I’ve managed to keep all of my receipts of 2013 for tax purposes and I’m in shock. I can’t believe I spent so much money on products! If you’re looking to save a little money this year, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your beauty products for 2014… 

Invest in quality products, not a ton of cheap products that don’t really work.

Buying less expensive products just because of their price doesn’t exactly save you any money in the long run. Think about it: if there’s one product that really works for you and it’s a little pricier than you like, it’d better to just go with what works well than to buy a lot of cheaper products trying to get the same results. In the end, you’ll end up spending about the same money anyway, but you’ll have something that works (and you probably won’t have to use as much of it at once, either.)

Enroll in a rewards program.

Sephora’s Beauty Insider program has tons of perks! You even get a free gift on your birthday and you’re the first to know about sales and special events. It could be a terrific opportunity to save some money, get your foundation matched, get some free samples and get a professional’s opinion on a product you’ve been meaning to try.

Go somewhere with a good return policy. 

If you end up buying a product that doesn’t work for you at all, or you accidentally picked up the wrong foundation, it’s good to know that you can always return and exchange it for something else. Don’t abuse the return policy though — if you’re unsure of a product in the first place, it’s always better to ask an employee about their experience or request a sample first.

Make your products last longer.

Simple things like not pumping your mascara wand (it pulls air into the tube, causing it to dry out faster) and not using as much conditioner can save you some money in the long run. Taking the time to take care of your products will save you money in the long run.

How are you planning on saving money this year?

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