Online shopping opens up a world of beautiful possibilities. From your everyday beauty needs, to giving the latest products a try, shopping online is an easy solution. Whether you’re buying from a boutique line or a national supplier, the options are nearly endless. Just pick the items you want, enter the payment and shipping information, and give it a few days to arrive!
At one time, shopping for makeup, skincare, or hair care products wasn’t quite so simple. Unless you were able to find everything you needed at your neighborhood pharmacy, shopping for beauty supplies meant darting around town from store to store. And, since every brand was not available everywhere, it also meant missing out on some of the most exciting new labels and trends. Not so today!
Now, independent brands and mega-stores alike carry a dizzying array of the hottest beauty products. Hot-off-the-runway makeup looks are yours to borrow. Trying out new techniques is as simple as watching your favorite YouTube star, then clicking your way to all the beauty tools and products you need to make the look your own. Want to copy hair styles from the best beauty magazines? Just take note of the brands the stylists used and pick up all the products and tools you need in a few minutes’ time by ordering them online.
One major advantage to online shopping is the ability to read product reviews. There’s no reason to risk wasting your money when other customers have weighed in on almost any given product’s pros and cons. It’s easy to find out what works — and what doesn’t. While your needs may be different from another shopper’s, most reviews contain easy-to-scan information about factors like how well a hairspray holds or whether a long-wear foundation actually stayed on all day long.
Another advantage to online shopping is its money-saving possibilities. Many beauty stores, including Ulta and Sephora, reward loyal shoppers with points for every purchase. Those points can be used to “buy” full or travel-sized products. Using a store’s own credit card usually means extra points per purchase. Those bonus points can add up quickly, but they’re only helpful if you pay off your card balance before interest accumulates. Some stores are also known for their twice-yearly mega-sales, during which you can score unbelievable deals without leaving your house. If you’re a member of an online money-back points or rebate program, you can earn even more money just for shopping. Check the program’s site for promo codes; using an online coupon from a manufacturer or the store itself could negate the points you earn from the rebate site.
Of course, sometimes online purchases don’t go as planned. Even the most careful of shoppers can find herself stuck with a product she hates. Fortunately, most brands offer returns. Just as your favorite beauty sources make shopping easy, the postal service is here to make returning products just as simple. Stop by one of the conveniently located Houston post offices for a no-hassle way to return those unwanted beauty products.