At MSE, we’ve challenged you to ‘downshift’ your grocery shop for years (check our Downshifting Guide), but you can also save on make-up and beauty products by downshifting from brands to much cheaper ‘dupes’ – lookalike products, where often even the packaging is similar to the expensive brand.
Beauty Advent calendars are significantly pricier than chocolate ones, but they've become increasingly popular in the last few years as a way of bagging beauty products at a fraction of the normal cost. They often sell out early, but can also be heavily discounted later if they don't, so here's a round-up of some of the best I’ve seen.
Premium brands such as Mac, Charlotte Tilbury, Estée Lauder, etc are popular among beauty fans, but often come at a price. Beauty Pie is a luxury beauty ‘buyer's club’ that claims to keep quality high and costs low by selling products straight from the lab. But can having a slice of the pie, slice the price on your premium makeup & skincare buying habits?
MSE Update, Wed 17 Feb at 11.22am: This trick has been very popular and a key element of it – the 'Shimmer All Night' set – has now sold out, which sadly means it's no longer possible to get £116 of No7 for £30. You can now get £40 of No7 beauty for £12 online, plus delivery – it's not as strong a deal, but still decent, and is significantly cheaper.
We've left the original trick below for reference as you may still want to use some of the other offers...
Here's a trick to bag a huge £116 of No7 beauty products for just £30 by stacking deals and a 'free gift' offer – you'll only be able to do this full trick online but it is possible to still get £28 of No7 for £12 in-store. Boots says it has decent stock, but these deals are incredibly popular with MoneySavers and usually go quickly, so don't hang about if you want to do this.
This year's No7 Cosmetics Star Gift from Boots contains £68ish of No7 beauty and skincare products for £24, packaged in a reusable vanity case – see the full contents below.
Update at 12.40pm on 12 Nov: Stock went for a short while but has now been replenished – the set is available again online.
Update at 9am on Mon 9 Nov: The waiting list is now closed.
Soap & Glory's Christmas Star Gift lands at Boots this month, but those who join the waiting list (now open) get two benefits: they can get it a day early, which reduces the risk of it selling out, and they can get 10% off.
In May and June, we featured Lottie London sets that saved you over 70% by switching from big make-up brands to their designer dupes, and they were extremely popular, selling out in just a few hours. As some MoneySavers stocking up for birthdays and Christmas missed out, we've Blagged a deal on the biggest set for dupes yet. Read on especially if you're a fan of Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette, Tarte blusher, Anastasia Beverly Hills contour sticks or Ciaté lip colours...
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