During the holidays, it's likely that plenty of Proper Girls will be shopping for friends, family or themselves. Let's look at how you can get more bang for your buck when shopping for the season's hottest cosmetic trends.
1. Bundle, Bundle, Bundle
During the holiday seasons, beauty retailers often start highlighting value sets. These bundled sets feature anywhere from 5-10 high-end products in miniature versions. If you're shopping for yourself, this can be a great way to sample brands before you make the full-sized purchase. If you're shopping for friends, buying a few sets and creating mix-and-match beauty bags will be sure to go over fantastically. Whether you're looking for foundation, lips or dramatic eyes, finding the perfect value set for your holiday needs should be a breeze.
2. Loyalty Pays Off
If you've ever become a member of a beauty loyalty program (and any makeup junkie should sign up!) the holidays are the best time of year to take advantage of deep discounts. Sephora recently had $15 off any $50 purchase, and even higher discounts for dedicated loyalty program members. If you're already buying makeup hauls throughout the year, becoming a member of these beauty programs can be a great way to save big. With advantages like free shipping, free samples and invite-only make up parties, you could save on beauty purchases year-round.
If you missed signing up this year, keep it in mind for next year.
3. Discounted Gift Cards
The holidays are the season of gift cards, but not everyone is thrilled with what they receive. There are plenty of places around the web where users can sell their gift cards for discounted prices. Sites like Raise.com often feature beauty brand gift cards, as well as gift cards to major department stores. You may only be getting a $5 discount, but every penny counts!
4. Get Your Samples
Brands like Sephora are all about giving customers free samples. You can get three free samples every time you visit, and if you're ordering online, you can choose your samples before the checkout is complete. If you're buying gifts for friends and family, it doesn't hurt to treat yourself to a new perfume or face cream sample.
5. Price Adjustment
There is nothing worse than buying something at full price only to see it go on sale a few weeks later. The good news is, beauty brands like Sephora offer a two-week grace period on price adjustments. Price adjustments are also common at big-name department stores. The holidays bring new sales daily, so keep an eye out and make sure you're paying fair.