We're lovers of luxe and drugstore products alike, but while we know how to split our time between expensive and affordable products, we love hearing about how to save even more money while we shop, regardless of the type of product. Especially with the holidays upon us, we don't want to spend an arm and a leg on all of the beauty gifts we plan to get our loved ones, and appreciate a good hack to help drive the final total down. Thankfully, we've found a number of great tricks for keeping our bank accounts happy this season while also making our gift receivers beam with happiness too.
See our favorite beauty shopping hacks below!
Oftentimes, if you spend a certain amount on major beauty sites like Sephora and Ulta, you'll receive free samples. Right now on Sephora.com, you'll receive three free samples with any purchase! This is a great bonus to add to a loved one's gift or even to give as stocking stuffers (or to keep for yourself—hey, we're not judging).
It's never fun when you make an impulse purchase, then find out it's been marked down at a later date. Instead, check out sites like Polyvore and Shopbop that allow you to "favorite" an item, then after you've selected your favorites, they'll follow up with email updates when that item has gone on sale.
Follow your favorite sites on Instagram and Facebook. Aside from seeing what the brands are up to and what beauty tips they're posting, they'll often post sales and insider deals that their followers will be first to know about.
Lipstick.com revealed an incredible secret that we guarantee will make your online shopping experience more enjoyable this holiday season: Honey. It's a Chrome extension where the "H" in Honey will turn orange when a deal is available on the site you're shopping on, and subsequently, a number will appear. This denotes the number of coupon codes that are currently available for that site. To make things even better, Honey will apply for you the coupon codes that are applicable to your purchase once you're ready to check out. Pretty cool, right?
It's so simple yet so helpful. Stores often place more expensive items at eye level so that they're in plain sight and thus will catch your attention first. Instead, look below (and even above) this area for more affordable alternatives.
We love makeup kits and sets. These are a great way to save money and try a number of different products at once. We're a big fan of Benefit's kits, like its Pret-a-Party Full-Face Makeup Kit ($49), which includes They're Real! Mascara, Porefessional Primer, Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain, and Fakeup Hydrating Concealer, all in one adorable box set.
According to Cosmopolitan, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are the most popular days for sites to post sales and discount codes, so aim to start your online holiday shopping spree mid-week.
Saw a commercial or read about a sale coming up at your favorite beauty store or counter in a department store? So you don't miss out on the deals, set an alarm on your phone or mark it in your online calendar. You can also subscribe to different stores' email listings and receive a notification when they're having sales (like Sephora's Beauty Insider program!).
What tips do you have for saving money on beauty gifts? Please share below!
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