How I got $66 worth of brand name cosmetics for less than $45

Cosmetics are a weak spot for me. I love makeup. I love walking into a Sephora or Ulta and looking at all of the new eye shadows or lipsticks that have been released. However, cosmetics shopping and saving money rarely go hand-in-hand. After all, I don’t really NEED new blush or eye liner. But they make me more confident and ready to face the day!

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Luxury cosmetics never seem to go on sale so when I find a way to save some cash buying my normal products, I jump on it. I recently discovered that Macy’s website offers free shipping for cosmetics purchases! This prevents the usual buying something just to meet the minimum $50 purchase to get the free shipping (Admit it! We’ve all done it). So I started browsing, found a few things that I wanted, and check it out! I ended up buying a Lancome Tient Idole Foundation stick and Benefit Gimme Brow Fiber Gel for a grand total of $44.81.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Went to to scope out the prices of what I wanted to buy. I saw that my normal $42 Lancome foundation and $24 brow gel was on sale! YIPEE!
  • In another tab, I went to through Ebates. I bought a $50 for $36.97.

Original price $46.97-$10.00 (one-time coupon code off for being a new customer) = $36.97

  • I went to through Ebates and applied the 15% off code advertised (coupon code “VIP”). Browsed and added the foundation and brow gel to my cart.

Original prices were $66 – $9.90 (15% off coupon) = $56.10. However, they did add $3.79 for sale tax which brought my total to $59.89.

  • I used my $50 gift card from, which left me paying for $9.89 out of pocket. (Used a credit card with rewards points but I don’t know how to calculate that kind of savings so I’m not counting it.)
  • Because I went to and though Ebates, I got another $2.05 off. After all of the discounts and coupons were applied, I got $66 worth of makeup for $44.81. Not bad considering my foundation is normally $42.

$36.97 (for Macy’s gift card from + $9.89 (Cart total at = $46.86

$46.86 -$2.05 in Ebates discounts ($1.68 for and another $0.37 for  = $44.81

Not bad! I almost got a free gift too, but just HAPPENED to run out of them while I was shopping. Figures. Still pretty happy about this. I’m going to use Raise for discount gift cards again. Have you used Raise or Ebates before?

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