Do your own research!

Shopping for makeup and skin care can be like shopping for a car.  You can run into a salesperson who is genuinely knowledgeable and will be truthful with you about the nail polish ladyproduct.  And then there are those who only care about making money.  And yes most people who sell cosmetics make a commission.  Sephora and Ulta employees don’t but everyone in cosmetics at the department store definitely make commission.  It’s not huge, but still it’s money and if you sell enough can make a substantial difference in your check.  Being that I worked at the makeup counter I have first-hand knowledge of how things work in cosmetics.

So I compiled a list of tips to help you when you go shopping for your skin care products:

1.  Always make sure you do your own research when looking at products at the department store, especially if you want to buy a whole regimen at once because you’re looking at dropping at the very least $100 easily.  Skin care is an investment so don’t believe what the salesperson tells you.  You wouldn’t believe everything a car salesman tells you, would you?

When I worked at the cosmetic counter at Macy’s customers would ask me if certain products work……ummmm do you think I’m going to say no?  Of course not; that would be me potentially losing a sale.  I would always make every product seem like it was made of pure gold.  Don’t judge…..a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to pay her bills.  Anywho….

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2.  When going shopping be familiar with the brand and their products.  You don’t have to memorize everything but at least know when the brand is known for.  For example, Clinique is known for their 3-step system so better believe when you speak to a consultant that’s what she’s going to suggest.  Being familiar with the brand can give you an idea of what specific products may work for you and how much money you’re looking at spending.

questions3.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or challenge what the salesperson is telling you!  You don’t have to be rude but please believe if they’re trying to push a sale they may start making stuff up.  Take out your smartphone and verify what they tell you!

I looooove YouTube.  I watch it literally everyday.  I always check out YouTube reviews on products before trying something new. I have no shame in pulling out my phone and watching a YouTube review in the store before I purchase.

There’s also an awesome website, Makeup Alley, that has reviews on hundreds of skin care and makeup products.  To check it out, click here.  Both of these are good resources to get reviews from people who have no reason to lie about products and how they work.

I hope these tips help!  Let me know if any of them work for you.

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