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In this tough economy, it's hard to justify spending money on nonessentials like makeup. Still, I like to wear a little lip gloss and mascara. On the other hand, some beauty products like shampoo and conditioner are must have items I like in my bathroom. I enjoy using higher end products. However, I don't have the budget for these items. The good news is I've found several ways to get almost all of my beauty products for free.
Many stores give away samples online. For instance, Target has what is called the Sample Spot. Sometimes, the site has beauty samples. Last year, I received a small makeup bag with a full sized ChapStick, sample sized lip gloss and some skin care samples. Look at beauty blogs and freebie sites to find out more sites that are giving away samples. Walmart is another online site that often has beauty samples. If you become a fan of your favorite makeup company on Facebook, you might get lucky and snag some free makeup too.
Most makeup counters in department stores will have decent sized samples to distribute. You can ask to try one of their mascaras. Or ask to try a sample of foundation. This is a nice way to try before you buy. Some stores might give you a mini-makeover before suggesting products. Another way to get free samples is through magazine advertisements. Often times, there will be a card to tear off in a magazine for a "10 day supply" of mascara. The only drawback to this is you might feel obligated to buy something.
Many fashion and beauty magazines give away full-sized beauty products. While most of these "giveaways" are done through contests, I win quite a few items every year. Magazines like Allure have "Free Stuff" contests that distribute makeup and things like lotion to the first 500 or so entrants. Other magazines like Lucky have contests or Lucky Breaks with a certain amount of randomly drawn winners. Indeed, there is a certain element of luck involved. However, the more I enter, the more I win.
Some companies will give out free products for your opinion. I have reviewed products and then gotten to keep them. Allure Experts is one program that allows consumers to try the product and then review it.
Once a year I might buy some moisturizer or concealer. I only buy if the makeup brand is giving a gift with purchase. I might spend $25. However, I typically get lip gloss, mascara, eye shadow and blush in the gift. Spending $25 and getting $50 worth of makeup free is a pretty good deal.
Last year, I received three full sized mascaras, two lip glosses, four bottles of shampoo and conditioner and four moisturizers. The full-sized products I won or tested were worth around $400.00. I also received dozens of deluxe samples, like deodorant, for free. Many beauty products are commodities. However, it's a good feeling when a nice product shows up at my doorstep.
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