Askanesthetician's Blog

An esthetician explores skincare issues and concerns

Beauty Bargains July 7, 2011

Who doesn’t love a bargain, right?  I certainly can’t resist one.  As a matter of fact one of the first posts I ever wrote for this blog was called How to Be a Skincare Recessionista ; the post was filled with tips on how to save money on skincare and make-up products.  Looking back over that post I still stand by all those tips though the one about Groupon is a bit played out by now and certainly not new or an original idea any more.  None the less, there are beauty bargains galore out there just waiting to be snatched up and lots of free online advice that anyone can access.

I decided to revisit this topic when I saw two recent magazines, Allure and Shop Smart, highlighting this subject in their July editions.  Both magazine issues are filled with advice on how to save money on cosmetics and skincare products.  Allure has lots of product recommendations while Shop Smart focuses more on where to go to save money.

Where to Shop

According to Shop Smart you can get the best deals on top-selling beauty products at HarmonDiscount.  Make sure you avoid shopping at CVS for your beauty purchases.  Shop Smart found that CVS consistently charged more for standard beauty products than other store.  You can also find bargains at Wal-Mart and Target.  Of course it goes without saying that you can browse to your heart’s content and try products at both Sephora and Ulta.  Be sure to sign-up for both those stores’ free rewards program.  And lastly sign-up to receive email updates from so that you can get emails about freebies and promotions at least once a week.  I’ve been able to try new products and get freebies after responding to offers I saw in the emails.  For more tips on how to save on beauty products check out the July issue of Shop Smart.

Best Drugstore Buys

The July issue of Allure is chock full of tips on how to get the most out of your drugstore shopping experience and product recommendations if you are on a budget or just want to save some money.  Some of the magazine’s tips include steering clear of super cheap, aka $1.99,  lipsticks and eye pencils.  The lipsticks can be waxy and disappear quickly, and the eye pencils can be too hard to glide easily.  Interestingly enough make-up products from Germany are usually of high quality, no matter what their price.  Allure also asked celebrities for their drugstore product recommendations and it was interesting to hear what celebrities buy at drugstores.  For example I found out that Iman uses St. Ives Apricot Scrub to exfoliate her body (a great tip) and VO5 Hot Oil Conditioning Treatment every week on her hair.  For more tips look check out these online tips: How to Score Amazing Dollar-Store Beauty Steals and The Top 21 Drugstore Beauty Bargains.

Free Advice

The web offers a huge range of free advice, but it does help to choosy.  Not all the advice is good advice.  The following sites offer lots of free make-up tutorials and are fun to look through:

Prevention also offers some low cost tips in their article 10 Ways to Look Younger on a Budget.   And check out Self magazine’s Favorite Beauty Buys Under $10.

Also follow this advice to find lower priced options of your  favorite high-end products:  My Guide to Finding the Best-est “Dupe: of A Product – Scatterbraintures blog.

Please feel free to share some of your money saving tips for beauty products below.  Happy saving everyone!


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