How I Save $$$ on Beauty and Get Free Stuff

Get ready for a lengthy article, you guys. I tried to organize this into categories so you can get tips for places you might frequently shop or things that may be easily obtained. Also if I’m wrong or missing anything great, feel free to let me know! I’m always up for new information and tips. How do you all save money on beauty? Let me know down in the comments!


Sephora is expensive, plain and simple. So I know it is hard to want to spend money when you aren’t sure you’re really getting very much out of it, well, here is how to get the most out of your money at Sephora.

  •  Become a Beauty Insider: Sephora doesn’t really offer many discounts to beauty insiders unless you’re VIB; but definitely sign up to be a beauty insider if you aren’t already—you’ll get a free gift on your birthday, even if you don’t spend any money! Also, for every dollar you spend you earn points. Points 100+ (not hard to spend that kind of money if you love makeup), you can begin to redeem for mini sized items to try. I have received mascara, face masks, and lotions that I have all adored because I redeemed points.
  • Order Online: Get the most out of your Sephora purchase by ordering your merchandise online. You can get free goodies with your order, and let me tell you, I didn’t have to pay for mascara for about 6 months because I had so many free ones at one point. Every order you get the option to get 3 free samples, take them up on this! Also, if you spend a certain amount of money ($25 usually, which is not hard to do) most of the time you can enter a code in for a deluxe size sample!

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  • Free Samples in Store: Whenever you go into Sephora, you are allowed to ask for samples! Sephora has different “worlds” so get yourself a sample made from each world, if you so wish! I like to try out foundations before buying them, so I always make sure I get one made if I’m looking to try something new. I’m also a HUGE skincare junkie, so I usually ask for an expensive face mask sample that I wouldn’t usually be able to afford (I know, I’m bad). Also, when you check out in store, I usually ask for them to throw in some free samples behind the counter, because I just love that they can do that, and 98% of the time, they do! It never hurts to ask, guys! Here are some of the craziest, most expensive samples you can get, via The Krazy Coupon Lady.

CVS Pharmacy

You might be thinking “CVS, what the heck is she talking about?”

  • ExtraCare Bucks!- Most Pharmacies have rewards programs, but my favorite is the ExtraCare Rewards by CVS. Like most rewards programs, you earn money whenever you spend money. For example, you can get $5 for every 10 perceptions you fill, $3 every year on your birthday, $5 for every $50 spent, and 2% back in rewards! Also, CVS tracks your spending patterns, so check the bottom of your receipts for some pretty awesome coupons. Want more coupons? Check your email! CVS might be offering some coupons to add to your card (like $5 off a purchase, etc) so you might just be a few clicks away from saving some dough!
  • Sales + Couponing= Happy Wallet. The other day I got two sticks of Dove Deoderant and a lipstick for $5! Not too bad if you ask me. All because I layer on coupons, points, and extra care savings into a purchase. The best sales are BOGO 50%, so if you can find something like that, it’ll save you even more money.

Pinch Me! Box

  • This one is pretty easy, you sign up on the website (no gimmicks, no credit card info–whatever) and you tell them things like your interests, shopping habits, and then they’ll tell you what you what samples are avaible to you. Pick about two-three samples a month (it took forever for the samples to get to me…) and then review them online to get more. You won’t always get beauty related items, but my mom usually gets some travel sized body washes and random assortments of snacks here and there. Not too terrible when it is FREE!
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Shop in an Unconventional Location

  • Gabe’s, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, even the Dollar Tree…all of these places I have scored amazing beauty finds (all name brand) for less. I recently scored a palette from TheBalm Cosmetics that was originally $36, for $12 at Gabe’s! If a product has a small imperfection, sometimes you can even ask the store to give you a bigger discount than the asking price.

Try a Subscription Box

  • You’ll have to pay about $10 a month for one of these, but typically each box/bag is worth about $50 in products. My favorite right now is Play! By Sephora, because I get 5 high-end products plus a perfume sample each month, but there are also other great ones like Ipsy, Birchbox, etc. My mom for instance is a fan of birchbox, because they cater to what she enjoys. My sister likes Ipsy because she gets a colorful bag every month and 5 new products to try! If you’re interested in one, do some research on what might work the best for you before you shell out the $10. Try a website like My Subscription Addiction to understand more about these types of services. Want to see a review on boxes I have received? Let me know down in the comments!


