How to Save Money in 8 Ways: Beauty Edition

in at August 13, 2017

Whether you’re “adulting” and employed or still completing university, we all want to be smart consumers when it comes to our *occasional* beauty shopping! Admit it, it’s pretty common to treat ourselves simply because we feel entitled to “enjoy” the fruits of our labor – am I right, ladies? But, did you know that there are many ways to save money? These are things I personally comply to and resources you may not know about to do just that!

Create a beauty inventory. 

A beauty inventory is a great way to catalog and keep track of your beauty buys. It also helps you take note of what products are already expired! Whether you put it on your laptop’s notepad, your iPhone’s notes, or go old school with a notebook, you get to survey your spending habits. Bonus: you have a better idea what product is breaking you out because of time stamps! Aside from this, I write down what I’m allowed to buy in a month on my planner. Instead of spending every pay day, this allows me to be stricter with my budget!

Wait for coveted sales. 

If you follow cosmetic brands on their social media platforms and subscribe to e-mail lists of beauty portals, you’ll know that new cosmetic releases regularly go on sale, and it’s not just seasonal – unlike clothing powerhouses. I know, mainit sa mata, and if you’re beauty obsessed, you just have to have it ASAP but trust me, give it a few weeks or a month. Case in point, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation  and  L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation which have earned a spot in my top shelf.

If you’re into Korean beauty and skin care, The Face Shop has regular promos (Buy 1+1, etc). Coupons from online stores (Althea Korea, Beauty MNL) and beauty b/vloggers are also available for your perusal from time to time. P.S. You may get first dibs on sales but you’re also more likely to be tempted to spend aimlessly.

Compare prices offline and online. 

Compare prices on different shopping platforms. For Mario Badescu, a renowned American skin care brand, my favorite Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater from the brand is P550 in Rustans while it’s P665 in Sephora PH. Pang-Starbucks ko na rin ‘yun! For everything Korean, I find that Althea Korea and Shop Pibu offer the most competitive prices as compared to BeautyMNL, Zalora, or even in-store; this may not always be the case.

Use Shopback when shopping online. 

If you’re a serial online shopper, Shopback will change your life. It’s pretty much like a local Ebates. Shop on portals like Sephora PH, Althea Korea, Zalora, Lazada, and get back a percentage of your purchase! The moment you accumulate enough PPP, you get to withdraw it. You can also refer friends to the program and gain more. It’s that easy!

Learn about it here. Sign up for Shopback by using my link and get P200 bonus!

Use your SM Advantage card.

Shopping online is super convenient but I still prefer to shop in-store especially since I can do swatches thus have a more reliable shade match. If you can buy your products in SM Department Stores and Watsons branches, please do, if that means accumulating points for your SM Advantage Card. I only gave in at the end of 2016 and realized how points can actually be used as money. I bought the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion a few months ago, which was already on sale for P675 (from P900) and deducted my points (79) – not bad at all!   

Be an affiliate or sign up for a loyalty program.

Althea Korea has an updated (May 2017) referral program that gives you P200 credit for every successful referral – give a friend P200 discount on the first purchase (for a minimum purchase of P1,500). Upon registration, you get a unique personal code you can keep sharing! I’ve referred so many readers and beauty friends, I’ve probably gotten P3000 credit, which allowed me to pay less for my favorite Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop and SON&Park Beauty Water.

BeautyMNL gives you P300 credit once you complete 30 reviews! Be a Certified Buyer by reviewing an item you purchased on the platform. Unfortunately, credit expires after 30 days so better make up your mind ASAP!

Check out the Dollar Store.

A year ago, I published an entry on my Dollar Store haul. I found some really good products including lipsticks, compact powders, and concealers from American sister companies L.A. Girl and L.A. Colors. Don’t purchase a cheap base (e.g. foundation) – better to splurge or just pay a reasonable price for your canvas since you never know what it can do to your skin.

Research for dupes. 

From researching (watching vlogs and reading blogs) and using make-up, I find that drugstore products perform as well or even better than luxury brands. YouTube is a blackhole of endless (useful) information re: dupes so if you have your eye on a specific product and don’t exactly have the fund$ for it, YouTube is your friend!

What are your favorite ways to save money when shopping for beauty? Share them on the comments below! ✨

Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.