Staying beautiful while saving money

October 6, 2008 6:11:40 PM PDT
We're all trying to find ways to stretch the dollar these days. And we have some tips for you when it comes to making money go further in beauty and fashion.People are feeling pressed to come up with ways to remain stylish without spending a fortune, and stores are trying to figure out ways to keep your business by offering incentives. And we found a few that you may like a whole lot.

"Times are tough, and I need to somehow pinch pennies," Kelli Bender said.

So Bender is giving up her twice-a-week blow outs, which total nearly $100. Instead, she's spending $65 dollars on a blow drying class at Eliut Rivera Salon.

Stylist Anita Sun is taking them through the steps so they can achieve that professionally coiffed look for less.

"I need a professional telling me exactly how to do it and walking me through the steps and reminding me that I can do it," student Ashley Sneed said.

"I figured if there's something I can actually learn to do myself, why not?" Sneed said.

It looks like the class is a good investment. For more information, visit

You probably think hiring a stylist is an extravagant expense. But consider what an Upper East Side boutique called Edit offers. They'll send a stylist to your home to help you create new looks out of the clothes you already own, including clothes you may be sick of.

"It's really stretching what you have," Edit stylist Valerie Aston said.

The stylist costs about $250 an hour, but that cost becomes a store credit you can use to fill in the gaps without having to buy a whole new wardrobe.

For more information, visit

And makeup is a great way to freshen up your look. You'll really glow when you hear the price - one dollar.

Eye Lips Face Makeup is a super stylish way to save.

"It's for the girl that really wants the luxury for less, and who wants to be a little bit of a recessionista during this time," E.L.F. Makeup's Achelle Dunaway said.

And Eyes Lips Face makeup is sold mostly online. For more information, visit


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lauren Glassberg


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