Hey Strangekittens! So, not all of us, (myself included) have much to spend on beauty products. But I get my fix, muhahah! Here are some places that you can get cheap (or free) goodies to play with.
1. The dollar store
Yes, really! At nearly every dollar store I’ve been to, they have those Jordana makeup shelves. It’s great stuff to experiment with, if you wanna try a new color, it’s usually under $5 for just about anything. Of course, you’ll find other random goodies too. It’s just a matter of looking through piles of random stuff to find treasures.
I’ve found Eco-tools brushes for $2. And some authentic Indian kohl liner for 99c. Just be wary of the quality. Check best before dates, and if it looks separated, or a bit weird, pass it over.
Now, we all know that you can get decent make up at your local drug store. I’ve notice Shoppers Drug Mart to be very beauty friendly. One thing you want to look around for is clearance shelves. My local one will drastically discount stuff that’s near the sell by date, or being discontinued. Sometimes over 50%! I’ve tried many new products this way, and it’s always changing, so go have a toss through it. It can be anything from lip gloss to hair dye, I’ve noticed.
Oh, quelle horreur! Yes, it’s a bit scary huge. But they do have awesome prices, especially for us that cannot afford the beauty section at Sears. And they have hidden gems, and even bigger clearance bins. Think of it as a bigger dollar store.
4. ELF: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/
This website is amazing. I’ve got a few of their brushes and a giant palette from there. They have constant revolving sales, and the quality is decent considering most stuff is under $5. I can personally vouch for the eye shadows, the ones I got were pretty damn great, even better if i use them wet. The palettes make awesome presents, especially for younger ladies just starting to experiment with make-up.
5. Free samples
These are easier to find than you think, but not all companies do this. You can always Google ‘<brand here> free samples’. There’s also plenty of sites that aggregate links from all over for free samples, just be aware of spam. Although, if you just ask, some companies gladly send you some! But don’t be greedy. If you really love their products, tell them so. Most companies love enthusiastic customers and will generally try to make you even happier.
That’s all for now. Have fun Strangekittens!