Monday, 4 November 2013

Sample Collecting & Benefits

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When I was younger I was a sample addict. Any magazine, newspaper or shop offering a little packet or box of something for free and I was all over it! Then I started buying my own makeup, investing in statement products I knew would see me through, and samples just didn't seem as 'high-end' anymore. Snap back to now, and I'm head over heels for them again, especially as I've got a few little beauties just waiting to be opened that could mean the difference between a happy Adrienne with an empty purse, or a very dissatisfied beauty obsessive. Now I look to samples to show me exactly what I should and shouldn't be buying, and I highly recommend fellow beauty bloggers to dive right into this glorious well of inspiration.


Magazines
Where a lot of people get very basic samples are their favourite monthly glossies; I've been able to pick up some fantastic mini sized cult products this way. Most recently Elle have been knocking it out of the park with some truly wonderful brands giving away some truly awesome samples. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray is one that has gone into my full size rotation and I just picked up the latest copy to find out there is a Benefit lipgloss I've been eyeing for a good while. Magazines run for a few pounds, so getting either full size or travel samples really works out to be a cost effective way to stock up on your beauty essentials.

Websites
There are a few obvious sample websites you can sign up to, which are easy enough to find with a quick Google search, but I'm talking dedicated beauty sites. This way you're not overloaded with junk emails about products that you don't want, but instead get wonderfully crafted beauty emails dedicated to the kind of products you usually buy on a day to day basis. SpaceNK offer 2-3 random samples with each order but do say you can call them to request a specific product sample. Very handy if you've been lusting after a foundation that you can't colour match or a hand cream you're not sure will be worth the price tag. Cult Beauty send you 3 free samples on orders over £40, which can be easily achievable especially if you're gift shopping. There's a fantastic feature on the site to be able to choose your product samples before check out, so it's definitely worth looking into when you need a new lipstick before hitting the high street.

In-store
Speaking of the high street, popping into somewhere like Boots or Superdrug as well as the higher end department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser can sometimes give you a small pot to consider at you leisure. It's usually easier getting hold of a few perfume files as they tend to have a few stored for each bottle behind the counter, but if you're looking for makeup or skincare you need to show genuine interest in the product. It's no good demanding samples as soon as you come up to the counter, you'll want to let the assistant know what you're looking into, why you're looking into it and why you could benefit from samples to take home with the potential to buying a full size. Origins and L'Occitane are brands I love for giving out samples with purchases at the till. I've got some lovely little products that I may not have thought to try before that have made their way into my bag from the lovely assistants. 

Brands
Ever gone to the brand themselves? Some big names in the beauty industry like to give out samples with purchases, much like Origins. Investing in REN? They'll be sure to send you a little something extra! Dizzy over Diptyque? Don't worry, they'll be sending you a few wonderful samples to make that candle purchase all the sweeter. This is what I love most, it's nice to receive a little surprise in the post with that you bought. The hardest thing is opening them and using them when they're so pretty in their own right!

So, are you a sample fiend like me? What has been your favourite of the bunch?

Adrienne | www.latenightnonsense.com


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26 comments:

  1. I absolutely love samples! I usually get them when I've bought other beauty products in stores that always send you away with a few. Feels like you've bought even more than you did which I find very exciting!

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    1. Hehe, nothing better than having a slightly heavier bag without the cost!

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  2. I'm such a sample addict. Over the past year I realised how much I had amassed and I've been using them up. I've found a good few gems and a good few duds. :)

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    1. Saves those pennies though, right? I have a Laura Mercier sample I need to get on my face very soon!

      xo

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  3. Im forever asking for samples in stores. Was in Boots yesterday and was given a handful of eye cream sachets from clinique! No point wasting money on a product you might not like! You wont get unless you ask!

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    1. I need to see if I can get hold of some Origins samples of their eye creams, as I'm undecided if they'll work for me.

      xo

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  4. I do love a good sample. In the past I've wasted a fair amount of money due to not trying first! X

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    1. It's heartbreaking when that happens as well!

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  5. Samples are the best. I love it when stores offer to give out samples or they provide samples with purchases. I've found a few items that I now love from samples!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. It's the online shops that let you chose that I adore so much. :)

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  6. Great tips, I love getting samples! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    1. What have been your favourite Maddy?

      xo

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  7. I agree that Origins is one of the best to get samples from! I just got a 1oz. size of Night-a-mins with my purchase. Best ever!!

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    1. Oh wow! I'd love to try that. :)

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  8. I need to use up some of my samples, I love collecting them but I don't use them much. Uk magazines have incredibly samples. So jealous! xx

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    1. They do have pretty good ones, and sometimes that purely the only reason to purchase them.

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  9. I'm a shameless sample-hoarder ;) you have such a great stash though! x

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    1. Thanks Kate. That's a while of saving them up!

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  10. I love samples and they are a great way to test out a high end product before making the splurge! I even started doing a first impressions video featuring some samples on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/katespitzblog

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    1. I will make sure to check that out, thanks Kate.

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  11. Ooh, that's a lovely set of samples you have! You know how I am about samples! This makes me want to start using up my box full of them. I just can't bring myself to use them for some reason! It's like a hoard them or something. I wish we had samples in magazines the way they do in the UK. I guess it's harder to do something like that here with such a large population, but it would still be fantastic (and would probably boost magazine readerships up)!

    On the plus side, some British mags have started popping up at Barnes and Noble, and they'll usually have a couple of sample packets inside! Cosmo UK has been especially good about it! xx

    Megan | Little Miss Average

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    1. I've seen your stash and I'm amazed! I think that's the problem isn't it? They look so cute that you don't want to use them or fear that you'll like it so much that you don't want it to end. I had that with a REN night cream recently and I'm tearing up that it's finished.

      Have you been picking them up?

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  12. I absolutely love beauty samples, as a student I try (without much success) to limit my spending, so getting to try a product before buying it helps minimise wasted money :) xx

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    1. Even as a fully employed designer I'm trying to limit my spending, so I'm totally with you on that front.

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  13. i always love a sample, gives you the chance to try the product out. i never ask in store, maybe i should ask more.xx

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    1. You should, the worst they can say is no. But definitely be interested in the products and test them out before asking.

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