Hey Everyone! Today I’m sharing my top tips on how to save money on makeup and beauty products. Hope you find these helpful and let me know if you have any other tips to add! 🙂
How to Save Money on Beauty Products
1. Join Loyalty Programs
My first recommendation to anyone looking to save money on beauty products is to sign up for loyalty rewards programs. Beauty stores like Sephora and Ulta both offer customers point rewards for every dollar you spend, and depending on how much you shop, the points can quickly accumulate and go towards purchasing big purchase items.
Drugstore chains such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS also offer reward programs which often give you cash back for purchases and coupon discounts on items you frequently purchase. Another nice perk in being a loyalty member is getting rewarded on your birthday or during your birthday month with a discount or freebie.
Here’s just a few programs I’m part of and would recommend signing up for:
Rite Aid Wellness +Plenti, CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club,Walgreens Balance Rewards, Sephora Beauty Insider, Sally Beauty Club, Ulta’s Ultamate Rewards, Shop Your Way Rewards
2. Shop Drugstore over Department Stores
If you’re truly looking to make your dollar stretch further when it comes to shopping for beauty products, hitting up your local drugstores will save you a ton of cash. Although there are occasions where the higher end makeup comes out on top, there are several products out there that perform just as good and in many instances better than your higher end versions. Which brings me to my next tip…
3. Use Beauty Blogs & Beauty YouTube Channels for Product Reviews, Dupes, and Tips
Want to know the best way to get the most bang for your buck? Do your research! Subscribing to your favorite beauty blogs and YouTube channels will help you determine whether or not a product is going to fit your needs and which products are worth spending more on.
Beauty bloggers/vloggers take the guesswork out for you in doing in-depth product reviews and notating drugstore dupes when they find them. Nouveau Cheap is one of my favorite websites, as it provides daily and weekly beauty deal alerts, and helpful beauty saving tips.
I also recently shared my favorite Beauty Youtubers over here, and plan to do a post soon with some of my fave beauty bloggers! 🙂
4. Combine Coupons with Sales
Coupons are a great way to save extra money off of beauty purchases, and brands including Covergirl, Loreal, Maybelline, Rimmel, Wet n’ Wild, and Almay frequently put coupons in the weekly newspapers or online at coupons.com. Combine those with awesome weekly drugstore sales or in-store deals at beauty retailers, and you can score beauty products at a discounted rate.
For example: Let’s say CVS has all Wet n’ Wild products on sale for 40% off, plus you have a $1 off 1 coupon. That would take a $3.99 eyeliner down to $2.39 and minus the coupon would make it $1.39!
Stores like Ulta and K-mart also frequently have B1G1 sales which can make for some great discounts when combined with in-store coupons from CouponSherpa.com and reward points. I’ve also noticed I often have better luck in finding newly released products at these stores because most people shop at drugstores nowadays and new products get gone fast.
5. Buy Beauty Basics at Dollar Stores
I should just be a Dollar Tree spokesperson at this point as much as I sing their praises, but seriously they sell so many beauty essential items that are too great of deals to pass up. We all have those beauty items that we go through quickly and it’s crazy to spend $5 on it when you can get it for $1.
I love purchasing items such as Q-tips, cotton balls, Vaseline, nail polish remover, hair ties, and bobby pins, and I’ve even scored a few e.l.f. brushes from time to time as well.
When To Splurge vs. Save?
Splurge: Skincare items, Foundation, Concealer, Eyeshadow Palettes
It’s important to take care of your skin, which is why I recommend investing in skin care products which meet your individual needs. Sometimes that means spending a little bit more money on products that are higher quality and will last longer.
While, there are several drugstore foundations and concealer products which are great for everyday use, higher end brands sometimes offer better coverage and contain higher-quality base ingredients which last longer on the face.
I also personally recommend going ahead and spending more on high quality eyeshadow palettes with brands such as Lorac, Urban Decay, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Makeup Geek, and MAC. The eyeshadows are long-lasting, the pigmentation is tenfold better than most drugstore shadows, and it’s worth the long-term investment.
Save: Lipgloss, Liners, Nail Polish, Mascara
Products such as lipgloss and nail polish contain virtually the same ingredients no matter the price point, which is why I recommend saving your money and buying the drugstore versions.
Unless you’ve found a holy grail product, I also recommend buying drugstore mascaras since mascaras are technically supposed to be replaced every 3 months. Plus, I’ve personally never found a high end mascara that’s beat out my go-to drugstore products! 🙂
Extra Tips for Extra Savings:
- Always visit your favorite brand’s website to see if they have an e-mail sign-up for discounts, freebies, insider sales, and product release notifications.
- Plan ahead for Annual Sale Events such as Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty or Sephora’s VIB Sale, which offer deep discounts on consumer beauty favorites.
Be sure and check out some of my other beauty tips, and check out this post if you want helpful tips on How to Save Money on Groceries! Have any other tips or advice on how to save money on beauty products? Share with me in the comment section!
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Have a wonderful week!- Cara
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