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Unbeknownst to many, National Lash Day is a real holiday – and although its purpose eludes us, we’re definitely not complaining if it means some free makeup from one of our favorite beauty brands, MAC. Celebrated from February 16 to 19, MAC Cosmetics is joining in on the festivities and will be offering gratis mascaras and false lashes.
Available through MAC’s loyalty program, MAC Select, the deal is accessible through various different tiers. The first tier is called “Seduced” and is free to join. By joining this level, MAC Select members are eligible to receive a complimentary three-piece Mini Mascara Kit with any online order that exceeds $35 USD by using the code, “LASH3.” For the next tier dubbed Select Devoted, members can choose a full-sized mascara with any order over $60 USD. Lastly Select Obsessed members also get a full-sized mascara with a purchase exceeding $60 USD, as well as a free lash of choice and complimentary application at their local MAC store. Of course, there’s a cherry on top: all online orders come with free shipping.
For beauty fiends, this is a shopping event that cannot be missed. If MAC’s previous free lipstick promotion for National Lipstick Day is any indicator of how long supplies will last, you best get moving.
World famous cosmetic brand, Sephora, knows a thing or two about make-up – and is happy to supply free samples of many of its fabulous products. Following a simple and quick registration process on the site, members can choose up to three free samples every time they order online. Samples include Cover X Power Play Foundation, Prada Sugar Pop and a number of different facial cleansing products.
Relative newcomer, Smashbox, is for many people, the go-to for vibrant and fresh cosmetic products. The site offers a huge number of samples either free or for a minimal $1 with any purchase. Samples available range from sachets of moisturizer to full sized eyeshadow duos and make-up bags.
4. Product Testing USA
Product Testing USA invites members of the public to sign up to become reviewers – and to keep anything that they review. Although not exclusively a make-up site, Product Testing USA often has cosmetic items to review. All you need to do is register online, adding a few details about your likes and dislikes and, new products to be reviewed will soon be winging their way to you.
Popular online magazine, Redbook, invites readers to join Club Red in order to receive free samples for review as well as the chance to attend exclusive events and win prizes. Once you log onto the site, you will be directed to a short questionnaire on your interests and lifestyle. After filling in the form, simply click on the button which says ‘Get me free stuff’ and add your email address and, offers will be sent to you daily.
6. The Pink Panel
Easy as one, two, free, The Pink Panel is a consumer panel site for the ladies. Simply fill in a few details, like the Facebook page and you’ll automatically receive free offers and be given the chance to take part in surveys and special events.
Allure Beauty Enthusiasts is an opinion site which rewards members for filling in surveys with prizes and freebies. The surveys vary in length and are exclusively about make-up and beauty products. As well as prizes, the site offers the chance to take part in on-site focus groups and VIP beauty events. Unfortunately, Allure Beauty Enthusiasts membership is currently only available to those in the USA.
Glamour Magazine’s Glamspotters is available to members worldwide. There’s quite a long survey to be completed in order to register on the site which asks about your preferences and readership of Glamour Magazine. Once registered, you will be able to log into the panelist area where you can view all upcoming events and choose to take part in surveys which are rewarded with prizes and offers. You will also be given the option of signing up to receive offers by email.
Everyday Minerals offers the chance to try 5 custom eyeshadows paying only for the brush and shipping. Unfortunately the website is a little tricky and takes some patience as the items are not always loaded into the shopping basket. It’s worth persevering as there are great shades to choose from to make up your mini kit.
Simple and straight-forward, Bastar’s home page features an online form to be filled in. The only snag is that, in order to receive samples, you must be requesting on behalf of a registered team, studio or school with at least 12 members and must provide proof such as a website or Facebook page.
Influenster is refreshingly quick and easy to join – the home page takes you to a simple online registration and, after email verification, you’re signed up to receive newsletters and offers by email including prizes, freebies and event invitations. Hailed as a beauty community, Influenster’s website doubles as an online magazine and features lots of articles, tips and advice as well as news of freshly released beauty products.
12. My Savings.com
What could be better than daily free samples? My Savings whizzes free sample offers to your email address through a very simple online registration. Once registered, you’ll receive daily emails from the site with news, reviews and, of course, those all important free make-up samples. The website’s home page also includes offers and freebies – the current offers for July on the home page are a NeilMed Sinus Rinse for cystic fibrosis sufferers and a Bella and Bear make up bag and brush set which can be bagged in just a couple of extra clicks.
13. In Style Trendsetters.com
In Style Trendsetters is an online community and, another survey based site whereby members can complete surveys online in order to be entered into prize draws with the chance to win a whole host of beauty related prizes. By becoming a panelist, members also have the opportunity to occasionally receive free samples to test and review. Unfortunately, In Style Trendsetters is only open to residents of the 50 States and Columbia at this time.
When you know where to look, there are a surprising number of places where budget-savvy fashionistas can bag bargains and freebies with just a couple of clicks of a mouse. As well as the sites listed in our guide, a simple Google search for ‘free make up’ will bring up enough sites to keep your make-up bag bursting at the seams for a long time to come!