Thursday, May 21, 2009

How to Save Money When Buying Makeup

Okay guys, so obviously the U.S. economy isn 't at its best right now, but that doesn't mean you need to quit your beauty addiction cold-turkey. There ARE ways to save money and still get what you want. Here are some tips I have gathered from my personal experience and hopefully they will help you!

1) ALWAYS subscribe or register to your favorite makeup brand's website or blog. Typically, companies will favor subscribers and send discount coupons, emails, or codes that you can benefit from. For example, after you register at Lancome's website, the company will send you weekly emails with special promotion codes for gifts with purchase and the latest information on new products.

2) Ask for discounts or special promotions when you're buying makeup in person. A lot of the time, makeup stores have special discount days and you'll definitely want to know about them because buying makeup at a discount is like buying makeup on sale! ULTA, for example, has recently launched something called "College Day". Every first Tuesday of the month, ULTA will give 20% off to students with college IDs.

3) Compare prices! If you're big on drugstore makeup, I HIGHLY encourage you to compare prices because some stores DO charge more than others. In my own experience, it seems that Walgreens and CVS charge more than Target and Walmart, special promotions aside.

4) Browse through your weekly mail ads! A lot of stores will provide buy-one-get-one-free or buy-one-get-one-half-off discounts for drugstore makeup. ULTA is really big on this and so is Walgreens. So next time you're looking to buy a product, be sure to check to see if there is a special deal or not.

5) Try to wait for special promotions. Unless you're dying to get your hands on a product immediately or if you've completely run out, wait until your favorite brand or store has a special promotion. I usually check my products and take note of the ones I'm running low on. This way, I keep an eye out for specific brands and when there is a sale or discount coupon available, I will purchase exactly what I need.

6) Do some research! I stress this point OVER AND OVER again because it's SO important! Not everything that is advertised is a great product. Try to wait a few months after a product has been released to buy it because a simple Google search will likely turn-up consumer reviews of your product. This way, you will get a better idea of whether the product works like it advertises or not, and then decide on whether you still want to purchase it or not.

7) Look for some drugstore alternatives with the same ingredients contained in high-end products. I know the allure of high-end products is hard to resist, but what you may not know is a lot of that allure is just packaging! Some, not all, drug-store products match their high-end comeptition 100% and are usually half the price! Take for example, Philosophy's "On A Clear Day Retinol Clarifying Lotion". This high-end product is only 0.75 oz but is a staggering $40. On the other hand, ROC's "Retinol Multi-Correxion Night Treatment" is 1.0 oz and is only $20. Both products are based around retinol, but one is half the price of the other. If you're still thinking the Philosophy one is better, think again. I have had great success with ROC and wouldn't trade it for Philosophy in this case.

8) Try to cut out high-priced products that aren't important. For example, if you're using some face cleanser that costs $20 dollars, consider purchasing a drug-store equivalent. Unless you have highly sensitive skin, and even then, cleansers are cleansers and they usually don't make that big of a difference for your skin. If you can skimp on something like cleanser and toner, think about the money you would be saving to buy a high-end cream or moisturizer. Those products are the ones that have a longer-lasting effect for you and are thus more important and necessary.

I hope these tips help and that all of you beauty addicts continue your addiction!

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