Its the holiday season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday knocking at the door. If you are thinking to shop at Walmart, Amazon, Ebay or probably Target in your next visit to US(or you may be US too) then my friend this post is for you. When I arrived in US, I was pretty much excited for my first Walmart visit and spent some precious good amount of time at the makeup aisles. I learnt through friends, US bloggers and my own mistakes.
1. Coupons, Coupons & Coupons:
The key to save some good amount of dollars is to never step outside the house without checking coupons. This applies not only to Makeup/Cosmetics but also from Stationary(Michael’s) to grocery. Don’t be surprised when you end up saving 50% or more using coupons. To get coupons you either need to subscribe for Sunday newspaper or visit various coupons sites and take printouts. E-coupons are not accepted in most regions of US.
Some coupon links for e.g.
2. Local drugstores:
If you are planning to pick up drugstore brands such as Maybelline, Revlon, Loreal, Covergirl etc. look no more beyond than your local drugstores such as CVS, Rite-aid, Walgreens. Almost all brands are on sale throughout the year with no exception. I have sometimes got a $15 product for less than $5 using the below formula. So plan and shop at your drugstore if you are on a tight budget.
Drugstore sales + Coupons + Rewards points = Almost free product.
*Don’t forget to signup for the reward points before visiting your drugstores, else you might not be able to make use of the discounts. You can sign up online for the cards and no need to produce them at the counter, just the phone number would do.
3. Brand websites and brand stores:
I have to be a fool to not sign up for promotional letters from brands I like. The Body Shop USA, ELF cosmetics, Bath & Body Works etc. have major sales throughout the year and your should never buy these elsewhere if you need to save some serious cash.
4. Makeup speciality/large chain stores:
MAC, Clinique, Loccitaine etc have their stand alone stores and can also be found with other luxury brands such as NARS, Dior etc at Macy’s, Nordstorm and Sephora. Although these stores seldom go on major sales but they are worth the wait and effort.
5. Online shopping:
You might just go crazy if I start listing down all the links here. To start with ULTA, which is a perfect blend from drugstore brands to luxury ones is something you should never miss. Cherryculture gives some serious discount on Milani, Jordana and NYX products. Checkout Totalbeauty & HSN for some higher end brands. Almost every drugstore and brand have their online shopping site too.
One major problem with drugstore is that you cannot swatch the product, so be very sure of what shade you pick up. I have heard that you can return the product if you don’t like it but I have never tried it and neither plan to(I feel like its exploiting the drugstores). US also has many good options for sampling beauty boxes but that I shall leave out for another post.
Hope you liked the post, but don’t forget to share your US shopping experience as I am still learning and would love to get some inputs from you all.
Have you shopped makeup and cosmetics in USA?
P.S – Divya is the owner of Missenchanted blog and is currently in U.S. She loves books, photography and ofcourse has a huge passion for makeup.
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