As the economy has tanked, companies have been offering many exceptionally good deals for shoppers. I’ve been amazed by the beauty deals that have been offered over the last few months. I’m seeing sales and specials I’ve never seen before, like across-the-board discounts in beauty departments and with some individual brands.
I’m always on the lookout for a deal. It’s not like I’m doing a ton of shopping right now, like many people. But I figure if I need to buy something anyway, I may as well get it at a discount or get a bonus with purchase. Since there are so many good deals to be had, I thought it would be a good time to share my deal-hunting tips and I’d love to hear about your tips.
I just snagged this awesome gift with purchase from beauty.com, one of my favorite places to shop for beauty treats due to the gigantic selection from favorites like ARCONA, tarte, 100% Pure, Jane Iredale, and Urban Decay (honestly, I could go on and on). With any $100 purchase you get a gift set worth $160 – always nice to get a beauty bonus that’s worth even more than you spent. It’s an impressive beauty bounty with a lot of really good stuff I can use – deluxe, large samples, like the ARCONA Papaya Enzyme Gel and Phyto Phytojoba Shampoo (perfect for travel or in my gym bag). There are even full-size products, like the Laura Geller Blush and Brighten in a very pretty golden apricot shade (worth $29.50) and Stila Eye Shadow in a lovely platinum shade called Shore (worth $18). And it comes with a sweet canvas travel bag designed by fashion designer Lela Rose.
Beauty Deal Hunting Tips
To find fantastic deals like this one, here’s what I do…
Gifts with Purchase. Women have long held out on making purchases until there’s a gift with purchase. Lately, we don’t have to wait as long to get those deals. They’re appearing a lot more often. To find out when these are happening:
• Look for ads in the style pages and in the front page-section in newspapers, especially on weekends.
• Sign up for online newsletters with your favorite department stores and the online stores of your favorite beauty brands. Sometimes companies will give you a discount when you first sign up for their e-newsletter or register with their site.
• Ask to be added to the customer database at your favorite beauty counters. They will call or email when there are GWPs and other bonuses.
Insider Specials. While stores like Macy’s openly advertise GWPs all over the place, some stores take a beauty insider approach. Sephora even has a free beauty insider program with member-only specials. Stores like Saks and Nordstrom have mostly unadvertised beauty weeks with deluxe GWPs. And individual counters at these kinds of stores regularly offer special deals – but you need to be in their customer databases to find out, so be sure to ask to be put on their customer list. I regularly get emails from the Trish McEvoy counter at Saks about GWPs, free or with-purchase beauty services like brow shaping, and discounts on everything in the line. Some companies also send friends and family discount specials in email newsletters.
Online-only specials. There are also opportunities online to get bonuses that aren’t offered at stores so sign up for those e-newsletters. The Coveted gets sent a lot of special deals so we include those in the Coveted News and on the Beauty Resources page. If I’m not aware of a special when I’m about to buy something, I always make sure to search for coupon codes. retailmenot.com is one of my favorite sources for getting reliable coupon codes.
Have you been noticing more special offers? What tips do you have for finding special deals? Do tell.
P.S. Check out our regularly updated Beauty Resources page for some amazing beauty deals at amazon.com, beauty.com, Sephora, and more.