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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 ninth installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. 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. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. 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.
Charlotte Tilbury had a couple of free sample opportunities about a month or two apart. Both were special links provided by the brand for customers to get samples. The first was for her new cream, Wonder Glow. I ordered this sample in late 2015 but never heard anything after almost a month went by. After sending a follow-up email, they responded that they ran out of Wonder Glow samples but graciously offered to send me others in its place. I’d heard wonderful things about her Magic Cream, so I requested that and they selected the other three to send.
They arrived with a beautiful card.
And, a hand-written personalized note.
My samples are: a 0.05oz Charlotte’s Magic Cream, a 0.1oz Goddess Skin Clay Mask, a 0.1oz Multi-Miracle Grow, and a 0.1oz Supermodel Body.
The second was for samples of the matte revolution lipsticks. As much as I love free samples, I really dislike her lipstick samples. They look beautiful in the container, but they are difficult to apply and are not really enough for a single application. Thinking the new samples would come in the old packaging I did not like, I almost did not go for this one. Who wants to pass on trying new lippies though!
As expected, the samples arrived in beautiful envelopes with a window to see the color of the sample. That window is all the product. The card is not thicker than that and the bumps on the card make application from the sample directly to the lips uncomfortable. It is not painful, so I endure it. Using a lip brush wastes product that you cannot afford to waste with this tiny sample.
I received: Red Carpet Red, Amazing Grace, and Very Victoria. All three look beautiful. Once I finally wear them, I will come back and edit in a picture. There will be no swatches, because I cannot sample it and swatch it due to the lack of product.
L’Occitane launched a wonderful referral program to garner new customers. Customers were given a link to invite two friends to receive a free gift. This was a completely free gift that did not require a purchase. Once the invited person received the gift, that person could invite two people. Until the gifts ran out, people sent up to 2 invites to other people. After receiving my invite (even though I am already a L’Occitane customer, I was not excluded from the offer), I invited two people. One has not picked up the gift, but my sister picked hers up.
Once you received your initiation, you got another email to select your store. This gift must be picked up in person. The email arrived with a redemption code. All of the invites are gone, but if you already received an invitation, you have until 02/29/16 to pick it up.
You bring the redemption code to the store you selected, and they have a gift set aside for you. It was beautifully wrapped.
The four piece deluxe gift includes: a 0.28oz Light Comforting Cream, a 1.1oz Amande Shower Oil, a 1.7oz Extra Gentle Milk Soap, and a 0.3oz Shea Dry Skin Hand Cream.
My husband happily claimed the bar soap. This is one he purchases from time to time. He later tells me it is too drying, then he buys it again. I adore the hand cream, so I always welcome more. The Amande Oil was spilling in the box, so I had to put that right in the shower.
The gift valued at $18 (the price added and deducted on the receipt) came with a discount for $10 off a $35 purchase. To redeem in store, you just need to present the card given with the gift. It works online, too, with the same code listed for the free gift in the email. While discussing what to buy with the discount code, the rep had some suggestions. When I left without buying anything, she provided me with foil samples of the items she suggested I try. This added touch was incredible. She gave me: a 0.2oz Amande Milk Concentrate, a 0.1oz Shea Dry Skin Hand Cream, and a 0.05oz Divine Cream.
Walmart offers occasional free samples. More often than not, you will only find coupons when you check for free samples. The free samples are rare but worth checking.
The Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner samples are not only 3oz each, but they came with a coupon for $2 off when you purchase two.
The next sample is a rare one that I never applied for. SAKS Fifth Avenue sent Dior samples. I have purchased Dior from SAKS twice in the past year. Once was in February 2015 and the second time was in May 2015. My assumption is those purchases placed me on the Dior mailing list for SAKS, and they likely sent this sample to anyone on the list.
The samples are: Forever & Ever Wear Makeup Base and a Forever Everlasting Wear Pore-Refining Effect in 020 Light Beige.
Last, but not least was a gift from Kleenex. Someone shared the link to send a tissue gift to someone.
You enter their information in the field and Kleenex sends this to them to let them know you are thinking about them.
Although it probably would have been better as a surprise, I told my recipient I was sending this to her.
She asked me for the link.
She was better at keeping a surprise, because I did not know she wanted the link to send one to me. It was really sweet. Even though it is a single tissue pack with a coupon, it is really nice to know someone is thinking of you.
A post card came with it, and I am planning on sending it to her with a message thanking her.