Nothing kills our summer holiday buzz quite like attempting to get all of our beauty essentials through airport security. It’s a painful process trying to decide which lotions and potions to take, and which ones to leave at home, when we only have a 100ml limit to work with.
And while we can pick up those travel size minis at the airport, it can cost us a small fortune. The good news? You can get all the travel size beauty products you need, for free. Yes, you read correctly: this is how to get free mini travel toiletries from your favourite brands (think Clinique, Estée Lauder, Benefit and more).
1. Bag free beauty samples from beauty counters
You’d be amazed at the amount of beauty freebies you can pick up from beauty counters. Brands such as Clinque, Estee Lauder and Benefit will often give you free samples of anything from creams to foundations and everything in between; and if you’re lucky they might pop some more free samples into your bag if you make a purchase. You can usually pick up these free samples by just popping along to your local counter,all you have to do is ask nicely.
Free 10-day sample of MAC foundation
Pop along to any MAC store or counter to claim your free 10-day sample of any of their cult foundation formulas.
Free 10-day sample of Clinique Even Better foundation
Simply fill in your details here to receive a voucher for a 10-day sample of Clinque’s Even Better foundation, take the voucher to your nearest counter to claim the sample.
Free 7-day sample of Bobbi Brown foundation
Book a free How-to at any Bobbi Brown counter and receive a free 7-day foundation sample to take home.
Free foundation samples at House of Fraser
Pop into your local House of Fraser to claim a free foundation sample. If you’re happy with it and want to buy a full-size, they’ll even give you 10% off your purchase.
2. Get free mini toiletries on social media
Social media is one of the easiest ways to bag yourself free goodies, especially if you’re already addicted and checking these sites daily.
Start ‘following’ and ‘liking’ your favourite brands across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as they announce flash giveaways exclusively on these pages, which will pop up in your feed with instructions on how to claim.
We’ve received lots of treats including a free Chanel mascara mini and Simple mini makeup wipes; perfect for hols. Finally, our Facebook obsession has paid off!
3. Sign up to email newsletters for free toiletries
Brands often announce when they are hosting giveaways via email and many offer a free incentive when you sign up to their email newsletter. Companies such as Chanel, Givenchy and Estée Lauder are all known for rewarding their email base with lots of lovely free beauty minis.
Whenever you see ‘FREE’ in the subject header, act quick and click through to their website to claim freebies that get sent to your front door or collect in-store.
We’ve managed to score a 50ml Ultrasun Factor 50 sun cream and Aquafresh 30ml toothpaste this way. There are usually only a certain amount up for grabs on a first come, first served basis, so don’t miss out.
4. Join beauty panels to get free beauty products & toiletries
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Think loyalty cards are pointless? Think again! Stores like Boots have lots of points and deals all available to use instantly on their app and in their free magazine, which you can pick up in store.
Not only can you earn discounts and money-off vouchers towards your favourite beauty products and toiletries with each purchase, you can also get them for free when you points match with offers available in store. You can only use these if you’re a Boots Advantage card holder so sign up today and download their app for the latest deals.
The Body Shop also love to flourish loyal fans with freebies, including nail polish, body wash and face masks to name a few. They even reward you with a free £5 voucher on your birthday when you sign up to their loyalty club ‘Love Your Body’ so join now to reap the benefits.
Another favourite of ours is Debenhams Beauty Club where you can also collect points and redeem free products. Plus, they’ll reward you on your birthday with a free Benefit eyebrow wax!
6. Check out magazine freebies
OK, this one isn’t exactly free, but if you’re going to buy a cheeky airport mag, you might be swayed by the magazine freebie offerings inside. Magazines are working even harder than ever to grab your attention, so they offer free beauty minis in return for your purchase.
Recent offerings have included Benefit mascara, Burt’s Bees lip balm, and a Nails Inc nail polish – often found in luxury spas and nail bars. You can also find free stuff within the pages of magazines, too.
Flick through to discover exclusive discounts and freebies. In addition to free perfume samples and facial cream sachets, there are even coupons for free skincare treatments and haircuts.
7. Sign up for subscription services
FeelUnique.com offer a Pick ’n’ Mix service where you can pick 5 are samples per month from brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Dermalogica, Make Up For Ever and more. All you have to do is pay the £3.95 delivery fee – but you will receive a £3.95 gift voucher emailed to you to redeem on your next FeelUnique order.
8. Keep an eye out for gifts with purchase
If you’re making a purchase online or in-store, keep an eye out for free gifts with purchase. Brands such as MAC will often send you a free mini of cult products such as Strobe Cream, Prep + Prime Primer or Zoom Lash Mascara. Lancome, Estee Lauder, bareMinerals and Bobbi Brown also give away free deluxe samples when you make a purchase.