A lot of the products (makeup, skin care) I review here on my blog aren’t cheap. Some are, but a lot aren’t. There’s not much I can do about it really. Some times quality does cost more money and with a lot of products I definitely find that ‘a little bit goes a long way’. However, I do try to save as much money as I can on makeup. Below is how!
The most expensive product in my makeup routine: my Hourglass Immaculate foundation ($55).
1) I cut open skin care tubes to get all the product I might be missing otherwise.
I did this this morning actually with a lotion! You’d be surprised to see how much product was still left. I’ll probably get more than 5 more uses out of it still. This is probably the best tip I can give you to get the most out of your skin care products.
2) If I buy something and I don’t like it, I just take it back! Almost all makeup stores and drugstores, in the US, accept used makeup returns.
In case you end up getting sucked into a makeover and buying a ton of stuff you don’t want, here’s a little secret: it’s way easier to get a refund than you think. Yep, even if it’s been used or swatched more than once. Every store has a different return policy, but even big department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s give full refunds or store credit back for products.
3) I buy a lot of makeup at discount stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx.
Not too long ago I purchased two LORAC eyeshadow palettes for less than $12 each. Score! I also love to shop flash sale sites, like Hautelook. They often have high-end products for a lot less. That reminds me, Too Faced will be on Hautelook today (July 1). I’ll definitely be checking that out!
4) Before buying something, I always check for coupons.
Before buying online, I always check RetailMeNot. If there’s a coupon code out there for any particular online store, it will most likely be on this site. Also, before buying at Ulta, I always print out this $3.50 off $10 coupon (it’s a permanent coupon) and before buying at Sephora, I always check the sales page and the ‘weekly specials’ page, where you can find coupon codes that offer gifts with purchase.
5) Oils make a great (and cheap!) makeup remover.
I’ve used jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil…all work GREAT!
I’ll do a part 2 of this shortly, because I actually have a lot more tips to share (I don’t want to make this post too long). Like this post? Check out this post I wrote about why I don’t buy makeup at makeup counters. You might be surprised.