How To: Save Money on Cosmetics + More | Drugstore & Online

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a few things that I do to save money on my cosmetic purchases. I really do not like paying full price for makeup because there are too many ways to save.

Some of you may already know how but I wanted to post this for the ones who don't to spread the savings, especially with the holidays so close! Most of the websites mentioned will save you money on more than just cosmetics...
The first site I would like to talk about is Ebates. I'm sure many of you have heard of this site but I just started actively using it while making online purchases. For example, if I am purchasing something from Sephora, I would sign-in to my Ebates account and then locate Sephora on the site. You are taken to Sephora's full site via Ebates and upon making a purchase, you qualify for a percentage back (For Sephora, 4%). On top of getting cash back, there's a list of codes under the store you select to get additional product/samples or discounts! This post is in regards to cosmetics but Ebates caters to many shopping categories. You can redeem your cash back via check or Paypal, there's even an option to send the money to your favorite charity or a friend. The website keeps track of what websites you visit and how much you will be receiving back. Ebates will send you an email and I think it really comes in handy to stop at this site before purchasing online! The percentage that you get back varies from store to store.

I have been using RetailMeNot since I can remember, it's one of my go-to websites to grab a discount code. For instance, say that Ebates does not have the store you are shopping, RetailMeNot is a great source for coupon codes. Sometimes if you search "[Your Store] coupon codes" - RMN is probably one of the first, if not the first website that populates via your search. This is another website that can assist you with more than cosmetics. RetailMeNot also has a chat section and consumers like us, contribute and tell the site publishers about coupons to add!

I wanted to show you an example, I typed in Ulta and received a list of several codes. The other cool thing is that they list a success percentage of the code, so you will not waste your time trying to apply a code that is a dud!

One more website I wanted to mention is yet another favorite of mine, HauteLook.

From the website:

Acquired by Nordstrom in March 2011, HauteLook is a place where you'll discover thousands of the top fashion and lifestyle brands at amazing savings. Each day at 8 AM Pacific, shop new sale events featuring the best names in women's and men's fashion and accessories, beauty, kids' apparel and toys, and home d├ęcor at up to 75% off. Membership is free and everyone is welcome.

They frequently have amazing sales on Lorac, The Balm, etc. Most cosmetics sales are no less than between 30%-50% off. I mean these are really awesome sales that happen all year long! They are kind enough to work with popular brands often due to being such crowd pleasers. Their customer service is also great, think Nordstrom!

I also love that they tell you about all sales in advance right on their website, so you can make sure to sign in before merchandise sells out. I've been a member for so long and they really bring quality sales to you.

There are no fees to sign up for any of the sites mentioned, they are free and that is the cherry on top!

On to drugstore cosmetics, again there's really no reason to purchase full priced makeup at the drugstore- unless you're on a time crunch and need it that minute. There are countless amounts of coupons to utilize online, even on the drugstore sites themselves. I believe Ebates even has Walgreens and others on their site as well. Also, more stores like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Rite-Aid, etc. have sales by the week or bi-weekly. Usually, it's a generous percentage off or BOGO (Buy one, get one).

I find this helpful because some of the products like foundation or BB Cream can get a little costly for a drugstore purchase.

Here's an example from CVS online (20% off!).

Most drugstore websites will give you an online discount or in-store option.

Here's CVS in-store example, there's more on this list.

You can also easily sign-up for their CVS and CVS Beauty email/card. This goes for all drugstores and other online deals. I know it can be a pain but it's worth it. I received $5 from CVS Beauty to spend after I spent $50 over a period of time. Also, it went up to $10 just for November!

CVS is probably my favorite at the moment but the other drugstores have awesome deals as well. I also love that certain stores will allow you to return cosmetics that you just weren't happy with. I luckily have selected the correct foundation shade but if not, it's nice to know that I'm not stuck with the wrong item or something that I really do not like. It's also a great idea to ask what the return policy is before you purchase cosmetics from a drugstore.

This is a lot to read but just one more tip! I dislike getting spammed with several emails, so I would suggest creating a new email that is specifically for coupons and similar mailings. This will keep your mailbox uncluttered and you'll have full access to all of your potential savings under one email address.

If you have any questions/comments, feel free to leave them below. I really appreciate each and every one of you who read my blog and take time to comment and/or share. Thank you so much! 

Feel free to share something that I haven't mentioned! Sharing is a wonderful thing!

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart."




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