My first how to is dedicated to those who has a passion or inclination towards buying beauty products. I have a few tips and tricks I would like to share to further help us all release our inner beauty and creativity without breaking the bank. I hope you enjoy reading this how to about finding beauty products on a budget and let me know other tips I may have missed!
Part I – Finding Products
Being a Makeup Enthusiast, Makeup Collector, or Makeup Artist may seem like it takes a lot of money to do properly. This does not have to be the case. Everyone starts somewhere and if you don’t have the newest, fanciest, most high-end products on the market do not be discouraged.
I’ve compiled a list of resources to help you get started on your beauty journey. Products are a must, but spending thousands of dollars on them is not. If you haven’t learned anything about me yet, do know I LOVE a good bargain. Let’s get to the list now, shall we?
Drugstore Products –
There are a lot of great beauty gems hidden in the aisles of Walmart, Ulta (drugstore section), CVS/Walgreens, and Target. Do your research before buying (you don’t want to end up wasting money you don’t need to) and you can find dupes for popular high-end products. I recommend the Maybelline Fit Me collection, Sonia Kashuk collection, and almost anything by Makeup Revolution!
All Cosmetics Wholesale –
One of my favorite sites the find discounted products All Cosmetics Wholesale. They have so many great brands including MAC, Urban Decay, NARS, Too Faced, and Smashbox. The last things I bought from here were NARS Sheer Matte Foundation (discontinued) and a bunch of MAC Pigment samples (to press into my own palette). Quite often they run additional discounts on certain categories of products so always check back for a great deal!
Flash Sales –
Hautelook is another amazing site to find discounted products. You have to sign up to shop (use my referral code here, if you wish) but once you’re in, there are new deals each day. From Hautelook, I’ve purchased quite a large collection of products. Most recently, I’ve purchased Morphe Brushes, Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette, the Lime Crime Venus Palette, and a few Lime Crime Velvetines. Typically, the discounts range anywhere from 20-60% off retail price. There are a few cons to go with these pros – shipping is about $6 if your cart is under $100, there is a 15 minute time limit to hold something in your cart (products go FAST), and there is a long gap between ordering the product and receiving it in the mail. These things don’t typically bother me, I like receiving surprise shipments because it’s like a gift to myself that I had forgotten about!
Nordstrom Rack –
A majority of the items that are sent to Hautelook eventually end up on the shelves at Nordstrom Rack. But, Nordstrom Rack also gets additional inventory from Nordstrom stores! I recommend going here if you would rather not pay shipping or you want the actual product in hand. Each location is different but the ones near me generally have a fairly large beauty selection. There is usually a completely separate NYX Cosmetics display, with testers. I have also seen NARS gift sets, Essie nail polishes, smaller Lorac Palettes, Smashbox gift sets, and Bare Minerals sets.
After you’ve made your selections and are ready to make your purchase, check out Ebates to get some money back on your spending. Ebates works by offering a percentage of what you spend back to you in the form of a rebate. Each “store” on it’s website offers a different rebate percentage and Ebates aggregates it all for you. Once you hit your payment threshold, Ebates cuts you a “Big Fat Check” of all the money you earned and you can get back to spending on anything you want! Free cash never hurt, did it?