I have to admit that I’m pretty frugal when it comes to shopping for quality beauty supplies. I rarely buy anything at the salon or department store, and when I shop in stores like Target, I’ll buy a product only if it’s on sale. I just don’t see why I should pay full retail price for stuff that I know I could get somewhere else much cheaper – like discount beauty supply stores.
There are a couple mom-and-pop beauty supply shops that are close to where I live that carry everything from wigs, nail polish, to hair styling products and all kinds of makeup. Some recent bargains discovered include China Glaze nail polish for 99 cents and Kiss Eyelashes for $1.99. A friend of mine who lives in Chicago said that before Essie became really popular, she could buy Essie nail polish for $4.00 at a beauty supply shop, but the secret got out and they raised the price to $6.00, which is actually still a good deal considering a bottle of Essie usually costs $8.
If you don’t feel like schlepping around hunting for bargains in a beauty supply store, there are many stores online such as Image Beauty which offer tons of beauty products at a discount. Another place I like to find beauty bargains is Big Lots. Once in a while I’ll find organic beauty products, Burt’s Bees overstock products, or nail polish from Revlon.
Of course, if you’re really into natural beauty, you always have the option of creating your own homemade beauty products which can be much cheaper and more holistic than buying brand-name products. I’ve tried the mayonnaise hair treatment a couple times – which does work, by the way. My next experiment will be to use avocado as face mask.
What’s your secret to scoring beauty products for less?