Tuesday, 20 May 2014

How to save money on your beauty shopping



As a massive beauty addict I have to keep a tight rein on my beauty budget because it can easily get out of hand, I thought I would share with you some of my best tips on how to save money and in some cases even get things for free:


Sign up to newsletters for offers and discount codes, there is a lot of competition for our money these days especially on-line so by signing up to the newsletters for your favourite shops you will be sent all of their latest offers to lure you in to spending, this is both good and bad and I have to add to this tip that when you have spent your beauty budget you need to be ruthless at deleting any emails that may tempt you in to spending money you don't have. People tend to automatically sign up for newsletters at the time of making their first purchase however I always sign up slightly before I intend to buy something as you often get sent a discount code or offer as a thank you. 

I never ever by anything on-line without googling to check if there is a discount code and checking to see if it is available somewhere else cheaper, it really is amazing sometimes the differences in price, also I have found discount codes for some of my favourite sites that you can use again and again, always check, it takes two minutes but can save you lot's of money. 

Enter competitions, I know people can get a little annoyed with the RT's and competition entries but honestly I have had some great products from competitions on Facebook, Twitter ect... Follow your favourite brands and companies and spend a few minutes each week entering and you could win lot's of lovely things you wouldn't otherwise be able to afford, I know I have! Don't forget blog's often have lovely competitions too, I do have a rule that I only enter the competition if I already follow the blog or if I have just discovered them if I love the content and intend to continue reading. 

When it comes to natural beauty you need to remember that the products are often more concentrated and so you may not need as much, read your labels and decide where to spend your money more effectively, I love waterless and multi-purpose products which give you great bang for your buck! 

You can get some bargains in places like Ebay or TK maxx and Homesense but there are some rules I now follow as I have been caught out by thinking I had a bargain when I really didn't. I always buy products on Ebay that are described as new, anything in an airless pump or sealed is always best but use your discretion and check seller feedback. When it comes to TK Maxx and Homesense always check the best before date, often they have things reduced for a reason, I am now the proud owner of a 400 ml bottle of moisturiser which was a bargain price but I only have a month to use it, doh!


I adore Latest in Beauty for budget friendly samples and beauty boxes which you can view before you buy, they often have lot's of green beauty brands at really great prices, I have recently seen Therapie, Green People and Essential on there so it's well worth taking a look at what they have.

Samples are your friend when it comes to trying new products, lot's of brands offer sample and trial sizes but if you are after a sample and the brand doesn't offer it green boutique Being Content has a sample service where you can order four samples only £3, it's a great way to try products before committing to a full size. If you are in the US Spirit of Beauty Lounge also offers a sample service, be warned though for UK girlies you can order but will probably get charged a customs fare so look in to that first, I loved my samples but they were more expensive than I would have liked.

Have you got any tips for saving money on your beauty purchases?

Ana x
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  1. Great post Ana! I love the samples you get at Content/Roullier White - such a great idea. I also try and go through topcashback. x

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    1. I haven't explored cashback yet but it is a good idea thanks Sandra! :) Xx

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  2. Super post Ana and I can really sympathise about the 400ml bottle of moisturiser as I own a similar sized bottle of natural shower gel that I bought in T K Maxx on the weekend with a use by date of next Tuesday! Right, I'm off to have a lot of showers ..... x

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    1. Oh no! It does make me feel better that I am not the only one to get caught out in there though, it's easily done you don't tend to think of use by date when buying products, you will have wrinkly fingers! Ha ha Xx

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  3. Great tips! Oh nooo the 400ml moisturiser! At least you'll have super soft skin though? ;) ahha! I bought some Dr Bronner wash from there...better check the date! I love entering competitions I've won some AWESOME things! xx

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    1. I am sooo soft! Lol! Your Indie Lee win was amazing I was little bit jealous of that one ;) Xx

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  4. Those are some great tips. I've found amazing brands in TK MAxx before at such good prices x

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    1. It's a treasure trove of finds, part of the fun is that you have to search for them too I think! :) Xx

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  5. Great tips! Sample sizes have saved me SO much money! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Thanks Evelyn! Samples a total saviour, so often I think I will love something and then I get a sample and I don't saved me so much money! :) Xx

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  6. Great tips Ana! I loved reading this and follow most of your suggestions. Following brands on social media and signing up for newsletters for discounts and sales have been the best way to help me save money! :)
    -Kasey

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    1. Glad you here these work for you too Kasey, it's also a great way to engage with the brand too :) Xx

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  7. Fantastic post Ana :-) I'm trying to stick to a strict beauty budget at the moment, and stocking up on natural products can get so pricey! Never heard of Latest in Beauty before, must go take a peek! x

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    1. I hear you it can get very pricey, I might do a budget beauty post too as it has been a while. Hope you like latest in beauty it's not exclusively green but it has some great products Xx

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  8. Great tips Ana :) I'm really trying to keep to a budget at the moment, so this has definitely been a helpful post x

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    1. Really glad you like it, budgeting is tricky when you love beauty like we do! :) Xx

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  9. Great post! I've ordered quite a few samples from Naturismo before, though you do have to buy a full size item to order samples. xx

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    1. I do like the Naturisimo samples too thanks for the reminder, they have some good trial sizes :) Xx

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  10. Great post. I try and look for samples before buying a product for the first time. I also scour the internet for discount coupons and offers x

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    1. Thanks Karen, you can't beat a good discount code! If you find any good ones don't forget to share ;) Xx

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  11. Great tips! I also try and follow many of these, it has saved me so much money! :-) xx

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    1. Thanks love! I tend to still spend a fair amount but with a little effort you can get lot's more for what you spend when is always nice :) Xx

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  12. Te ha quedado genial! Ojala lo tuviera yo así de ordenadito, jejeje, o más bien un hueco como ese :D

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    1. Gracias guapa! Un beso :) Xx

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  13. Great post! I do a lot of these too, but the best for me is to ignore everything and keep my wallet save! :/

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    1. Ha ha! I agree when all else fails I get my Hubbie to hide my purse, unfortunately paypal is just too easy ;) Xx

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  14. Great tips! I love saving money and green beauty on a budget, but your TJ Maxx tip is well heard! I've picked up many beauty items that have only 1 month left before going bad. It isn't always worth the cheap price since you will waste most of it. And natural products usually don't have preservatives so when they hit that expiration date they really aren't good to use anymore.

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    1. That is the problem with more natural cosmetics I go through my stash every now and again and decide what needs using up I also will give away to friends and family if I know I am not going to use something, but you do have to be careful and check for a signs of them being "off". Thanks for commenting :)

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