As a beauty blogger, I spend a lot of my paycheck on beauty items. But as a single mom of 2, that money has places to go other than to creams, cleansers, and highlighters (It's a dilemma, I know!). So I had to find ways to get my fix while spending as little of my actual money as possible.
One of the easiest ways to get money to spend is through giftcards. I get my giftcards through research panels. One that I use all the time is Cross Media Panel. You can only use this is you have Google Chrome. Basically, you install their software, and it monitors what kinds of sites you frequent on the web. It's that easy! Then they pay you for it each month. It isn't a lot, but it does add up. You redeem your money through giftcards (they offer ones from Sephora!). This used to only be available for Android and other non-Apple devices, but it's now available for download on their website for iOS.
You do the same thing with Media Insiders Panel. I've used both for about 2 years now. I haven't had any problems with either one giving me any type of virus or malware, and none of my information has been stolen.
Free For Review
Apart from earning points or money for giftcards, you can just get free product! I use three programs on a regular basis. The one I found out about first was Influenster. Feel free to use my referral link here. With Influenster, you take surveys and review products to get product in the form of VoxBoxes. You're not guaranteed a box, but the more active you are on their site, the more likely you are to get one.
Another Review program I like to use to get stuff for free is BzzAgent. This one needs no referral to get into. You take surveys to get your spending habits, likes, and dislikes, and other info to determine which programs are right for you. Then when a campaign matches your profile, they shoot you an email and you get free stuff to review!
The most recent addition to my free for review repetoire is 0.8L. This is specifically for those of you interested in k-beauty. There are prerequisites to using this, but they're really easy to get. They used to be in Korea only, but now have platforms all over the place. They just recently launched their website, where you request the available products, and wait to see if you're approved. I've had the most success with this avenue. There are new products posted daily. Just make sure you have your language set to English, and your campaigns set to USA!
If you're impatient like me and just want product NOW, there are sites out there where you can get coupon codes for products on Amazon to review. This is fun for me, because I get to try out smaller brands. I'm helping to support someone's family this way. There's a couple different sites I use to review things on Amazon. The catch with these is you have to have an Amazon Prime account.
The one that is the easiest to use is called Amazon Review Trader. On this site there are thousands of different items to choose from. This isn't just beauty related. You can search within categories or search for specific products. All you have to do is request the product, and wait to get approved. The more reviews your submit, the more likely you are to get approved for products. After you submit your review to Amazon, all you do is submit the permalink to AMZ Review Trader and move on to your next product.
I have two other Amazon review sites to mention. They're HonestFew and iLoveToReview. These two are very similar. You sign up through their websites and they send you emails when they have new products to review. Both of these work on a first come first serve basis, so I have my email set up to send me a notification on my phone when either of them email me. That way I'm not missing out on product that I want. Just like AMZ Review Trader, these sites offer more than just beauty products.
That's everything I know of so far. If you guys have any other ways to get product for review, please comment below, or leave me a comment on my Instagram page. Happy blogging!