How to Save Money on Mid Range to High End Beauty Products

I am college student so saving money is very important given my penchant for the high end. But what do you do when your hobby isn't for the average broke student? What I look for in most beauty products is efficacy and quality. I'm very picky when it comes to beauty products and even pickier when it comes to skin care. I personally like to test out beauty products before buying them, especially for items with a higher price tag. Continue reading to discover resources that can save you money big time!


First things first, I recommend creating a wish list of products you would like to try and use the tips below to save money on those items.

Online Sales
Sales are the first thing you should think about when it comes to saving money. Sale sections of websites are always available but if you are looking for greater discounts wait for sales that are qualified on all purchases. Keep in mind, many of those sales occur online and not in stores so keep on the lookout for deals around holidays such as Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Also keep a lookout on company websites that promote deals such as Friends and Family Events or Anniversary sales. These companies promote such sales on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. So instead of scouring your favorite websites every couple of weeks for a deal, utilize social media networks to save yourself some cash and time. 

Not every website allows you to utilize coupons for a discount but you can use coupons to receive free samples or gifts. I personally shop Sephora for a majority of my beauty needs and sites such as RetailMeNot offer coupon codes that have awarded me deluxe samples such as Burberry, YSL, and Bare Mineral lippies and BUXOM eye shadows, as well as many more products. Just search the words "beauty coupons" in a search engine and find deals from your favorite websites that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

Brand Loyalty
Loyalty has its perks. You can save even more money instantly by signing up for brand loyalty programs. Cosmetic companies such as MAC and Sephora have loyalty programs which give you automatic discount codes once you join. Dermstore provides 20% off coupons for every purchase you make and I use these to my advantage to re-up on staple products until I can wait for new sales. Currently they are having a winter sale so head on over and see what they have to offer.

Holiday and Value Gift Sets
My favorite way to save money is by paying less and getting more. Value sets are a great resource if you're looking to try multiple products at once while also saving money. Value sets are great for those who are new to makeup and are uncertain about where to start. They're also perfect if you need to buy gifts for multiple people. You can distribute each product based on the person you need to gift and still have some money left over to treat yourself. Recently, I have found a new favorite moisturizer from the Caudalie Vinosource Thirst Quenching Saviors Set. Not only did I save money by getting multiple products through this value set, I also saved money by purchasing it during the Sephora VIB sale. I discovered a moisturizer that is rich enough for my taste but also doesn't cause my face to break out. I also found an alternative to my former favorite facial spray, MAC's Fix+. Caudalie's Grape Water facial mist is almost half the price of FIX+ with double the amount of product and lasts me twice as long. It is also comprised of 100% organic grape water which is great for my sensitive skin. If you would like a review on the Caudalie Vinosource Value Set leave a comment below.

Discounts for Make-up Artists and Beauty Students
If you are a make-up artist or an beauty student don't miss out on the special perks available only to you. Many big beauty retailers offer artist and student discounts so you can supply your kit. You can apply to these perk programs online at each retailer's website or visit a site I have recently become aware of, Frend's Beauty. It offers discounts on many beauty and hair care brands instead of having to sign up for each retailer's perk program. Through their Frends with Benefits program make-up artists, students, estheticians, and cosmetologists can save up to 40% off on brands such as Beautyblender, Viseart, Anastasia Beverly Hills and much more! If you're just a regular customer you can save up to 10% off by signing up for the program.

Blog Sales and Discount Retailers
Not a pro but looking for the same savings? Check out local outlets for great discounts on products that never sold out. Outlets are great if you are looking for products that were limited edition or discontinued. Check out blog sales for great bargains as well. Not all products posted on blog sales are used if you are concerned about cleanliness. Some were just purchased, never used, and either weren't or could not be returned. If you are to wary to sort through the blog sales check out All Cosmetics Wholesale. All Cosmetics Wholesale is a website where you can buy products from big brands for whole sale price! Not only do they offer products that you can usually find in drug stores, they also sell big name brands such as Bobbi Brown, MAC, Burberry, Kevyn Aucoin, Stila, and YSL to name a few. And of course they have many products from my go to beauty fave NARS. A tip for shopping on ACW: read the description. All of the products are new but read the description to make sure that the item is truly what you're looking for. A majority of the products posted on ACW are final sale and can also be un-utilized testers. If you're not into that and want your items to be fully sealed then avoid those items. The state of the product and/or its Final Sale status is usually listed in the description.

Travel and Value Sizes
If samples are not available travel sizes are the best next thing. Look for mini or travel sizes in stores. They are usually found near or around the purchasing counter. You can use them to test out new products and can also take them on trips to save space in your luggage. When searching online, click on the item you want to buy and see if it can be purchased in multiple sizes including jumbo sizes. You save more by sizing up.


Ultimately, the greatest tip I can offer you is do not get caught up in the hype of what is new and trendy. Save your money and purchase what you truly want and need so you will come to enjoy your products instead of regretting their purchase. Don't get out of control because there is a difference between being a beauty enthusiast and a beauty junkie. Over the years I have overcome a sort of shopping addiction and the thrill of buying a new product is no longer worth it to me if I can't see my way through the "things" that I've bought. So to end this post I would like to say that luxury is not a state of being, it is a state of mind. Don't sacrifice your personal peace to appease a temporary impulse. My new thrill? Finding staples products that I can count on and saving a buck or ten while I'm at it!

Do you have any tried and true resources I didn't list above? Comment below and help your fellows beauty enthusiasts get more for less!

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