Saturday, 21 March 2015

Saving Money on Beauty Purchases

The beauty world can be a pretty expensive one, and if you're wanting to try every new product release or you just want to build up a lovely stash of makeup, you may be interested in some easy money saving tips to help not break the bank but still allow you to try all of the wonderful new things. 

I've personally always been pretty good at saving money, I'm a really bad decision maker so when it comes to purchasing higher end makeup or even more expensive things in the drugstore, I'm always umming and ahhing over whether I actually want to buy it or not. I love that I can easily save my money but for some, it's not as easy as that, and I can see why, the beauty world is full of so many amazing things that draw you in so easily. 















Use your loyalty cards
There are so many stores that are offering loyalty cards, most of which are free to join and can give you so many benefits. My favourite is definitely Boots, for every £1 you spend you receive 4 points, then every 100 points you save is worth £1 to spend in store, which may not seem like much but it really does add up and over time you can find yourself with £10 or more to spend in store. Boots also have triple points events inshore and online which is a great way to gain yourself a few extras. The only slight downside to the Boots Advantage card is that you have to have the full amount on your card to cover the cost of an item, whereas stores such as Superdrug allow you to rack up the points and spend them when you wish, giving you a minimum of 50p off when you have enough. Loyalty cards also mean coupons, Boots are great at sending you coupons via the post and they now have an amazing iPhone app where you can load your vouchers to your Advantage card, meaning its super easy. 

Look out for 3 for 2
The UK drugstores are great at holding their offers, there is always some sort of offer going on in one of the two so always find out which one is best and go there to pick up your beauty bits. I love it when Boots and Superdrug offer 3 for 2 across everything, meaning you can pick up one thing by Rimmel, one by Maybelline and get something from Soap & Glory for free. Also when using offers such as 3 for 2, always ensure the items you are buying are of the same value. Basically try to pick 3 items that are £10 each instead of picking up two items that are worth £5 then the third only being worth £1, because you always get the cheapest item free. I've also noticed brands such as Rimmel offering 2 for £10 recently, which is fantastic as you can pick up any 2 products from their range and they'll be £5 each, I managed to grab two mascaras worth £8 each for £10 in total! 

Save your loose change
After a bit of a shopping trip or just at the end of a busy week I always empty my loose change from my purse, leaving pound coins in there only. I have a jar in my room where I keep all of my loose change and over time this will definitely add up to something more exciting than just coppers sitting in the bottom of your bag. This is a great way to save up some money without even realising it because lets face it you probably won't miss that little bit of change and you won't even realise its gone once its in your savings pot. Once you have a pretty good amount of money saved up you can head to the bank or post office to get your change transferred to notes or you can have it put into your bank account. You can use the coin exchange machines in supermarkets if you're desperate but be careful as these take approximately 10% of the amount of money you are changing, so its definitely worth counting it out yourself and exchanging it at the bank or post office if you can. 

Purchase from blog sales
I'm a bit of a sucker for a good blog sale, these are such an amazing way to pick up an absolute bargain whether its a MAC lipstick or a Dior foundation. There are hundreds of bloggers out there now who buy products that they just don't seem to get along with, meaning they are happy to pop their items up for sale for someone else to try. Bloggers such as Sugar Fixx Beauty and Suzy Hearts Beauty run some amazing blog sales, so head over there and pick up a new product for a bargain price. It may not seem hygienic to buy makeup second hand, but there are easy ways to sanitise products and its a good idea to buy the products from a blogger you love or trust, just to be safe. 

Know your stuff
This may seem silly but its so important to do your research and know your stuff, know exactly what you're looking for before you head to the shops. Back in the day there have been countless times where I have just splurged all my money on a MAC foundation to get home to find it rubbish, the complete wrong shade and me being £30 down. I am forever googling about products to find out what others thoughts are because although what works for someone else may not work for you, its still important to find out more about a product especially if its a more expensive one. I love reading my favourite bloggers reviews, you can simply type into Google the product you're looking for and add review to the search bar, you'll find hundreds of thoughts on the product you want to try. Another great way to check reviews on a product is to head to the brands website or Boots/Superdrug where customers write reviews for you to read, Boots is great as it gives every product a star rating, so you can really determine whether its going to be good or not. But again, remember that what works for someone else may not 100% work for you, its all about trial and error. 

