Magazine Freebies; May 2015

It’s that time again! The sun comes out and with it brings a whole bunch of magazine freebies. Strangely, though, I haven’t bought any of them. I think this may be the first time that there has been multiple freebies and I haven’t indulged in even one! This may yet change, but for the moment, let’s just move onto the list. I would normally start with the one I’ve bought, so let’s just start with the one I’m most likely to buy.

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In Style

Clinique smart custom repair serum

I am soooo tempted by this. So very tempted. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this serum, and I’m totally getting into serums at the moment. This may be a match made in heaven. The only thing putting me off is the magazine; I’ve never been a huge fan. This feels silly, however, as I would totally buy the serum for £4. I would through to recommend you buy this; it’s a bargain and apparently awesome. I’m going on a plane next week, so I can totally see myself buying this at Heathrow. Watch this space….

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Percy and Reed

Hair Volumiser No-Oil Oil.

My hair is pretty big already, but it’s also quite fine. As a result, I do have an interest in volumisers, and I’m intrigued by the ‘no oil’ concept here. Again, the only thing putting me off is the magazine. That, plus I’ve never been blown away by the brand. I imagine this one will pass me by.

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Marie Claire

Neal’s Yard Mint and Bergamot hand cream.

I actually don’t mind Marie Claire, and if this was the Clinique I would already Have bought it. I really don’t need anther handcream though: I already have about 7. I also don’t think much of Neals Yard creams, I tend to find them a bit watery.

So there we have it; the best of May offerings. If you indulge let me know!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: April 2015

Spring has sprung!!!! Finally!! I am sooo excited about this summer, I have some really exciting stuff coming up, loads to look forward to; and then of course, there’s the sun!!!

Another bonus of a new month is the new magazines coming out, but I’m sad to say there’s only one freebie this month, courtesy of Cosmopolitan.

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Nooo idea who the girl on the cover is, but the freebie is a nail polish, from the New Kid range; one I’ve heard of, but I’m not overly familiar with. you could choose from four colours; red, maroon, Barbie pink and beige/nude.

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Naturally, I went for the nude! I actually really like the look of this shade; it’s very light and almost buttery, and reminds me of tan leather.

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I’m happy to have a new nail polish for my collection, but I can’t help but feel sad about the lack of freebies this month. Perhaps they are saving them for summer? Fingers crossed!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: November 2014

After a few quiet months, UK magazines have finally got their act together and given us some decent freebies! As per usual, I’m starting with the least interesting.

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In Style: Murad Cleanser

A mini Murad cleanser from In Style this month. It’s a nice travel size, and it calls itself ‘luxury’ which is always good. Can’t speak for the brand, as I’ve never tried it, but it sounds decent enough! It describes itself as an AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser, which in my opinion is a great thing; can’t get enough of those fruit exfoliants! It also calls itself ‘age reform’ though, and since I don’t quite feel old enough for age reform yet, that combined with my lack of affection for the magazine put me off buying it.

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 Cosmopolitan: Nip + Fab Body Cream

Can we take a second to appreciate the fact that Queen Taylor of Swift is on the cover? Looking particularly fabulous and wintery in purple, no less! Yes, I totally love Taylor. So should we all. End of.

Anyway, Cosmo are offering a Nip  + Fab ‘Slim Fix’ moisturiser, which describes itself as a  2 in one toning gel. Which is great, I guess, but I just don’t believe you can buy skinny in a tube. I don’t have to find out, either, as unfortunately I bought my copy at WHSmith before I spotted this freebie in Tesco. So If you fancy it, looks like it’s a Tesco exclusive!

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 Glamour: Nails Inc Nail Polish

This one I bought without hesitation, since I am A) a HUGE fan of Glamour (best mag ever) and B) a big Nails Inc fan. I chose a lovely dark purple shade, but there was also a warm, shimmery red, a maroon brown and a gold beige.

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 Elle: Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner

Reasons I haven’t bought this yet:

  • I don’t really care for Elle magazine
  • I was very disappointed by the “They’re Real” mascara
  • I have about 20 eyeliners already

Reasons I will probably go and buy it before the end of the month:

  • I kinda want to try out this new eyeliner, as it’s been getting great reviews.
  • £4, while expensive for a magazine, is a delightful price to pay for a handbag size Benefit eyeliner
  • I can’t resist a mini

So, whilst I imagine I will end up with this, I haven’t yet indulged. The reasons that it’s worth getting are undeniable, though, so do let me know if you go for it!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: July 2014

After a disappointing few months for the magazines, they’re back in force with a ton of free stuff for Summer. Huzzah!! Let’s start, as ever, with the ones I didn’t buy.

