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Beauty retailers like Ulta are the perfect place to see, try and buy new products. The only issue is that it’s a little too easy to get distracted by all of the new thing...and end up with a basket full of nail polishes that you didn’t technically need. But hey, we’re not here to deny you anything. We just want to make sure you’re saving a few bucks while you’re at it.

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There Are Two Major Yearly Sales
During the semi-annual “21 Days of Beauty” you can find hefty discounts on hero products from popular brands like Stila and IT Cosmetics—but for one day only. (The next sale starts on September 4, FYI.)

And There Are a Few Other Sales Throughout the Year
Looking to stock up on hair care? Hold off for another semi-annual sale, the “Gorgeous Hair Event” that takes place in May and October. Or start the year off on a new regimen with the “Glowing Skin Event” in January, when you can score discounts on brands like Dermalogica and Mario Badescu.

Scope Out the Clearance Section
It’s updated regularly. Stores clear through their inventory throughout the year, so make friends with an employee and you’ll know exactly when to stop in. In the meantime, keep an eye on the online sales.

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There Is Always a “Free Gift with Purchase”
Check the site to see what promotions are going on, but you can nab anything from a travel-sized Benefit mascara (for your next vacation) to a free Kate Spade tote (for weekend chores).

You Can Use Manufacturer Coupons
Clipped a Revlon coupon from a magazine or newspaper? You can use it at Ulta. Better yet, pair it with another Ulta coupon for even more savings.

It Has a Rewards Program
It’s free to join, so start earning points toward future purchases. Every dollar spent equals one point, which can be cashed in and used to purchase any product or salon service. Not to mention, you get exclusive offers, coupons and double points during your entire birthday month.

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If You Spend $450 a Year, You’ll Get Even More Perks
Like 1.25 points for every dollar spent, special days where you can earn up to ten times the points and an extra birthday gift. Oh, and those points don't expire (so you can hoard them until you have enough to pay for that new Urban Decay palette or fancy hair straightener).

You Can Return Any Product Within 60 Days
Yup, even that mascara you tried twice. (You know, the one that has been relegated to the bottom of your bag because it smudges the second you blink.) Bring it back with your receipt and get a full refund. Passed the 60-day mark or lost your
receipt? You’ll still get store credit.

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