Tuesday, June 5, 2012

utilizing samples + girly emergency kit

It's no secret I adore samples. I am a Birchbox subscriber, I get an email alert daily about freebies (many of which are awesome beauty ones), and I attend lots of blogger events with awesome sample swag. I am the exact kind of person companies hope their samples get to when they put them out there. I not only put them to use, but I also end of buying full size versions almost always. 

I've gotten a lot of feedback asking what I do with my samples and how to not let them go to waste. Many girls get caught up in getting some new freebies they often forget about the last freebie that lays in the bottom of a unused drawer until it's thrown out a year later. It took some time but my sampling has become an organized and efficient way to get the best of the little guys, and I am here to show you how to do the same.

-When you first get a sample decide if it's something you really want to try right away or not.

-If it is something you're anxious to try then put it where where it will be used right away. If it belongs in the shower, put it there. If it belongs in your make-up bag get it there. Quickly, before it gathers dust on your dresser!

-If it's not something you want to try right away put it in either, your single use bin, or your deluxe sample bin.

-Keep your sample bins in a place you will access and see frequently. Samples that aren't seen, aren't used.

-When you come across a single use sample that would come in handy in desperate times, put it in your "girly emergency kit". 

-Things I like to have in my Lyndsey Emergency Kit:
-Travel Pack of Face Wipes
-Nail Clippers
-"Lady" Business
-Blotting Papers
-Small Perfume
-Any samples that might come in handy later. Currently I have shampoo/conditioner duo, powdered mouthwash, Mac Fix+, tinted moisturizer, mascara, SPF, and more. You'll want to use your smaller and single use samples here because they are lightweight and small.


  1. this is a great post - i always use samples as carryon/purse size things. i actually like smaller sizes most times because i can RARELY get though a whole thing of any make up.

  2. Great tips! I do something similar for mine its crazy how quick you can accumulate samples. I'll have to check out that website!

  3. What a great vlog, Lyndsey! I love the emergency kit idea, I'll have to try that!

    I've found it really helpful to keep some samples in my work drawer -- like those sample mouthwashes or mini lotions. I got so sick of asking my co-workers for lotion all the time, but it would take me forever to go through a regular size bottle, so I find those desk-size samples to be perfect. :)

  4. Thanks for the tips! Birchbox has me on sample overload.

  5. Good tips on the Emergency Kit! Can't wait to meet you on Sunday!