When it comes to beauty products and spending money, the sky is the limit. While I do splurge from time to time, it’s important for me to find luxury that doesn’t come with a steep price tag. There are three main tips that I always abide by when it comes to purchasing beauty products, and I typically do them in a particular order. It helps me decide if I can save money on the item or not or whether I really want a certain product or not. Check out my three money-saving tips below.
Beauty Luxe For Less:
- Find a “dupe” for a product. I always ask myself if there is a duplicate version of the product I love. I will often use Google to search for the brand name and shade, and simply add the word “dupe” at the end of it. There are so many great bloggers and makeup artists out there who have discovered what inexpensive products look exactly like higher end versions. This also applies to skin care, with people reviewing products and comparing them to much more expensive, higher-end brands. There is usually always a great inexpensive drugstore “dupe” for the item I want. I love being able to pay $5 for a lipstick shade that looks identical to the $30 lipstick!
- NEVER leave the promo code box empty when shopping online. Always sign up for in-store rewards card programs. Whether you shop online or in-store, these are two tips that believe it or not, a lot of people miss! I never leave the promotional/discount code box empty when I shop online. There are fantastic coupon websites out there that people can submit coupon codes of all kinds to. Simply type into Google “(name of your retailer here) promo code” and you’d be surprised at how many there are available, from free shipping to a certain percentage off. It is very rare when I leave the promo code box empty when shopping online. Also, if you’re more of an in-store buyer, be sure to sign up for their rewards or frequent buyer program. You wouldn’t believe how many of my friends and family bypass this feature when I ask them if they have a store rewards card! It’s usually free, takes just a minute or two, and the rewards add up before you know it. I’ve gotten everything from $10 to $25 off from multiple store rewards cards! If you give them your e-mail address, they will often send you coupons that you can print out, and almost always send you one for your birthday. It is these rewards that really add up throughout the year and help me score major deals.
- Make it yourself at home. If you can’t find a duplicate inexpensive item and there is no promotional code or coupons, ask yourself if you can make it at home. There are tons of beauty products you can make at home with your own kitchen ingredients. There are great recipes and directions on how to make everything from dry shampoo to conditioner to homemade face masks online. There are even blogs dedicated to DIY beauty treatments! I personally love using Pinterest to find DIY ideas for beauty treatments. I recently stopped spending money on dry shampoo at the store because I realized how easy it was to make my own dry shampoo at home (I already had the ingredients!). I even made my own makeup setting spray, which saves me from purchasing a $35 bottle of it. Not only does it save you money, but often times it can be fun and rewarding to make your own concoctions at home and share them with family and friends.
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