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!!


Project 10 Pan!

Hello folks!

Having a quick re-sort of my stuff today made me realise two things: firstly that I have a ridiculous amount of products that I’d forgotten about, and secondly that pretty soon I’m gonna have a rather serious storage problem. As a result, I’ve succumbed to a temptation that seems to hit all beauty bloggers sooner or later: I’m doing my own project 10 pan.

Project 10 Pan is a notion created by Laura of ‘buy now, blog later’ who’s videos I’ve watched since forever ago. The basic idea is that you pick 10 products and use them all up – ‘hit the pan’, before you buy any more. A great idea, and one that I’m going to attempt, with a few slight modifications- the first being I only picked out 9 products and the second being that I have no intention whatsoever of not buying other things in the meantime. There’s just waaaay too many lovely stuff that’s about to hit the shelves, and I just couldn’t do that. What can I say, I’m weak. I know it. It’s shameful.

So I’m not using project 10 pan as a shopping deterrant, merely as a way to get some use out of old products and create space for new ones. I’ve made plans to keep them all in a drawer together and have picked one from each ‘category’ as it were, so that I can go through and replace them with another one once they are gone; another lipstick from my stash that needs to go once I use this one up, another face cream once this one is done… you get the idea. So anyway, enough rambling: here are my chosen few.

There they are, all ready to be loved and used! As I said, I’ve tried to pick one from each ‘group’, in theory meaning I can use them all each day. I’ll go into a little more detail on each below.

Britney Spears Circus Fantasy Perfume

As I’ve said before, I love perfume, and having a soft spot for Britney I tend to buy hers even if I only like them a little, for loyalty reasons I guess. This one I picked up a good few years back and haven’t touched since, simply for the reason that it’s only OK. It’s soft, fruity and sweet, very wearable, but I don’t love it, and there are so many perfumes I adore that the ‘likeable’ ones tend to get ignored. Perfume is one area where I really do want to try and cut down, and as a result I’ll be trying to stick to this one until it’s used up.

Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation in 11, Porcelain

I actually really like this foundation- it’s matte and soft with great coverage, and it’s pale enough to suit me which can be a struggle since I am roughly the shade of a piece of A4. Despite this, after converting to Bare Minerals around 18 months ago I’ve realised that nothing can beat it, and as a result I’ve sworn to finally get round to using up all the liquid foundations I still have lingering around. Fortunately there isn’t much left of this one, so I should be through it fast, and like I said, it’s a great foundation, so this should be an easy one.

17 Photo Flawless Skin Primer

I bought this for a very sad and pathetic reason- the name sounded like the Smashbox photo finish primer I’ve been coveting for so long, and I was hoping to ease the pain of it only being available in the US. So you can imagine my joy when I found out Smashbox was launching in Boots! There’s an extremely high chance I’ll be rocking home with a basket of Smashbox goodies soon, but in the meantime I’ll work my way through this, which is perfectly adequate but not really ‘magical’.

Soap & Glory You Won’t Believe Your Eyes eye cream

For some unfathomable reason I’ve managed to accumulate a rather immense amount of eye creams- probably because my mid-twenties are looming fast and I’m trying to keep my skin in denial. Either way, they need using up, and as the nearest to empty I selected this one to go first. It’s a pretty great cream actually, and has roller bead applicators which I’ll miss when It’s gone. A possible repurchase once I’ve worked through them all? We’ll see….

L’oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow in shade 01, Time Resist White

These eye shadows are UNREAL. Don’t let anyone tell you different. They are totally, truly infallible; they last for aaages, and the pigment is heavy and bright. I pretty much love them. But not this one. This one I bought when I was looking for a subtle day shadow, and it’s just waaaay too bright and shimmery for the day. It’s also too light for evening, so as a result I’m gonna use it sparingly, try and make it work until it’s gone and then not buy it again. I’ll buy the others in this line though- boy will I. Especially this one

Lipsmacker lip balm- Vanilla flavour.

I have an unfathomable obsession with lipbalm; it’s one of my irrisistable products, and somehow I’ve managed to collect hundreds. As a result I’ve sworn to step up my usage and work through them, and since this is half gone AND missing the label it’s going first. It’s nice, though, as with all lip smacker- sweet, soft and gets the job done.

Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 day cream

This one feels like a bit of a cheat, since I didn’t actually pay for it- It’s a teeny tiny sample pot the nice lady in boots gave me when I bought my All About Eyes eye cream a while back and since it’s a good brand I feel like I should really use it. A small pot though, which means that hopefully it’ll be gone quickly! It’s a bit too thick for my taste, so I probably won’t repurchase, but let’s see what my skin thinks!

 Mac Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara

I have a real problem with mascara (I seem to be saying that a lot…), mainly because I have very pale, ginger eyelashes that are impossible to see, but I hate the clumpy ‘over mascara’d’ look so many can give you. As a result, I live in the constant belief that the next mascara I buy will be ‘the one’. I’ve ended up with a few ‘the one’s’ this way, and this is one of them- it’s a great mascara, utter classic, and I will repurchase eventually. First, though, I have to shift the drawerful I’ve collected, and this is nearly gone so hopefully a week of use will kill it off, therby giving me the illusion of progress. It’s the little things….

Maybelline Color Sensational in shade 812, Delicate Pearl

I really don’t like lipgloss- it’s sticky, gloopy, your hair sticks to it and it never lasts. Lipstick, as a result, is my drug of choice, and I’ve recently decided to pick a favourite kind- L’oreal Rouge Caresse. It’s gorgeous; light with exactly the sheeny, slightly matte look I like and in GORGEOUS colours. As a result, all others must go so I can buy more Rouge Caresse, and this one is the first I picked. It’s a perfectly harmless, light sparkly pink, but it’s pretty unforgettable and I’m hoping to make short work of it.

So there we have it- all the first round contenders for my project 10 pan with a twist (the twist being I still get to buy stuff. God I love twists). I’ll work my way through them as fast as possible, and post again when I have a whole new set- and hopefully a lot more space!