Top tips for beauty blogging on a budget

Tips for beauty blogging on a budget

Blogging and especially beauty blogging can be an expensive hobby. It’s hard and it can feel a little overwhelming trying to compete with the bloggers who seem to have a limitless credit card and endless PR connections. But over the years I’ve realised that beauty blogging doesn’t have to be about reviewing the latest releases. It can be about anything related to beauty and you can definitely do this on a budget. So here are my top tips for beauty blogging on a budget.

Keep your start up costs low 

I’m a big believer that you really do not need to spend a fortune when you first start blogging. I’ve been blogging for over three years now and I didn’t start with a DSLR or a Macbook. In fact I still don’t use a Macbook. I only upgraded my camera last year and when I first started I used my iPhone to take my early blog pictures. You can pretty much start a blog with no money. Most people own a computer or a laptop, you probably have a camera on your phone and you can set up a free blog with blogger.

Beauty blogging doesn’t mean lots of new products 

You don’t need lots of new products to blog about beauty. There are so many other things you can talk about as a beauty blogger. In fact, I prefer blogs that focus on other things rather than just product reviews. How about your monthly favourites, or products you’ve used up that month? What about your routines, these could be skincare or haircare based. And everyone loves to see a tutorial. If you want to see more ideas, then check out my 50 beauty blog post ideas from last week.

Subscription boxes are your friend 

If you do want to review products then sign up to a beauty subscription box. Not only do these make a great post on their own as you ‘un box’ your Glossybox or Birchbox, but you can then use the products for future blog posts. Especially as most boxes contain at least one or two full sized items. Or why not search the sales for discounted beauty products and don’t forget fellow blogger’s sales. These are filled with great products that you can try and review yourself.

Are there any other tips you can share on how to blog on a budget?


  1. February 27, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Awww FABULOUS post my love.. I feel like so many people think you need a new laptop/camera/new beauty purchases every week so have a good beauty blog.. but this is SO not the case .. you can have such an amazing blog without spending money (well not much :P).. thanks for the tips girly !! It will definitely help new bloggers SO much!


  2. February 27, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Love this post! Blogging is only how expensive you make it. Some of my favourite beauty bloggers write features, not actual reviews. Sub boxes do sounds like a good option, but I always worry that I’d get a box that didn’t have anything in it that I liked!


  3. February 27, 2016 / 11:58 am

    I used to love all my beauty boxes! I’ve been using my mobile to take photos for years now but would love to purchase a DSLR. I sell small advertising packages on my blog for only around £1-£2 and save all the money in my Paypal account. I’ve just been letting that build up to help save for a new camera.

  4. nueyork
    February 27, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    It’s such an important message to tell new bloggers that they don’t need to invest in a fancy DSLR! For the first year of blogging I used my iPhone as well and I really did produce some lovely photos. x

  5. February 29, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    I love the tips in this post! To be a beauty blogger doesn’t mean you have to buy every single beauty release that comes out, i’d be bankrupt lol! I find it helpful to take one product and turn that into a variety of many different types of posts!!

    Such a great post lovely, I just found your blog on bloglovin and can’t wait to read more of your posts!

  6. March 3, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    Such great tips! I am subscribed to soo many subscription boxes, I think I need to calm down haha x

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