Beauty Products

Beauty Product Savings

Are you obsessed with trying new make-up and skin care products? I am. I often call myself a product junkie. There are so many new brands popping up every day and it’s exciting to see new products on the market. Whether you love trying new products or have a handful of ones you love, beauty and skin care products can be an expensive purchase. Depending on where you like to purchase your products from, there are ways that you can save. Here are my favorite stores and how I save money, get freebies, and earn rewards & discounts.


I purchase the majority of my make-up and skin care products from Ulta. They carry most of the brands I love – including drug store brands that are less expensive. So, how do I save when shopping at Ulta?

  • Download the app. Often there are special “app only” deals! (plus it’s handy!)
  • Since I purchase the majority of my products from Ulta each year, I earn a Diamond status, which unlocks special deals just for Diamond members. As a Diamond member I have earned freebies, free services, and more.
  • If I’m not in a hurry for a product and can wait for shipping, I wait for a gift offer to make my purchase, like the one below. If you sign up for emails, you will receive these awesome offers. I have saved hundreds of dollars over the years by using these free samples instead of purchasing more product. The samples are also great to use while traveling!
  • Sign up for their emails to always be notified of special deals. The amount of emails isn’t obnoxious, and it can notify you of gifts with purchase, special sales, coupons, and more. (if you follow me on Instagram, I’ll be posting great sales!)
  • Make sure that you put your Birthday in your profile and pick up (or order) your free gift during your Birthday month.
  • Check the coupon, gifts with purchase, and the For You section (make sure you are activating the offers!) of the app or website. Be sure you are logged in!
  • When you are checking out, be sure to see if you have any Ultimate Reward Points to redeem. This discount will not be added automatically.
  • After the holidays, check to see if they have any gift sets on clearance! This is a great way to purchase your favorite products – and who cares if it’s in a holiday container!


Sephora is a great option for purchasing beauty and skin care. They carry a several brands that are not sold at Ulta, such as Biossance (a favorite!) which is a benefit. Sephora has a reward program, Birthday gift, and on occasion offers a gift with purchase. The rewards program is for products only, which is a downside compared to Ulta’s rewards which can be applied as a discount on a purchase. My advice, is to skip Sephora if you can and either purchase from Ulta, Target, or directly with the brand.


Boy, Target has sure stepped up their game when it comes to the beauty and skin care lines they carry. In many regions, they have also added an Ulta in their stores! (I still recommend purchasing directly from Ulta for all of the freebies, reward dollars earned for every purchase, and to earn status for additional benefits). When do I recommend purchasing from Target?

  • Get a Red Card (credit or debit) and save 5% on every purchase.
  • Make sure you are signed up for Target Circle and check the offers on a weekly basis. You can see in my below screen shot, that Dove Hand and Body Lotion is an extra 15% off this week, along with an extra 15% off for Burt’s Bees products. Often, there is an offer for a minimum purchase to receive Target gift cards to use during your next visit. If you are purchasing instore, be sure to enter your phone number associated with your Target Circle during check out to receive the additional offer. Keep in mind that the Target Circle offers are on top of your already 5% discount if you use a Red Card for your purchase. This is a great deal!

Purchasing Directly with Brands

If you are purchasing directly on the brand website here are a few tips:

  • Use Honey, a free add on extension for your browser. Use it when purchasing using your computer or mobile device. I have a recent blog post about the value of Honey that can be found here.
  • Influencers also often have special discount codes to use when purchasing direct. Honey picks these up from time to time, but it’s best to follow Influencers that love the same brands that you do and keep an eye out for codes they share. Be sure to see what Honey has to offer and compare with the Influencer’s code savings.
  • Stock up with your favorite brands over the holidays. One of my favorite deals every year was to purchase Philosophy’s Purity Cleanser in the 32 oz. container – a buy one get one free sale. I had cleanser stocked up for the year!
  • Check on the brand website after the holidays for gift bundles or products sold in holiday packaging. These will be discounted heavily and who cares if it’s package with Christmas graphics.

Can’t Find a Deal?

If you can’t wait for a deal (there will always be one around the corner), try contacting (via chat or phone) the brand directly and ask if they have any coupon codes or special offers. Be sure to put the items that you want in your cart and then contact them. They will see that you have items ready to purchase and may be more willing to offer a discount to get you to finish your purchase. This goes for anything -not just beauty or skin care products!

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