Whether you use them to even out your skin tone, like with Bliss's toner pads ($38), take off makeup, as with Neutrogena's eye makeup remover ($6), or keep acne in check as in the case of Peter Thomas Roth's complexion correction pads ($36), premoistened facial pads are a definite convenience. But the problem is many of these types of beauty products are costly, and most containers consist of just enough to last about a month. In order to prolong the life of your beloved pads, simply cut them in half with a clean pair of scissors. It may take some getting used to working with them at first, but once you get the hang of it, your wallet will thank you.
To bond metal to metal, soldering is an option if you know what you're doing, but perhaps not the most practical. The easiest — and cheapest — way to go about it is to affix a large safety pin to a wire barrette backing (found at most craft supply stores) using Krazy Glue ($3). Clamp to set, and then go make some for friends, do "The Safety (pin) Dance," and revel in your cash-saving brilliance.
Take, for instance: SnufaLuffaGus143's recent $2 find, a replicate of Chanel's Particulière; a half-the-cost brightening brow pencil; and this less-than-$5 version of NARS's famous Orgasm blush. Be sure to join in on the money-saving fun and fill us in on your favorite affordable alternatives, too. After all, who doesn't love a good beauty bargain?
When it comes to products, sometimes the generic options don't live up to the original. Have you ever actually tried off-brand ketchup? Blech. At team Bella, we're always looking for a bargain, and that's why we've gathered together a few of our favorite generic beauty items — along with one option that just doesn't make the cut. Find out what they are now.