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Harpers Bazar has a free L’Occitane fragrance which seems like a rather adorable freebie. It wasn’t enough to tempt me, but if you are already a user of their fragrances, what a great way to get a travel size!

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In Style have a free Neals Yard handcream. As of this moment I have 7 tubes of handcream to use up, so this was really easy to resist.

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Elle have a Malin and Goetz travel set containing cleanser, face cream and lip balm. This is exactly the kind of thing I’d usually jump at, but I hadn’t heard of the brand, so it wasn’t a must have. Add that to the fact that Cheryl Cole was on the cover (can’t stand her) and it made it even easier to turn down.

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Red had a Rodial lip balm free, which sounded rather nice, but I have approximately 20 lipbalms already, and since I’ve recently picked a favourite I’m trying to cut down. (More on that later!) As a result, I didn’t get this.

Ok, so moving swiftly on to the magazines I did buy!

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Marie Claire had Katherine Heigl on the cover this month, which was really rather offputting. There’s something about her I just can’t bear; she’s so smug, and nowhere near as talented as she thinks she is. Anyway, I put that aside for the cool freebie; a Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. Its a thick, sticky scrub which you slather onto your face, then the instructions say to remove with a cloth. I didn’t actually use a cloth the first time, trying to wash it off with just water, and it did not go well. Thick, sticky and immovable this stuff is! I eventually got it off, and my face was nice and smooth, but I’ll defo be using a cloth in future!

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Cosmopolitan had dear old Nicole on the cover, who I do like. Only worth mentioning cos I’ve been so negative about everyone else! Haha! Anyway, they were giving away some New CID cosmetics, a choice of a lip or cheek tint or a mascara. I went with the mascara, and was rather underwhelmed. I’ll update this later when I have pics, but for now safe to say it was rather generic.

photo 4Finally we have Glamour, my fave magazine, who brought me the best gift and the worst cover. Yep, hate Ellie too. Was the month for me to hate on cover stars! Anyway, it was a choice of Clinique products, which is rather cool. I already had the moisturiser and mascara full size, so I went with the lipstick instead. Again, will update later with pics, but it’s pretty decent!

So that was July. More quantity over quality maybe?? Hey, I’m just happy to have some freebies!!

 

Magazine Freebies Roundup; April 2014

It’s only just occurred to me that I forgot to post a magazine freebies review this month. Sacrilege! It was a pretty good one too, even though only one magazine had something on offer! Courtesy of In Style, I bring you Eyeko lash curlers!

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£12 worth of curlers for £4 is a steal, so it’s well worth the investment. These are good ones, too!

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The best thing about these was the nice solid grip; they felt super strong, and have wide, easy to use finger pads. They are also covered in dark blue velvet, making them comy to hold. I appreciate the hell out of this, as I used to use some with ‘scissor’ style handles that were very uncomfortable to use. These are lush. I took a close up to show the velvet, but I’m not sure you can really see it!

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I’m don’t think I need to say much to convince you these are worth the investment. Surely everyone uses eyelash curlers; they are undoubtedly the best thing you can do with your lashes. No amount of mascara is going to make a difference if you don’t curl first, as this picture proves. My bare lashes are on the left, and on the right all I’ve done is curled them once.

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So much more awake! Its hardly worth putting on mascara without waking up your lashes first, and these ones work perfectly. I usually blast my curlers with a hairdryer for 10 seconds before I curl, as it makes soo much difference; if you’ve never tried this, give it a go. You won’t regret it! In the meantime, I suggest you pop out and pick up a copy of In Style before the month ends!!

Magazine Freebies Roundup; March 2014

I’ve been whining for the last few months about the complete lack of freebies with magazines, and I’m glad to say there is finally a nice haul of stuff you can get this month. I am, however, a little worried that I may have been conditioned by my long period of freebie-fasting, as I have only bought one of them! The horror! Let’s hope this isn’t a long term affliction. Anyway, enough of my rambles, on to the freebies…

I’ve spotted four this month, and I’ll start with the least exciting one; Company.

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Company were offering their own branded mascara, the imaginatively named ‘Company Lashes’. It looked like a big one to me, a chunky brush somewhat similar to the Bourjois clubbing mascaras, and I tend to favour leaner brushes, so I didn’t get it.

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Marie Claire had a Neal’s Yard moisturizing lipgloss which looked quite cute, but I don’t really care for lipgloss, plus it looked a little dark for me, so I didn’t get it. Worth £9.50 though, so a worthy investment!

