• Karmella

    For drugstore brands (L’Oreal is pretty much equivalent to Lancome, and Revlon is great and cruelty free), Target usually has better prices than actual drugstores (unless you watch the drug store sales and combine coupons/rewards). I have seen at Dollar Tree L’Oreal branded items but in different packaging – I suspect they are made especially for off-price stores? But I really don’t mind spending a dollar on a color I wouldn’t normally try, and it helps me *not* go buy any MAC (which is never just one eyeshadow!).

  • Sally Aquire

    That’s a great tip, Karmella!

  • http://www.bucksomeboomer.com Bucksome

    I would add to buy the toiletries on sale with a coupon for more savings.

    • Sally Aquire

      Coupons are a great way to save!

  • Simple Living

    In addition, I’d add price comparison sites as another way to get true value and best price on Cosmetics and Toiletries. Sites like Yahoo Shopping and Onewayshopping.com are great for these kind of deals.

    • Sally Aquire

      It’s staggering how much you can save on the same product just by swapping to a different shop so that’s another good tip.

  • Hannah

    I have become a real convert to Mirenesse.com – they have excellent specials – two for one offers etc and their foundation and mineral make up are the best I’ve tried – I switched from Lancome and saved a fortune.

    • Sally Aquire

      Hi Hannah,

      They’re a new name to me but they sound fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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  • http://condo-blues.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-frame-tin-ceiling-tile.html Condo Blues

    I found a cheap and free to me pampering pick me up in my linen closet. I found that I had way more free sample and travel size bottles of shampoo, liquid soap, and conditioner than I could possibly use for travel. I pulled out a few of the nice ones and put them in the bathroom for a little pampering pick me up.

  • Happi Shopr

    Here are a few more tips:
    1) shop Walgreen’s buy one – get one and use coupons.
    2) give e.l.f. a try – most of their products start at just $1 and what I have tried so far is good quality. http://www.eyeslipsface.com
    3) go to the higher priced stores (Sephora, Ulta, etc.) and ask for samples. I only wear makeup on the weekends being a domestic engineer but I do have major issues with getting any brand eyeshadow to last very long. I went to Sephora to turn in a freebie coupon and casually asked (while checking out) what primer she would recommend. I walked at with a sample of Too Faced Primer that will last me months. Yay!
    4) sign up for your favorite brand(s) emails for coupons and freebies.

    • Sally Aquire

      Great tips. I like to blag samples too and it’s surprising what you can get if you only ask! e.l.f. sound great – I’ll have to check them out.

  • Elizabeth I

    If you join Sephora’s insiders club, two weeks before and two weeks after your birthday, they will give you a free lip gloss trio or eye liner and mascara deluxe sample.

    Since I am a March baby, I am lovin’ my new lip gloss trio.

    • http://www.sallyaquire.co.uk Sally Aquire

      That sounds great! Unfortunately my birthday has already been and gone for this year but I’ll be sure to sign up for next time! What kind of shades are the lip gloss trio?

  • Elizabeth I

    I would also suggest taking advantage of the new Sephora Colorbox. For $24 it has 32 eye colors, 16 lip glosses, and 4 blushes. It will give plenty of color options for this season.

  • Elizabeth I

    One last thought, Ebates offers cash back for Sephora, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, The Body Shop, etc….

  • http://www.savings.com/blog/blog.html Amy Saves

    ohh.. the Clinique bonus gifts always get me! they have the cutest stuff.

    dollar stores are good for stuff like nail polish and such, but not for skin care or eye makeup.

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  • http://stylesprinter.com/ Style Sprinter

    I believe that Downgrade to Less Expensive Brands is the best piece of advice in this article. There are so many great beauty products that you can find in the drugstore that it just doesn’t make sense to overpay for them. Here is my list of the best drugstore beauty products that are no worse than designer ones: http://stylesprinter.com/midweek-beauty-top-10-beauty-products-to-save-on/

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