16 Ways To Blog Fashion/Beauty On A Budget

Saturday, February 23, 2013
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Jumper-F&F(Tesco), Bag-Ebay, Cross-MinimumMouse 

Any fashion or beauty blogger will know that blogging can be costly. You can’t review the same product more than once and there are only so many ways a piece of clothing can be made versatile. Not only that but you want your blog content to fresh, varied and on trend. You can’t keep it that way without spending money or can you?

It was when reading some #bbloggers and #fbloggers comments over on Twitter that I noticed like me, others worry about running out of outfit ideas without spending money or not being able to afford the latest beauty product that they so desperately want to review. But also who wants to buy a £40 beauty product to find out that all the hype was fluffed up beauty nonsense. Not every hyped product works for every skin type.

Well this is where I came up with some ideas of how to blog on a budget and save you and me some dollar (as I also need wardrobe test these ideas out myself).

Beauty Blogging

1. Ask the makeup counters for samples or send off for some online. Don’t go out and buy the full sized product straight away. Review the small sized sample and write in your post if it’s worth buying the full sized.

2. Review your friends or families products. If you've been looking into buying it and someone you know already has is, test it out and review it on your blog.

3. Create your own products. Use an old lipstick turn it into a lip gloss using petroleum jelly or create your own body scrub from brown sugar etc. DIY beauty products are a big hit and it makes it a little different from a template review.

4. If you've only used a product once and you hate it. Sell or swap it online. If the product is a pump or pipette dispenser most people will buy it as long as you mention it’s been used.

 5. Take photos of the samples in store (ask for permission) and review them. You don’t have to purchase an item to write about it on your blog.

 6. Blog products you don't like especially if its a hyped product. I read carbon copy reviews on hyped products and see a lot of content glazes over the negative points or some people don't even bother to write a post because they didn't love the product. Its interesting to read bad reviews as much as it is to read a positive as one product can't work for everyone!

7. Find cheaper versions of high end products by researching online to find ones that contain a high percentage of the same ingredients. For example the lower end self tanner St Moriz contains 99% of the same ingredients as the more expensive self tanner St Tropez.

8. Display your monthly empties in a blog post. Its a great way to show your favourite monthly products without having to buy the replacement just yet.

Fashion Blogging

1. Buy it and take it back. If you want to keep your outfit posts fresh or you’re looking to buy an item but can’t afford it just yet then “borrow it”. Keep the tags on, take your snaps and then take the items back to store. As long as you don’t wear the items out or take the tags off its fine! 

2. Re-use your old outfit post photos. Create a trend board, fashion report, post about your favourite outfits or the ones you regret wearing etc.

3. Layer up. Adding layers to an outfit can change the whole look, making outfit post completely unique to the one where you’re wearing say, the same skirt. Or more importantly borrow items of clothing from your friends and family.

4. Take photos of the items of clothing in the stores changing room or on the hanger. Shoppers love to know what’s hanging on the rails in store. But some shops like Primark don’t have online and therefor posts on what’s in store with your opinion are a winner!

5. Shop on EBay. It’s become so popular that your guaranteed to find that Zara, American Apparel, Topshop, French Connection look alike bag hiding on there somewhere minus the hefty price tag. Just think key words!

6. If your re-wearing a key item to outfit post again but with new accessories or jewellery, take the photos in a different area than you took in the last post you wore it. It will add contrast to the photos and it'll look completely unique.

7. Ask for help from other bloggers. If your creating a trend post why not contact other bloggers to ask if you can use their photos to compile a trend report?

8. Guest blogging. Invite other bloggers or friends to post outfits/ fashion on your blog as a "guest". It will  take on a unique twist to your regular posts and if they are another blogger its a great way to promote both yours and their blog.



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37 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed reading this post :) Sometimes I struggle thinking how I'm going to keep my blog interesting once all the products I have will run out. Thanks for the help xx

    www.charissarae.com

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    1. Thanks doll. Glad it helped you out. :) x

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  2. Great post hun, these are fab tips! It can be so hard to keep things fresh and new without a massive bank balance. Xx

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    1. Thanks Laura :) Sometimes it's pressure to buy something when you don't actually need it, only to freshen up a blog post! x

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  3. Such great tips! I will have to try the buying and taking back gig lol

    Be great if you could check my latest outfit post feat a camo jacket from Fashion Union.

    Thanks :) Charlie UK Fashion Blog | Lurch Hound Loves xx

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    1. Thankyou. I frikkin love Fashion Union! X

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  4. Fantastic ideas! I think beauty boxes are great aswell, you can blog what you got then blog about when you use them :)

    lookinglikeamillion.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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    1. Beauty boxes are a great idea! You get alot of products for around £10 a month x

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  5. Such good ideas. I particularly agree with you on number six for beauty bloggers, and it's something that really grinds my gears. If a product is not all that - ESPECIALLY a massively hyped up one - then I want to know about it. Blogging shouldn't be about being a sheep and just agreeing with what everyone else says - if you don't like something then say so. You might even save someone some money!
    I have hated so many products that others seem to love, and I actually enjoying telling my side of the story on them.
    Mel x

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Exactly it's like not only do hyped products get over blogged but everyone has the same opinion brushing over the negatives x

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  6. thanks for this post. you gave really great tips. feel free to check out my blog alizarayne.blogspot.com

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  7. Some great tips here, i think the borrowing idea is good. Never thought of that at all !

    http://lauralouisehaynes.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Glad you found it useful Laura, thanks for leaving a lovely comment :)

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  8. Great tips about how to be creative with what you have to produce content - and not spend spend spend. Also on the beauty stuff - you don't have to only blog new products, do old favourites that you already have - sure you won't have that sparkling brand new pic but you could a store pic as you mention for that.

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    1. I completely agree. Old products are ultimate favourites. X

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  9. I love these tips! You've made a follower out of me. It's good to see a post that isn't all about spending money to become a good blogger

    Roxy's Box of Tricks  
    xxx

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  10. wow this post is really informative and has given me ideas on new posts - thanks!

    thank you for your link on twitter. you blog is a gem and I'm now following :)

    cllrs.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for taking a peek. Glad you enjoyed reading it il be pouring a few more of these into the blog :)

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  11. Such a useful post, I'll definitely try some of these ideas for my blog :-)

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    1. That's great! Glad you found it useful :) thanks for reading. X

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  12. Really great tips! The first fashion tip sounds like me when I'm getting ready for a night out, oops :') xx

    mypalaceofalice.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I have that bag, such a steal. Love it

    Beka


    bekasbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  14. There are some amazing tips on here i would never of thought of half of these ideas.
    www.littleblondelife.com
    Sammie
    x

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    1. Thanks Lady! So happy you found it to be useful. :) x

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  15. Those are really effective idea, but it will take some time. I should appreciate about reviewing small or sample products rather than buying big ones.

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  16. Great post, I will definitely using some of these tips!

    http://kumbear-xo.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  17. Time doesn't matter if we have these kinds of ideas....

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  18. I totally agree with the beauty blogging s' 7th tip. :)

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  19. The fourth tip is a strong marketing tool as well.

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  20. I agree with you charlotte..... :)

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  21. Continue posting about this topic because it's very interesting. Mine I started my blog with very basic.Thanks for the post.

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