If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
When it comes to shopping, I love benefits. Beauty.com and Drugstore.com not only offer rewards, but they share a cart. That means I can purchase from both sides of the store in one order with just a simple click of the mouse to switch sites. It makes hitting the $35 free shipping minimum a lot easier. Having a $35 shipping minimum is already lower than most stores, but I can add a cheap item from the Drugstore.com side when you Beauty.com side is a little short of $35.
If you purchase one item from the Beauty.com side, you also get to select three beauty samples. There are times when I add a Beauty.com item to a Drugstore.com order when I want the samples. I’ve placed a lot of orders from Beauty.com, and can almost assure you that you will get the samples you order. Unlike some stores, I’ve never received substitutes. If the samples arrive, they will be what you ordered. You get 5% back on everything you buy rewarded as a store credit every quarter. They give you the first month of every quarter to redeem your rewards earned from the previous quarter meaning I had from 04/01/15 through 04/30/15 to redeem the rewards I earned from 01/01/15-03/31/15. Every quarter resets.
With every quarter resetting, I have not had a quarter since I started shopping there that I did not get a little bonus. It is hard to pass on free money, so I place an order using last quarter’s bonus. That order gives me a bonus toward the next cycle. The circle repeats. My 04/01/15 order presented here used the rewards I earned from the first quarter. How soon I order into the new quarter depends on the other benefit from ordering.
The best part is whatever credit you redeem counts toward the $35 shipping minimum, so it is treated like a store credit, not a discount code. I love that I got everything pictured for $20.76 with tax, but I also got 5% back from the pre-tax amount that I can redeem before 07/31/15.
Beauty.com and Drugstore.com release offer links constantly. I select the links I like and click on them to activate the offer. There was an offer for a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Speak Your Mind with a $10 Beauty.com purchase in a shade I did not yet own. In addition to the fact that I love lipstick, I put myself on a lipstick no-buy until I own more used than unused lipsticks. That means I have to get gift with purchase or kit lipsticks until my no-buy is over. If I see a chance to get a free lipstick I do not own, I am jumping on it. The deal usually gets better though, because I look for banner offers and click to accept if any pop up. This order had a banner offer for a 2.5oz Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask with a $10 Beauty.com purchase. Yes, please. I love overnight masks and cannot wait to try this.
This is a Blushing Pink according to bareMinerals. To me, it looks a little brighter than a dusty rise. I found the color very pleasant. It’s too bad the lipstick latched on to dry skin and looked patchy as it faded. The formula was not my favorite, but it was somewhat moisturizing. Give me a moisturizing lipstick that I have to reapply all day over one that lasts all day but is drying.
It is not unusual for Beauty.com to release fantastic offers with as little as $10 required from the Beauty.com side. When I see those offers and have no specific items in mind to purchase, I tend to look in the clearance section. Finding something on clearance and getting a gift with purchase or two is the best. This day was fruitful, because I found an Urban Decay Melt palette on clearance for $12. That got me over the $10 minimum giving me the three samples and two deluxe items. It also gave me a 33.3% discount on buying this palette elsewhere. This usually retails for $18.
At $18, this is already a great deal. It comes with a full-sized shadow in the shade Melt and three empty slots for you to fill other singles of your choosing in. You get to build your own palette around Melt. I already had three shadows at home to place inside. Urban Decay charges $18 for the shadow itself, so the metal container is free. For those thinking Melt is a hideous color, which is why it is on clearance, you’re wrong. It is a very pretty, peach-beige color. Almost any three shades could go well with this.
In typical Urban Decay fashion, it has a beautiful shimmer. Urban Decay lists this as a sheer, but that swatch is one pass. Some brands cannot get this much pigment with full color, so Urban Decay impresses me with this sheer. The color looks as beautiful on as it does in the swatch. It lasted all day with no creasing. Considering I was wearing a Bobbi Brown Shadow Stick in Bark underneath this and had no creasing, I am even more impressed. Of course, I placed both on top of my beloved NARS Pro Prime eyeshadow base.
When it comes to drugstore products, price fluctuations are much more frequent meaning the Drugstore.com side varies more. On most items, the regular price of Drugstore.com products is higher than Target or Wal-Mart for the same items. The difference is coupons and sales are much more common at Drugstore.com meaning you can actually purchase the item for less. I am referring to less overall, not less when taking into account freebies or redeeming rewards dollars.
My 8-year-old uses a Philips Sonicare for kids. It requires special heads that are not cheap. Target does not sell this exact set of brush heads. It does sell a similar set for $21.99 at Target, which is actually $1 more expensive than the $20.99 price for that items at Drugstore.com. Wal-Mart sells the bush heads for $18. The regular price of the brush heads at Drugstore.com was $21.95, so I liked that the $18.99 sales price got me closer to the Wal-Mart price. If I did not have rewards dollars and did not need an extra item to meet the shipping minimum, I probably would have ordered from Wal-Mart.
Having the driest hands on the planet requires me to frequently purchase hand creams. I like buying unfamiliar ones when they’re on sale, because I may find a gem for cheap. If they’re terrible, I am not out too much. Utterly Smooth Hand Cream will hopefully be a little thicker than the hand and body lotion I am familiar with. Palmer’s Coco Butter Formula Intensive Relief Hand Cream will be great if it is anywhere near as effective as the body line for pregnant women. Both creams were on sale for 20% and 30% off, respectively.
The samples were exactly as I ordered. I already know and enjoy the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and the Malin + Goetz Geranium Body Wash, so I just picked up extras. Mystery samples are always a crapshoot, but I am very happy with what I received. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Eye Cream is new to me. In the past, I liked the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular moisturizer, so I hope the eye cream will fare as well.
If you shopped with Beauty.com or Drugstore.com from 04/01/15-06/30/15, you should have rewards dollars that activated 07/01/15. Remember to use them before 07/31/15 when they expire. Right now, the incredible gift above with a $100 purchase is available. You can take advantage of the offer by clicking here. Check all Beauty.com and/or Drugstore.com offers before placing an online order. You can only use one promo link per order, but banner offers (they pop-up at times when you’re browsing on the site), and promo codes (uncommon) usually combine with one another. There are some exceptions. See other Beauty.com articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Beauty.com or Drugstore.com.View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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