10 Tips for Looking Good for Less than a Fiver

10 Tips for Looking Good for Less than a Fiver

Want to look good without spending a fortune? Try visiting beauty schools, making your own beauty products and taking advantage of free samples.

That’s according to the penny-pinching gurus at PromotionalCodes.org.uk, who have compiled their top ten tips on how to look a million dollars for under a fiver.

Whether it’s making use of DIY beauty routines or taking advantage of online discounts, these expert tips show that looking good doesn’t have to break the bank.

Among them are visiting beauty schools for treatments carried out by trainees, taking advantage of samples given away in magazines and applying for samples to trial by the big beauty brands.

Other tips include switching from branded to own brand products, enjoy free make up consultations and hosting pamper parties to swap products with friends.

A spokesperson from PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “The cost of beauty and hair regimes can add up – and that’s without taking into account special occasions like weddings, big nights out and times of the year like Christmas.

“But watching your beauty budget doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a new hair cut or pampering facemask – you just have to learn how to be savvy about it.

“There are lots of fun and easy ways you can save money on hair and beauty treats that will not only benefit you but others as well.

“For example, if you get a manicure for £4.50 at a local beauty college you’re getting a cheap beauty treatment for the price of helping out a trainee beautician.”

Here are the site’s top ten beauty hacks for under £5:


  1. DIY hair and facemasks

Don’t fork out for expensive hair and face masks, instead, you can make your own with ingredients available at your local supermarket.A great one to try is a banana hair mask. Simply blend bananas and honey together, and apply to your hair. The result? Well-nourished and smooth hair which smells delicious.

  1. Visit beauty colleges

Need a haircut but low on funds? Most local beauty colleges will offer everything from a cut and blow-dry to Swedish massages for under £5. By supporting the college’s students, you can get the full salon treatment at trainee prices. Which usually means around 75% cheaper. Some will even carry out the treatments free of charge.

  1. Apply for samples

Lots of big beauty brands will give away free samples of products for testing or market research. Look out for offers via social media and sign up to mailing lists. Some will send you vouchers whilst others, mainly perfumes, will send small samples straight through your letterbox.

  1. Recycle your old products for new replacements

Once you’ve cut your foundation bottle in half and got everything out of it that you can, head back to the store with the empty packaging. Some companies encourage their customers to bring their old products into store for them to recycle. In return, you can get new products. Be sure to check out your favourite make-up brands’ policies on this. You might be able to wangle some freebies as well as being kind to the environment.

  1. Get free makeup consultations from beauty bars

If you need a makeover but can’t afford to splash out on a whole new set of cosmetics, try visiting your local department store’s beauty floor.Most big brands will offer free makeup consultations where a makeup artist will apply your makeup for you – a great hack for a night out.

  1. Dye your hair at home

Many hairdressers will charge a fortune for colouring your hair, so grab a kit from your local chemist and do it yourself. There are some excellent quality hair dye kits available, with lots offering no ammonia alternatives, all for £5 or under. If you are a bit nervous about doing it yourself, get a friend who is good at doing their own hair to help you out.

  1. Get freebies from magazines

If your makeup bag could do with a much-needed boost then check out what magazine freebies are available. Lots of women’s mags give away mini mascaras, face creams and nail varnishes every month, which are usually worth £30, but you can get for free with purchase.

  1. Host a pampering party

Pampering parties with your friends are a great way to save money on expensive beauty treatments – you can all swap and share your favourite tips, products and expertise.

  1. Try own brand

If you switch to own brand for products like cleansers and toners, the only difference you will spot is the price. Own brand beauty products usually contain very similar formulas to expensive ones and they also usually come in larger sizes, so will last longer than a tiny bottle of moisturiser.

  1. Look out for codes and cash back deals

Voucher code websites like PromotionalCodes.org.uk offers hundreds of daily deals on hair and beauty goodies. These might be discount or even money off luxury spa breaks. Sometimes big beauty brands will offer their new product on cash back sites for new customers to try it out completely free. You just have to purchase it through the site they tell you to, wait for it to arrive, then claim for the cash back. Sign up to a few of these sites and keep an eye out.