Sunday, August 18, 2013

Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer

 
Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer for the face and body is amazing. I decided to go with "Gilded" however; I had the opportunity to swatch both Toasted and Baked. Review coming soon!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

10 Unique Ways To Save Money On Makeup

When it comes to saving money on makeup, there are a lot of factors to contemplate. The beauty world is huge and therefore; the possibilities of saving money on makeup are endless. But the real question remains, is it possible to actually save money on makeup?

Believe it or not, in today's society makeup has proved why it is a need more so than a want and because of this, the demand is huge. Not everyone wants to spend $40 on a foundation, as not everyone can to spend $30 on a lipstick. So, how do you save money on makeup?

1. SHOP CHEAP. Instead of forking out $40+ for that high-end foundation you've had your eyes on for weeks, try something that is less than half the price. If you believe in quality over quantity, do your research on what drugstore products are comparable to high-end products. Recently, I had discovered that Maybelline makes some of the best mascaras I have ever used and when paired with an eyelash primer, your lashes tend to look high-end, as a result. Do not hesitate to walk into your local drugstore and ask questions or read individual reviews because you just may discover that a $3 makeup mist may be as good as the $30 one you intended to buy originally.

2. SHOP ONLINE. Some of the most inexpensive ways to save money on cosmetics is definitely by shopping online. With websites like CherryCulture.com that offer lipsticks from various brands you would be unable to find on the shelves in your city, you are destined to find affordable makeup. All you do is pay a shipping rate. bHcosmetics.com offers over 100 eyeshadows for under $30 and they have ongoing sales. With everything from BuyMeBeauty.com to BeautyBay.com and much more, the choices are endless.

3. SAMPLING SERVICES. When it comes to saving money, you can still enjoy relatively high products by joining a signature sampling service which charges a monthly, flat-rate fee. With everything from GoGoGirlfriend.com which is only $6.99 for 6 kits a year and $12.99 for 12 kits a year to Birchbox.com which charges only $10 a month to Ipsy.com which gives you great products for just $10 a month to BeautyArmy.com which charges just $12 a month to TotalBeauty.com which only charges $15 per monthly kit to Beautybox.com which only costs $12 a month or $30 for 3 months or one rate of just $100 a year for a monthly kit to Glossybox.com (one of my personal favorites) which is only $21 a month to BeautyFix.com which sends out 4 kits a year for just $49.99 filled with products.

4. USE COUPONS. One of the best incentives that allows you to save money on makeup is definitely coupons. There is nothing better than saving money on your favorite mascara, foundation, lipstick, or blush. The next time you see a coupon, take advantage of it because in the end you will pay less than what the product is worth and as a result, you are saving money. Plus, if you can combine a coupon with a sale that is even better.

5. SALES ONLY. When it comes to beauty, there are simply no limits. If you are looking to save money, shop during sales. For instance; you walk into Walgreens and you notice that Revlon has marked down their foundations or you walk into Walmart and you notice that Maybelline has marked down their mascaras, take advantage of the ongoing sale because in the end this is also an incentive and will allow you to save money on your favorite makeup.

6. GWP/GWV. One of the best ways to save money on makeup is definitely when an individual makeup brand has their special "Gift With Purchase" or "Gift With Visit" events. For instance; if you spend over a certain amount, you will receive a free gift which will include more products. This is what a gift with purchase is. Also, you have the opportunity claim even more gifts just by visiting and some even offer samples of their products, as special incentives. These range from a 10-day supply of foundation to a deluxe sample of a serum. Want to save money? Take advantage of this offer.

7. COLLECTING SAMPLES. There is nothing more rewarding than getting a free sample. Most of the time, every high-end cosmetic counter offers this type of incentive. Whether it is a free 10-day supply of foundation of your choice or simply a deluxe sized sample of the latest serum, gathering a sample allows you to save money on your favorite products. The next time you visit your nearest Estee Lauder counter, ask them about the 10-day supply of foundation. The next time you visit your nearest LancĂ´me counter, ask them about the latest mascara and ask if they have a sample they can give you. Do not hesitate to ask, as more than likely the beauty advisor will give.

8. MAKE YOUR OWN. Recently, when visiting CoastalScents.com I was able to discover and find various micas that allow you to create and make your own makeup. With everything from pan-pressed eyeshadow to mineral foundation, and much more the possibilities are endless. Not only is DIY makeup cruelty-free, it is natural and it is cheap.

9. BUY WHOLESALE. When you look at the amount you spend per dollar, everything does tend to add up. When you look at an individual product, the cost varies depending on it's manufacturing, production, packaging, and overall branding. Luckily for you, if you purchase your favorite product in wholesale, you are getting more than what you pay for because you are spending less.

10. ATTEND MAKEUP EVENTS. Whether it is the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow (IMATS) or The Makeup Show or any type of makeup event, one of the best ways to save money is by attending them and shopping at their booths. Not only will you score great makeup at a great price, most makeup booths offer special incentives and even give random makeup enthusiasts free products which include deluxe sized samples and free gift vouchers, along with coupons.

You don't have to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars a year on your favorite makeup products and with these unique saving tips, you will save money on makeup.