5 Tips to save money on makeup and skin care

01 Jul 2014

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. 😉


Kizzy, blogger behind Kizzy Online, originally created this blog to use as her personal life journal. When she moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2010, she started focusing more on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She also writes about her life as a wife and a mom of 2 in San Diego, California.


  1. Annette Lanham Says: July 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Accepting returns would be great here in the UK but unfortunately you can’t unless it’s unused and in the package!

  2. I know, it’s the same in the Netherlands… I think only the US is crazy like that! 😉

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