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.


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….


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.


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: 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; 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.


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.


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!


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…


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!

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!

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!


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.


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!


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;


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!


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

IMG_5532I’lll start with the one that caused me the most aggro- the troublesome Cosmo! And when I say troublesome, all I really mean is that the product I wanted wasn’t in the first 4 shops I looked in. It was in the 5th though! Win! 


 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. 


 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. 



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.


 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.) 



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???

Magazine Freebies Roundup- June 2013

My goodness, June really is the month to buy magazines. There are freebies bursting at the seams! I don’t think I came across a single magazine without something free with it, and as a result I wasn’t able to buy them all this month. Shockingly, I do sometimes restrain myself! Despite this, I did take a quick snap of all of the ones I didn’t buy, just so I could keep you all posted.


Elle were offering a free Rodial fake tan tube. Fake tan looks ridick on me so I rarely partake, but the girl next to me in the shop was getting very excited, so this seems to be a good brand. If you’re about to hit the beach, stock up on a cheap fake tan here!


Essentials magazine (I’ll be honest- I’d never heard of it) are this month offering a free mini Dirty Works body butter. This offer is exclusive to Sainsbury’s, which isn’t a huge shock considering that Dirty Works is (I’m pretty sure) a Sainsbury’s brand. They’re nice products, though, kind of similar to Soap and Glory if that floats your boat. It does mine!


With Cosmopolitan you can choose from one of three pairs of sunglasses, and as a bonus you also get a packet of Smints and a tube of Mentoes. Added bonus- Isla Fisher is on the cover! Love her!


Again with the sunglasses, this time free with Tatler, a magazine I don’t think I’ve ever bought. As a result, I have little to say here. Sunglasses. Tatler. Boom.


Continuing with the tradition of magazines I’ve never bought we have Harper’s Bazarr, who are offering something rather hard to resist- a Leighton Denny polish duo. These are similar to the new Revlon polishes Emma Stone has been flashing, a colour on one side and an embellishment on the other, and are just lush looking.

Righto, so that’s it with the magazines I didn’t buy, now onto the ones I did get!


I’ll start with Company, who were offering one of three mini makeup bags in spots, stripes or flowers. I went with the black and white stripes- keep it simple.


It’s small, sweet and simple- made by Company themselves, so it’s not too flash. I use it to stash a mini amount of makeup at the boyfs house and it does the job perfectly. A bit boring this one- more exciting really is Nina Dobrev on the cover. She’s just fabulous!!!!

Next up we have something a little more exciting from In Style, who have cut the price of their magazine to £2.50 this month as well as giving away a tube of Neal’s Yard face cream.


It’s called Power Berry Daily Moisture- a day cream full of super fruits that’s meant to boost your anti-aging power. Can’t be bag, plus it smells lush- a win all round from me!

Marie Claire caused me a great deal of excitement by giving away an adorable mini Ciate nail caviar kit.


I love the whole nail caviar trend, so I was all over this one. It’s a soft, camel shade called Shooting Star, with gold and pearlescent beads called Cookies and Cream. Adorable!




DSCN1238I actually wasn’t overly impressed with the coverage of the colour polish. This was two coats, and as you can see it’s rather patchy.


The beads, on the other hand, were stunning- I may even go as far as to say they are my favourite ever nail beads! Gorgeous!


A total win of a freebie from Marie Claire- I recommend three coats of the colour, though, and don’t skip the base coat!

As an added bonus, they were also offering a mini Oral B toothpaste.


This toothpaste, the Pro Expert one, is actually the paste I already use, so I was ecstatic to have it for travelling purposes. Highly recommended!

Next up is Red magazine. Try and get it in Tesco as it’s half price, only £2, but the freebie should be available everywhere- it’s a tube of Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm.


I totally love the idea of this, but I haven’t actually got round to using it yet. I used to be obsessed with radiance balm, though, and I love Elemis, so I think I’ll be smitten all over again.

Finally we have my favourite magazine AND my favourite freebie- Glamour! They were offering a choice of products from the brand Model Co, and you could choose from an eyeliner, lipliner, 2 shades of lipgloss or a mascara. As I so often do, I went with the mascara.


It’s called Fibre Lash Extend, a name that totally worked on a gimmick lover like me as I had images of fibres swirling in the formula and sticking to my lashes. It did actually look that way when I inspected the brush- you can see little fibres sticking off it!


As it was, I really liked this mascara, but I didn’t adore it. don’t get me wrong- it’s awesome, and you actually could see the fibres building your lashes up, but I just have some others that I like more.


It’s very volumous though, and dark, and it’s managed to make its way to the top of my current faves. I haven’t tried the other freebies obviously, but I feel like the mascara is the best choice!

Phew! So there we have it, all the goodies you can bag this month! Thank heavens for the summer hols, and all the mags competing with each other to grab the attention of duty free shoppers- it makes summer all that brighter for those of us stuck at home! Did you love the nail caviar too? Which Glamour gift did you pick? Let me know!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: May 2013

Apologies for the delay, but I’ve been away in sunny Portugal! You can expect a lot of holiday themed reviews as a result, but today’s is the classic ‘magazine freebie’ post.



Aside from the two above, Elle were also offering a free Benefit Mascara this month. I didn’t buy it, cos I already own it, and frankly was a little underwhelmed by it, but I snapped off a quick picture in store to show you anyway. The review is here if you’re interested!


So first to Marie Claire, who were offering one of three Avon products. You could get a red lipstick, a brow definer or a gel eyeliner. I have multitudes of all 3, but I went with the eyeliner. You also got a free sachet of BB cream, again Avon.


DSCN1101I have a ton of eyeliner, and I wasn’t expecting anything miraculous, but I was actually impressed. The texture was lovely, and the product was thick and went on beautifully and very dark. I was able to smudge it nicely too. I currently favour Rimmel eyeliner, but this could be a new fave! Time will tell!


