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How to Score Free Beauty Samples From Your Favorite Brands

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
February 17, 2017 · 4k Views

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Ask most women and they will say that getting free beauty samples is better than getting free food or free all day parking. Everyday products like mascara, concealer, moisturizer, and facial cleanser are not cheap. And don’t forget about the weekly masks, serums, and scrubs. Simply put, a well-stocked beauty supply costs a small fortune.

The chance to try a new beauty product by your favorite brand is exciting. You get to see how it works before investing in a full-size item. Because there is nothing more upsetting than paying for an expensive cream that doesn’t yield results or causes irritation. By using this guide, you can score free samples, building a beauty stash of amazing products that work best for you!

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1. Order online

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Some stores and brands reward customers who order online with free product samples. Sephora lets you choose 3 samples upon checkout, L’Occitane adds 2 samples to your cart, and Kate Sommerville lets you pick 3 skincare samples when ordering through its website. Additional beauty and skincare brands and stores that include free samples with online orders are Benefit, Stila, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Ulta and Chanel.


2. Review products in exchange for free samples

Beauty brands want to know how they are doing and look for testers to try out their goods. After providing a review or filling out a survey, you get to keep the product for free. Checkout for L’Oréal’s Comsuper Participation Program, Target Sample’s Page, and Ahava new beauty product testers.


3. In-store perks

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You’d be surprised how willing stores are to give out samples of their most popular beauty items. And all you have to do is ask! Sephora gives out trial version packets and generous portions in small to-go containers of products that can last you for weeks. The beauty counter at Nordstrom and Macy’s happily offer samples for stopping by. Aveda also hands out in-person samples of its cosmetics, skincare, and hair care products.


4. Get samples from top fashion magazines

If you are into beauty, chances are some of your favorite magazines give free product to readers in exchange for feedback. You’ll get to stay on top of makeup and skincare trends because the products are often brand new to the market. For joining, you’ll also receive invitations to events and opportunities to win more beauty and fashion related goodies. To learn more, check out Glamour Glam Spotters, Vogue Insiders, and InStyle Trendsetters.


5. Like and Follow on social media

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Some beauty brands and stores reward loyal followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by giving out free samples of their new and most popular products. Social media is a great way to learn contests, promos, and coupons for a chance to score free goodies.


6. Review brands for marketing companies

Brands want to connect with target consumers to hear feedback, good and bad, about their products. Specialized marketing companies are bridging this gap by letting people try products from their favorite bands and sharing their opinion about them afterward. The idea is that by having a voice, you get to connect with not just the brand, but also a whole community of people with similar consumer questions. Requirements vary and you may be asked to complete a survey or write a review. Companies giving out free beauty products from Maybelline, Urban Decay, Cover Girl, e.l.f., Aveeno, Garnier, and Becca among others are Toluna, PINCHME, CrowdTap, Influenster, BzzAgent, P&G Everyday, and Pretty Thrifty.


7. Review beauty products for your blog

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Are you a blogger with good traffic and a big social media following? Well, companies and brands want bloggers like you to review their products. Make the most out of beauty obsession by scoring free samples and products while building an honest relationship with your readers. Visit MelyssaGriffin.com for excellent tips on working with brands.


8. Sign up for emails and newsletters

Signing up to receive emails and newsletters from your favorite brands is a great way to keep updated on the latest trends and buzz in the world of beauty. Even better, you’ll also be the first to know about free sample giveaways, coupons, and promos. Sign up at Garnier and Good Earth Beauty to receive free samples.


Indulging in your beauty addiction has never been so cheap! You just have to be savvy and know where to look for all the free goodies!

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.