As a mom with work, kids, and an endless cycle of chores to tackle, it’s easy to let your appearance slide down your list of priorities, especially when money is tight. However, taking care of your appearance rather than succumbing to bed hair and sweatpants every day can improve your self-esteem and make you feel more “you,” leading to better mental health and an overall sense of wellbeing.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to give your appearance and self-confidence a boost. Here are five ways to rediscover your inner beauty queen when you’re trying to save money.
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Create a Beauty Wish List
Spotted a pair of shoes or a piece of jewelry you’ll never be able to afford? Put coveted beauty items on a wish list, so your friends and relatives know what to buy you when birthdays and Christmas roll around. If you want to add sparkle to your outfits, but you don’t know where to start, check out the sale on the Roma Designer Jewelry website and put a beautiful Roman glass necklace on your Christmas list.
Look Out for Freebies
Beauty essentials are possibly the easiest items to pick up for free, so long as you know where to look. Women’s magazines sometimes include nail varnish, lipstick or expensive body lotion as gifts on the cover, so scour the magazine and newspaper isle next time you’re at the store. Collect coupons and sign up to the email list of beauty outlets in your area to be the first to know about deals and promotions.
Become a Hair Model
Don’t worry: becoming a hair model isn’t as cringe-worthy as it sounds. You won’t be starring in the next L’Oreal commercial, but you will be able to get your hair cut, styled and colored for free by students and junior hairdressers doing their training. Drop into a hair salon and ask about becoming a hair model, and keep an eye on the Facebook pages of freelance stylists in your area.
Have a Wardrobe Detox
You’d be surprised how different just clearing out your wardrobe can make you feel. Not only will you have got rid of unwanted clutter, but you’ll also have a better idea of what you have that you do like, making it easier for you to put outfits together. Take your unwanted garments to your local thrift store or sell them on eBay – the latter will give you room in your budget for a few new purchases.
Make Time for You
A regular pampering evening can do wonders for your mental wellbeing and self-esteem, so try to include this in your schedule. Having a bubble bath, conditioning your hair and painting your nails only takes a couple of hours at most, but the time spent on yourself will change the way you look and feel.
Taking care of your appearance may take a little time and money, but with a bit of planning and budgeting, you can (and should) make room in your schedule to pay yourself some well-deserved attention.