Brilliant Farmgirl Beauty Secret #8: Recession-proof your beauty habit! ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets

9/8/09

Brilliant Farmgirl Beauty Secret #8: Recession-proof your beauty habit!

Fellow skincare/cosmetics junkies, times are hard and it can be difficult at times to support our addictions. So many temptations; so little pocket change! This is precisely why I love brainstorming for ways to save money in other areas so I can maintain my beauty budget. That way, I don’t feel nearly as guilty the next time I give in on a must-have product. Here are some strategies I’ve been implementing to recession-proof my beauty habit:

-Saving beautiful catalogs and using the pages as wrapping paper: I find that
J.Crew and Anthropologie have the best-looking catalogs, the images looks amazing draped on gifts! Simply open to the middle of the old/used catalogs and carefully remove the staples that hold the catalog together. It’s a great way to reuse before you recycle, which is my absolute favorite method of conservation!















-Bringing lunch to work everyday: This sounds totally nerdy but I’ve been successful at this for the last year. This has saved me money and helped me avoid additional fat/calories from take-outs.

-Cutting my own hair: I don’t remember how this got started. It was about 4 years ago. Perhaps I was having a bad day and decided to vent via taking a pair of scissors to my hair. It was strangely liberating and turned out surprisingly good (which is probably why I continue to cut my hair to this day). There’s no rhyme or reason to the way I cut my hair. I literally take a strand that I want to cut and cut it. After a few mullets and uneven haircuts, I’ve pretty much got a system down. I mess up every now and then. Oh well, it’s just hair and it’ll grow back! Before you gasp at the thought of taking hair into your own hands, I admit that my farmgirl ways may have warped my thinking on this. I totally understand if this sounds too dangerous to try at home. Nonetheless, I grin every time I think of the money I save cutting my own hair.

-Sewing/duplicating expensive dresses: I love making skirts and dresses! The entire effort of sewing makes me too tired to go out and spend money *HAHA*. I also love being able to duplicate dresses that are too expensive to buy again. See below for my favorite summer dress and the copy I made! Like my haircuts, I don’t really follow a pattern when it comes to sewing. I copied this dress by simply turning the original dress inside-out and studying the pieces sewn together to make the dress. Miraculously, it worked out!












Twirling in Bycorpus Circle Dress in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Cost: $58













Twirling/skipping in Brilliant Farmgirl’s Circle Dress in Newport Beach, California. Cost: $8+hard work in front of a sewing machine.








How do you recession-proof your beauty habit?

10 comments:

Rachel said...

Loooove the dress you made! so pretty! I also love the wrapping paper idea, I will try it!

Katrina said...

Your dress is cuter then the original. Are the two bottom layers of the skirt a part of it or something else? Its really cute.

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Oh thank you ladies!

The bottom layer is actually a skirt! The cut of the dress is already full on the bottom but I like to wear a full mini skirt underneath to make it flouncier ;)

Farmgirl

Shopn'Chomp said...

That first tip is genius! I'll have to try it. And you are so talented to have made that dress yourself! The last pic makes me smile. :D

P.S Thank you for the sweet comment! Happy Friday, love!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Thank you for the compliment, hun! Have a great weekend ;D

Farmgirl

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeous site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

witoxicity said...

Excellent post! Thanks for all those tips. Bringing lunch from home is always a good idea - it saves money and it's healthier too.

Your version of the dress looks fantastic! Well done! I love it.

Btw, you've been tagged. :D Have a lovely weekend!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi ladies,

Thank you so much for the compliments! you ladies are so sweet ;D

Farmgirl

sumasian said...

Did K take all those beautiful photos?

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets said...

Hi my lady!

Yes, he certainly did ;)

Farmgirl