Raise your hand if you love looking like a million bucks. Keep your hand raised if you want to look like a million bucks without spending a ton of money.
Being a girly girl, I’ve gravitated toward makeup and hair products since I was in my teens. It all started with CoverGirl and Maybelline cosmetics at the local Rite Aid next to my high school. My friends and I would walk over after school and browse the drugstore’s makeup section, wishing we had money to spend on the latest lipstick, mascara or hairspray. These days, I spend a lot more time shopping online for beauty products — in the comfort of my home and in my pajamas.
So, how do you look fabulous without breaking the bank? Here are my top seven tips for getting glammed up for less.
1. Join the Sephora Beauty Insider Program
If you’re a beauty addict, you probably shop at Sephora quite often. Did you know about its beauty rewards program? The Beauty Insider program lets you earn points on every purchase. You can then redeem those points for freebies, including makeup, beauty classes, custom makeovers and more. You can start earning freebies with as little as 100 points. Best of all, it’s free to join and every dollar spent gets you one point closer to a beauty perk.
2. Look for Coupons and Deals
Never pay full price when you can save money with the click of a button. Slickdeals.net is the largest deal-sharing community with over 10 million active members. At any given time, our members are out there sourcing and posting the best deals anywhere on the internet. Before you shop, check out the coupons available from Sephora, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Ulta and many more.
3. Get Free Samples
Try it before you buy it. Places like Beauty.com, Sephora and Nordstrom give you free samples with purchases. Or, you can just go to Sephora and makeup counters at department stores and ask for samples of something you’re interested in trying. Usually, the salesperson is more than happy to help you out.
4. Try DIY Beauty Products
If you don’t want to spend money to buy it, you can always make it with ingredients you might have on hand already. A simple recipe for a face and body scrub consists of only four ingredients: lemon, honey, olive oil and sugar. Mix it all together, and you have an all-natural scrub you can use at a fraction of the price.
5. Buy Multitasking Beauty Products
Another easy way to save money is to buy products that are multitaskers. The MAC Paint Stick, for example, can be used as a blush. And NARS The Multiple can be used on the eyes, lips, cheeks and body. Now, that’s great use of one product.
6. Recycle Makeup Containers
Some makeup and beauty brands have a program where you return their containers and get discounts or products in return. For example, Kiehl’s Recycle and Be Rewarded program gives you a stamp on your Reward Card for every empty, full-size Kiehl’s Product you return. Once you hit 10 stamps, you get a free travel collection product. It’s good for the environment — and good for your wallet.
7. Opt for Generic Brands
Popular brand names can cost a lot of money. But, if you need basics like cotton balls, cotton swabs, nail polish remover and makeup remover wipes, buying the store brand is fine and works just as well if not better. Target’s Up & Up brand has a pretty good reputation, and I’m a fan of their baby wipes. I use them for everything, including cleaning up after my cats.
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