There are a whole bunch of ways to save money on makeup, and let me tell you some of my favorite ways.
Bargain beauty. There are bargain websites, like makeup.com, which sell some name brands for up to half off. YMMV, though, because sometimes nothing strikes my fancy and other times there’s a bunch! Beautycrunch.com also has a few brands available at discount prices, too. My favorite way is just doing some preliminary searching on the internet to try and find a deal.
Friends & Family Sales. These days most brands are getting into the friends and family spirit by holding annual (or sometimes semi-annual) sales where you can save 15-20% off on everything. I have found many of these deals are good online only, though.
Keep a Lemming List. Don’t ask me the history of “lemmings” and why they’re called such, but if you keep a list of products you have an eye on… you can easily check it to see if an item is on sale. Say you spot a F&F sale going on, but you’re not sure what you loved–your list will help you remember. This also helps me keep my eye on the “prize” (prizes?), because I’ll often save up for an item I really want and skip on an item that’s just so-so but might catch me with its fancy packaging.
Know What You Have. There’s a good reason why people ask, “What’s a good dupe for _______?” Most of us don’t want to own ten versions of Deep Truth eyeshadow (though, despite this, many of us own at least one or two). You can easily save money by not buying duplicate products, but also going for variety rather than collecting them all. Even when there is a slight variance, you might ask yourself, “If I used a different base or layered it with X shadow, could I dupe it that way?” An easy dupe might not be available, but you might find a good dupe by layering colors (e.g., lighten your deep green with a frosty yellow).
Gift Sets and Gift With Purchase. With the holidays right around the corner, nearly every cosmetic retailer gets into the spirit of the holidays by pushing gift sets, palettes, etc. Usually, these are a good deal. Often you’ll get more for your money than buying things alone. Sometimes you can try new products out by spending less (like getting a trial set). Also, brands do GWPs throughout the year, which let you try new products or rediscover old favorites, plus a cute makeup bag or what have you. (By the by, Clinique has an amazing one coming up!)
Substitutes: Cinders = Contrast; Insinuate = Plumful; Crystal Rose = Pink Pearl pigment
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Lovely Lily pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner-to-middle lid, apply Jolie Poupee eyeshadow (purple) using the 239. Apply Jolie Poupee eyeshadow (plum) to the outer half of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Cinders eyeshadow and drag into crease using the 239. Soften harsh color lines with Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow above the crease. Sweep Hush underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Lust 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Super Orgasm using the 129. Apply Insinuate lipstick to lips, and then top with Crystal Rose lipglass for color and shine.
I know, I know… Halloween is just a few days away, but there’s still time for Lush’s spooky offerings!
PUMPKIN soap (Online) sold by weight, $4.95 / lb A lovely creamy pumpkin scented soap, also containing sweet wild orange, lime, mandarin and spice cinnamon. Shaped like an actual pumpkin, this soap is only around for Halloween; you could even carve faces and create your very own LUSH Jack-o’-Lantern!
MAGIC bath bomb $6.95 Abracadabra! This ‘hex’-agonal bath treat contains a good luck spell, to break runs of bad luck. The outer shell of this bath bomb is a turquoise color and a blend of marjoram oil and rose absolute.
THE WITCHES’ BALL bubble bar $5.95 This witches’ blend of herbs will work to clear any barriers or blocks in life, especially in relationships and creativity.
A GOLD STAR bubble bar $6.25 This congratulatory bath treat is for those who deserve a pat on the back, as there’s a bewitching blend of solar oils to create a ‘well done’ spell.
GHOST shower gel $16.95 250 ml This shower gel is to die for – it contains a blend of fresh, natural ingredients and essential oils that will uplift your spirit and make showering a real out-of-this-world experience.
SPELLBOUND gift $27.95 This gift box contains a selection of LUSH’s magical products so you can cast a fascinating spell of your own this Halloween. Contains Magic bath bomb, Jingle Spells bath bomb, Witches Ball bubble bar, and Pumpkin soap.
SUPERNATURAL gift $59.95 There’s the new Witches’ Ball bubble bar; Ceridwen’s Cauldron luxury bath melt; Tisty Tosty bath bomb, a love spell with 7 rose buds; Butterball bath bomb; Therapy massage bar; Figs and Leaves soap; and Aqua Mirabilis skin conditioner.
Sue Devitt takes a journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro this holiday season with a new, breathtaking collection inspired by the seductively alluring colors, textures and natural surroundings of this exotic locale. Created to mimic the vibrant hues of Kilimanjaro, Sue has captured a vision of exotic colors that range from the crisp mountain white caps to the deep shades of purple and lavender reflected off the mountain during the sun’s descent and an intense black African starry night.
The Kilimanjaro collection for Holiday 2008 includes:
Microquatic™ Hydrating Marine Mineral Eye Palette in Kilimanjaro ($37.50) This exquisite palette features a variation of universally flattering purples in blendable, wearable and long-lasting eye color. This cutting edge formula also contains a synergistic complex of biotechnological marine and botanical substances such as Sea Butter, Shea Butter, Ceramides and Hylauronic Acid in addition to vitamins, minerals and proteins that work in tandem to help skin absorb water from the air while restoring skin’s natural elasticity.
Microquatic™ Mascara in Black Widow Black Lavender ($22.00) Condition lashes while dispensing a deep black lavender pigment to the lashes. This luxurious mascara features Devitt’s signature Microquatic™ formulation, offering a nano dispersion of vitamins, pro-vitamins and soothing orchid extract for added hydration, while beeswax and microcrystalline wax keep lashes moist and malleable all day long.
Eye Intensifier Pencil in Black Widow Black Lavender ($22.00) Long lasting, smudge-proof and water resistant, Eye Intensifier Pencil creates an instant and dramatic finish, emphasizing the eye with deep, dramatic shades in rich, velvety textures.
See swatches of the Marine Mineral Eye Palette, as well as lashes using Black Widow Black Lavender! Continue reading →