Tuesday, August 25, 2015


how to save money on makeup

Makeup is expensive.  Can I get an Amen?  Being the beauty blogger and self-professed makeup junkie I am my wish list of products constantly grows while my bank account screams dear lord woman put down the Sephora VIB card.  So in my pursuit to continually try new products I will find a bargain in any way I can.  And I thought why not share all my tips & tricks with you guys?  Everyone likes to save money right??  I hope you enjoy this post and if you have any other secrets on how to pinch a penny please let me know! I would be eternally grateful.   

  • Sign up for reward programs.  Two of the most well known are Sephora’s Beauty Insider membership and Ulta’s Ultamate rewards program, but drugstores offer perks as well!  CVS and Walgreens especially are always offering discounts and coupons for their most frequent customers.  By signing up for these programs you will often be awarded coupons and privy to free products.  Sephora has launched some killer 500 point perks as of late…I got a Marc Jacobs gift set that included a pencil eyeliner, lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and a mascara completely free!
  • Search for promo codes.  I can’t stress this enough!  I can’t tell you how many times I have snagged a free product or percentage off my purchase by taking a couple seconds to search if there is a special offer out there.  Prime example: if you checked out my last post on Tatcha Skincare you saw I scored a free travel size exfoliator, which I love BTW, just by taking a few seconds to google if the company had any current promo codes.
  • If you love a certain brand’s products buy through the actual retailer instead of a one-stop-shop like Sephora or Ulta.  For example Josie Maran always features sales and exclusive gift sets on her site that you may otherwise not know about if you’re only shopping at Sephora.   Companies may also offer products in a travel size version on these sites as well as introductory prices for new products.  Also make sure you sign up for newsletters with your favorite companies!  They will send promo codes and opportunities for free gifts directly to your inbox.
  • Definitely keep an eye out for blog sales.  Your favorite beauty bloggers are sometimes sent or purchase too many products they don’t end up using and will sell their unused goodies at a deep discount.  For example check out this awesome blog sale Blushing Wit recently featured on her site.
  • Hold out for seasonal sales.  Sephora generally features two sales a year for their beauty insider members; one 15% off sale, and the big kahuna their 20% seasonal sale that is usually featured in October or November.  Ulta will also come out with a 20% off coupon a couple times a year for their prestige products, this means 20% off everything with no exceptions.  If you’re lusting after a product you can save some shekels by holding out for one of these sales. 
  • Shop outlet stores such as Overstock.com and allcosmeticswholesale.com  These sites will feature “shelf pull items”, aka last season, mislabeled, discontinued products or items with defected packaging.  However this doesn’t mean the item itself is defective.  It’s also worth a look at shopping sites Ebay and Poshmark when searching for a bargain.  Just make sure you always do your research to ensure you’re buying from a credible source.
  • Follow your favorite brands on social media.  You will be in the know about exciting new product launches and also be privy to exclusive sales.  A couple months back Tarte featured an exclusive sale on their instagram, 40% off all products!  
  • Check out flash sale sites like GILT and HauteLook for beauty deals.   I have seen HauteLook feature some awesome beauty brands such as Tarte and The Balm and GILT often has special deals or vouchers for high end brands.  Simply for being a GILT member I was sent a $30 voucher to be used at bobbibrowncosmetics.com last fall.  Score.
  • Take advantage of recycling programs!  You can recycle old MAC, Kiehl’s, and Lush containers to get free products in return.  For example if you return five pots to LUSH you are rewarded with a free fresh face mask, return 6 primary packaging containers to MAC to get a free lipstick, and return ten empty Khiel’s bottles for a free travel sized product.  Gratis merch = a happy girl.   
  • Check out discount stores like T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack.  They will feature high end products for a lot less.  Last weekend I caved and bought a full price Essie polish at Ulta and imagine my disappointment when I saw the same exact shade a day later at T.J. Maxx for half the price!                                            
xoxo Nicole

1 comment:

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