Money may be tight, but that's no reason for your look to suffer.  It's been almost two years since I've paid for cosmetics.  During that time I've worn brands like:

  • Lancôme
  • Physicians Formula
  • Kiehl's
  • Giorgio Armani  (Who knew they made lipstick?  Not me, but I have to say it's amazing!)
  • Boscia and more.

I got all of these cosmetics without a coupon, and they were each delivered straight to my front door.  Honestly, does it get any better than that?  Here's what you can do to get these amazing freebies coming to your mailbox:

1. Sign up to be a member of L'Oreal's consumer panel

Once you take 5 surveys you will be sent a free cosmetic from one of their luxury brands like Lancôme or Kiehl's. Better yet, see if you can qualify for a home study.  You might get turned down several times, but be persistent; trust me, it's worth it.  I was able to participate in a lip balm study where they sent me 11 different lip balms.  I used 1 lip balm a week and filled out a short survey about how well it worked.  At the end of the study they sent me a thank you gift full of their luxe brands that was worth well over $300.

2. Join Physicians Formula's Buzz-O-Meter program

If selected, they will send you full size products.  All they ask is that you simply use the makeup and then talk about it with your friends.  I've received several products this way.  I never know when they will come, but every so often when I go to check the mail, there is a package with a Physicians Formula cosmetic.  A very nice surprise!

3. Follow brands you like on facebook or twitter

I've received freebies from Cover Girl, Boscia, Clinique, Milani and more this way.  It's also how I found out about Physicians Formula Buzz-O-Meter program.  Sometimes a company will do a giveaway, and other times it's a contest.  The bottom line is companies are marketing on social networking sites. Think of it like a parade, and you want to be standing there when they throw out the candy.

4. Sign up for Swagbucks

Once you have an account you can start earning Swag Bucks simply by using their site to search the web.  At the Swag Store you get to redeem those 'bucks' towards prizes including: Christian Dior and Smashbox cosmetics or Aveda Rosemary Mint body lotion.

5.  Refer your friends to daily deal sites!

Rue La LaGuilt Groupe and HauteLook are just a few of the sites that offer daily deals and pay referral credit when your friends sign up!  Sometimes they even give a $20 credit to new registrants!  I was able to get an awesome Rock & Republic lip-gloss using my credit at HauteLook.  I didn't even have to pay shipping.  Sweet!  Keep in mind that what these stores have to offer changes frequently.

This has been a guest post by Tiffany from Macon, Georgia Find out more about the KCL Contributor Network!

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