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5 Inexpensive and Effective Beauty Treatments

We all want to look our best, but most of us are working with a budget when it comes to both time and money. And the beauty trade didn't become a multi-billion dollar industry by accident; products are not only expensive, but you often have to purchase several in order to get the best results and put in the extra time to use them all. So if you're a busy, modern woman on the go and you have other financial commitments to meet before you can splurge on yourself, you're no doubt looking for solutions that will save you time and money on the beauty front. Luckily, there are all kinds of products out there designed to meet both goals. Here are just a few treatments you might want to try.

  1. 2-in-1 products. There's no better way to save time and money than by selecting a product that does double duty for the same cost as competitive products that only meet one need. For example, you might try acne-clearing concealers, tinted moisturizers, SPF foundation, or stains and creams that work for cheeks and lips. Whenever you can find products that meet multiple needs you're going to save a little dough over buying several items, and you'll likely save some time on application, too. As an added bonus, you can even save some space in your beauty kit.
  2. BB creams. These products are like 2-in-1 tinctures on steroids, with many offering upwards of half a dozen benefits for users, which could be why they've grown so fast in popularity. While they may look like your average foundation, they do a lot more than helping to hide imperfections. They actually work to create an even skin tone, banish blemishes, and protect your skin from the sun and other harmful elements thanks to added moisturizers, anti-aging ingredients, acne treatment, and SPF. In short, they can not only conceal your facial flaws today, but they can help to improve your skin over time. No wonder people are calling them miracle creams!
  3. Touch-up dye. You don't want to have to waste an entire afternoon (and beaucoup bucks) every time your roots start to show (like every three weeks). So pick up some of the new touch-up dye products available at the pharmacy and try them out. Many come with color-matching components that will help you to blend away your line of demarcation with a close enough color. And with a little help from a friend (to get the roots in the back) you shouldn't have any trouble keeping your professional dye job looking fresh longer.
  4. Gel nails. Okay, so these are actually a little more expensive and they take a bit longer when you go to the salon. But considering you can go more than two weeks without a single chip in your polish you might be keen to give them a try. Since they last a lot longer than regular polish they'll actually save you time and money in the long run. And with home kits popping up at beauty supply outlets like Sally Hanson, you could save even more by adopting a DIY attitude.
  5. Olay Regenerist. If you haven't yet heard about Olay's Regenerist line of products you may have been Rip Van Winkled, in which case you're likely in need of a potent skin care product. The Regenerist line has consistently beaten out pricier products in blind tests, so you can definitely save some money purchasing goods with proven efficiency. And while adding products to your beauty lineup will tack some time onto your routine, consider that the anti-aging effects will leave you looking young and beautiful for years to come, counteracting the call for a lengthier makeup routine that you might otherwise have faced.
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