I do unboxing videos on Snapchat from time to time when I get free full sized beauty products in the mail, and I get friends asking me how I get this free stuff all the time! Today I’m sharing how…
So the website I’ve been using for the past three years is called Influenster. Basically, you build up your profile by reviewing, asking, or answering questions about your favorite products. This is how you earn badges. There are badges for all sorts of lifestyle categories. Some of the badges I have earned are Beauty Queen, Fashionista, Sweet Tooth, and Techie. Whatever badges you have will determine what products you receive.
Once the site has a good idea of your lifestyle, they will send out a qualification survey for you to fill out. (It’s a super short process. It only takes like 2 minutes to complete.) If they feel that you’re a good fit for their current campaign, they’ll send you a box of goodies (they call it a VoxBox) for you to try out completely free of charge!
Here’s what a typical pre-qualification email looks like.
If you fit what they are looking for in the current campaign, they’ll notify you again later that they have sent out a VoxBox to you!
Every box is themed. Some of the boxes I’ve received in the past were a haircare box, a college essentials box, cosmetics box, and nail polish box. I’m the most involved in the Beauty Queen category so it makes sense that I get so many beauty products. They range from drugstore to designer so you can get some pretty amazing stuff! The best part is that they send out full size products, so you’re not just getting a tiny sample of a product, you’re getting the real deal! The value of the products can range from a few dollars to a lot! I’ve heard of people receiving Keurigs and stuff from this.
Starting Your Campaign
Once you get your VoxBox in the mail, you can test out your new products! There are optional tasks you can do, like sharing photos of your products on social media, writing a blog post, etc. They’re not mandatory, but people who participate in these are entered into contests to receive additional freebies. Again, entirely up to you.
The one thing that is mandatory is taking the feedback survey that opens up two to three weeks after you receive your box. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. You basically answer what you liked and didn’t like about the product. Most of the questions are just checkbox format so you don’t need to put much time and thought into it. You must take the survey if you want to receive more boxes in the future! Otherwise they won’t consider you anymore. All in all, I think taking a short survey is totally worth it to keep getting free products.
It may seem a little too good to be true, but I assure you it’s completely free! They never ask for any payment information. The purpose of Influenster is to provide products to influencers who will test products out, give their honest feedback to the companies who make the product, and spread the word about the brand/product to their network of friends and family. I’ve been using it for years and I’ve been really happy with all the stuff I’ve had the opportunity to try out.
Tips To Getting Your First VoxBox
The key to getting free stuff is to be patient! They won’t send you anything when you first sign up. You’ll have to spend a little time contributing to the website first, so write a few reviews, answer a few questions, etc.
Connect your social media accounts to Influenster. The more followers you have, the higher social impact you have. They like people who can show them they have a network. Don’t worry about connecting your accounts. They never post on your behalf.
My last tip is to answer your “Snaps”. You can find this on the left sidebar of your dashboard. They are just little questions they ask you to get “snapshots” of your life. They may ask stuff like what brands of food, makeup, etc. you’ve tried before, what stores you frequently visit, basic stuff like that.
Hope this post was informative and helpful! Let me know if you sign up and receive a box! I’d love to hear what stuff you got. 🙂