Spring is well and truly here and if the recent weather is anything to go by, it looks as though we’ll be having a warm and glorious summer ahead of us. Over winter we’ve cloistered ourselves away buried under a pile of duvets, hunched over a tub of Ben and Jerry’s with the heating on full blast and Netflix playing. The most social we’ve gotten is scrolling through our Facebook feed and sharing the odd cat meme. But now that the sun has got its hat on, we’re feeling the call of the great outdoors again. It’s time to re-engage with our friends and family, but more importantly, it’s time to be seen once again.
As a beauty conscious trendsetter, it’s more than likely that your friends will turn to you to be their inspiration for this season’s must have looks… But if you’re feeling the pinch this season, the prospect of looking glam may be daunting, especially if you have kids to pay for and a family to maintain. Fortunately, looking gorgeous in the sun needn’t mean maxing out a credit card or missing your rent this month.
With these easy hacks you can turn heads without getting over your head in debt.
Rethink how you shop
Shopping is more than just the acquisition of beautiful things, it’s a lifestyle activity and a fairly complex psychological process. But while there’s nothing quite so satisfying as a bit of retail therapy, you’re almost always paying over the odds when you shop on the high street. High street stores have significant overheads and they pass those costs onto the customer by elevating the price of their wares. Thus, by all means go on shopping trips but change them into reconnaissance missions so that you can look for the things you’ve seen online where you’ll inevitably find cheaper retailers. Just get a load of this Ray-Ban sunglasses sale as an example. It may not offer the same instant gratification as buying from a high street store but it will save you a small fortune.
Use your fashion fundamentals
Although the high end fashion outlets’ windows will be calling to you as spring bleeds into summer, resist the urge to spend a fortune on the latest looks and rely on your fundamentals. So long as you have a playsuit, a maxi dress, some shorts and a handful of vests you can take on the world this season. Just look at some of these low maintenance festival looks for some inspiration.
Make your own beauty products
That’s right! A lot of us spend a small fortune on familiar brands when it comes to our beauty products unaware that we can recreate their effects from the comfort of our own homes for a fraction of the cost. If your kitchen contains coconut oil, shea butter, brown sugar, table salt and a handful of essential oils you’d be astonished at what you can make yourself from body butter and lip scrub to suntan lotion. Wellness Mama is a good source of recipes that create the same effects as your familiar products at a tiny fraction of the price.
Stick to the above and you’ll be able to go glam without going broke!