6 Products I Got For Free That I Now Actually Have To Invest In

Being broke and hoarding samples is kind of my thing, but these products could change all that. Well, the second part at least.
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October 15, 2013
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Free stuff is the best, and I'm a baller on a budget. One major perk about working in the beauty industry is getting free products constantly. But sometimes, you fall in love and have to actually invest in the damned things. Behold, my latest obsessions:

DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum

I worked a fun event with Birchbox and got to make a free box! I copped this DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum. I LOVE THIS STUFF. I use it in conjunction with Taylor's sebaceous filaments routine and Hannah's very detailed skincare routine, and I am seeing excellent results for my oily/combination, large-pored, early 30's skin.

I so don't have the $80 to cough up for the full-size but ughhhh. Can I just keep signing up for Birchbox under different names and get it every month?! I had hoped by the time I was old enough to need this kind of thing that I'd also be wealthy enough to afford it without sacrificing subway fare.

RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer in Delirium

Delirium is one of three crowd-sourced polish colors from Ruffian. The Ruffian show this New York Fashion Week was among my favorites. The clothes were amazing, and everyone backstage was super sweet (this definitely lessened the blow of the 6am call time.) The "Ruffian Boys" Brian and Claude are so adorable and nice and my friend Cheryl created the nail look and led the nail team.

A bonus of working Fashion Week shows is getting to keep the polish! Because I'm the least coordinated nail artist in the world, I dropped my bottle of Delirium under my kitchen table, splattering the wall with an unintentional Jackson Pollock forgery.

Eventually I'll have to do something about it, but who looks under there? Hopefully not the landlord. At $10 a bottle it's reasonable for a designer brand polish. Oh, and the handle is PERFECT, nestles nicely between index, middle finger and thumb and makes application a cinch.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinoid Eye Repair Cream

I went to Sephora a while back and bought some Philosophy Hope in a Jar with SPF. It wasn't a good fit for me; too heavy for my skin. As I was leaving, the boy working the counter was all, "We included some free anti-aging eye cream" to which I replied (imagine a GIF of someone looking appalled).

Should I be happy about getting free swag or horrified that I need ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM?! I guess if I'm buying Hope in a Jar, I'm asking for it. Well, guess what, I love this Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinoid Eye Repair Cream.

S.W. Basics Makeup Remover And Eco Cotton Round

My friend Britta, the earth mama esthetician and Holistic Health Coach, invited me to a natural beauty event.

With my penchant for rapper gold and about 4 layers of gel polish on top of a formaldehyde base coat I'm a highly unlikely attendee for this type of event. I mostly tweeted from a corner and guzzled complimentary fresh detox juice, but dragged myself out of my anti-social K-hole long enough to meet some awesome girls from S.W. Basics. They hooked me up with their luscious Makeup Remover and reusable Eco Cotton Round! Its simple, no-embalming-fluid formula is a blend of four oils, (apparently the four oils that DON'T clog my aforementioned troublesome pores) and moisturizes and conditions the skin and lashes.

Plus, since I live in the same borough, I'm supporting a local small business, and that's always good for feeling morally superior.

Pureology Pure Volume Levitation Mist

I don't have color-treated hair, but I worked an editor's event with Pureology and left with a bag of sulfate-free, vegan, sustainable, "Colour Care" loot. My favorite is the Pure Volume Instant Levitation Mist.

I'm extremely low-maintenance with my hair routine; I barely blow-dry or use products. Pure Volume is so easy--just spray when damp and maybe scrunch it a little when it dries. My fine, thin, oily hair can now pass for full and bouncy!

Do you hoard samples? Ever fallen in love and had to upgrade?