Part 1: How To Get Free Make Up And Beauty Samples

I’ve been an avid beauty freebie collector now for nearly 2 years. It’s saved me a small fortune and I’ve been able to use some brilliant brands like Chanel, Givenchy etc all without paying a penny. Below are some of the ways I collect beauty freebies:

Sign up to Glamour Beauty Club to receive free samples tailored to a questionnaire you fill out posted to your house

Join Debenhams Beauty Club to collect their in-store free deluxe samples on certain Fridays. I wrote a previous post on the pros and cons of both of these clubs which can be found here (no longer available)

Sponsored social media adverts often offer free samples. Simply “like” any beauty companies whose products you would like to use and look out for any sponsored ads in collaboration with SoPost to sign up for free samples. Over the past 2 years I’ve collected a lot of fragrance samples this way from brands like Michael Kors, Jo Malone and Dior as well as primers from Smashbox.

Follow brands on social media as they typically offer free in store samples when launching new products. The Body Shop regularly have vouchers for free samples that you can sign up for via Facebook posts etc and then visit the store to redeem.

Ask beauty counters nicely for freebies and express genuine interest in the products. If you’re polite, know a little about the brand or its products or have a real skin care concern,you can have quite a lot of success with this. I’ve been able to trial at least 10 different foundations this way to find one suitable for my blemish prone skin. Clarins and The Body Shop are known for being very generous with their skin care product samples.

Look out for magazine adverts I often see adverts in magazines (even free magazines!) inviting customers to claim free foundation trials or moisturiser matches for their skin type.

Check big beauty brands’ websites as some will have vouchers you can download and take to counters for specific products such as Estee Lauder.

Check any free samples you get as some will come with further sample vouchers

Join beauty clubs and mailing lists for free birthday samples – a full post on this can be found here

Sign up to be a product tester, brands like Elemis have this option but sadly I’ve never managed to get in! Boots also have a review panel and send out free products to test if you qualify.

Check O2 Priority Moments as they sometimes offer samples. I’ve previously collected a Benefit primer, full size Smasbox liquid lipsticks and Kat Von D eyeliner for free.

It can be helpful to create a new email address just for redeeming freebies as it saves your regular account being clogged up with promotional emails.

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