5 Smart Ways To Shop Beauty Right Now

5 Smart Ways To Shop Beauty Right Now
The cost of living is on the rise. And, while we’re doing our best to cut back on luxuries and accommodate the new wallet pinch, we shouldn’t do it at a cost to our happiness. For many, happiness is exactly what beauty products bring; whether it’s scented candles that spark your joy, a lick of lipstick that boosts your confidence, the glow you get from skincare, both inside and out, or something else, we have good news - there is a way to fill your beauty basket without breaking the bank.

We’re not just talking about sale shopping (although, yes, that’s always a good way to save some pennies). This is about being savvy with your purchases and considering how to get more from your products without the extra cost. Want to know more? Read on to discover our tricks for shopping for beauty on a budget.

1. Buy more, for less

You may have seen a number of plus-sized products popping up recently. And for good reason. Obviously they’re bigger, which means they last longer, but more conveniently - when we’re investing in one of our favourite products, choosing a larger size delays our need to re-purchase a top up. What’s more, nine times out of ten, you’ll see a saving hidden away in that extra-sized product. Take Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, € 52,00 for instance. It’s £58 for 100ml, whereas your standard 50ml cream comes in at £45. Quick maths tells us that’s a £32 saving. Add in the shipping costs you would have endured with a repeat purchase, and that’s one pretty hefty saving. Interested in more super-sized products? Check out This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray Jumbo Size, € 46,00, Eve Lom Cleanser, € 58,00 and Kiehl's Creme de Corps, € 12,52.

2. Find your skincare match

Make sure you're buying the right skincare product for your skin type by popping into your local Space NK store where one of our expert beauty advisors will be able to help your build the perfect routine. Not got time to go into store? Why not use our Skincare Matches tool which uses your previous purchases and a quick quiz to suggest the products that should work best for you. We pride ourselves on making it easy for our customers to shop, so we've also created helpful Skin Edits with plenty of helpful advice and product recommendations based on your skin type.

How does this help shop beauty on a budget? Well, you'll be minimising the risk of investing in the wrong skincare product, which both your bank balance and the environment will be grateful for.

3. Try before you buy

Speaking of matches... one of the biggest benefits of physically browsing our beauty aisles is the opportunity to see colours and textures in person. Why is that so important? Because it cuts out the chance for error. We developed our Foundation Finder - a tool for those who can’t head into store, or who would rather shop from the comfort of their own sofa. First up, select your skin tone, skin type, the coverage you’re after and your favourite finish. The tool will then link you with your ideal foundation. After that, it’s just a case of using our 'Find My Shade' tool (you’ll spot it below the shade swatches when you click on any of our foundations). Simply select the foundation and shade you are currently wearing, and voila - your perfect finish and colour match is ready to buy.

Curious which base perfectors others are raving about? We would like to point you in the direction of Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation, € 34,00. People have gone wild for the lightweight formula and impressive shade selection - to find out more, read our Rare Beauty foundation review. If you’re looking for more of a luminous finish, try Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, € 50,00 and Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, € 50,00. For those who want a base with benefits, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF15, € 81,00 will tick all the right boxes.

4. Get rewarded

There’s something to be said for finding a bargain. But when it comes to long-term savvy shopping, you might want to think about whether a purchase saves you money over time. At Space NK, all customers are automatically enrolled in NDULGE - a loyalty scheme which earns you one point for every pound you spend. Reach 100 points, and you’ll get £5 off your next Space NK beauty purchase. If that wasn’t good enough, Any NDULGE customers who spend £1000 or more within a 12-month period will automatically be upgraded to NUDLGE Deluxe.

What does that mean? Double points is what it means! So, that’s £10 for every 100 points. And if you’re not quite spending the Deluxe amount, just look out for one of our double points events. Held at various dates throughout the year, all customers are included (whether a big spender or small). Only decision left is how to spend our extra points…something for them, or us? Hmmmm…

Wondering what’s worth the spend? These new-to-store products are top of our list.

5. Bundle up

Come Christmas, many of us look to gift sets to give our gifting game the edge. But it seems we’re missing a trick for the rest of the year too. Especially when the set already includes one of our favourite beauty buys. If you’re choosing a brand-focussed bundle, think of it as a fail-safe way to try something new while sticking within the safe zone of a tried and tested name you already love. Found two or more of your products have run out at the same time, or looking to refresh your whole routine? Opting for one of our carefully curated discovery boxes is a great way to restock that beauty cabinet in one money-saving go.

Here’s our edit of the bundles and boxes you need to know about.

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