatile Products
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    Buy Smaller Sizes

    We usually pick up the larger products, reasoning that it's better value. But if you're trying out a product for the first time, it makes more sense to buy the smaller size. That way, you won't waste so much money if you don't like it. Smaller sizes are also more practical if you like trying lots of different products.

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    Buy Smaller Sizes
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