5 Top Tips to Save Money on Beauty Products

5 top tips to save money on beauty products

Most of us lovely ladies enjoy using make up and cosmetics, but sometimes it can get costly. So here are my 5 top tips for saving money on beauty products:

1. Homemade Beauty Products and Hacks

How great is the idea of making our own beauty products at home. Pinterest is very inspiring, with lots of different products to try and create! Plus, there are tonnes of great hacks too, using products you might find in your home. Like, did you know that you could use coconut oil to help shave your legs, deodorise your body and as a lip gloss? There are so many multi-use products that can save you money so get pinning to find out more!

coconut oil to save money on beauty products

2. Check out the Drugstore Dupes

Of course we would all love to use high-end beauty products and cosmetics, but sometimes we just can’t afford to. However, there are so many great dupes for these products available in your local drugstore. Here are some of the best ones I’ve come across:

As you can see, there is such a big price difference, yet the products are actually very similar.

3. Shop Online

If you read this blog often, you’ll know I’m a bit obsessed with shopping online (for example 10 of the best places to shop online). Therefore, it just had to be in one of my tips! You can use the shopping comparison tool on Google to find the product you’re after at the best price. Here is a quick price comparison I did for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge:

real techniques tips to save money on beauty products

It’s quite a handy tool if you want to shop around and get the best price, plus it adds it up to a total. It’s also good to be aware of when online stores are offering free shipping or deals on certain items.

4. Swap with Friends

Speak to your friends and see if they have any make-up they want to swap. Obviously, this wouldn’t be recommended for items like mascara, but it might work for other make-up. For example, have you ever picked up a foundation, tried it out once and felt it was completely the wrong colour for your skin so shoved it in a drawer? Or perhaps you were given some make-up for  a gift and it just isn’t you. This is likely to have happened to your friends too, so why not do some swaps? You could even make a fun evening out of it!

share make up to save money on beauty products

5. GratisfactionUK*

I recently came across GratisfactionUK, the UK’s fastest growing freebies site. I’m always up for a freebie, so couldn’t wait to see what gems I could spot! Being a bit of a beauty junkie, I wanted to see what they had. Clicking straight onto cosmetics and beauty, I noticed that they currently have offers on Aussie, Benefit and Bare Minerals. You can get your hands on the items through competitions, giveaways and samples. Therefore, this website is perfect if you want to save a bit of money on beauty products. There are also flash bargains and voucher codes so it’s worth checking out GratisfactionUK if you are shopping online and want to get a good deal on whatever you may be buying.

gratisfaction to save money on beauty products

[* This post is sponsored by www.gratisfaction.co.uk, however all opinions are my own. I would never recommend something I didn’t already love myself.]

So these are my 5 top tips to save money on beauty products. What would yours be? Share them in the comments!

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

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  1. robin rue
    July 11, 2017 / 9:20 am

    No way! I had no idea there were ways to get this stuff cheaper…head slap! I am off to do some shopping today!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Hope you manage to get yourself some bargains!

  2. July 11, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Oh gosh I wish I would swap with friends, none of my friends wear makeup!! I love finding better ways to spend my money!! I’ve never shopped online before, I should really do that

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Oh no, that is annoying! You should, it’s great 🙂

  3. July 11, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    That looks like a great site to get makeup at discount or a sample of something really good. i don’t have a friend to swap with but I love that coconut oil and all its uses.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      It’s worth checking out for sure! Coconut oil rocks 🙂

  4. Kansas Bonanno
    July 11, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I agree with shopping online! I’m the mother of 3 soon to be 4 kids and it just makes things so much easier, then having to drag them in and out of the car constantly!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Absolutely, 100% easier, especially with kids!

  5. July 12, 2017 / 4:41 am

    Make up can be so expensive- especially if you are getting any of the quality stuff out there- these are some great tips! Thanks!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you, glad you found it useful!

  6. July 12, 2017 / 10:30 am

    I always search around online for discount codes before I buy anything as you never know. And sometimes if you leave something in your basket for a few days you’ll get an email saying ‘Forgot something? Here’s 10% off’ x

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      It’s definitely a good idea to do that. Yeah, that is very true too! They are eager for us to buy 🙂

  7. Kim
    July 12, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    It’s amazing how expensive it can get too. If you don’t know how to save money, you can really bust a budget. I love your tips on lip care! I had no idea you could do that.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      You’re so right! Glad you liked it 🙂

  8. July 12, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    I love seeing drugstore dupes. I usually buy blush at the drugstore because really how could there be any difference. 🙂

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      I know, it is mad the difference in price, but often they’re so similar!

  9. TColeman
    July 12, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Shopping online where you can compare the prices is definitely a great option. I do this often!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      It is really helpful isn’t it?!

  10. July 12, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I just started making my own cleanser and using oils for moisturizing my face. Never considered swapping with friends especially on products that don’t match my skin tone. Great tips!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      That sounds great! You’re very welcome!

  11. July 12, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I have found that some of the drugstore dupes are just as good if not better than the name brands. I have a drawer full of dupes makeup. I don’t mind them at all.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      It’s madness isn’t it?! Me too!

  12. Arushi
    July 12, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I love the swap with friends idea I know of so many people do not use half of their products

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Totally, you might as well if you can 🙂

  13. July 12, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I love swapping makeup with friends and other beauty bloggers that I know. I just make sure to sanitize any new makeup I get 🙂

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      It makes a lot of sense! Yeah, that is a good idea.

  14. July 12, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    These are some great ways to save money on beauty products. I also like to look for sales of beauty products on different sites, as well as free shipping! Love buying makeup and beauty products.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Glad you liked them! That sounds great 🙂

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Online shopping is the best way usually!

  15. July 13, 2017 / 12:06 am

    Great tips. It’s always important to know the true retail price of an item before shopping online. So many sites like to jack up the price and make you think you are getting a good deal.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you! You’re so right, it’s not fair.

  16. July 13, 2017 / 3:19 am

    wow, I love these ideas. I could surely save some money and put it to some good use. I often try to find deal and coupons before buying a product that helps to an extent

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 13, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, that is a good tip too 🙂

  17. July 14, 2017 / 12:52 am

    Great tips!!! Coconut oil does everything. Need a deep conditioner? Coconut Oil! Run out of facial primer? Rub a little coconut oil on your face lol

    • July 14, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you! It’s a bit of a wonder product isn’t it?! 😀

  18. July 14, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Loved this. I always want / need new products but can’t always justify it… so some great tips x

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 15, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you! Glad they were helpful 🙂

  19. July 14, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    There are definitely some great deals to be had if you are up for drugstore dupes. I actually think that in some (if not many cases) they are at least as good, if not better, than the high end option.

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 15, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      You’re so right! Dupes are fab.

  20. July 14, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Loving the high street dupes, such great savings to be had there. Mich x

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 15, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Totally! Do you have a fave?

  21. Meira
    July 14, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    This is so great! I never knew coconut oil had so many uses. And need to try out that mascara!

    • asseenonjean@outlook.com
      July 15, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      It’s amazing! You should 🙂