Want free stuff now and don't want to wait for them to arrive in the post? This article will show you how you can get free beauty products from the high street.
1. Browse magazine freebies
With the rise of the internet, magazines are working hard to attract readers. Nowadays, you’ll find more and more gifts with purchase - they know everyone loves a freebie!
On your next visit to the supermarket or local newsagent, make sure you check out the latest magazine freebies. These days you can expect to find full-size freebies from luxury brands. Recent offerings have included Benefit mascara, Burt’s Bees lip balm, and a Nails Inc nail polish – often found in luxury spas and nail bars.
You can also find free stuff within the pages of magazines, too. Flick through to discover exclusive discounts and freebies. There are even coupons for free skincare treatments and haircuts!
2. Bag beauty freebies from your local beauty counter
Never forget the old saying – if you don’t ask, you don’t get! Freebies from beauty counters are still going strong, and most cosmetics counters will encourage you to try out free samples.
Luxury brands like Bobbi Brown, Mac and Clinique even stock small pots and tubes especially to pour foundations, creams and other products into, for you to take home. These free samples may last you anything from two uses to two weeks so it’s perfect for when you’re scraping for the last few drops of lip-gloss or need travel-sized cosmetics. You’ll save a fortune on over-priced miniatures.
Skincare stores like LUSH also happily give out free samples and will even label and pop them into their own individual bags. The pots also come in handy when travelling or for putting homemade lip balms into! Don’t be afraid of asking if anyone doesn't initially offer, if you show genuine interest they will be pleased to give you some freebies.
Visit your local stores, be brave and see what you can get for free!
3. Join a Beauty Rewards club to earn free stuff
To encourage loyalty, big brands and shops have beauty clubs that reward their members with freebies and discounts.
The most recognisable is the Boots Advantage Card, where you can points on most purchases, but they also have the lesser-known Treat Street where you can clock up points for every pound you spend at well-known retailers such as Matalan, ASOS and Ticketmaster. Your points will equal to free products! Great incentive, considering how expensive toiletries can be.
Advantage Card members can collect coupons and voucher for freebies though points machines and their in-store magazine. Recent freebies have included a witch hazel skin treatment and a free skin primer.
Other good beauty clubs include The Body Shop Love Your Body scheme where you get 10% off purchases and are also guaranteed £20 worth of free products during your subscription.
Another favourite is Debenhams Beauty Club where you can also gain points on and redeem for free products. Other perks include special free gifts, samples and unlimited makeovers to all members. This is a great freebie for times you want your make up professionally applied.
4. Discover free beauty treatments on the high street
Why spend a fortune on expensive beauty treatments when you can enjoy some pampering for free.
Molton Brown offer a free hand and arm massage in their stores, you just need to book an appointment at your nearest store. Origins also perform free mini facials and skin analysis to all customers who walk through their door. They'll often give you free samples to try and at the moment you can get a free Vita-Zing Cream.
Beauty therapy students always need willing guinea pigs so it's worth checking out your nearest college. They make not be experiences but they'll want to impress so you can expect a certain level of professionalism.
There are also opportunities to get free haircuts from both your local hairdressers and big name chain academies. They are often carried out by trainee stylists, but occasionally senior staff will also need models to test out new styles or colours on. Whether you’re looking for a new ‘do or just need a quick tidy up, make sure you call investigate.
Happy freebie hunting and enjoy your free beauty stuff. For more beauty samples make sure you check out our health & beauty freebies.