Re: Makeup Hauls
If there is anything I have learned, in makeup, you do not always get what you pay for.
I mean this in the best possible way.
You do not need to spend so much money to get the results you want.
For example: Skincare
Drunk Elephant is a famous clean brand at sephora with prices ranging from $16-81 dollars. They have a facial which costs over $80 full size with 25% AHA and they also have retinol
The Ordinary is another clean brand at sephora that has a mask with 30% AHA that is $8.70 which is around 90% less than drunk elephant with a higher concentration of the ingredient you want. Additionally, they have a retinoid serum, which is just a higher concentration of retinol
I would recommend going to a TJMaxx/Marshall's. They have many of the same products at Sephora for much cheaper. I got a Kevyn Aucoin Highlighter for $18 that retails on sephora for 58.
I also found a sold out value pack from Becca that cost $50 online for $80 of products, that i got at marshalls for $12.99
If you are looking for specific products, I would also go on instagram and follow the account @/beautydealsbff, who posts all codes and sales from the best beauty brands
Hope this helps!
Feel free to message me with further questions
Re: Makeup Hauls
I can't really advise how to get it free/cheap (other than leveraging rewards and coupons as best you can; Ulta and CVS are the best here. Or get samples made at Sephora so you can test stuff before wasting money to find out it doesn't work for you), but I do have some advice in a tangential vein.
Don't go crazy buying all the things now. While I am much older than you, I am also relatively new to makeup; I didn't get into it until after I turned 40, and I went through that "gimme all the purdies" stage that many new makeup converts go through. The problem with that phase is that you haven't necessarily figured out what you truly like and will use and will reach for time and time again. I got rid of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of makeup that I just had to have at the time, but it turned out the formula wasn't for me, or the shades didn't work, etc. Makeup is expensive enough as it is; try not to throw excess waste into the equation.
Instead, use this "no buy" phase as a chance to really get to know what you already have, and figure out what works and what doesn't *for you*. And then, when you have your own income or an allowance, you can make better choices about what will bring you joy as you expand your collection. 😊