Nothing in life is free, but only if you don’t know where to look.
Over the years I’ve gathered a pretty hefty selection of beauty products that cost me absolutely nothing. From miniature mascaras to full sized fragrances, there are hundreds of products out there for you to try for free.
Beauty products can be very expensive and if, like me, you love to test out new things your bills can hike up very fast. Being a cash-strapped student taught me a lot of things about money, but more importantly it showed me how I could get something for nothing. After a couple of years researching, I’ve discovered a handful of sure fire ways to bag yourself some freebies.
In store samples
Walking upto a store assistant can be nerve wracking, but rest assured that most counters and some shops are happily encouraged to give out free samples. All you have to do is ask.
Approach the situation with genuine interest in the brand and you’ll often receive a handful of goods for you to try at home. Some of my favourites include Estee Lauder’s double wear foundation; Lush’s Rosy Cheeks face mask and an Elizabeth Arden moisturising serum.
This can be difficult as there are some scams out there, but with practise you can certainly tell the difference between the genuine websites and the fakes. You’ll find product testing online, I mainly use Bzzagent and Alba Science, but there are plenty out there for you to choose from.
Keep in mind that as a product tester you are asked to write a detailed review after using the product, but it’s well worth it for some free beauty goodies.
Sign up for every scheme, download every app and join every promotion you can find. People often forget about the benefits of a simple loyalty card.
One that I’ve been loving recently is BodyShop’s love your body club which collects points for money off future purchases and best of all offers its member exclusive deals and discounts to be used online and in store.
Almost all popular shops have this system and its well worth signing up to as many as you can.
There are hundreds of websites dedicated to getting you some freebies. I’ve followed a lot of these on Twitter and Facebook, but signing up to daily news letters is the easiest way for freebie opportunities to drop in your inbox daily.
I have received the majority of my freebies by using Latest free stuff.co.uk and Magic Freebies and since it doesn’t cost you anything to browse their website you’ve got nothing to lose.
Contacting companies directly
My favourite way to get products for free is enquiring directly to the company via email or even better by post. If you love a certain brand or have been dying to test something out for a long time, push your luck a little and get in touch.
Most companies will happily send you a sample or two in hopes of repeat business and it’s a good way to try out new make-up formulas and different brands.
These tips should be executed with caution and you should always be careful about what you’re signing up for. But if you keep your wits about you and do a little research the pay off can be amazing. These products aren’t going to stop you needing to buy, but they’re certainly a good way to keep you going till pay day.
I hope you find a bargain or two with these little tricks, let me know in the comments how you save money on beauty!