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Saturday, September 5, 2009

How to Score the Best Prices on Cosmetics

The recession feels like it's still in full swing, but that's no reason to look un-fabulous! Here are a few money-saving tips that will keep you looking great, without making your wallet look ugly.

TIP 1) Revisit the drugstore! So many brands have upgraded their formulas. Here are a few I've recently tried:

Foundation: Mabelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation. It is good for normal to dry skin, and comes in a large variety of colors. It retails for a little over $8 on drugstore.com, and right now they have a BOGO (Buy One, Get One 1/2 off-any Mabelline product) sale!

Foundation: L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup. I love this one in the summer months, or for someone with year-round oily skin. It also works well on a normal to dry skintype, but sometimes it's best to apply a little extra moisturizer. It retails for $10.95 at drugstore.com, and it's also part of their BOGO sale!

** MUA tip: Apply these foundations with a kabuki brush for an airbrushed application. I love this one from the Too Faced Teddybear Hair Collection:

TIP 2) Shop the soon-to-be discontinued, and sale sections of your favorite high-end brands. Many brands will sell products that they will no longer carry for up to 75% off on their sites. Visit these brand sites to view what's on sale.

Bare Escentuals
Sephora variety sale

If your favorite brand isn't here, go directly to their site and look for sales and discontinued items.

TIP 3) Join a site that allows you to sell or swap items with other makeup fanatics. Sites like Makeupgeek.com or Makeupalley.com. Just be careful. Be sure to clean products carefully after receiving them. Also, check the seller/swapper rating before completing any transaction, and follow site guidelines.

Do you have more tips that I have not listed? Feel free to post them below!

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