14 December 2017 : 
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Mummy’s beauty on a budget

As women, we spend on average a staggering £140,000 on hair and cosmetics a year in the UK, according to a survey by hairtrade.com. Research showed this industry generates £300 billion a year.

With the best and hardest job in the world, time restrictions plus your cash flow on severe lockdown, how can you slash your grooming outgoings without compromise?

You need a budget that is affordable and realistic. Beauty does not come cheap but with a few simple ideas, I’ll show you how you can still be a hot mama and save cash.

30 minute facelift

To ease stress, which can lead to wrinkles and dull skin, It can pay to sit down for 30 minutes to do a sweep of your providers, from your insurance, broadband and utility suppliers to see where you can cut costs.

Switching providers could save you hundreds off your bills. You can list your outgoing bills and compare the deals on the market for each of your suppliers. Compare the best utility and broadband deals, to save more money.

Beauty cash tips

Your baby deserves the best and you want to look your best. You could start to save cash and attend upcoming national beauty events.

Pay for the minimal entrance ticket, which you could put on an interest free credit card and you could regain your costs through free products samples at the event. Your children are welcome and you can enjoy a free facial or massage.

You can also save hundreds on your hair by checking on Gumtree for free haircuts, as a model at top local salons.

For professional products, Skinpep and Nu skin offer products that are cheaper than paying for a spa.

Cupboard Love

Your beauty products are literally in your hands and your cupboards. Baby products are a mummy’s budget beauty secret.

Baby milk powder

Night feeds are exhausting, but with bleary eyes and your baby’s powdered milk, you can make up a top face mask.

Mix a teaspoon of powder with water into a paste and put the product on your cleansed face. Wait 10 minutes and wash off. With the milk protein and vitamins, your face will be radiant and cost nothing.

Nappy cream

While you change that dreaded filled nappy for the tenth time that day, you can fit in a quick beauty regime. Sudocream can be used as a topical acne/spot cream. Baby bottom butter can soften wrinkles, when used as a face and body moisturiser.

Baby food

Porridge oats or baby porridge put in a pair of old tights and hung on your taps, as you have a quick bath or shower. It’ll hydrate and soften your skin.

With a few wise financial tweaks and switching your providers, there are ways to save cash and set aside a realistic beauty budget.

As a mummy with hectic schedules plus your cash being accounted for, you can still pour yourself a tipple, relax and put yourself first, at least until you are yelled for again.

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Amanda is the editor for compareandsave.com.She worked as a journalist at the FT business publication, ‘Financial Adviser’. She also worked for the nationals including The Guardian, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday and Daily Mirror. Alongside working for major UK personal finance sites, she now investigates and reports on new, novel ways to help our readers save money.For press enquiries, please visit our Media Centre page.

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