5 Tips for the Beauty Junkie on a Budget

Along with a slew of well-intended resolutions, January can also bring a hefty credit card bill thanks to the season of giving (urrrgh!). Resolve to dial back on your spending without kicking your beauty habit completely. Here are some tips to keep you in the glow all yearlong!

1. Join the Club

Love sampling new and innovate beauty products? Check out NewBeauty Magazine’s TestTube program. For $29.95 per box (plus shipping), you’ll receive four TestTubes per year containing $150 worth of deluxe and full-size samples of high-end hair, cosmetic and skincare products. As a TestTube subscriber, you also get the opportunity to provide feedback on the products you samples. More at testtube.newbeauty.com.

Tip: Club membership has its advantages. As an Ulta Rewards Program member for example, you can earn certificates good toward free products and salon services based on how much you spend throughout the year.

2. Tune In

When was the last time you actually paid attention to a television shopping channel? If it has been a while, take a fresh look at QVC. Coveted product lines such as philosophy, Peter Thomas Roth, Deborah Lippmann, Lipstick Queen, Kate Somerville and Tarina Tarantino are among the beauty headliners featured on-air and online. The latest QVC exclusives: tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse & Brow Brush ($28), Mally Double Ended Volumizing Eye Opening Mascara System ($25) and bareMinerals Naturally Luminous Neck Cream ($28). More at qvc.com.

Tip: Schedule ahead with QVC’s online program guide, which allows you to read show details and set up reminders for yourself. HSN also has a handy online feature where you can narrow the program guide display by department.

3. Gift Yourself

Who doesn’t love a freebie when you purchase a new tube of your must-have lipstick? Keep an eye out for gifts with purchase at mygiftwithpurchase.com. This website chronicles online and in-store freebies. The latest: A free turquoise tote and matching cosmetics bag with any $100 skincare or bath and body purchase at select Nordstrom stores while supplies last.

Tip: If you have a favorite makeup or skincare line, sign up for the company’s email list so you’re privy to gifts with purchase and special offers.

4. Surf with Purpose

Follow your favorite beauty brands on Facebook and Twitter for private announcements and exclusive deals and giveaways. Scan online stores like BeautySageBeauty.com and spalook.com for frequent freebies with purchase and special offers.

5. Do it Yourself

In a pinch, create your own spa time-out. Mix a handful of white table sugar in with you regular cleansing gel for a body scrub or fine ground cornmeal with your facial cleanser for a mini facial. More DIY beauty recipes.

Oh, and finally, if you’re looking for deals on beauty and wellness services, check out our Salon and Spa Deals page. Here’s to a bright and pretty New Year!