Thursday, 3 September 2015

BeautyConsumer - Recent Samples

Once in a while, the urge to purchase beauty and cosmetic products strikes.  On a self-imposed beauty buy ban, I had to find other ways of feeding my addiction.  And it led to a new one – collecting free beauty samples.  I started trawling the Internet for free stuff (not just beauty samples) when I was in Australia.  Over the years I received:
  • A whole ream of A4 paper
  • Thong underwear (!)
  • One of those expensive razors with built-in moisturizer for women
  • Fragrance vials
  • Full size YSL Touche Eclat (actually this was a magazine giveaway but there were so many to give away I guess it counted as a freebie)
  • A bunch of Caudalie samples (I left a comment on their website requesting samples and they posted me some samples from France!  I was so impressed and have been a customer ever since)
  • A few mini mascaras and foundations
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Recent beauty samples!
Anyway, I digress.  Malaysia isn’t as great as Australia for freebies but here are some of the samples I’ve picked up recently (1-2 months ago) from Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Melvita, Fresh, Tarte and Acuvue.  I haven’t tried any of them yet but I certainly have admired their dimunitive packaging countless times.  
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3 sachets of Fresh masks from Sephora.  The cardboard bag they came in is so lovely!
Generally, I sign up for samples when a brand has a sampling program.  I don’t have the guts to approach counters to ask for samples.  The contact lenses were from a roadshow.  I’ve noticed that Sulwhasoo, Laneige, Melvita and L’Occitane have sampling programs regularly and don’t require you to sit through lengthly explanations or demonstrations.  All that is required of you is usually your personal details, proof that you’ve signed up for the samples (usually e-mails are accepted) and identification when you show up to collect the samples.  Kiehl’s does offer samples without purchase but you will need to spend some time in a “skin consultation” with them. 
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Melvita Damask Rose Floral Water - quite a generous size
Tarte foundation sampler from Sephora (in exchange for any full-sized complexion product)
I must say, I would really like to grow a thicker skin and score some free La Mer or Laura Mercier samples like in this article!  Oh well, something to aspire to?  

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