Bang-for-Your-Buck Beauty Tips

Sick of spending a fortune at Sephora on your everyday makeup and beauty products? Stop splurging on department store brands and use these tips to save some face …

1. Get Free Samples – Department store beauty brands such as Estee Lauder, Clarins and Clinique often host promotional giveaways when launching new products.  Make sure to ask the sales clerks or visit the brands’ websites ahead of time to learn about freebies or gifts-with-purchase before you settle on a specific product. You will be amazed how many cosmetics you can collect without spending a dime! Hint: A purchase at Sephora allows you three free samples – in store and online!

2. Get a Store Credit Card – Most department stores and name brands offer store credit cards, which, like most memberships, entitle you to discounts! As long as you stay on top of your payments, enrolling in a store’s loyalty program can reap many benefits such as free merchandise, early promotions and dollars saved. Hint: Even drugstores have loyalty programs – CVS‘ rewards program will track your savings and reward you with personalized coupons based on your shopping.

3. Buy the Cheaper Alternatives – Don’t be afraid to buy the store-brand alternative to the name-brand product. Many cosmetic manufacturers are owned by the same parent companies. As a result, they most likely produce the same products in different packaging with a higher price-tag. For example, the luxury product line, Lancome is owned by L’Oreal. While they come from the same manufacturer they are differentiated drastically by market price rather than quality of product. Hint: Just because you’re paying more for a product, doesn’t mean it’s worth more.

Must-Haves! Five Products Under Ten Dollars

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – $4.44 at Target  – You don’t need expensive applicators and formulas for luscious lashes – just the right technique, and a reliable, everyday product!

Neutrogena Tinted Moisturizer – $9.59 at CVS – Save your skin from harmful rays with this SPF moisturizer, but give the illusion of a sun-kissed glow.

Covergirl Wetslicks Lipgloss – $4.79 at CVS – Why spend $40 on a tube of gloss, when you can spend $4?

Essence of Beauty Face Brushes – $7.99 at CVS – A pack of six brushes for under eight dollars – designer brushes can cost a minimum of $20.

Garnier Fructis Daily Care Shampoo $3.19 at CVS – Quality hair product for every day use, the conditioner also runs the same price. Available in economy sizes for a mere one or two dollars more!



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