Okay, so I get that we're in a recession, but I'm not ready to throw in the towel on my brand name beauty routine just yet. (A girl's gotta gloss, you know?) The trick is finding premium brands at deep discounts, and I know just the places to look:
Beauty Ticket is where you can find designer brands (like Smashbox, China Glaze, and Sue Devitt) up to 85% off. They only get limited quantities, and once they're out of something, they're out for good. (Nothing amazing lasts forever, right?) The great news is that they get new products and brands in every week (think Ruelala.com meets Overstock.com) so be sure to check back regularly. (You'll be amazed at how much brand name stuff you can get -- nothing over $30 on the site! And the best part is opening the box when it arrives in the mail. Woo hoo!)
This gem of a site doesn't sell discounted beauty products, it just directs you to where you can find them. It's written by a bargain-hungry independent fashion blogger, freelance writer, and illustrator fascinated by 'the democratization of fashion' (and beauty, of course!) Bookmark this page for budget beauty finds (some brand, some drugstore.) Or just subscribe in a reader to get the goods served up fresh daily.