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Recession-Proof Beauty: Free Mario Badescu Samples

There may be no free lunch (unless you're enjoying Taco Thursdays, of course). But there is free skin care. Mario Badescu, the spa where celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Natalie Portman have their pores purged, offers complimentary skin consultations through its web site. You just have to fill out an online questionnaire, and in a few weeks, you'll get free samples of products customized to your skin situation.

The deal sounds too good to be true, but it's actually great. I went undercover, using my own name and not mentioning BellaSugar. Within days of filling out the online questionnaire, a Mario Badescu representative e-mailed me to ask some follow-up questions about the state of my skin. I answered them and sent a picture, too. In about two weeks, I received a packet of samples along with a guide to using them. No freaky sales pressure, just detailed guidance and generously sized samples. So if you're looking for a new skin-care regimen and want to try before you buy, you know what to do.

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kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I signed up and got samples for FREE and I live in Canada. Also, I am INLOVE with their products.
nickylovely nickylovely 7 years
I just signed up! I sure hope i get the free samples. If i like them enough, I'm sure I'd buy the full size. They didn't look terribly expensive.
1955nurse 1955nurse 8 years
I've tried their drying lotion - it's amazing! Looking forward totrying more of this line :)
1love 1love 8 years
I did this months ago. YES IT IS THE QUESTIONARE THAT SUGGESTS PRODUCTS AT THE END. I thought it was too good to be true. but a few months (it seemed) after I forgot about it I was plesantly surprised with a package in the mail. With very nice sized samples :) DON'T GIVE UP!
lamombo lamombo 9 years
just got my samples today- can't wait to try them!!!thanks,bella!!!
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
the drying lotion is nothing short of a miracle worker...i have been using this for about a year and i'll never use any other spot treatment again.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
i got their samples awhile ago and they're really great!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 9 years
just got my samples! i only tried the azulene face mask till now, looks great, and i cant wait to try the other stuff i got!! yay!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Glad so many of you are enjoying the samples — sounds like a few of you have found some products worth buying!
bettywhite bettywhite 9 years
I tried it and got my samples last night! i got face wash, toner, moisturizer, day cream, face mask, face scrub, drying cream for zits and control cream for dry patches - all enough for a few uses. it took a couple of weeks, but it was worth it. the seaweed wash is great - i might be hooked, especially if their products aren't too expensive. thanks for the tip! my only complaint would be that the survey didn't really let me pick my skin type, which is normal with occasional zits. i picked combination, but that's not really me. i'm not oily or dry or patchy (i know, i'm lucky and shouldn't complain, but...). but still, awesome deal!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 9 years
still waiting for my samples and i signed up the day the post was up.. ill update about the sample products i got if they ever send it lol
omilawd omilawd 9 years
Me too! I just used the cleanser, moisturizer and eye gel today. I have a ton more samples to try, and so far, the ones I've used worked really well!
estrela estrela 9 years
I also received my samples yesterday and I can't wait to try them!
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
Just wanted to report that I filled out the survey the day Bella posted about this, clicked through the email they sent me a couple of days later asking if I wanted samples, and received my samples in the mail yesterday. I tried the drying mask last night, and it somehow actually made the giant, clogged pores that have plagued my nose for the past decade lessen significantly. We'll see how it goes trying out the rest of the products they sent...
chickenkebob chickenkebob 9 years
I'm worried they stopped giving out samples. Today, I got an e-mail for them asking me to be added to their subscription group but that was all. =(
BabyItsBristol BabyItsBristol 9 years
I did the little survey last night. Just waiting to see if I get any response to it.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
bellakitten, your comment makes me nervous :( but the idea sounds great... I may sign up for this with my "spam-email" account lol
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Thanks Bella, my samples are on their way. Can't wait to try them per everyone reviews.
tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 9 years
Sorry im posting late, Girls try this brand out!! My skin has never been clear(Acne-prone/oily), but two months ago,it was in the worst shape ever,it was extremely clogged,practically blackheads in each one on my pores(i wanted to die). Thank god i try this samples,i got the enzyme cleanser, the glycolic clenaser, oil free moisturer(haven't use it yet), eye cream and the drying cream. Once my samples were runing out, i filled another quiz under my boyfriend's name and adress and i got another run of samples :).Now after a few weeks of use these products, im going to place an order with them for sure. Also, you can ask them for any product in specific that you want,it doesn't have to be in your recommended products. I did so and in a few days im getting samples of the drying mask and healing mask!!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
A lot of these samples contain peanut oil. So beware any of you with allergies!
kittylitter1 kittylitter1 9 years I was trying to say, I love free samples. :-)
kittylitter1 kittylitter1 9 years
w00t! I <3 free samples!
JazSeDuCtiVe JazSeDuCtiVe 9 years
I'm trying this... thanks =)
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