How to Get Free or Almost Free Beauty Products to Review On Your Blog

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I love trying new products. I especially love to write product reviews. Trying new this can get really expensive really quickly. I’ve put together a few ideas and resources to help you get started.

Your Own Collection

So, technically this isn’t a free resource per se, but If you’re a beauty junkie, you probably already have an extensive collection. If you’ve amassed a literal graveyard of a particular category of makeup, why not start there.  For example, I have a plastic bin filled with lipsticks that I either hate or are indifferent about. That is a resource of 20+ products that I can review without spending another penny!


GWP stands for gift with purchase. This is another opportunity to try products that might not have been on your radar. On black friday, Ulta had a sale and an 8 piece free gift with purchase offer with a minimum purchase. I received 8 trial sized products that I’d never tried before. 


I’ve been a member of Influenster since 2011! Influenster is a makeup and skincare review site that offers its members free VoxBoxes in exchange for a review. My last box was a very expensive eye cream! You connect your social media accounts, and the more active you are, the more likely you are to receive boxes. My very first box was a “Mom” themed box with different items. 

Pinch Me

Pinch Me is another product review site the works on a first come first served basis. The first Tuesday of the month a noon, the samples are up for grabs and once they are gone, they are gone. They have all kinds of items such as skincare, cat/dog food, people food coupons etc. 

Ask Brands

If you never ask, the answer will always be no. It doesn’t hurt to email brands that you are interested in to ask for samples.  I like to ask to lab samples on trial sizes in order to actually test out products before I spend my own money or even to see if it’s worth spending my own money. (I think it cuts down on the bias factor)

These are the handful of ways that I trust to get free product. There are countless other ways that just ask for more personal information and access to my social media accounts that I’m just not comfortable with. 

What are some of your favorite ways to get products for consideration? 

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