I do not purchase a lot of drugstore makeup or skincare, but I use a decent amount of drugstore body care. Most of my purchases are from samples I’ve tried, items I’ve swatched, or exhaustive research on a product to include reviews. Only the latter is easily available for drugstore products (although Target and Wal-Mart Beauty Boxes have helped in the sample category). When Drugstore.com releases a GWP on items in the beauty category, I try to stock up on items in the beauty category that qualify for the gift. These body care items qualified for the free 15 piece StriVectin Bag with a $75 Drugstore.com purchase. This gift expired on Friday, but there will be more throughout the year, including the next large offer Next January. While this one is not as impressive as the one I received in January 2015, there are still a few things in here I really want.
Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Shipping is free. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Some items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.
When the new month starts, I toss everything I finished the previous month. I give a mini review of each item. Items I love are usually repurchased, so some of them appear in the Empties Series a lot. If I like or am indifferent to an item, I will not rush out to repurchase, but I would be willing to use or try it again. Items that are not for me may not always be empty. Generally, I finish them but do not use them again in the future. If they’re really awful and new samples find their way to me, I give them to someone else unopened. For items I really love, I do a separate product spotlight to discuss them in more detail.
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 fourth 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.