Anyways, those are my tips! Maybe some of these were things you knew, and maybe you learned something! If you have any more that you would like to share, let me know.


Rose Gold Makeup For Spring

I created this look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and a couple other things, so I hope you all enjoy! I’m getting the itch for it to be spring soon, so I thought it would be fun to create a look that is Spring-inspired. This will be a soft rose-gold, luminous foundation look without any harsh colors or eyeliner.

P.S. I know I usually link all of the products, but I got kind of lazy this time. All of these are pretty easy to find though, with the exception of the loose pigment! But there are plenty of substitutes for this.



  • MAC Fix + w/Coconut // Get it here (Limited Edition Item)
  • Makeup Forever “Step 1” Primer
  • MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 in “NW15”
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural “Light”



Prep is key!


  • The Balm Betty Lou Manizer
  • Pacifica Blush “Wild Rose”
  • Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlight in “Radiant Lights”



  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
  • ABH Modern Renaissance Palette
  • Pacifica Blush “Wild Rose” // Get it here
  • NYX Cosmetics Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator “Sunbeam” // Get it here
  • Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Loose Pigments “Heart of Rose Gold” // From W&W’s holiday collection.


  • MAC Lingering Brow Pencil for Brows
  • Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! in “03” for Brows
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex, for lashes.
Loose pigment, Pacifica Blush, and Illuminator.


I began with placing a small amount of primer on my eyes, then going in with the shade “Tempera” from my ABH palette, I took that shade all the way up to the brow bone. Using a blending brush, I took the shades “Buon Fresco” and “Cyprus Umber” and lightly began to blend those into my crease. After that I blended in some Pacifica “Wild Rose” blush all over the lid (go ahead and be liberal with this). Now comes the fun part! I took my NYX Illuminator and squeezed a pea-sized amount on the back of my hand. I slowly went in with a concealer brush, like I was going to create a cut-crease look, but you do not have to be precise since it is not.

Next, I took just a regular rounded eyeshadow brush and sprayed some MAC Fix+ on the back of my hand, and sprinkled some loose pigment on the drops of spray and mixed it with my brush. You’ll then pat that into your lid and wait for it to dry.

Awkward close-up of my eyeballs…


Lastly, I went back into my ABH palette with a blending brush with the shades “Venetian Red” and “Love letter” mixed together. I blended those into my crease to make my loose pigment mixture look more neat. I also took the shades “Love Letter” and put that under my eyes, and “Vemeer” in the middle of my lids for extra shine!

My ABH Modern Renaissance Palette. It has definitely seen some wear in its time! 


  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil “Rose”
  • The Balm Meet Matte Hughes “Charming”
  • Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines “Blondie”



I first applied the lip pencil, then the matte color, and a small amount of “blondie” to the middle of my lips, which blended out for a lovely shine!

And here is the finished look!

The finished product!

My Top Ten Budget Beauty Buys

Hey all! As a college student, I totally understand what it is like to have to budget yourself with certain things. And makeup, lord do I know, can get extremely expensive. These are products that I turn to when I can’t always buy high-end things, that I know will do the job just as well or even better.

So, here are my top ten favorite budget beauty buys:

  1. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

-You can’t really beat the quality of this foundation for the price it is marked at. This foundation has a shade light enough to match my pale skin, and enough heavy-duty coverage to handle my redness and acne scars. Not to mention that it was tough enough to last me all day (I think about 15 hours before it got funky on me without any touching up). If you have oily skin I might suggest the Pro-Matte version of this, but since I enjoy a luminous finish Pro-Glow was an easy choice for me! Also, if you’re thinking about purchasing it, it is available at just about any drugstore, Walmart, or Ulta. This foundation has become a great alternative for me when I can’t always afford my $50 Tarte foundation.

Get it here //$10.20

  1. Jesse’s Girl Original Eyeshadow Primer

-I actually received a small sample of this in my Ipsy bag about a year ago, and fell in love with the quality. As a die-hard Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer fan, this does just as good of a job without the high price tag that comes with the UD name. My eyeshadow does not crease while wearing this, and it yields about the same results of last just about as long as any primer you’d pick up at Sephora (15 hours+). I used to only think you could buy this online, but I recently found that most RiteAid stores carry this brand, so if you get the chance, try this one out!