Find the perfect dupe
Finally, there are hundreds of amazing beauty dupes out there now, so even if you do eventually want to splurge on that new Chanel mascara, there may well be a very similar product available for a third of the price. I find dupe blog posts really helpful and one of my favourite things to read because finding a good dupe is such a great feeling, and if it truly works as well as the original or more expensive version, I will happily stick with the less expensive version and save my pennies for something else. I find Pinterest an amazing tool for finding beauty dupes, there are some amazing posts on there for MAC lipstick dupes and more, so definitely sign up to Pinterest if you're not already (although be warned, it is very highly addictive!).

I really hope this post was useful, I'd really love to know your ways in which you try to save money when treating yourself to new beauty bits?

89 comments :

  1. This was so helpful! I will definitely be using these tips some time in the future!

    -Charlotte xo
    http://makeupbeautyandlifefashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. nice tips :)

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. What a great post with some really good tips thank you 😊 it's so hard not to buy everything when there's so many new things being released all the time but at least if you can save a bit while doing it doesn't make it so bad lol 😉

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    1. Thank you, you're welcome. It really is hard to resist when everything is so pretty and so affordable. x

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  4. Such a great post. I'm a huge lover of bargain hunting and using coupons and loyalty cards - my purse is full of them! I've got £50 worth of Boots points now after always using double points etc coupons. Not sure what to spend it on yet, but I'm sure I'll find something!! x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. Thank you, I'm a big bargain hunter too, I love places like TK Maxx for makeup too. Wow £50 is amazing, I definitely need to save up more, rather than spending it too soon! Treat yourself to something lovely x

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  5. There is currently 3 for 2 across make up at boots today. Along with £5 worth of boots points when you buy two high end items. I have been waiting for a good opportunity to do a big haul at the right price so am going in tomorrow to pick up these goodies! Great post btw!

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    1. I managed to take full advantage of the 3 for 2, it's still on now so I'll definitely be shopping more this weekend! Thank you x

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  6. Great post lovely! Advantage cards are my saviour haha, I love saving up all my boots points and then splashing out on a luxury product! xo

    Catherine | Pretty Little Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you. I couldn't be without my loyalty cards now, especially the Boots one, its amazing. x

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  7. In UK it's great! You can save your money in many different ways ! Here in Italy is impossible!!! No 3x2 no sales NOTHING! So.. I buy makeup online :D

    www.aishettina.blogspot.ir

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    1. Ahh thats such a shame, definitely come to the UK then! x

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  8. That was such a lovely post, thank you so much for these tips :)

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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  9. Great post - I think it can be so easy to get carried away buying beauty products, especially when you're blogging! I'm a big fan of my Boots card, though it is annoying you can't take little amounts off your purchases, so I'm with you there :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

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    1. Thank you. It really can, you can pop in for an essential and end up with a basket full of things you really don't need but love! x

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  10. Some really great tips here Alice! I always put my loose change into a jar and its surprising how much it can sometimes add up too!
    Natalie xx
    youralmostalice

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    1. Thank you Natalie! It is amazing how quickly it adds up :) x

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  11. Lots of great tips!!

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  12. Great post - I used my boots points and the 3 for 2 offer to get two of the new Bourjois Aqua lip products and the healthy balance powder :) x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. Thank you. Ahh fab picks, hope you love them x

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  13. I've had a superdrug card for about two years that I've never bothered using, could have loads on by now I swear haha! I'm quite good at saving but I'm also good at spendin my non-saving money haha! I need to buy more from blog sales though I think :)

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Ahh make sure you use it, its amazing how quickly the points stack up! x

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  14. great post! love the boots and superdrug loyalty cards :) they are so useful

    Vivi x
    www.noirandcoco.com

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    1. Thank you, I don't ever go shopping without mine now! x

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  15. Great post, thank you!

    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Dupes are the best way to go I find! Guilt free but pretty much you want at the same time! X

    Taylor Swift style steel on the blog-
    hailandharmony.blogspot.ie
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    1. They really are, I do love a good dupe, there is one for almost everything nowadays! x

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  17. So many places have loyalty cards now :) especially at pricier places like Debenhams, House of Fraser and Space NK you can rack up the points fast! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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    1. They really do, its great! Such a good way to earn back a little reward x

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  18. This was such a helpful post! I only ever buy things form boots if there's offers going on, otherwise I wait until there is one! Your tips are so useful and helpful, amazing post! Xx

    Beauty Girl

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    1. Ah I'm really glad it was helpful. I always wait for the offers, such a better way to buy things. x

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  19. I love a good dupe, I often find they look just as good or the quality is at the same standard to the high end alternative and definitely means you can get more for your money- saying that I do love to treat myself to a new luxury product even if it is just to enjoy the packaging.

