The Best NYC Beauty Freebies!

Beauty doesn't come cheap, and with the zillions of make up and hair products that flood the shelves, it's hard to know what works for you without having to shell out the big bucks. It'll come as no surprise that we're huge fans of the try-before-you-buy philosophy, so we've put in the hard yards to make sure you can look your best without breaking the bank. From free mini-facials to complimentary samples for your tresses, check out our round-up of NYC's best beauty freebies and get ready to prettify yourself—skint style.
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Shen Beauty:
Brooklyn's latest bastion of beauty, Shen Beauty, is stocked with exclusive UK imports and hard-to-find organic lines, and the kids at Shen are more than happy to create take-home samples of products like Amanda Lacey's Cleansing Pomade, one of Lubatti's moisturizers, or a Kahina Giving Beauty mask.
Shen Beauty, 315 Court Street (between Degraw and Sackett streets); Brooklyn; 718-576-2679.
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Bergdorf Goodman:
Bergdorf Goodman's beauty floor may be on the department store's lower level, but it's definitely not bargain basement. You can pick up samples of their deluxe (read: pricey) makeup and skincare offerings--just ask at the counters--but if you have a specific splurge in mind, now's the time to buy: BG's Be Beautiful event runs until January 30. Spend $200 on beauty and you get a free FEED5 bag full of samples from brands like Darphin, Clarins, ReVive, Laura Mercier, Jo Malone, Guerlain, and more (each bag provides five school meals to students in Kenya through the UN World Food Programme).
Bergdorf Goodman, 753 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street); 212-558-1855.
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SpaceNK:
Lovingly curated by founder Nicky Kinnaird, boutique beauty store SpaceNK carries unique skincare and makeup brands, some exclusive to SpaceNK. Pop into one of their three locations for complementary mini-facials using lines like Tata Harper, Elemental Herbology, Eve Lom, or Natura Bisse. Most of their brands have sample sizes, too, and few to try are Apot.Care, Bakel, the brand new Cosmetofruit, Ellis Faas makeup, and Sarah Chapman skincare.
Space NK, 99 Greene Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-941-4200.
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Make Up For Ever:
Make Up For Ever's new store-within-a-store at the SoHo Sephora houses the full line of pro-level makeup, and a MUFE artist will help you try out any of the products and even create samples of the foundations, concealers, cream blushes, and lipsticks to bring home. Don't forget to peruse the rest of Sephora, too. They offer samples of the hundreds of product options on request.
Make Up Forever at Sephora, 555 Broadway (between Prince and Spring); 212-625-1309.
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Estée Lauder:
Estee Lauder always offers try-before-you-buy options, but right now they're helping you get extra beautiful with a 10-day supply of foundation and a sample of their aptly named latest perfume, Beautiful.
Estee Lauder at Saks Fifth Ave
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Kiehl's :
Kiehl's minimalist packing looks just as good in sample sizes too. Stop in for an in-store personalized consultation and pick up skincare and hair picks tailored to your specific needs. A Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream just might be in your future!
Kiehl's,109 Third Avenue (at 13th Street); 212-677-3171.
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Aveda:
Warm up at one Aveda's six NYC stores with a cup of their Organic Comforting tea and some earth-friendly hair samples. Right now, Aveda is offering mini versions of their Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother and have a Love Your Hair promotion that includes a hair consultation and samples of the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. And there's more, if you mention Refinery29, you get a free sample of their brand new Be Curly Style-Prep.
Aveda, 456 West Broadway (between Houston and Prince streets); 212-473-0280.
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Amorepacific:
Full size Amorepacific products average in the $100 range (the cheapest is a lip treatment for $35), but if you swing by the SoHo boutique and spa, they have almost every full size product in sample size, including the new Future Response Age Defense Crème, Time Response Intensive Hand Renewal Hand Creme, Vitalizing Masque and the Moisture Bound Contour Lift Extreme Eye Crème.
Amorepacific, 114 Spring Street (between Mercer and Greene streets); 212-966-0400.
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Benefit:
Besides loving Benefit's witty product names, we also love their fix-it formulas and super efficient Brow Bar services. If it happens to be your birthday this weekend, swing by one of their Brow Bars for a free brow service (everyone else, mark your calendars). And you can always pick up mini-versions of their latest products, like the Porefessional primer (Flawless skin? Yes, please) and the make-it-stick Stay Don't Stray eyeshadow primer in a cute little pump.
Benefit Brow Bar at Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Avenue (at 59th Street); 212-705-3483.
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