Makeup collecting is a huge thing, and for many reasons, we really enjoy this hobby. As a former makeup addict, I’m going to share some tips on building a makeup collection on a budget.
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Why Collect Makeup
Some people like coins. Others may like stationery. Makeup is also something people enjoy collecting, because of the gorgeous details on the packaging or the buttery textures and creamy formulations. Plus, they look beautiful on display.
Maybe you want to start blogging about beauty or start a Youtube channel and review products. This post will tell you how I built up my collection to do those things and then some.
While some may not use the makeup they collect, others like to make use of the products they purchase. Whatever your fancy, you can get into makeup collecting without breaking the bank.
My Former Makeup Addict Life
So dramatic, haha! I used to have a strictly beauty blog and Youtube channel. Now, I dabble in a ton of things, but my makeup collection used to be quite massive. It was ridiculous, but oh, so beautiful. Here’s an old photo of one of my drawers.
I stopped collecting makeup, because I was at a point in life where I just didn’t have time to do much more than work and school. I stopped wearing makeup, so I stopped buying it. Eventually, I either threw stuff out or gave it away.
Now, I have more simple relationship with makeup. I still try things, but I use what I have and what I know I like.
Building a Makeup Collection on a Budget
Contrary to popular belief, bloggers and Youtubers don’t always have money to spend on stuff they review. I was one of those people, but I took my blog and Youtube channel seriously, so of course, I made it work.
Get on PR Lists. Being on a PR list is a great way to try out new products without spending any money. Brands send products out to their lists every so often, and it’s like a nice surprise whenever you get something in the mail to try out.
When you’re on a PR List, you don’t have an obligation to the brand, unless you sign some sort of contract deal with them. However, brands appreciate when you share photos or briefly talk about the things that they sent you. The best way to do that is to talk about the things that you like as well as thank the brand for sending you PR.
You can find brand PRs by messaging or emailing brands directly. Start a line of communication with them and express your admiration for their brand. Don’t kiss ass, and don’t expect things. Just be honest and show them that you’re interested in them.
Join Influenster. I have been part of Influenster for a while now, and I have received some great products from them. It’s totally free, and as long as you are active, they consider you for their promotions. You can use my link to join (I think I get points - not sure, never done it before), or you can just go over to their website and check it out.
You can customize your profile to the things you like, and those are what they will use to consider the products to send out to you, if you are eligible. They also have a bunch of contests that you can take part in.
Embrace Trial and Travel Size Products. This is my favorite tip, because minis are the cutest things of life. Also, it’s less wasteful than buying a bunch of full-sized products that you’ll never finish. The one thing I learned from beauty blogging is:
I’ve got so little time and only one face to put all this shit on.
Travel size, Trial Size, Minis - they’re called different things depending on the product, so when you’re doing a search, look for the little ones. Another great thing about buying smaller sizes is that if you don’t like something, you aren’t wasting a ton of product.
DOUBLE TIP TIME: If you shop at places that offer points, like Sephora, use those points to grab free minis. They have different offerings often, so always check the rewards section to see if they have something you’re interested in. Check out my former nail polish collection - many minis!
Sign Up for Beauty Boxes. I love the boxes that don’t cost more than $20, but depending on your budget, they have pretty good boxes for around $10.
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I have tried Ipsy ($10 a month), and I have friends who love Glossybox or Boxycharm ($21 a month). I am currently signed up for the Sephora Play box, and I receive boxes monthly for less than $11 a month (taxes included).
I have received the July, August and September boxes this year, and I have been pleasantly surprised. I’m slowly building up my collection again, and I am really liking what I have been getting so far. Check them out:
Shop on Depop. Now, I have never used this, but I do know a ton of bloggers and Youtubers who buy and sell items on Depop, so I’m sharing it with you.
If you’re looking to sell items you’re not using, including new or cleaned beauty products, you can do so on Depop, and you can also browse around for items others are looking to get rid of as well.
It’s a great way to give clothes and makeup products new homes, especially if you know you aren’t going to use them. Also, you can find products you’ve wanted to try that someone else has no use for.
If you don’t want to shop on Depop, you can sell stuff and then use the money to buy some new Trial sizes! It’s a total win.
So there you have my 5 Makeup Tips - Building a Makeup Collection on a Budget, and I hope that you have found this useful in your beauty journey!