I’ve been accumulating a bunch of cosmetic items that I’ve received for free recently. Here’s what I’ve been given in the past month or so:
It was Clinique bonus time about a month ago and my coworker ended up getting 2 gwp bags and she was really only interested in the skincare items, so she gave me the makeup items citing “they would look good on you”:
Then she went home and dug through her other unused gwp palettes and gave me this gem:
It’s right up my alley – neutral eye shadows with a rosy nude blush – how could I refuse?
One day I tagged along with her while she went to the drugstore to buy her StriVectin eye cream, and there was a StriVectin rep there who insisted I take this free sample, just for being there. Ok!
This same coworker is also a regular cross-border shopper – for the non-Canadians out there, this is when Canadians drive about an hour and a half south to Buffalo (or whatever American city is closest) to shop. [Fun fact: an estimated 90 percent of Canadians live within 161 kilometers (100 miles) of the U.S. border] While the Canadian to US dollar exchange rate hasn’t been stellar, sometimes the deep discounts and better selection make it worthwhile. My coworker went cross-border shopping a couple of times and came back with a lip products each time for me:
The orange eos she got for me because “I haven’t seen that colour in Canada and I know you like those”, and the Vaseline Lip therapy Rosy Lips because I mentioned seeing it on I am Beauty Bee’s blog, and my coworker squealed and said she wanted it too. Of course, it’s not available in Canada so she brought back one for each of us last weekend. She refuses to take money for them so I repay her by buying coffee for her in return.
Consonant Skincare opened a new store location in the heart of the financial district in downtown Toronto. At their grand opening, they gave out these goody bags with a free full-sized Natural Foaming Face Wash ($18 value) plus a bunch of samples, including the DHE Mask, Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream, and HydrExtreme serum. I can’t wait to try everything! I’m also very curious about their sunscreen, called The Perfect Sunscreen, which is a physical / mineral sunscreen SPF30 that’s got a tint.
Lastly, I have a friend who has constant access to all sorts of beauty freebies as part of her job. I envy this aspect of her job but it would be a dangerous environment for me. It’s nice that I still get to reap the rewards of her gratis though!
She offered so many items to me but I had to restrain myself – I honestly really do not NEED any of it (well except for the sunscreen, that’s always needed). I cannot wait to try those nail polishes, especially the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel – I had been eyeing those ever since I saw the new displays. Thanks for the loot!
I think it’s official: I’m now a charity case. It used to be that I would be the one passing all my makeup to my friends and now the roles are reversed.
So is this bending the rules of my No-Buy? 😉