Hi, girls and geeks!
How’s the new year treating you so far? I hope you are filled with renewed enthuasiasm to pursue your goals this year!
Is one of your goal saving money for investment but at the same time collecting more of the things you love like lip balms or getting the latest iPad?
Impossible? Not really! In order to do both, you just need to know how to work with your existing resources.
This is exactly what I’ve learned by the end of 2012!
So, to start the year, I’d like to share some lessons I’ve learned that can help you make the most out of 2013. Some of this stuff, I had to learn the hard way. Which is a good thing. Now, I can share them with you as practical tips!
Hopefully, these tips can help you become a smart and practical girly geek– without having to sacrifice your love for makeup, fashion, and technology.
Beauty and Fashion Tips
Tip #1 - Maximize existing beauty resources.
I am guilty of buying beauty products simply because the packaging looks attractive. Most of the time, these products only look good from the outside. So, I usually end up with a lot of unused products on my dresser. This is not only impractical, but it can also hurt the environment!
So, I’ve made a promise this year to only buy products that I actually use and only to buy them when the bottles are about to be empty. This way I don’t have to spend extra money in buying products I won’t use. Plus, I will end up with less trash!
Bonus Tip: If ever you are feeling adventurous and want to try a new beauty product, buy a small bottle first. So, if ever your skin doesn’t agree with it, you’re not stuck with a huge bottle gathering dust in your dresser.
Tip # 2- Less is better.
In connection with tip # 1, less is always better. My makeup routine is pretty simple and straightforward. I only use foundation, loose powder, blush, eyebrows, mascara, eyeliner, and lip gloss/lipstick on a daily basis. I rarely wear eyeshadow.
But one time, I bought what I thought was an original MAC makeup just because it was on sale. At that time, I had a perfectly good foundation and mascara. As it turned out, I was doped by the sales lady. Somehow, I knew that I was buying fake MAC products, but I was so blinded by the fact that I got a huge discount. Thank God I only spent P350 and didn’t buy the whole thing!
So, this year, I’ll only buy makeup products that I use the most and from trusted sellers.
The same goes for wearing makeup. When you wear too much color, it doesn’t look good at all — most especially in photos. It’s always important to balance the colors you use. If you’re wearing a hot pink or a really strong color lipstick, you probably want to choose a more neutral eye makeup. Unless you’re Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, it’s best to stick with the less-is-more rule.
Tip # 3- Reinvent outfits instead of buying new ones.
In a course of one year, you probably have attended a dozen of different parties and events. Usually, you have the urge to buy a new dress or outfit for each event. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this! We all want to look pretty and fresh on public gatherings. But more often than not, the dresses you buy are usually just worn once. After that, it will be forever stuck in your closet — unnoticed until the day that you decide to give it away.
So, to save on money and become creative, you can actually reinvent your existing clothes. Here are some ideas:
Trim long dresses.
Do you have a maxi dress that you no longer like? Don’t give it away just yet. What you can do is have it trimmed and transform it into a cocktail dress or a little black dress.
Add fashionable belt.
Belts don’t cost as much as a new outfit, so it’s one of the best ways to reinvent an old dress. There are gazilions of belt designs that you can choose from as well. The combination is truly limitless.
There are many ways to wear a scarf, which can totally change the look of your old dress. If you’re feeling bold, you can even just wear the scarf as the dress itself!
In this video, Michelle Phan shows you clever ways to wear one scarf:
BONUS FASHION TIP:
Now, that we’ve got the beauty tips covered, let’s see how you can become a better tech shopper this year.
Tip # 4 - Never buy first generation gadgets.
Sure, there is a surge of excitement in buying first generation gadgets. Owning this types of gadgets makes us feel powerful. But after a year or sometimes just a few months, this power is replaced with regret and longing for the newly released gadgets. Suddenly, the one you have is slower, thicker, and is no longer attractive.
This is most especially true when buying Apple products. As you know, when Apple releases a new generation gadget, the old ones get a markdown. So, when the first iPad came out, I waited for the second generation to be released, so I can get the first generation at a lower price. Big mistake!
Not only it was clunky, it didn’t have front and back cameras, retina display, and faster processor. Knowing that there is a better iPad, using the first one was a pain.
Mobile gadgets nowadays are like fashion trends, it can get obsolete very quickly. This is not only true for Apple devices, but for most brands really — like Samsung, HTC, and other Android devices.
So, as they say, good things come to those who wait. A good rule is to wait at least six months after the first generation is released. This will give you the time to think, weigh all of your options, and get the chance to buy an upgraded model of the first generation.
Basically, when you’re in doubt, it’s best to wait it out!
Bonus Tip: Before buying an Apple product, google rumors about future product releases. Tech sites like CNET, Mac Rumors, and Tys iPhone Help can be great sources for predictions. You’ll get details like the specs of the next iPhone/iPad and its release dates. Most of the time, these rumors and predictions are true!
2. Always pay cash.This tip can actually go hand-in-hand with the previous one. If you wait for the next generation, you get the chance to save your hard-earned money. Paying cash when buying gadgets is always better!
When we bought the Nikon D5100 laster year, the retail price was P42000. But since we paid cash, we got it for P35500 from Henry’s. I’m not talking about measly discounts! There was a difference of more than P6000!
If you can, try to save first and pay in cash. When you do:
- Stores give huge discounts;
- Gadget comes with freebies most of the time; and
- You don’t have to worry about monthly bills.
See, how easy your life would be?
3. Take advantage of the cloud.
Once you get your hands on your favorite gadget, connecting your device to a cloud service is a must! The cloud is like your external “hard drive” in cyber space. This allows you to manually and/or automatically upload contents like photos, notes, and contacts to the cloud. It’s very easy to do and most of these services are free!
Apple gives you five gig of free cloud storage. You can pay a nominal yearly fee if you want more space! If you don’t own an Apple device, you can still take advantage of services like Google Drive and Drop Box.
Following these tips can not only save you money, it can also help you become more creative and resourceful. With creativity and resourcefulness, you can enjoy doing the things you love while staying smart and practical.
And maybe, you will end up with less junk to throw away by the end of the year. That in itself is a huge bonus!
Wishing you all the best this 2013,