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Thanks to Heather for today's question!

How do you save money when buying makeup?

Ulta has the best rewards program that I’m aware of-points that convert to dollars off – with opportunities for 2x, 3x, and 5x points throughout the year. I like Nordstrom’s rewards, since you can spend on anything, not just beauty. For items that are not urgent and are higher-end, I try to wait for a Neiman Marcus gift card event (spend X, get Y back to spend in the future). For basics, I’ll try to buy 1-2 backups of go-tos (like moisturizer or lip balm) when retailers run a 15-20% off promo.
-- Christine

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I feel like the heart of the question is something that is (relatively) affordable, so I want to say BH Cosmetics’ Foil Eyes palette, which was extremely easy to work with and pretty much did what it said it would. Technically, BH has some products at Ulta now but not that one… Otherwise, NYX High Voltage Lipstick, which was just a nice, medium-to-full coverage lipstick.
-- Christine

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I try to go through my collection every 3-6 months and get rid of products that are unnecessary, but it can be longer. These days, I am doing more upfront, before things get put away, and also removing formulas that have been replaced (e.g. I removed Urban Decay’s Revolution lipsticks after I compared to the Vice formula, as I’ll no longer need them) as they get replaced rather than waiting until I do a more thorough declutter. I look at whether they’re products I’ll need to reference in the future, whether they’re too old and can be destashed, etc.
-- Christine

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