One student, suspicious of my abilities, asked, "What about makeup? Not like Wal-mart makeup, but good makeup, from the mall?" I then told her about my recent trip to the mall where I came out with free makeup without making a single purchase. Here is how I did it...
The ad at the right came in my mail, it's for a free 10-day sample of Lancome's new foundation.
Around the same time I found an Estee Lauder advertisement in a magazine. It included a tear out postcard that was good for a 10-day sample of foundation.
I brought both cards into Macy's, stopped at the Lancome and Estee Lauder counters and came home with two sample containers. The first one lasted me almost three weeks.
|My free foundation samples from Estee Lauder & Lancome.|
If I'm in need of new makeup I usually wait to make my purchase until there is a free gift offer. I'm not a loyal follower of any particular brand of makeup, so I'll buy from any brand offering a free gift with purchase offer.
Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder often host Free Gift with Purchase events a few times a year. All have a minimum purchase requirement and most allow a choice of free items. These events are a great time to stock up on the basics such as mascara and moisturizer.
|A mailer for Lancome's latest free gift with purchase offer available from 5/10-5/31/12.|
By ordering online through the brand's website, often there will be a choice of samples that can be added to the order. I quickly browsed Clinique's site and have a $13 moisturizer in my cart and I'm lined up to receive three complimentary minis, and free shipping.
I recently received a mailer that offers a free compact mirror for signing up. A perk of the club is a free duo of lipstick during the member's birthday month, and the ability to accumulate points with every purchase.
Sephora is also generous with samples. If you would like to try a product but aren't ready to make a commitment, the consultants will happily fill a sample jar for you.