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Cheap Beauty DealsLooks fab for less with the latest freebies, discounts and vouchers

Last updated: 19 Sep 2014
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Ciate logo£50 Ciaté nail polish set £20 (£100ish separately)Via discounted advent calendar. 23 mini, 1 full-size nail polish

4,000 avail

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).

More info

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.

Lancome logoFree £8ish Lancôme beauty sampleFree Visionnaire or Genifique anti-aging serum at counters

Free sample

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. 

Boots logoSelected hair care & cosmetics 3for2 at Boots*Online and in stores. Incl No7, Tresemme, Soap & Glory and more

16 days left

If you go online at Boots* or into a store before 11.59pm Tue 14 Apr you'll find selected hair products and cosmetics available on a 3for2 deal - so when you buy three items you get the cheapest product free.

The items included in the promotion are clearly marked both in stores and online and you can select from a range of branded items including No7 cosmetics, Tresemme hair care, Sally Hansen nail polishes and selected Soap & Glory products. 

Delivery’s £3.50, or free if you spend £45 or more. You can collect in store for £1.95 or for free if you spend £20 or more. If you go into your local store to buy you can avoid the delivery charges.

If you regularly use the products included in this deal anyway, it could work out well for you stocking up while they are on a 3for2

Harper'Free' £15ish Elemis beauty cream with £4.30 magOn the cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine

Mag freebie

If you buy the April edition of Harper's Bazaar magazine (£4.30, Margot Robbie on the front) before Wed 1 Apr on the cover you'll get an Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream freebie. The full-size 50ml version costs £50 and this sample is 15ml, so we reckon its value is about £15.

Note for Harper's Bazaar subscribers: We noticed on our forum people with magazine subscriptions don't always receive the monthly freebies. Unfortunately Harper's Bazaar has confirmed this is a not available to subscribers.

All Boxed Up logo£70 Nails Inc bundle £20 delivered*Items £70ish separately (not incl del). Incl 5 varnishes & nail file

5,000 avail

If you go online to All Boxed Up* you can find an MSE Blagged Nails Inc bundle with £69.20 of products for £15 plus £4.99 delivery (so £19.99 all in).

There are 5,000 of the bundles available from the promotional boxes specialist and when they're gone, they're gone.

Boxes contain:

  • Uptown gel effect (8ml) - cheapest elsewhere we found is £11.20 at Feel Unique
  • St James gel effect (8ml) - cheapest elsewhere we found is £14 at Debenhams
  • Hyde Park Place gel effect (8ml) - cheapest elsewhere we found is £14 at Nails Inc
  • Kensington Caviar base coat (10ml) - cheapest elsewhere we found is £12 at Debenhams
  • Electric Lane Holographic top coat (10ml) - cheapest elsewhere we found is £12 at Debenhams
  • Professional nail file  - cheapest elsewhere we found is £6 at John Lewis

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 take 2-4 working days to be delivered.

More info

Boxes are limited to three per household.

Nails Inc logo'Free' £11 Nails Inc polish with £4 magOn the cover beauty freebie

Mag freebie

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. This freebie has proven to be very popular on our forum.

 

Balance Me logo'Free' £10ish Balance Me beauty freebie with £2 magOn the cover of Glamour magazine. Choose from four freebies

Mag freebie

If you buy the April edition of Glamour magazine (£2, Shailene Woodley on the front) before Thu 2 Apr on the cover you'll get a Balance Me skincare freebie (worth up to £9.72). There are four products to choose from including a full-size tinted lip balm. (Note, we have worked out the cost of the items based on the cheapest price for the full-size product we could find, as most are smaller sizes). Here’s what you can get:

  • Tinted lip balm in Sheer Red 10ml - worth £9.72 (this is full size)
  • Radiance face mask 30ml - worth £6.30
  • Super Moisturising body wash 100ml  - worth £4.05
  • Pure Skin face wash 50ml - worth £5.76

Glamour 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 Glamour if subscribers would receive this freebie and it's confirmed that all subscribers will find one of the freebies on their copy of the magazine.

Poundland logo£1 branded beauty bargainsIncl Stila, Rimmel, Max Factor, Eylure and OPI

Ongoing

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:  

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Poundworld

  • Stila sheer colour tinted moisturiser 50ml - £21 elsewhere online
  • Boholash, Salonsystem diamond false lashes - £7.99 elsewhere online
  • Elegant Touch Union Jack nails - £6.45 at Boots
  • OPI nail shatter 15ml - RRP £13, but we've seen them for £4.49 delivered
  • Miss Eylure false eyelashes - £4.09 at Superdrug
  • NYC false lashes - £2.99 at Superdrug

Poundland

  • Rimmel Wake Me Up mousse - £5 at Tesco
  • Rimmel Glam Eyes trio - £4.99 (incl delivery) elsewhere online
  • TOWIE false eyelashes - £13 for a 3-pack elsewhere online, so about £4 each
  • Calvin Klein sheer creme eyeshadow - RRP £1.50, but we saw it for £5 elsewhere online
  • Rimmel 60 seconds nail polish - was £3.70 at Tesco, now £2.70

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.

Origins logoFree Origins mini-facials & product samplesMake advance booking at ANY of its counters (may not be available at Xmas)

Ongoing
Book ahead at any Origins counter across the UK. After a skincare consultation, you'll get a mini-facial, comprising a cleanse, exfoliation and face mask.

You can also pick up some free samples, these are subject to availability, so you'll only get them if they're in stock.

MoneySavingExpert logoCheap Perfume guide

Ongoing
Check out our Cheap Perfume guide for tips and tricks, such as hidden bargains and smell-alikes, to help bag fragrance for less.

Sales and Discounts

Boots logoBoots triple points (£30/£50 spend)*12 Advantage Card points per £1 spend. In store and online

Triple points

When you spend £50 online  at Boots* or £30 in store in a single transaction, your Advantage Card points will be tripled until Tue 31 Mar.

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.

More info

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.

Feelunique.com logoFeelunique.com up to 50% off*Online only. 100+ selected brands incl Benefit & Moroccanoil

2 days left

If you go online to beauty retailer Feelunique.com* you'll get up to 50% off in the sale until 11.59pm on Tue 31 Mar.

The sale includes 3,000 products from more than 100 selected brands, including Benefit, Estée Lauder, Moroccanoil and Redken. Delivery's free.

Boots logoBoots 10 points (instead of 4) per £1 for over-60sJoin the free Boots Health Club, get a voucher, use it in-store

Age 60+
Boots Advantage cardholders aged 60 or over can get 10 Advantage Card points per £1 spent (usually 4 per £1) on Boots branded products by signing up to Boots Health Club.

Once registered, you'll be sent a printable voucher via email to show in-store, with your Advantage card, for the extra points.
MSE Charlotte says:

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.

use the money mantras

Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!

are
you
Skint? ask:
  • Do I need it?
  • Can I afford it?
are
you
not skint? ask:
  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
Section 75

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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