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Elle had the product that most tempted me of all the ones I didn’t buy; a Percy and Reed Wonder Balm, pitched as a hair primer! This intrigued me no end, but I’m not a huge fan of Elle, and I’ve been trying to use up my numerous hair products recently, so I skipped it. It looks adorable, though, so I may still try it…

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Glamour is the one I did buy, as I buy it every month anyway; it’s my absolute fave! Glamour were offering a freebie they’ve actually given away before; a choice of mascara, lipgloss, eyeliner and lipliner from brand Model Co. I got the same thing I got last time, the mascara, so you can check out my review here; my opinion hasn’t changed!

So that’s that! So glad to have freebies back again, I’ve missed them so. Let me know what freebies you get; especially if you get the Percy and Reed, I could easily be swayed towards it!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: December 2013

It’s the season of generosity and giving! Unless you’re a magazine, that is, in which case it’s the season to be as stingy as hell. Yes, I’m afraid I’ve got a rather rubbish freebie post for you today. There is only one magazine giving away a freebie; Red, and not only that but you can only get it in Sainsburys! Wtf guys?!

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It’s the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash balm, and I didn’t buy it because I have it already. It’s pretty nice though, so if you’re hankering for a freebie head on over to Sainsbury’s and pick it up. And that’s it! How rubbish is that!? If you’re still desperate for a freebie, nip on over to my December shop freebies post, which is here!

November Magazine Freebies Roundup

This month has been truly brilliant for freebies, with everything on offer coming from a fantastic brand. First up are the ones I didn’t buy!

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With Marie Claire this month you can get a free shower scrub by Rituals. Their stuff is always nice, so a great buy if you need a new shower gel and you fancy a free magazine!

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Rather excitingly, this month with Tatler magazine you can land a free clutch bag! It’s designed by Markus Lupfer, and is a snakeskin design in either orange or cream. I have sooo many bags, so I didn’t indulge, but boy was I tempted.

So onto the things I did buy, starting with Cosmopolitan, who were offering a free Orly nail polish.

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You could choose from 4 colours; bright red, gold, deep plum and nude. I already have the first three in spades, so I chose the nude. Can never have enough nudes!

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It was the first Orly nail polish I’d tried, and I was impressed. The formula was very light and smooth, and went on well. This is two coats;

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I really liked the shade as well, although honestly it’s so similar to a massive portion of my nail polish collection. Still, for a freebie I was a happy Cat!

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Now onto my favourite magazine, Glamour, who were this month offering a free Nails Inc polish, as designed by Kate Spade. Fabulous!

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Unfortunately, as with Cosmo I have pretty much all of the shades on offer; it was a choice of red, silver, gold and black, and since it’s a failsafe I went with Black.

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There’s not really a huge amount to say here. It’s Nails Inc, so it’s good. This is one coat;

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It’s a solid black, but not as good as the Essie one. Nothing ever could be! Another black to add to the collection!

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Definitely the most exciting giveaway this month was Elle, who were offering a Benefit lipgloss.

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You could choose from Coralista (a bright orangy red), Dandelion (a nude/pink) and Hoola (a beuge brown). Since the brown was the least offensive shade, I went with Hoola.

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Regular readers will know I’m really not a lipgloss fan, but I have to say Benefit have totally sold me on this. It’s soft, smooth and not at all sticky, with a lovely shiny finish.

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I honestly will consider buying this again when it’s used up, and I think that’s the first time I’ve said that about a lipgloss. Just goes to show that magazine freebies work!

So that’s everything I picked up this month. How about you? Let me know! x

Magazine Freebies Roundup: October 2013

It’s that time again; magazine freebies!! October has actually been a rather generous month from the magazines, but unusually for me I haven’t taken advantage of it. This is a combination of self control and feeling kind of ‘meh’ about the gifts. I’ll start with the ones I didn’t buy.

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Free with Cosmo is a Saint Tropez insant tan. This is pretty self explanatory as to why I didn’t get it; I’m pale and ginger. Fake tan makes me look a fool. Moving on.

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This month Company are offering sets of 2 from the following four shades of their own brand nail polish; Bright Red, Grey, Mint and Dark Maroon. I was initially excited by the offer, but when I looked at the shades none of them popped for me. They were all pretty bland, or I already had similar, so I resisted. If you fancy a few free nail varnishes though, Company is the place to go.

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Red was the hardest giveaway for me to resist this month; you could choose between two ‘This Works’ products. There was Really Rich firming lotion or Daily Boost body scrub, and even though they both looked nice and would have easily convinced me to buy the previous two magazines, I’m just not a big enough fan of Red to justify buying extra creams and scrubs. Self control my friends. It’s wonderful. (And probably short lived. Wahay!)