    Ooh La Luce | Beauty, Life, Fashion

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    1. A good dupe is such an amazing find but I totally agree, high end products are also very nice as a little treat here and there! x

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  20. Absolutely loved this post! I always find my Boots points building up so quickly without even realising it x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

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    1. Thank you, so glad you liked it. It's amazing how quickly it builds up, especially with the extra points vouchers and events x

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  21. "Know your stuff" is probably the crucial point! I always keep in mind what colors, ingredients and textures work best for me, that usually prevents me from spontaneous purchases (I kinda passed the color makeup experimenting stage a decade ago). Very nice tips over all!:)

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog
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    1. Thank you, it is really important to know what you're spending your money on x

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  22. this has urged me to get a boots beauty card! so much money I could be saving x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  23. Great post! I definitely agree with all your tips!

    Rachel | beautyandthebird.co.uk

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  24. This is ever so helpful! I can be bad when it comes to shopping on Boots so I will definitely bare these tips in mind! x

    Jasmine || blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's so easy to do the damage though! x

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  25. Fab post, I have to admit I’m one of those people that gets drawn in too easily lol. I do love having my loyalty cards I have around £23 on my Boots so I like that I can either get something high end of quite a few lower end products :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thanks lovely. Ah wow well done for saving that up, I have about £15 so far, going to see how long I can resist spending it x

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  26. These are great tips! I completely agree with you on finding a perfect dupe- or just educating yourself on products is very helpful- like reading reviews on other blogs etc. :) xx Maja
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  27. Such a helpful post - I love the boots card!

    sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Great Tips! And I totally agree that finding dupes is a really good way to save money! Xxx

    Anisha ♥ All You Need Is Red Lipstick

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    1. It really is, love a good dupe, so easy to find them these days too x

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  29. So jel of your photography and lighting girl! Your posts are so fab I'm obsessed xo

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    1. Ahh thank you, thats so nice to hear :) x

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  30. Really really really like this post! You have given me some great tips on how to save money, whilst in some cases I am good, in others I am rather bad haha! I will definitely be trying a few of these things out! xx

    www.thatgirlrhianna.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Wonderful post, and my loyalty cards are my saviours. I use them daily, and I've just about got enough Boots point now to splash out on a chanel perfume!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Woo thats amazing, I definitely need to keep on saving my points, so far I have £15 x

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  33. Agreed, you can never go wrong with 3 for 2, even if it means cashing up like 4 different times to get the best discount! :D
    Ellie,xx
    Elephant stories and more

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    1. You really can't, I always go to the tills with 3 items at a time to ensure I get the best value, haha! x

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  34. Great tips, I definitely agree re: know your stuff, I've blind-bought things before on the recommendation on a blog and found the product hasn't worked for me. I also try not to make instant decisions at a beauty counter too, one time I bought a foundation on the recommendation of the sales assistant without checking it in natural light - I came out and I was orange!

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

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    1. Thank you. It's so frustrating when you buy a product and its not what you expected x

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  35. Great tips, I actually never consider loose change, I think I will start now!

    http://www.notesofglam95.blogspot.it/

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    1. Definitely do, you'll be surprised at how much you can save x

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  36. I love buying from blog sales and advantage card points are my favourite thing!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  37. I was only thinking about how expensive of a hobby blogging can be, because no matter how much I have I always want more. These are all great tips, I love Boots 3 for 2 offers especially when you can mix and match x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. It really can be very expensive, I feel like drugstore makeup is getting more expensive too which makes it worse. x

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  38. I always use my boots card, I find the points build up quite quickly there! I definitely do the researching part too although I haven't tried any blog sales yet :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I don't go shopping without mine! x

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  39. Boots advantage points save my life! The Body Shop card is also very good, gives you 10% off every buy. Great post x

    daisyslittleblog.blogpost.co.uk

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    1. They are amazing, I recently picked up a Body Shop card too, love it so far. x

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  40. Alice, your blog is SO beautiful. Such a lovely layout, colour scheme etc. and your photography is stunning! Such a great post, I need to be saving money so will definitely be implementing these tips :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Oh thank you so much Elle, your words are lovely! Glad you enjoyed this post x

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  41. I really need to start saving money on makeup!
    Thanks for the tips and blog recommendations.

    Skin Deep Beautiful x

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    1. You're welcome, it's important to save money where possible :) x

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  42. Those are great tips! I also prefer to buy in bulk and I always use loyalty cards. Thanks for sharing!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

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  43. Great post Alice! I really need to take some advice out of your book! I'm terrible for spending money, especially when I don't need that item!!

    Paige xx

    www.paigehelen.wordpress.com

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