Have you ever thought about looking beyond your local beauty specialty store or drugstore as places to find beauty products? Sometimes it takes some real detective work to find your favorite beauty products at great prices. With that said, I put my thinking cap on to track down some fab places to find beauty products aside from your average beauty stores! Check out my list of some incredible places to find beauty products for less!
1. Dollar Stores
Of all the places to find beauty products, I bet you’d never think to look for them at dollar stores! Dollar stores or 99 cents stores are a great place to find discontinued makeup or makeup that didn’t sell well at mass merchandisers. The thing with finding cheap makeup here is that you have to keep an eye out for the better brand name types since they don’t always carry them. Also, although most items are still in good condition, make sure you don’t pick up anything that looks old!
2. Health Food Stores
Have you ever explored the health and beauty section at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s? If not, do so right away because there are some great finds there! The beauty product offerings aren’t just limited to those two stores either, other health food stores also carry some excellent skin care products as well as some makeup that are natural and nourishing. Sometimes the items can be a bit on the pricier side but Trader Joe’s skin care products work well and are quite affordable!
3. Discount Stores
Aside from dollar stores, larger discount stores like Big Lots also carry beauty products that were discontinued or not big sellers at other stores. This means you get the same quality products at a discounted price! Since the selection of products vary by store and week, check back often to see if you can spot your fave brands! I’ve seen e.l.f., Sally Hansen and Ecotools there!
4. Clothing Stores
One of the more obvious places to find beauty products is at clothing stores. I guess makeup and clothing kind of go hand-in-hand! The next time you’re at a local boutique or clothing store, check around to see if they have a beauty section. Stores like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and Forever 21, just to name a few, have nail polish, grooming products and lippies!
5. Department Stores
You’re probably familiar with makeup counters at bigger department stores like Macy’s or Nordstrom, but there are others like Kohl’s or Bed Bath & Beyond that also carry beauty products. They don’t have fancy beauty counters but they do carry makeup and skin care items just like their higher end counterparts! Kohl’s has their own line of cosmetics while certain BBBs have a cosmetics section, so they’re definitely worth checking out!
6. Asian Markets
Once upon a time you could only find BB creams at Asian beauty stores and markets. Now we can find BB creams just about everywhere, but there are still many beauty treasures to be uncovered at Asian markets! You can find lots of unique skin care products, makeup and accessories that you won’t find anywhere else! If you have a discount Asian market like Daiso nearby, you can even find false lashes for $1.50!
7. Online Markets
The last places I want to suggest you look for beauty products are online markets like eBay and Amazon. If you have a beauty product that you love but just can’t find in stores anymore, those are the places to look! Those sites aren’t just for discontinued items either; you can also find hard-to-find products as well as newer items. Just be careful when you buy certain brands on eBay, there are some really well made brand name knockoffs!
As you can see, there are many places to hunt for your favorite beauty products! You don’t have to stick to the predictable places to find makeup, there are lots of places out there that carry beauty products, we just have to find them! Where is the most unexpected place you’ve found beauty products?