The other freebie this month was with In Style, who were offering a Nails Inc polish in either red, pale pink or peach. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of them, but I went with the Peach in the end, as it was the only shade I didn’t have a dupe for.

DSCN1094It’s a very bright, pastel orange/peach shade, much lighter and girlier than my usual taste. It seems that pastel shades are going to be the in thing this summer!


Despite my usual distain for this type of shade, I actually liked this. I think because it wasn’t too pink. It also goes on very bright and chalky, which strangely I liked!


Great quality as always from Nails Inc- this was two coats, and had a great, smooth application. I liked that it was neutral, but a little livelier than my usual neutral shades. Bring on the summer!


That’s this month’s freebies- sorry again for the lateness, I’ll probably be putting up the June mags any day now!

Magazine Freebies roundup: April 2013

Yep, it’s that time again: a run through of all the awesome free stuff you can get with magazines this month. They’ve been very generous!


I’ll start with my least favourite, an extra firming body cream by Cowshed that came free with this month’s In Style.


The cream itself was nice and thick, but the smell put me off- it was very strong and spicy, I imagine because of the herbs and oils that make it firming. Whatever it was, it was very overpowering and not at all pleasant. There’s no way of telling after only a few applications if the firming effect would actually work, but even if it did the smell wouldn’t make it worth it in my opinion. Not for me!

With Cosmopolitan this month was a rather exciting tube of Argan Oil hair cream by Phil Smith. (side note- has anyone actually heard of Phil Smith? I hadn’t! He sounds more like an accountant than a hairdresser imo!)


Now this I was excited about. I’m on an eternal quest to find a miracle product for my hair, and anything with argan oil is a massive bonus at the moment. this is a blow dry cream, and whilst it didn’t turn me into Kate Middleton I am happy to report that it tidied up my hairdrying process somewhat, and made my hair very soft the next day. So a great freebie, but probably not amazing enough to repurchase. The hunt continues!

Finally we have Marie Claire, who really came up trumps with 2 freebies on the cover! Also, bonus; Keira Knightley was on the cover. Love her! The first freebie was a little bottle of Jergens body cream. (Apologies for the blurry picture, I took a good one but for some reason it didn’t come out!)


I am having a recent love affair with the whole Jergens line, after they put them all on half price in superdrug last year and I went mental and stocked up, so I was delighted to see this. This particular cream is lovely- thick but light, and with a lovely, delicatle scent. Perfectly handbag sized= win!

The other freebie with Marie Claire was a bottle of Ciate nail polish, an absolute bargain considering how expensive they usually are. I’m not sure if there was a choice of shades, but there was only one when I looked- a slightly boring shimmery gold.



I’ve mentioned before that I love dark, striking colours, so I’m afraid this wasn’t for me. its pretty in a mundane way, but I expect original, striking shades from big brands, not vaguely nice colours you can get anywhere, which is what I felt this was.


It was nice enough in the light, but I have a lot of gold, and this one didn’t really catch my attention. It took 3 coats to build it up to this level too. I think maybe one coat over a dark shade would look nice, and I’m happy to have Ciate, but it was hard to get too excited.


So there we have it- everything I could find for the month of April. Hopefully next month’s magazines are as generous!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: March 2013

Unbelievable as it sounds, this is the first feature on magazine freebies that I’ve been able to write this year- 2013 has not been good for generosity from our favourite publications! But good things come in threes, and it is now, finally, in the third month, that three magazines deigned to give us free stuff. Awesome!


I’ll start with Marie Claire, who were offering a free tube of Neal’s Yard handcream.


I’ve got handcream coming out of my ears, but this one immediately jumped to the top of my list- it’s gorgeous, really sinks in and immediately makes your hands feel amazing. you only need a tiny bit, or else it’s rather greasy, but if you get the balance right it’s divine. It’s a special edition made to help save the bees, and as such is scented with honey. Therein for me was the only real problem with this product- to me, it smells rank.

It’s mixed with some sort of citrus oil, and the result gives my hands a weird, bittersweet smell. Ick. I kept getting comments on how great it smelt from the world and his wife, though, so clearly it’s just me- maybe my nostrils are extra fussy, but I rather disliked it. that aside, though, the cream was great enough that the smell didn’t put me off, and I’m still using it every day.

Now onto Cosmopolitan. Cosmo were offering one of three Elemis skincare products- you could choose between a lip balm and 2 face creams. Being a lip balm obsessive, I had to physical restrain myself from buying that one, but really- I have hundreds. Instead I picked up a face cream- you could choose from ‘Softly Softly Day Moisturiser’ or ‘Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser.’ I went with the latter, as my skin is more oily than dry.


It’s perfectly nice as far as creams go- light and fresh, and made my skin nice and soft. I’ve been kipping it in my gym bag for post- workout, but since it has no SPF it won’t be taking the crown from my usual day cream any time soon.

Finally we have Glamour, my favourite magazine and usually the best at gifts. This time they were offering a choice of 3 hair products from Percy and Reed, a brand I’ve used before. There was a shampoo and conditioner, but the product that caught my eye was a serum- more specifically, the ‘Volumising No-Oil Oil’. I have light, flat hair that gets greasy quickly, so this sounded right up my street.


I don’t really have much luck with hair products, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It did indeed seem to make my hair lighter and more volumous than usual, and it was also very soft- I kept fiddling with the ends! I liked it better than the serum I’ve been using, and a quick Google tells me that the full size is £14- it’s definitely worth that. Very happy!

So that’s the rundown for March- a good bunch in my opinion, and all perfect for travelling. Did you choose another product from the options? What did you think? And do you disagree with my verdict on the smell of the handcream!? Let me know!