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Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the second installment of items I’ve received for free. Other free sample articles will feature different freebies, like Volume One Did. If you have not already read volume one, you can see the free items I received here. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities.
The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.
I am going to start with my most recent Targeted offer. This came via email from Neiman Marcus. The same day I received this email I also received one from its sister company Bergdorf Goodman.
I have ordered Lancome from both stores. Lancome is a weakness of mine, so I have ordered Lancome from almost every single department store that offers a large GWP. Dillard’s never offers free shipping, so I pick offers from them up in person. As such, I doubt I will every get any targeted offers from them if they offer any.
My assumption with these targeted offers is each potential person is contacted by his/her local rep. These emails came directly from my rep, who represents both stores. I actually responded to both emails to see what would happen. A few weeks later, I got an Advanced Genifique deluxe sample and a Genifique eye cream that was not even mentioned in the free ad.
Only one package (from Neiman Marcus) arrived so far. Getting the eye cream was a nice surprise. Genifique is actually my favorite serum, so I am always happy to receive samples of it. The eye cream (should I decided to keep it) is new to me. While I have received samples before, I have yet to try it.
Philosophy had a nice Easter egg on its site. Without the link, this offer was not visible. I stumbled across the link on one of the sites I visit. My guess is that it was an exclusive affiliate offer. Some retailers give exclusive links to affiliates, so their readers can take advantage. If I find a nice deal or offer on a site I visit, I will let you know. Hopefully, some of you were able to redeem this as it remained active on the Philosophy site for a long time. Even though it is a foil, it is actually decent sized. I came across a different foil of this and was able to test it from that. Unfortunately, it is not moisturizing enough for my skin, so it is probably more ideal for normal or even oily skin.
The next offer came in an email from the direct brand. It was for a sample of Youthcleanse from GlamGlow Mud. Unless you happened to check your email at the right time or saw my post alerting people about it, odds are you missed out. From the moment I received the email until it went out of stock, I think it was less than an hour. I actually missed out on the offer for Dualcleanse despite attempting to redeem it less than 30 minutes from when I received the email. At that point, it seems pretty obvious people were aware they needed to act fast. And, act fast they did.
I have not used it yet, so I cannot say much about it. Youthcleanse is my favorite GlamGlow mask though, so I look forward to trying this sample.
Another offer that came in email form was from YSL. Unlike the GlamGlow email which was 100% for the free offer, the offer for this Black Opium sample was a blink and you’ll miss it excerpt at the bottom of a regular looking email. Reading every square inch of an email can be a task when you receive a lot each day. Luckily, I noticed it while I was reading the email looking for deals. Others noticed it as well, because someone suggested I post this offer on the site.
I finally tried this scent on 06/11/15 and think it is a lovely fragrance. It is not the scent I’ve been searching for my entire life, so that quest continues.
Ole Henriksen sent an email to known Truth Serum users asking that they complete a survey regarding the serum. While I have no clue how they knew who to send the surveys to, I gladly shared the link for users to take it. At the completion of the survey, participants were mailed a deluxe sample of Truth Serum as a thank you. I cannot say I love Truth Serum, but I do like it. For me, this is a serum I would gladly accept and use in a set or for free, but I would not buy the full size of just this. It just does not have the super wow factor of Genifique, which makes my skin glow.
If you missed out on any of these offers, no worries. New ones always come along. I have a dedicated spot on the front page of the site where I will share any (other than targeted offers) that pop up. See all free sample articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.