This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
Drugstore makeup used to be the affordable option, but people are finding more often that even everyday makeup is mostly out of our price range, and the top quality goods are sky high. Don’t settle for second best, though; it is possible to find some real beauty bargains when you shop smart. From sample sales to super discount codes, to everything in between, when you know where to look, you’re guaranteed some bargains.
Sign up to store cards
When you save while you spend with store reward cards, you’ve got a beauty gift at the end which cost you no money, which is basically the best bargain there is. Many store cards will send you discount vouchers and free gifts by post throughout your time with them, making it more attractive for you to shop with them. Just be careful when you sign up and make sure you read the small print.
Embrace the clearance shelves
Oh boy, is there any better feeling than discovering an incredible brand, hidden on the back of the clearance shelf? It completely justifies all the time you spend filing through product after product, only to leave with nothing. Some stores have clearance shelves that you’ve only ever pictured in your dreams. If you’ve never explored the beauty sales of TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, you’re missing a trick. Yes, you might leave with nothing, but if you do find something from Nars, Chanel, Smashbox, or any other great brand, at a fraction of its recommended retail price, you’re going to leave feeling as through you’ve won the lotto. Just make sure that you check the state of the product in the box before you take it to check out – sometimes people assume that because it’s on clearance, that they can poke and prod it, and there’s nothing worse than getting home with a damaged product.
Praise the vouchers
With a little bit of time and attention, there are some great bargains to be found online, not just on sale sites, but on voucher and coupon websites as well. Some stores offer over 50% off the recommended price when you use a discount code through a discount site, so it’s well worth the time spent looking for them. Beauty and fashion retailers are commonly found on these sorts of sites, such as the Pretty Little Thing discount code that can be found here – hunting for bargains has never been easier.
Go for gifts with purchase
This might not seem like the most economical way to proceed, but if you’re looking to treat yourself, it can work really well. Many great brands will give you a free gift worth more than the cost of your purchase when you buy something specific, or spend a certain amount of money on their brand. Department stores are the best places to find these sorts of deals.
Buying great beauty products on a budget isn’t impossible, you’ve just got to know where to look. Good luck, and happy hunting!