Friday, May 31, 2013

Where are the BEST deals on higher-end makeup brands?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love the thrill of finding a great deal, especially when it comes to buying perfume and higher-end makeup products like Bare Escentuals, Urban Decay, Dior, etc.

While retailers may offer a varying assortment of products/colors in a particular brand, the price will be the same across the board, whether you purchase the item from Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com or directly from the brand's website.  You may be thinking, how can I save money then?  

The secret?  Shop the "Friends and Family" sales!

At least once a year, sometimes twice, retailers will offer a "Friends and Family Sale".  Typically, it is 20% off their entire store.  However, sometimes there will be exclusions.  After shopping several of these types of sales, here are places that I think offer the best sales....

1) Sephora - BEST sale, in my opinion :-)
~ 20% off applies to everything, including fragrance! 
~ The discount can be used to shop online or in the store
~ They have tons of brands, including some really high-end ones like Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Bobbi Brown, etc.

2) UrbanDecay.com
~ 20% off applies to everything, including sale and clearance items!

3) Ulta
~ 20% off most items, but usually excludes fragrance and Lancome
~ Typically, this discount can only be redeemed in the store and NOT on their website...a bummer if you live 50 miles away from an Ulta like I do :-(
~ Since Ulta also sells drugstore brands, they often have a 20% off sale that EXCLUDES higher-end or "prestige" brands, as they like to refer to them.  Be sure to read the fine print to determine which sale it is!

4) Bare Escentuals
~ 20% off everything except their "Last Chance" section
~ Offer is valid in their boutiques and online
~ FAB members also get to choose another day of the year to save 15% off and it's free to join!

5) Tarte.com
~ 20% off everything except sale and clearance items

6)Beauty.com
~ 20% off everything
~ They carry most of the brands that Sephora does in addition to many that are only found on QVC
~ I had technical difficulties getting the discount to apply to my order so that's why I ranked this at the bottom.

These sales usually do not all run at the same time of the year.  If you want to be notified of the sale(s), you will need to register on the websites with each of these companies.  

Happy Sale Shopping :-)


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