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A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Free Makeup Samples

It can be very challenging to find the correct product for our skin tone. I had to learn this the hard way, and ended up with various makeup products that didn’t suit my skin tone. However, all this changed when a sales associate at a makeup boutique offered me a lesson on getting free makeup samples.  Since that day, I have received handfuls of samples and this article will provide information on how to get these samples.

 

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Firstly, here are four makeup products you can receive without having to pay anything.

 

  • Foundation

A professional makeup artist who stated that she pays for more for certain products, such as foundation, that are in close contact to her skin.  For other products, she will tend to use drugstore brands.  By choosing the correct product for your skin, it is important you opt for the correct color or you will be wasting your hard-earned cash.

To avoid making an incorrect choice, it is recommended that you try a sample of the product before committing to the makeup item.  This is particularly true if you are using a department store brand.

 

  • Mascara

The flirty lashes are a must-have for almost all women, but some mascara can result in clumpy messes instead of long lashes.  To avoid this issue, it is recommended that you ask for a sample instead of using the testers others have used at the store.  The eye area is a highly sensitive one and you do not want to catch any infections from previous testers.  I was able to get a free version of Lancôme’s High Definition mascara from their counter when I asked for a sample.

 

  • Perfume

A person’s skin reacts differently to different perfumes; therefore, it is essential that you request a trial size before purchasing the perfume itself.  Before committing to L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, I asked for a sample and received one.

 

  • Skin Care Products

My skin is sensitive and this means I can use only certain skin care products.  By using sample products before purchasing the full item, I am able to determine whether or not the product is suitable for my skin.  At the moment I am trying Bare Essentials’ cleanser and moisturiser before deciding on whether or not to purchase the full bottle.

 

  • Be Friendly

The first point to consider when trying to receive a sample is to be friendly to the person behind the makeup counter.  A sales person is more likely to assist individuals who are polite and courteous instead of rude and arrogant.  Of course, this friendliness must not be faked or you will not receive any samples.

 

  • Make Conversation

Some of the sales people are amateur makeup artists and will enjoy sharing their secrets, so it is recommended that you make conversation to “pick their brains” regarding makeup application.  For example, one sales associate tipped me to use Stila’s convertible color on my cheeks and lips.

 

  • Ask For The Samples

The aim of the conversation is to ultimately ask for samples, and it is as easy as asking for them.  The majority of makeup boutiques will have samples for customers wishing to try a product and all you need to do is request them.  However, if you are not keen on speaking to a sales person, it is possible to obtain free samples from a online free stuff website or makeup store websites.

 

  • Make A Purchase

While asking for samples is fine, it is recommended that you make a purchase as well and not use samples only.  This will help you build a relationship with the sales associates at the makeup boutiques and could lead to more free samples.

 

I hope you find these tips useful, and I get as many makeup samples as possible.

 

*Collaborative post.

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Beauty Muse – Kate Winslet

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The Oscar-winning British actress; Kate Winslet, a brand ambassador for Lancôme, has one of the most beautiful faces in the world. So it comes as no surprise that she is a Beauty Muse on Fashion and Style Police. I love her beautiful eyes and flawless skin. Her makeup is always on point, and she looks equally as beautiful without any makeup, in a different way. She also looks even more beautiful with age, beauty goals right here.

Here are some of her beauty secrets of the 40-year-old stunner:

Fresh air does wonders for my skin so I keep a window open in my room at night for a little bit of breeze. I try to get as much sleep as possible, and drink plenty of water too. Wearing make-up can make a woman feel confident, feminine and celebrated – and I think it also brings a sense of liberation.

My beauty icon is the make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. She is confident in herself and truly loves her job, which makes her a joy to work with.’

‘Glamour to me is about remaining graceful and understated. For example, with very bold lip colors, you can’t overdo the rest of your face,” the actress says. “With a bright-red party lipstick, just go with lots of mascara and keep everything else clean.’

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“I rarely rely on one foundation – mixing two colors can make a big difference. I never use too much powder, only in the right areas [such as the T-zone]. I have peachy fuzz on my cheeks, so I have to be careful with powder.” 
Great tip here. I mix two shades of my MAC foundation too because I couldn’t get the right shade on its own. Mixing foundations does work!
I adore everything about Kate Winslet. Her down to earth personality and honesty is so rare, it is refreshing. She looks as beautiful on the inside, as she does on the outside.
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What do you think of this beauty? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.
Thanks for reading.

To Contour Or Not To Contour?

In light of the recent Vogue Festival 2015 discussions, I now find myself questioning all I know about makeup and contour, thanks to Bobbi Brown’s speech at the event. I did not attend the Vogue Festival event but it is quite difficult to ignore it, with details of the show being all over the blogosphere.

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Bobbi Brown believes contouring is unnatural and should not be done. Here is one of her quotes from her talk at the event:

“I don’t get this whole contouring thing. I think I’m probably the only makeup artist who feels this way. And I know some of my artists contour with my products and don’t tell me about it. But contouring just says that there’s something wrong with the way you look. I like to enhance natural beauty and not try to change someone.”

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For those who don’t know, contouring is a technique that helps to define your facial features, creating the appearance of higher cheekbones and slimmer chin, using the right beauty products. Now here is my take on this, I am no makeup artist or expert, and I respect Bobbi Brown as a makeup guru, but as a woman who applies makeup, I don’t see contouring as unnatural. Some women will need the contouring technique more than others, and some will just want the contour makeup to enhance or add more definition to their facial features, I don’t see that as unnatural. If that is unnatural, then the whole makeup act is unnatural because the right makeup is meant to do the exact same thing, the contouring technique is just a more concentrated and strategic application of makeup, in my own opinion.

Do you agree with Bobbi Brown or with me? To contour not to contour? What are your thoughts on this?

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