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Getting skincare samples out of shop assistants - how the HELL do you know if you'll like it if you can't try it?

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PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 25-Feb-05 21:07:41

This really bugs me.

I buy a lot of skincare products (hopeless addict). When I go to a cosmetic counter in a department store and ask for samples of something to try, before making any purchases (to see if it suits my skin) I get told "we don't have any".

When I shell out £60 for skincare products, I suddenly get a myriad of samples of moisturisers etc.

Fran1 Fri 25-Feb-05 21:21:54

Tell them you have eczema and allergies to preservatives found in many products. I do have this and so when i'm shopping for skincare they see me studying the ingredients, which i then explain why and i get handed a whole load of stuff!

I tend to use clarins or clinique and usually from a dept store like Debenhams. Never bought them in boots so don't know whether they hand them out in there.

PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 25-Feb-05 21:28:22

Good idea Fran! I will try that next time I trot into Debenhams!

jamiesam Fri 25-Feb-05 21:34:24

Fran's approach recently worked for me at Crabtree and Evelyn - I know it sounds like it's stuff for your grandma, but it is good. Am about to start raving about their hand recovery and hand therapy. Anyway, after saying that I came out in a rash in response to recently purchased moisturiser from Boots, C & E recommended I go buy a stash of small and cheap sample pots from Boots, and return to get them filled. Seemed reasonable to me!

kando Fri 25-Feb-05 21:39:40

I usually take one of those little "travel pots" with me and ask them for a sample. If they say no, I say "well, could you please put some in this little pot for me then?". Have never been refused yet! I agree, really grudge paying a lot for these things when you don't know how they are going to react on your skin. HTH

toomanypushchairs Fri 25-Feb-05 22:08:39

Does anyone read the Daily Mail? Article today about seeing how many freebies this woman could get in a week. Food, cosmetics, samples, free gym taster days etc etc, she did really samples at big stores such as Harvey Nicks & Selfridges. She went in wearing a fur coat, big diamond ring and a posh accent!

expatinscotland Fri 25-Feb-05 22:10:08

I've been using Fran's approach as well.

expatinscotland Fri 25-Feb-05 22:10:51

I SCORED at the Laura Mercier counter big style last week. And b/c of the samples, I'm going back for some of the tinted moisturiser. Brill!

PuffTheMagicDragon Fri 25-Feb-05 22:40:06

Right, I'm getting out my little pot and hitting the shops tomorrow.

Smurfgirl Fri 25-Feb-05 22:41:18

I was in Boots the other day and asked for a sample of some foundation, they didn't have a packet sample, so she just squeezed some into a little pot for me. I have always found Boots to be fab for stuff like that.

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