I spend most of my extra money on make up. Which means that I don't have a lot of money to spend. So in order to be able to get a lot of products for less I look for deals, discounts, sales, and coupons.
If you go to the website of the brands that you like, most of them have a sign up for newsletters. Do it! They send you emails with new product information and a lot of coupons!!! They let you know about sales and discounts. For some brands they will let you know about discontinued products so that you can buy the ones you like before they go off the shelf. If you are like me and do not want to have your main email junked up with a bunch of emails trying to get you to spend money, then make a separate account that you use just for sign ups. I personally have one just for make up.
Also check out their Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Instagram,...what ever social media they use. That's how you can find out abut sales sooner. I know that I personally share a few coupons and sale fliers that I get. I love to help others save money!
You can go old school and buy a newspaper too. That is where you will find coupons for drugstore brands. Most of them have a week to a month expiration date. Which is good because then you can save them for later if you don't need that item right now. Some coupons are for multiple items, as in Buy One get One 50% off! I love those! But I love the Get One Free even better! You can stock up on products you know you already love, try out new things, or get with a friend and split the cost. I like the last option. Like I said, I love to help others save money! Those crazy coupon people are on to something with all these coupons. You can also go online and find some coupons but most the time they are fake so I try not to mess with them.
If you live in the Central/Southern Texas region, then you have heard of a large grocery store chain called H.E.B. In store coupons are yellow and litter the store in every department. My favorite coupons are in the cosmetics department. Two weeks ago I needed new liquid foundation and powder, which H.E.B. just so happen to have a $3.50 off all Revlon products. Perfect timing! I had been wanting to try the Revlon Colorstay line. So with the coupon I got both for $5-6 each. Amazing deal!
I have done some price comparison and H.E.B. vs Ulta for drugstore brands, H.E.B. is mostly always $1-3 cheaper. (I know that's not a great sentence structure but it gets the point across.) Many states have their own grocery stores, if you aren't willing to price compare then you do not want to save money. That I stand by! I am not saying that by shopping exclusively at Ulta you are doing something wrong, I just try to only brands I can not get anywhere else. Mainly I go there for NYX products which are on my top 5 favorite brand lists!
Ulta is great for their newsletters. They have a rewards system where you get free products after you spend so much money. Of course the item is no where near the price of what you have to spend but, oh well! The awesome part is that they send a mailed newsletter showing new products, sales, specials, and other great deals. It comes with coupons on the front cover, mostly $3.50 off $10 or less, or 20% off. That is mainly when I go shopping an stock up on NYX items since they are mostly under $10 items. They also send out an emailed newsletter which has the same coupon, so you get double the savings.
There are a few brands that I swear by because they are dependable and affordable products. Since they were affordable, I have purchased a few items from each brand and tried them out myself. Which makes me want to buy more and try out the rest of their products. BH Cosmetics, NYX, and Morphe Brushes are just a few.
Now if your a Facebook junkie, YouTube watcher or blogger, there are specials for you too. There are a few people that I follow all of their social medias that they will allow, they do giveaways!!!! Ive seen a ton of giveaways all over Facebook. I've never won anything but that doesn't mean that I don't try. Its mostly: share, like, subscribe, comment! How easy is that? BH Cosmetics has giveaways on many of their YouTube new product videos. There are also some companies that do contests that end in them doing huge giveaways. The current contest that I am watching and voting is NYX Face Awards. The contestants are sent big boxes of products from NYX and other companies that are supporting the contest. Then they are suppose to use the products in the next challenge. I am so jealous of the amount of stuff that they receive, I can not even hide it.
These are all my own thoughts and views on saving money. No one has paid or other wise compesated me to say anything about any products.
Here are a few links to YouTube videos, websites, Facebook pages, stores and coupon sites:
BH Cosmetics: http://www.bhcosmetics.com/
Morphe Brushes: http://www.morphebrushes.com/
Retail me not online coupon site: http://www.retailmenot.com/
YouTube unboxing NYX: MadeYewLook http://youtu.be/kdaaxD1ZjDY
Makeup Bee: https://www.makeupbee.com/looks.php
Makeup Geek: http://www.makeupgeek.com/
MadeYewLook by Lex: https://www.facebook.com/MadeULookbyLex
BH Cosmetics YouTube: http://youtu.be/64mcwwC2UkA
BH Cosmetics contest pages: http://www.bhcosmetics.com/contestarchive