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Tips for Scoring Amazing Beauty Deals

Beauty Deals

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.

Do Tell

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.

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13 comments for “Tips for Scoring Amazing Beauty Deals”

  1. Excellent tips! Retailmenot really is insanely useful, it’s rare that you can’t at least score 10% off or free shipping on just about anything from anywhere. Anyway, I’m adding beauty.com to my list of regular stops — thanks! :)

    Posted by Cammila | May 20, 2009, 9:13 am
  2. ❤ Cammila, thanks! Glad you found the tips helpful! beauty.com is an all-time fave for me. :)

    Posted by Sonja | May 20, 2009, 11:12 am
  3. The last time I was at a department store beauty counter I found that they were really keen to close a sale. I was talking to one salesman at the Chanel fragrance counter about how much I liked Chanel Chance when he lowered his voice and said, “I know I’m not supposed to do this, but if you buy this now I can knock $10 off the sticker price for you.” The economy’s hitting pretty hard, I guess.

    Posted by lisa | May 20, 2009, 11:36 am
  4. ❤ lisa, OMG! I’ve never heard of such a thing – perfume salespeople talking like car salesmen! I can only imagine what car salesman are doing these days (besides being laid off). I’m ready for an economy rebound (but I am enjoying the deals in the meantime). :)

    Posted by Sonja | May 20, 2009, 1:20 pm
  5. It’s super unsual for large companies to do that! I see it way more with smaller ones. I’m always torn between whether I like discounts or Gift with Purchases better. That little pack certainly does look amazing though…

    Posted by Sheena | May 20, 2009, 3:39 pm
  6. I buy my foundation at the fancy drug store chain (Shopper’s Drug Mart) and, seriously, every weekend they’ve got some kind of incentive happening. Used to be much less frequent.

    Posted by K-Line | May 20, 2009, 5:40 pm
  7. ❤ K-Line, very interesting. I wish I had more money for all these good deals. :)

    Posted by Sonja | May 20, 2009, 6:20 pm
  8. Ha! I feel kind of the same. Time was, I would have been buying a different potion every week. But now I’m a bit more circumspect. (Admittedly, my life has changed and I know what I need to maintain my looks so the experimentation is not as educational as it once was.)

    Posted by K-Line | May 20, 2009, 7:03 pm
  9. it works with perfume too! well i’m here in singapore but i’m guessing the tricks of the trade are the same anywhere. sales people throw in perfume samples, lotions, body creams, etc. if you ask really nicely!

    Posted by jo | May 20, 2009, 7:27 pm
  10. ❤ K-Line, very true. I definitely experiment less as I get older – not necessarily because I’ve become risk-averse. I’ve simply gotten to know what works well. But I still like to mix things up a bit every so often, like with those shu uemura pinks! :)

    ❤ jo, yes! Always good to smile and ask if they have some goodies they can throw in! I bought two things for my mom at the Chanel counter once but was able to put together a nice little gift set, because the saleswoman threw in a mini mascara, mini powder compact and some samples packets. Score!

    Posted by Sonja | May 20, 2009, 10:08 pm
  11. ❤ Sheena, seems like the big companies are really hurting and are being a lot more flexible to make sales. The beauty.com GWP is a really good haul – nicer than a lot of GWPs, particularly because there’s such a variety of products from different brands and excellent full-size products.

    Posted by Sonja | May 21, 2009, 12:47 pm
  12. [...] Cheever: A Life, and some choice web surfing. After hitting up the usual suspects, I paused at the-coveted’s smart, penny-pinching article about how you can hunt for incredible beauty deals and steals. [...]

    Posted by Felicia Sullivan - Author, Foodie, Rockstar » » Blog Archive » get pretty on the cheap: lorac | May 26, 2009, 6:03 am
  13. I agree with Sonja, it seems like the big companies are more flexible to make sales. I found a great outlet where they discount a lot of fragrances and cosmetic products: http://www.biva.com , Hope it will help.

    Posted by Jennifer | August 13, 2009, 4:36 pm

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