Ways to save and sample!

This blog is going to be short and sweet, because hey… we all like it when people get to the point, right?

BLOGS:

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Some women or men dedicate their lives to helping people save money and this lady is faithful in updating her blog on free samples, money-saving coupons, etc. I’m typically after all of the beauty items, but if something is free… hey! I guess I’ll request some random cat food for my cats LOL! I’m sure there are other blogs out there similar to this, but this is what I found. Your best bet is checking these type of blogs early in the day, most giveaways are only for a specific amount of the first few people to enter. For example “The first 100,000“.

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FACEBOOK:

Like pages!!! This is your gateway into entering contests, getting free samples, and sometimes getting coupons. Sites that are known for having a lot of contests are: BH Cosmetics, Baghaus, Urban Decay, Target, and Smashbox.

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ONLINE SHOPPING:

Okay, here’s why I like to shop online:

  1. Free samples
  2. Codes for EXTRA free samples (Ulta and Sephora are absolute dolls for having this)
  3. http://www.retailmenot.com is a great website for getting those extra codes the sites don’t tell you about :)! Do your research and it will pay off!
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BEAUTY COUNTERS:
This is the harder one to do because you’re most likely going to a face a lady behind a counter who thinks she knows it all about makeup and won’t stop hovering your shoulder until you buy something. However, if you’re wanting to try out free samples of foundation, perfume, eyeshadow, primer, etc. they will usually give you a little pot of it to try out. They shouldn’t give you an attitude, but if they do, make sure you point out that you’re not going to pay $50 for a product you have no idea about. If they want to make a profit, they’re going to give you that sample.
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DISCOUNT WEBSITES:

Hautelook – You need to fill out a simple registration (name, e-mail, etc.) so you can be ‘special’ to view their deals. They have some really awesome events, last week they just had one on Urban Decay products… so keep your eye on the brands they’re discounting.

BeFlurt – They have everything from Nars, Mac, and NYX products that go on sale. I’ve seen MAC shadows that were originally $15.00 drop down to $11.00, it’s not that big of a difference… BUT hey, it adds up! You can justify yourself on spending a lot on a single eyeshadow haha.

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SHOPPING HIGH-END MAKEUP:

Spending a ton of money on makeup makes me cringe, I almost cried when I spent $25 on a Lorac blush. I splurged though since it was my birthday :).

Make sure you always look at the sale or clearance section, it’s the best way to try out makeup. Urban Decay is the best for their clearance section by far. I spent $29 on the Book of Shadows IV when it was originally $64.

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PHONE APPS:

If you have a smart phone and an app. market, you’ll most likely find the Coupon App. This is a great little go-to when you’re looking for the cheapest gas prices in your area, links to free samples, birthday freebies, and store sales (ex. Bath and Body Works).

To find out more about it: http://www.thecouponsapp.com/

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STORE PERKS:

Ulta and Sephora are the best places to shop for makeup because you can accumulate points and get freebies.

Sephora goes by a points system, so when you spend $1 at Sephora that equals one point. Get 100 points and you can get a deluxe sample of a high-end product. The rewards prizes are always changing, so if you don’t like what they’re giving away that month, just save your points. They also have 300 points and 500 points rewards as well (they’re obviously the nicer bigger better items).

Don’t forget to stop by your local Sephora or shop online for your birthday, they’ll give you a free gift.

Ulta’s points perks is something I’m trying to figure out, but they’re good for sending coupons if you’re a regular shopper. Also, I just received their magazine (which is free) today in the mail and since I spent X amount of money there, I qualify for a certain level of rewards. I got level 3, so I can pick from the Ulta products… I’m going for their gel liner :)!

I suggest buying from Ulta over a drugstore because not only do you reap the reward perks, you  can also catch amazing buy 1 get one 1/2 off deals or buy 2 get 1 free. Plus they have a larger selection of makeup (drugstore and high-end). You get the best of both worlds.

I hope you guys found this blog useful and that it saves you some money. Good luck with the samples! Comment, subscribe, or share :)!

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