What's better than buying an exciting new beauty product? Getting it for free, of course! Cosmetics manufacturers and online merchants run contests all the time, but it's hard to track them down. You can troll the internet for hours on end and still miss out on the greatest giveaways and unmissable promos. So we did the leg work for you, rounding up the best of the beauty bunch that are offering up fun freebies in creative ways. The midsummer sizzle just got way hotter with these deals.

Your Best Face Fêtes Bionic Beauty

One of our favorite cosmetics brands - YBF - is celebrating one of its favorite beauty blogs with a fantastic lineup of giveaways. There are three in all, and each one is better than the last. It all starts on July 15 with a giveaway (valued at $150) containing full size Quench, Boost, and Define. One week later, July 22, the set of items ($225) is enhanced to include full size Quench, Boost, Prep, and a trial size of Correct. The grand finale takes place on July 29 with a very generous package ($345) of full size Quench, Boost, Prep, Restore, and a trial size of Correct. On top of that, random bonus giveaway rounds

There are two ways to enter YBF's July giveaway trifecta (plus bonus surprise rounds throughout the month). The only thing you'll need is a Twitter account. So if you've managed to stay off the birdie bandwagon up until now, YBF's incentive might be the final push to get you to join the party. Visit YBF's Bionic Beauty giveaway announcement, and there you'll find two ways to tweet a message that will automatically enter you in the YBF drawings. You can submit unlimited entries, so time to get tweeting!

Tarte Keeps You Sun-Kissed

Have you been coveting any of the latest items from Tarte's sun-inspired collection? Sale.com has got you covered. The two teamed up to offer you a set of Tarte cosmetics that can help you fake a sun-kissed glow and protect your precious hide. The set includes a mineral powder bronzer, a glam gams bronzing leg stick, a sunburst beaded bronzing facial moisturizer, a natural lip sheer with SPF 15, and a slide-tin lip balm with SPF 15. To enter the giveaway, simply follow Tarte Cosmetics and Sale.com on Twitter, OR "like" Tarte Cosmetics and Sale.com on Facebook.  Full details can be found on Sale.com's blog. Tarte's cosmetics nearly always get top marks in our reviews, and this giveaway looks like it could be well worth a few clicks in your social media world.

E.l.f.'s Summer Getaway Grab Bag

E.l.f. cosmetics (which stands for eyes, lips, face) is enticing shoppers this summer with a value-packed promotion. For any purchase over $25, the company will throw in a summer essentials makeup kit containing the Studio SPF 45 Powder, Studio Lip Balm, Kabuki Face Brush, Lip Defining Brush, and Super Glossy Lip Shine in Candlelight. The soft, translucent SPF 45 powder provides dual UVA/UVB protection and antioxidant enrichment in the form of aloe vera, grape seed, and the ACE vitamins. The portable lip balm and lip shine keep your pucker covered, while the Kabuki brush and lip brush make makeup application a breeze. E.l.f.'s entire SPF kit ($60 value) will be automatically added to your order if you use the code EGSPF15 at checkout.

SJ Creations Does a Body Good

No aroma encapsulates summer like citrus. SJ Creations, a family owned business that sells unique spa-quality bath and body products, is celebrating July with a citrus-scented collection of products to pamper your skin. The giveaway includes all sorts of goodies: a terry body wrap with spa slippers, sugared grapefruit deluxe travel body care set, orange basil foaming hand wash, sage & citrus soothing bath salts, three different flavored gift sets, mesh shower puff, foot pumice tool, toe dividers, pink grapefruit bath balm, and coconut lime verbena soap. You can score the full collection (worth $100) by entering your contact information in SJ Creations online form (which signs you up for the company's newsletter). SJ Creations will unveil the winner of the bath and body care set on the last day of the month.

Talika Loves Your Lashes


To participate in this contest, you'll need access to a video recorder, and you can't be camera-shy.

Step one: Visit Talika's website or Facebook page and register between now and July 31st to receive a free Lipocils Expert product ($55). Lipocils Expert is a new natural eyelash-boosting product found in clinical trials to boost lash length by 36% and intensify lash color by 50% within 28 days. It features a double applicator that combines a mascara brush and a sponge tip to fully coat the lash area.

Step two: Here's where the camera comes in. After 28 days of testing the product, document your experience and results. Then, submit the video to Talika and cross your fingers that you'll be chosen for the grand prize - to be announced September 3rd. The grand prize winner gets a collection of Talika products worth $1,000, including lash and brow contouring products and anti-aging skincare products. The 2nd and 3rd place runners-up win a collection of Talika products worth $500 and a 6-month supply of Lipocils Expert (respectively). Someone out there is either going to have extremely luscious lashes, or will use up a lifetime supply of product striving for lash satisfaction in vain.