I have no problem admitting it... I, Mandy Jean, am addicted to makeup. I love buying new products every month to try and use. Having this addiction can be very expensive and you can easily loose track of how much you have spent over the course of a month. Been there... done that... got the t-shirt...
I've created a few rules for myself when buying makeup.
#1- Make sure all bills are paid 1st and include groceries in budget. Sometimes I forget groceries and buy blush instead. :/
#2- Only spend what we can afford for the month. Make sure to give hubby the same amount to buy whatever men spend $ on.
#3- Do not buy mascara unless I need it or they have a great deal. Mascara spoils quickly.
#4- Watch for coupons and sales. Try not to impulse buy.
#5- If I love it and can afford it, I can buy it. If I think it is to trendy I try and find a cheaper alternative.
The makeup in my collection range from elf to Chanel. I am very careful in how I buy a product.
#1- I love Urban Decay eye shadow but I only buy the palette sets because spending $18 for one eye shadow doesn't make sense to me.
#2- If I find a color of eye shadow I can not live without I will check the manufacturer site first, ebay second and if those two are a dud I will pay full price.
#3- Watch Youtube Dupe videos. So many beauty gurus have high end dupe videos. A great example is I love Nars blush. But did you know some of the elf studio blushes (black packages) are almost identical??
#4- Look for sample kits. Benefit, Nars, Tarte, Lorac, Stila and sometimes Urban Decay will have value packs or sample kits. I love love love love trying new products and I would rather pay $30 for a box of sample size products to try then $200 on full size products. If I love the sample I will buy the full size.
#5- Ask for a sample- Sephora will give you up to 3 free samples with a purchase. Just ask at the counter!!
Where do I find deals????
#1- Blog sales. Many gals have blog sales of products they swatched or purchased and did not use. Their loss is your gain!
#2- Grocery and Drug Stores- Always look for coupons and clearance! Ulta also runs buy on get one half off frequently.
#3- Beauty Reward Cards- Ulta, Sephora, Sallys all have beauty rewards cards. USE THEM!!
#4- Ebay- You need to be careful on ebay because of fake products but if you find a seller you like that is purchasing product at wholesale and you can save 50% for an authentic product why not?? Also people will piece out gift sets. Ebay is a goldmine!!! Just be cautious!
#5- Have a makeup swap with your BFFs.
#6- Shop around online. I love palettes and this is a great way to get a bang for your buck. My favs are BH Cosmetics and Coastal Scents. I am also loving Sleek! Research and shop around!
I hope you found my quick tips helpful!
Here are some great resource and a few of my favorite youtube dupe videos. ENJOY!!!
CAN YOU TELL WHO MY FAVORITE YOUTUBE MAKEUP GURU IS??? LOL!!! Emily is amazing!!!! Love her videos!!