Elle Bee Beauty
06. 08. 2015

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Does anyone else feel the same about this quote? I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to save! Well thats what I’m going talk about today. I’m going to teach you all my tips and tricks on how I like to save on beauty products. Whether you’re a makeup hoarder (like myself), or just wanting to start your collection without spending a fortune. This post will have all the answers!

Ebates

This is my first stop in ANY purchase I make online. Sometimes I purposely just buy stuff online as opposed to going in store, just to get the credit on my Ebates account. If you’re unfamiliar with Ebates, it’s an app that literally pays you to shop online!  If you’re anything like me, and hate shopping in store, this app has your name all over it. You can choose from hundreds of different stores (Sephora, Ulta, Target are my go-to’s). Each store has a different percentage that you will get back, and every 3 months they send you a check! Ebates will also email you if any of “your stores” have specific sales going on.

Example: I got an email saying Bobbi Brown was having their friends and family sale. They sell my favorite eye cream, ringing in at a whopping $75. I got 20% off that + free shipping + 8% off my entire order online with Ebates. It’s a no brainer if you ask me!

  Here’s my link if you’re interested in signing up

Subscription Boxes

This may seem like a waste of money to some people, especially if you don’t like everything they send you. But this is a great way to try out new products without spending the money for the full size. I use to be subscribed to the Ipsy bag ($10/month) and I have about 3 products that I can’t live without now, that I would have never purchased on my own. It gives you the opportunity to grow your collection and try new things, without having the commitment of the full size amount and price. It also helps you realize things you might not like, and not feeling bad about wasting money a product!

Coupons

This one might seem super obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are oblivious to the fact that makeup/beauty coupons are everywhere! I won’t go super in depth on this, but I will list the main source of my coupons

-Ulta

-Target Cartwheel App

-20% any item @ Bed Bath & Beyond (most stores have a beauty sections)

-Walgreens/CVS

-Online coupons

-Sunday paper

Store Perks

Ulta: Ulta is my jam! Most people will say that Ulta is more expensive, and I will agree with that. But when you get their BOGO 1/2 off combined with their $3.50 off a $10 purchase, the savings is worth the few extra cents that they charge on products. Their BOGO’s are always on my favorite brands. Not to mention, when you become a member, you get points for every dollar you spend. Once you hit a certain amount of points, it will convert to cash towards your next purchase. On top of all of that, they will randomly send members a little “thank you for being a member” coupon for 20% that can be combined with their $3.50 off! WIN!

Sephora: Sephora isn’t always the most budget friendly place. I usually save up and budget accordingly anytime I even walk into a Sephora. I wanted to mention them though because they do have a rewards program. I just recently reached VIB status and it’s basically a point system that lets you try out products once you’ve reached a certain point level. The one thing that I am looking forward to by becoming VIB status is, every year they have two major sales depending on what status you are in (Beauty insider, VIB, & VIB Rouge). They have one coming up in November, and if you have reached VIB status you can get 20% off your entire order. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you can easily spend $100 in a store, 20% is  BIG savings. (Also, as I said before Sephora is on Ebates and you can get 8% cash back when making an online purchase)

Walgreens/CVS: I’m not super familiar with their rewards and point system, but I do know they both have one. I have the Walgreens rewards card and you basically get points on your purchase that you can eventually turn into money. I don’t go as much to reap the benefits, but they still deserved a mention. They also have frequent BOGO 1/2 off certain makeup brands (similar to Ulta).

Do Your Research

The most important thing about saving money on makeup and beauty products is to do your research! One of my favorite things to do is read reviews on anything I want to buy. If you’re contemplating buying an expensive foundation/primer/lipstick etc. but worried about it not being right for you, look it up and do your research! Go on Youtube and watch reviews on products (make sure its not sponsored). I gaurantee almost anything you are contemplating buying will have a review on it. Make sure the product is right for your skin type, skin tone, coverage, durability, the list is endless. Most importantly, make sure its going to be worth the money. It doesn’t matter if something is $2 or $50, you wanna make sure you’re going to like it! Just because something is hyped about, doesn’t necessarily mean it’’s going to be right for you. So do your research, ladies!

I hope you enjoyed this post and hope you found it helpful! If anyone else has any money saving trick, I would love to hear them. Let me know :)

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week. Talk to you soon!

<3

LB

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