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This is a regularly-updated list of beauty vouchers, deals, and offers. We aim to ensure all deals are available to everyone but policies change so please report any issues.
Most vouchers have restrictions and end dates, so check they're valid before you try to use them. Also see tips for safer online shopping.
Back by popular demand! Ciaté's £19.55 beauty advent calendar from 2014, with £100+ of nail polish (if bought separately), sold out very quickly after it was featured in our email last month. Ciaté has since had lots of requests from people who missed out, so 4,000 extra calendars have been released.
You may not have much use for an advent calendar in February, but you can often get massive savings on beauty products by buying them after Christmas, so it's still a good buy. Go online to London-based beauty brand Ciaté to get its 2014 advent calendar for £14.60 (was £50), plus £4.95 delivery.
The calendar contains 24 nail polishes, which include 15 mini paint pots (5ml), eight effects (5ml), and one full-size paint pot (13.5ml).
Not all the shades are available to buy separately, but the mini paint pots and effects are normally £5 each and the full-size paint pots are normally £9. Ciaté currently has a 'three minis for £12' offer, so on that basis it works out about £100 for the lot if you were going to buy all these individually.
It's often cheaper to buy beauty products in gift sets and advent calendars like this. See our Deals Hunters blog for more info, but be aware that these are likely to be sold out now.
If you head to your nearest Lancôme counter you'll find two Lancôme skincare freebies up for grabs. No voucher's needed, just ask for a 5ml sample of either Genifique serum or Visionnaire serum - you'll only get one at a time.
Based on the full-sized 30ml versions, we’ve figured these freebies to be worth about £8.40 for the Genifique serum and £8.20 for the Visionnaire wrinkle corrector.
There are 500,000 samples available and 85% of these will be the popular Genifique serum. Each Lancôme counter in the UK will have samples and larger stores will have more allocation. You'll find the counters in department stores, Boots and some pharmacies.
As stock is limited when the samples are gone, they’re gone.
While you are at the counter, you can also get a free 15-minute face pampering session, no booking required. There is no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice, but be prepared - it might try and upsell you.
Buy the April edition of Marie Claire magazine (£3.99, Gwyneth Paltrow on the front) by Wed 1 Apr and on the cover you'll get one of four full-size Nails Inc polishes, normally £11 each.
Colours include Fizz (baby pink), Fashion (lilac), Fiesta (hot pink) and Festival (brown). If you’re a Marie Claire subscriber, unfortunately you won’t receive this freebie.
If you go online to All Boxed Up* you can find a Parks Candles Mother's Day bundle with £93 of products for £29.99 plus £4.99 delivery (so £34.98 all in). All Boxed Up recommends you order by Thu 5 Mar if you want to make sure it gets there in time for Mother's Day (Sun March 15).
There are 1,000 of the bundles available from the promotional boxes specialist and when they're gone, they're gone.
Although these exact products cost £93 individually, we’ve seen similar items - not necessarily the same quality - for about £45ish in total if bought separately.
We’ve heard mixed feedback about delayed delivery of boxes in the past. All Boxed Up says it has now signed up with a tracked courier service and all boxes should be dispatched no later than Mon 9 Mar and should take 2-4 working days to be delivered.
Buy the March edition of Elle magazine (Keira Knightley on the front) before Wed 4 Mar (£4) and on the cover you'll get a sample-size Benefit 'Roller Lash' mascara.
This is an exclusive 3g sample of Benefit's newest release. The full-size mascara (8.5g) usually costs £19.50, so we've calculated this freebie to be worth £6.88.
Elle subscribers won't miss out
A common complaint on our forum is that those with magazine subscriptions don't always receive their freebies. We asked Elle if subscribers would receive this freebie and it's confirmed that all subscribers will find the mascara on their copy of the magazine.
As the wonderful Dolly Parton said: "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap". And she's right, buying make-up isn't easy on the pocket.
So we've done the glamorous job of scouring our local pound shops looking for branded beauty bargains. Some are discontinued (they were the hottest trends once, so we think anyway) and others are still in the shops with a big price tag.Click the image below to see our haul:
This is what we found in our local stores. Speaking to Poundland and Poundworld, they say you can get these items in most stores, while stocks last.
Can cosmetics go off?
The British Skin Foundation says:
"Cosmetic products will remain safe to use provided they are stored under suitable conditions and not subjected to extreme temperatures."
"To ensure the maximum durability of cosmetic products, they should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and with the lids firmly closed."
It also said the use by date on cosmetics, is from when you open the product. So if it says 18 months on the box, it should last for 18 months from when you open it, provided it's been stored correctly.
When you spend £50 online at Boots* or £30 in store in a single transaction, your Advantage Card points will be tripled until Sun 1 Mar in stores and Mon 2 Mar online.
You’ll get 12 Advantage Card points per £1 instead of the usual four, and the points will be added to your account ready to use straight away. This works out at £3.60 in points for a £30 spend and £6 for a £50 spend.
Points cannot be spent on prescription items, infant milks (up to 6 months), gift vouchers/cards, postage stamps, mobile phone top-up cards, gift boxes, delivery charges, at our ‘third party sites’ including Treat Street and Boots Kitchen appliances, Boots Opticians products and services, Boots Hearingcare or Travel Services and Boots Insurance.
It can't be used with other points offers and you don't get the usual points per £1 spend in addition.
Each point's worth 1p when redeemed on virtually any Boots-branded product in-store at Boots, so this is effectively a 10% discount on Boots branded items. Don't assume Boots is always cheapest though, if you can buy items 10%+ cheaper elsewhere, go there instead. See full Boost Loyalty Points guide for more Boots tips.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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