Get it here //$5.99

  1. E.L.F. Matte Lip Color

-I honestly wasn’t expecting much when I first bought this. I was just getting into gaining the confidence of trying newer and bolder lip colors and for $3, it was just meant for trying something new before buying a higher quality lippie. To my surprise, this lippie lasted me all through a date night, and I received multiple compliments on how lovely it looked! My favorite shade is berry sorbet, so if you’re looking for a good lip color with a small price tag, this might be a good option.

Get it, here //$3.00

  1. L’Oréal Studio Secrets Lumi Light Infusing Primer

-This is a bit on the pricey side for being a “budget” beauty buy, but compared to the prices of high end primers (this is a dupe for Becca), this one is dirt cheap! I actually love using this year-round. It looks amazing by itself, or underneath a luminous foundation; sometimes I even mix it in with my foundation. This primer blends easily, is meant for all skin types, and is light enough to give you a healthy glow without making you look too much like a Barbie butterfly princess (not that I wouldn’t be LIVING for a look like that…new blog post idea you guys??). I have pretty sensitive skin, so finding drugstore products that I enjoy slathering all over it has been rather difficult for me, and this one has caused me no breakouts for far. I have also used it for about 6 months now and I have yet to buy another bottle, so it is worth a try if you’re a fan of a luminous look.

Get it here //$12.99

  1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater

-I cannot rave about this facial spray enough! Urban Decay’s facial sprays range from $15-30, and this one is $7 for 4oz! I’m currently on my second bottle and use it every day. I use this over moisturizer to give my skin a refreshing look that keeps me glowing on the outside (when I’m not so glowy on the inside), and it is also great to set makeup. I’ll use it to set Bare Minerals makeup and it gives it a flawless finish, so this has been worth it for me and more, especially at the price point.

Get it here //$7.00

  1. NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow

-I bought this on a whim one time, just to try a shade…and I am obsessed with these. For years I have always been a “high end” eyeshadow or nothing type of gal, but these singles have changed my mind. There is no fall out on these, and they blend so easily. The only complaint I have is that if you use a primer that isn’t too great, these are going to crease on you super easily. But all is made up for with its amazing pigmentation and cute packaging. Also, Ulta usually does buy one, get one 50% with this brand so the more the merrier!

Get it here //$4.49

  1. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

-I’ve been a diehard fan of the Rosebud Perfume Co. since high school. A product that has been around since 1892, you know it has to be good! I use my $6 tin of this salve for mainly lip balm, bit it can be used for other things like dry cuticles, makeup remover, frizzy hair, and dry/patchy skin. I even used it to heal my sunburned lips one summer. Also if you hate the smell of roses they have a wide variety of smells and flavors to keep everyone happy! Get it at or try Sephora if you want to earn those extra Beauty Insider points!

Get it at Sephora, if you want //$6.00

  1. E.L.F. Cosmetics Baked Highlighter

-This $4 gem did not come into my life until I saw how magical it was when Jeffree Star used it in one of his highlighter videos. The trick with this one is to use a rough brush or a coin to take off the top layer of makeup to reach the true pigment. This highlighter gives off a natural sheen and with an extra layer (or just use it wet) you’ll be glowing like a Christmas tree in no time! I recommend the shade, “moonlight pearls.”

Get it here, or anywhere else that sells E.L.F. //$4.00

  1. NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil

-I have like ten of these suckers. They’re cheap, easy to use, and they come in a wide range of colors. Honestly they work just as well as Kylie’s lip pencils but they’re only $3.49. Besides, nobody knows what you’re using once it is on your face!

Get it here //$3.49

  1. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara

-I’ve been using this product for almost a decade now, and I’ve seen my mom use it in her makeup bag for even longer than that. Ranging from $3-6 this mascara is an oldie but a goodie in my book. It’s simple enough to wear alone but also can be layered on for a more dramatic look. I do recommend this type of mascara for people looking for a more natural look though, as that is what I believe it can be best suited for. Another great thing about this product? You can find it just about anywhere!

Get it here //$5.99

Here’s my finished product using all of the products listed!