Free Sephora Samples + Beauty Packing Tips

Who doesn’t love a freebie? Until tomorrow (hurry up!), you can pick five free samples with your Sephora order. Even better, the selection is travel-friendly and includes tiny packages of essentials like Bliss Body Butter, designer eau de toilette, Laura Geller foundation, and PHYTO Phyto 9 nourishing hair cream (our favorite for fried beach hair). The goods come packaged to you in an airport-approved bag, so you can have a handy guideline to follow those pesky travel rules.

After all, summer is the season of the mini-break, and bringing all your beauty products can be a hassle. After the jump, some (beauty product) packing tips that will allow you to avoid checking luggage (getting around the liquid limit for carry-ons), or just slim down your bag.

  1. Most perfumes come in large and small bottles, but it’s irritating to spend the extra money on a travel size…not to mention the amount of room it takes up in your limited-liquids bag. Save space for the essentials (shampoo, conditioner), and instead of a perfume bottle, opt for a solid like Tocca’s Cleopatra, which comes in a round compact. [$30, Sephora.com]
  2. Three words: Nalgene leakproof jars. They’re super small for teeny bits of lotion or body wash, and won’t cause a mess. [$1.49, Containerstore.com]
  3. Next time you’re at Sephora, ask for a sample of your foundation. The salesladies are happy to fill up lip gloss-sized pots of your shade, which is a win all around: you don’t have to deal with bringing the whole bottle, and you get a few extra applications for free.
  4. Consider products packaged in towelette form. Depending on your skin type, a good makeup wipe could eliminate the need to bring a cleanser. Kate Somerville makes a handy self-tanner towelette, while MD Skincare has a genius all-in-one wipe that cleanses and moisturizes in one step. [$10, Sephora.com]
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