So that’s everything I resisted, now let’s move on to what I did get!

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In Style were offering a mini Ren skincare kit, pretty much exactly the same as one I got free with Red in July. I was struck with excitement by that one at the time, as it was perfect for overnights at my boyfriends, and it’s still sat on his sink being used when I forget my regular products! As a result, I was so pleased to grab this.

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There’s a day cream, cleansing milk and eye gel, and they’re all packaged in a sweet little bag. Perfect. I’ve already stashed it up next to the other one, and I’ve found the previous ones really nice so I’m expecting more of the same. A must grab if you’ve been looking for some overnight minis.

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Finally we have Marie Claire, who also caused me some excitement by giving away a free l’Occitane hand cream. You can choose from four different ones; Subtle Violet, Rose Tenderness, Passionate Jasmine and the rather uninspiringly named ‘Dry Skin’. Anyway, I chose the Jasmine.

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I nearly didn’t get this actually, since everywhere I looked the only one I could see was Rose and I’m sooo not a Rose fan. I finally managed to ensnare this though, and I’m super happy as it’s lush. I remember getting a mango flower l’Occitane hand cream free with Marie Claire last November, and it was absolutely divine, so I’m glad to have this in my handbag.

So, that’s all the stuff you lovely people can grab free with the UK magazines this month. Let me know what you get!

Magazine Freebies Roundup- July 2013

 It’s that time again! And just like last month, the magazines of England have taken it upon themselves to be ever so generous indeed. I’ll quickly mention the one I didn’t get, which this month was hard to resist- a L’Occitane face cream free with Harper’s Bazaar.

IMG_5476The only reason I didn’t get this in the end was that I’m not quite at the anti ageing moisturizer point yet. It was close, though- a great freebie!

 So onto my haul, a lovely stash of 5 magazines.

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 You could choose from a fake tan, a dry leg cream and a bust gel. As I’ve mentioned before, I do NOT wear fake tan, and I’ve never had a problem with dry legs. (Is that even a thing??) As a result, I was totally set on getting the bust gel, and as I said it took me a few goes to get it. I managed it, though, and even though I don’t really know what it is I’m happy. Can’t go wrong with Nip + Fab! 

Next up is In Style, who were offering something that would usually make me convulse with delight- mascara. 

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 I say usually, but in this case I was approaching with caution as I’ve tried a Rituals mascara before and not liked it. I had high hopes after seeing the brush- chunky, wide and thick with bristles. IMG_5526

 

Turns out, however, that the brush was a lying whore. This mascara was not nice. Not. Nice. It gave me that most awful of all looks- spider eyes. untitled 

EUGH. It actually looks better in picture form, believe it or not. Since my lashes are so fair, anything looks like an improvement, but trust me- in reality this was awful. It halved the amount of lashes I had and left them looking sodden and clumpy. Fail.

 So onto happier things, namely my old favourite magazine, Glamour. They never fail to impress, and true to form they delivered with a choice of 4 items from Balance Me. You can have a lipbalm, a face cream, a body wash or a face wash, and since I’m currently trying to compile an overnight set to keep at my boyfriend’s house I went with the face wash. 

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As usual, can’t complain- Balance Me always deliver, and this wash was lovely, leaving my skin squeaky clean. Good work Glamour!

 Speaking of overnight bags, Red magazine were totally spoiling me this month with this adorable little travel set by REN skincare. IMG_5530

 It contains a day cream, a night cream and a cleanser, all in a sweet little ziplock. Perfect for overnights, and also for planes- it’s even ready packed in a clear bag! So much win! I’ve never heard of the brand, but I can’t wait to give it a go.

 The final item caused me a lot of excitement- it’s an adorable liquid eyeliner by Eyeko called Skinny Minny. IMG_5528

 I’m a bit hit and miss with liquid eyeliner, but this one was fabulous as it has a felt tip applicator, which I have always loved.

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 This one was even lovelier than others I’ve tried- a dark, thick liquid and a smooth finish. Apologies for the cackhanded application, but I did this in the car. Despite this it still came out looking semi decent, which I think is a testament to the quality of the eyeliner! (On a side note, this picture also demonstrates the awful spideriness of the mascara. I had to go to work like this people. I had to spend the whole day looking like my eyes were aliens. Not cool.) 

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So I was super happy with my eyeliner, and generally with everything I got free this month. Just not the mascara. I didn’t like the mascara. Have I mentioned that yet???