Mrs. Amy’s Value Store Shopping Tips

Shopping on a budget can be done! Follow Mrs. Amy’s tips for shopping at value stores like Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, etc.

 

Women and shopping

 

Study the Splurge

Before you go shopping at value stores, spend some time “studying” your favorite boutiques and high-end shops first. Take notice of new trends or the type of things that stand out to you. Then, when shopping in the value stores, keep your eyes peeled for similar items. A perfect example was the black backpack we found in our Walmart Challenge. Ava and I LOVE Madewell bags, and the one we found is almost identical to the splurge backpack we’ve been drooling over. It was less than 1/4 of the price of Madewell’s version! Not too bad!

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Break Up Sets or Alter Items

Sometimes the value stores go a little overboard in the design department. A good example was the blue tie-dye top we featured in the Walmart Challenge. That top originally came with coral leggings with matching tie-dye bows at the ankles. Ummm…That’s a bit much. So, we used the top and paired it with simple white jeans! Perfecto! Let’s go back to the black backpack. We altered it. It originally came with a silver glittery luggage tag thingy hanging off of it. Again…just a bit much. So, we cut it off to make it look more like our favorite Madewell version! Less is more.

 

Be Picky!

You need to say “no” more than you say “yes,” when shopping in value stores. Shop with a critical eye, but not so critical that you can’t see potential. You just don’t want to get blurry vision when your shopping in value stores. It’s kinda like seeing a mirage in the dessert. After you’ve been in Walmart too long, everything kinda starts looking weirdly cute. Lol. But seriously, don’t buy every single thing that has potential. Be choosy.

 

Mix It Up

Value shopping is a science. The key to nailing it, is mixing your budget items with your splurge items. Everything in your closet doesn’t need to come from boutiques, but mixing in nicer pieces will keep your overall wardrobe looking more high-end.

 

Know What to Invest In

We think it’s better to have a few, well put-together outfits, than a closet full of random stuff. With that said, it’s important to know which items to spend more money on. Splurge on items that will go with multiple looks. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, have a really nice pair of jeans that are versatile. Invest in shoes that will go with almost everything. You could have a nice top or two to go with those jeans, but most of your tees, bags and jewelry could be bought on a budget. Spend on items you’ll use every day. We suggest not spending on trendy items if you can avoid it. Trends come and go quickly, so you don’t want to have a lot invested in them.

Top 5 Makeup Tips

1. Beautiful makeup starts with great skincare! Your skin needs to be clean, fresh and moisturized before you start your makeup! If you’re struggling with acne, be sure to read our Acne 101 post here:

Pimples, Zits and Blackheads…Oh My!

 

2. Start with your eye makeup! This might seem backwards, but if you’re applying eye shadow or even powder eyeliner, it will sprinkle down on your face and ruin the rest of your makeup. So, do your eye shadow and eyeliner first. We still like to save eyebrows and mascara for later, but do the powdery stuff on your eyes, then wipe away whatever residue falls on your face before applying the rest of your makeup.

 

3. Before we apply face powder or foundation of any kind, we like to start with primer! Primer smooths the skin, it helps conceal imperfections, it creates a prettier finish, and it makes your makeup last all day! Our favorite is by Smashbox.

 

If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, try the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer LIGHT.

If you aren’t acne prone, you can go with the original formula.

4. Be extra careful when choosing foundation, or the base of your face makeup. Two things are important when it comes to foundation: 1.) You must pick a color that matches your skin perfectly 2.) You need to choose just the right type or formula. For color matching, go somewhere like Sephora and get as much help as possible matching the color to your skin! Try it on in the store. We strongly suggest walking outside with a mirror to see how the makeup looks on your skin in the natural light. To choose the right type, you must educate yourself and know the differences before you go shopping. It’s also helpful to shop somewhere that will allow you to return whatever you’re not satisfied with. Sometimes nailing down the right makeup formula takes several tries before you find your favorite.

 

5. Never overlook your eyebrows! Eyebrows might just be the most important and overlooked step in a makeup routine. Eyebrows frame your face! If you have light hair, this step is especially important for you! Always fill in your eyebrows, ladies!