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How I Save Money on my Makeup Addiction


Hi guys, how are you all today?

I love makeup to the point that it is a slight addiction. However, I know that I can’t afford to spend as much on makeup now that I have bills to pay and food to buy. I am a proper adult now, and unfortunately, I can’t afford to spend £200 a month on makeup anymore.

Today I wanted to share some of the things that I have done to ease my spending habits and what has changed since I moved into my own place with Mark.

Drugstore vs High End

I’ve had to have a good long chat with myself and figure out what the actual difference between expensive makeup, and drugstore makeup is. Formulas have improved since I was a teenager, and your skin changes. I no longer get really bad eczema on my skin, so do I need to use brands like Lancome and Nars to keep my skin safe? Frankly, no. There isn’t much difference between the higher end stuff and drugstore makeup now. In fact, a lot of it is made in the same factories. So I have cut down on my bigger, expensive makeup options.


I have mentioned this app quite a lot over the past few months. I use it to sell some of my unused, or lightly used makeup. I also buy a few things on here too. I find the website really easy to use and haven’t had any bad experiences with sellers. I have saved a fair amount of money by buying things on here. Yes, they are lightly used, but that is worth it to me to save a few pounds. Frankly, a lot of special edition or limited stuff ends up on here, so if you have missed out on a big launch, check out here in a few months time. They usually sell for a fraction of the price.

Save Up

If there is something that you really want but know that you can’t afford yet, save up for a few months. Big launches are usually hinted at a few months before their launch so it does give you time to save up for that limited edition palette. I tried doing this for the Nicol Concilio palette, but I missed it. Luckily it was on Depop a few weeks later.

TK Maxx

TK Maxx is another shop that sells makeup. They usually get the stuff that is no longer available in the main stores, and you can get lucky with a few higher end items. I have bought Nars, Makeup Forever, Bare Minerals and Bobbi Brown here in the past. You have to be willing to rake, and pry that you haven’t bought a swatched to death item, but they do discount things a lot!

Shop the Sales

I sign up to a lot of newsletters from big brands, and they have sales more times than they would like to admit through the year. If you sign up for the emails, you are notified of sales quite frequently. So if you do fancy saving money on your favourite foundation, wait it out until a  sale is advertised.

Those are all of my tips and tricks for buying makeup on a budget. I hope this does help people in a similar situation.

Have a lovely day, and let me know any other tips for saving money on makeup that you use.

Take care, and have a lovely day.