In addition to always being asked, “How’d you do that?” when it comes to makeup, the second most asked question is: “Where’d you get that?” When you’re a makeup
addict enthusiast like me, you probably do a lot of shopping. Well with two kids and a pretty strict budget, I usually gotta go where the deals are. In the last couple years, I have found a lot of those deals online. So now, I’m going to share some of those secrets with you guys.
First thing isn’t really a particular place I shop, it’s more like a shopping commandment. Never buy anything full price. I almost never shop unless I can get a deal. Why spend more when you can spend less right? Everything is on sale at some point. This includes using coupons, promo codes, and sales to get a good deal. Lots of sites offer deals for signing up for their email newsletter. I always sign up because they usually give you a promo code for signing up and their newsletter can sometimes contain information about deals or upcoming sales. All in all, it’s a good practice and with email, you can always delete it or unsubscribe if you don’t find the information useful.
I always shop in the sale section of cosmetics websites. For example, there was a Tarte holiday kit that I really wanted, but wasn’t ready to pay the $39 it cost at Ulta. After the holidays were over, I checked Tarte’s website and the kit was marked on sale for $27. For those that like when I do fancy math, that’s a $12 savings. Now this only works really if you know something’s on sale or you’re just browsing. If you want to buy something particular that isn’t on sale, I always wait until I have a coupon or code that will lower the price into my comfort zone.
Save your coupons. Don’t be afraid to use promo codes and if you don’t have one search the internet for one. For example, I wanted to shop a Bath and Bodyworks sale so I loaded up my virtual cart and checked my total. It was nearly $80 with shipping. Hubby would have my head if I spent $80 on candles and body spray. I had a $10 off coupon that had come with my last BBW order, and that brought it down a little, but not enough. A quick Google search turned up a 25% off coupon that also gave free shipping. Bam! $55 for items costing nearly $150 retail. I’d say that’s a good deal.Hubby was happy, I was happy, my wallet was happy and now my house can smell like Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts guilt free.
Now, with that boring information out of the way, let’s go to the websites!
First place I like to look for a good deal is HauteLook.com. The site is owned by Nordstoms and often features name brand cosmetics at 50%+ off. In the last year, I have bought products from The Balm, Urban Decay, Tarte, and Lorac all for at least half of what they charge in the stores or on the websites. Once every couple days, I go to the site and click the beauty tab to look through the current events. At the bottom of the page is a list of upcoming events for the next three days. If there’s something you’re really interested in, definitely make a point to hit the site as soon as the event goes live. They only carry limited stock of items so when they sell out, they’re sold out. Another thing to keep in mind while you’re shopping is shipping costs. The website states that shipping costs start at $7.95 for orders under $100. Yesterday, I only paid $5.95 though, so maybe they haven’t updated their shipping information? Last thing that is kind of a downer it shipping time. If you shop on HauteLook, don’t expect to get it for at least two weeks (sometimes more). I don’t personally mind waiting, but if you’re a terribly impatient you might want to consider that.
Next place I like to check out is Top Hatter. It’s a live auction site that I can’t ever win anything on. Actually, I just like to watch most of the auctions and since I’m all about the deals, I generally don’t bid on the high end makeup. I use this site for more obscure things. I bought some brushes, eyeliners, facial moisturizer. They do auction off things like a little palette from Urban Decay called Naked, but unless you want to pay retail anyway I don’t even try. The beauty auctions generally have 200+ people in them. I guess it used to be a great place to get great deals on high end beauty items, but now with so many people you’re lucky to get a bid in edgewise. Why then do I mention it? Because it’s fun and sometimes, like I said you can get random little things that are nice to have for fairly cheap and it’s not just for beauty items. If you care to use it here’s my invite code so you can get a $5 credit: 14aff2.
Last thing, if you haven’t heard of Coastal Scents you definitely need to check out their site. They have great cosmetics and brushes and they always have a sale on. I own several Coastal Scents large eye shadow palettes and rarely do I pay over $12 for them. I’ve also tried their 10 blush palette which I really love and several of their brushes. I have not really been disappointed with much of anything from them. Their sales rotate fairly often so there’s always something new to enjoy. Shipping is incredibly fast also, less than a week usually.
Worth a mention, not really a place to shop, but a great cheap way to get new beauty items is Ipsy. For $10 a month you get a bag with 4-5 beauty products. I’ve gotten some amazing stuff from Ipsy over the last year and will recommend it til I’m blue in the face. Be warned that they do wait list people so you may not get a bag as soon as you sign up, but you don’t get charged until you get a bag. It’s such a simple way to try new things and maybe get some items you’d never have thought to try.
Well that’s it for online shopping. Where do you like to spend your bucks on the internet? Tell me in the comments below.