One of the most common questions I get asked is how to run a blog on a budget and save money on beauty purchases. Luckily, there are now quite a few ways we can do that and here are just a few of the methods I use to save money on purchases and cut costs on my blog. If you have any money saving tips please share them with me in the comments , I would love to hear what you do.
I used to get given vouchers all the time when I was younger, from family members and as a prizes in school contests, now I just search voucher codes on the internet. A site that is especially useful when looking to save money on fragrance is Fragrance Expert*. They have Fragrance Expert Discount Codes* for many high end perfumes helping you save money. The perfumes I gravitate towards cost an arm and a leg so this is a really useful way to save some cash. In addition, just try searching "discount code" into Google with the item you wish to purchase and more often than not something will pop up.
Magazines like Elle, Marie Claire and Glamour are the best for this, as they typically have high price items usually a nail polish or a hand cream as a gift with their magazine. You just have to keep your eyes peeled in the shops. This is a fantastic way to try out new products for a fraction of their retail price, most mags cost £2-4 so you make a killer saving, and you can use the glossy feature editorials in your photography. It's a win win. This is how I got my hands on the new(ish) Benefit brow line that I still haven't reviewed. Let me know if you would like to see that.
Newer products are often first sold at a lower price to entice consumers and encourage them to try out this new, never-before-seen product. You can see this firsthand at Superdrug and Boots. In addition, 3 for 2 or Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price deals are all over the place which means you can buy more products for less than their value which is great and gives you a week's worth of content easy. Furthermore, I always follow my favourite brands and sites on social media because they always announce their special offers and deals.
I am the worst at this because I own so many and yet use so very little, but I do have loyalty cards for Sephora, Superdrug, Boots, Space NK, Harrods, Debenhams and even Holland & Barrett. They are a good way of saving money and some even send you gift cards on your birthday. How cool is that? I take it a step further, I am surgically attached to my Costa loyalty card. I even travel with it.
You can find so many amazing cosmetics on Amazon and eBay and DePop. Many people sell their used cosmetics (still in great condition) online, most of the time they have been used only once or have just been swatched. Of course, not everyone feels comfortable using these sites but all my experiences have been positive. I got a sample of the Benefit Coralista blush for £6 and after 2 years there is still loads of product left. In addition, most of my makeup brushes were purchased via Amazon and eBay including two gorgeous bamboo Tarte Brushes (the Airbuki and Contour Brush) and a rose gold Zoeva dupe set that is phenomenal.
SHARING IS CARING
I am actually quite private about my blog and don't share it with many people but my sister knows and because of that she will let me take photos and try out any new purchases she makes, which is very generous and sweet of her. My Mum also lets me take photos of her gifts and swatch and play with her eyeshadow palettes because she knows my weakness for them. If you live with friends or have siblings that wear makeup and fragrance too, I am sure they wouldn't mind if you borrowed a product or two. Of course, be prepared for this to be reciprocal, my sister uses my eye-wateringly expensive and imported makeup without batting an eyelid. The price you pay.
I think everyone, whether you blog or not, should take full advantage of sample services. If you spend money at the more high end shops like Selfridges, Debenhams and Space NK the salesperson will more than likely throw in a few samples. If you are keen to try a product out ask for a sample, this usually works for foundations and skincare. Most staff are understanding and want your repeat custom. Some will even test the product out on you, take a snap and write a post. Samples are usually generous too and will last around a week. There is no harm in asking.
Slightly different from voucher codes but with the burgeoning relationships between influencers and brands there are always some codes to take advantage of. So it is worth checking the description box of your favourite YouTubers and most likely you will find a generous discount code for Morphe, Ofra, Sigma and many other big name online "indie" brands.
I can think of at least 3 posts I have done where I didn't even buy the product I just tried it out in the shop or swatched it on my hand. One was a shimmery body moisturiser, I took the photos in store and it actually turned out surprisingly well. I don't think there is any shame in that if you are just starting out. Don't be afraid to play around in store and swatch palettes and blushes and highlighters on your arm. You don't have to do a full review it could be a first impressions. Just be sure to clean your hand afterwards and do not put the testers on your face, please don't. It's germ-central.
Thank you for reading, I am sure you all have better ways of saving money on fragrance and cosmetics and tips for blogging on a budget. I would love to hear them all down below, so please leave me a comment. I hope you all had a great week and have a wonderful weekend. Take care.
How do you save money on beauty products?