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

Last updated: 8 Sep 2015
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Boots logoSmashbox Contouring Palette for £30 (usually £60)*In stores & online. Part of the Boots 'Star Gift' Xmas promo

Go quick!

If you go online to Boots* or visit one of its stores, you can get a Smashbox #Shapematters 3-in-1 Contouring Palette for £30 (usually £60), subject to availability. Smashbox contouring pallette

This is the first of Boots' annual 'Star Gift' Christmas promotion, which is popular in the MSE forum each year. Each week it releases an offer on a different gift product in the lead up to Christmas.

The Smashbox gift is a three-palettes-in-one kit, with 16 shades and a double-ended brush for redefining and contouring eyebrows, face, and eyes.

Delivery's £3.50 if you order online, or you can collect in a store for free. Boots wasn't able to give us an indication of stock levels, so go quick if you want this.

Check out the Boots Star Gift thread in the MSE forum to keep up to date with what's next.

Bare Minerals logoFree up to £5ish Bare Minerals foundation sampleAnswer skincare questions on Facebook to get voucher for freebie

While stocks last

If you go online to the Bare Minerals Facebook page and answer a few simple skincare questions, you’ll get a voucher for a free sample of one of six Bare Minerals foundations from its counters. There are a total of 90,000 samples available, with most stock of the Bare Skin foundation - so go quick if you'd like one of the other samples.

The voucher can be redeemed (you can print or show on your smartphone) against any sample in stock from your local counter until Fri 31 Oct. Counters can be found in department stores including John Lewis, Selfridges and House of Fraser (find your nearest). You can also use the code on the voucher online to add your sample to an order, although you may not get a choice.

Which foundation samples are available?

  • Ready deluxe 3g, worth £4.74 based on full 14g size from Feel Unique.
  • Blemish Remedy 0.3g, worth £3.60 based on full 1g size from Feel Unique.
  • Bare Skin 3ml dram bottle, worth £2.08 based on full 30ml size from Look Fantastic.
  • Complexion Rescue 3ml dram pot, worth £1.78 based on full 35ml size from Gorgeous Shop.
  • Matte 0.3g dram pot, worth 98p based on full 6g size from Feel Unique.
  • Original 0.3g dram pot, worth 73p based on full 8g size from Feel Unique.

One foundation sample per person, subject to stock.

All Boxed Up logo£85ish beauty box £30 delivered*Incl Fake Bake, Eyeko mascara, Nails Inc polish

1,000 avail

If you go online to All Boxed Up* you can get a beauty bundle with £85ish of products for £29.99 including delivery. There are 1,000 available from the promotional boxes specialist and when they're gone, they're gone.

The boxes contain the following six items:

  • Fake Bake airbrush fake tan, 210ml - cheapest we found bought separately, £21.49 from Treat Your Skin.
  • Pecksniff's shower cream, 200ml -  cheapest we found bought separately, £20 from Pecksniff's.
  • Eyeko waterproof mascara, 8ml - cheapest we found bought separately, £15 from Beauty Bay.
  • Nails Inc gel effect nail varnish West End (red), 15ml - cheapest we found bought separately, £14 from Look Fantastic.
  • Bellapierre shimmer powder in Champagne (gold), 2.35g - cheapest we found bought separately, £7.79 from Look Fantastic.
  • Percy & Reed dry conditioner, 150ml - cheapest we found bought separately, £7.30 from Look Fantastic.

We've heard mixed feedback about delayed delivery of boxes in the past. All Boxed Up has told us this box will be sent via a 2-4 working day tracked Royal Mail service and it estimates dispatch within three working days for this offer.

MSE Rhiannon says:

Sets like this are great to split up and give individual items as gifts, just make sure you keep your favourite as a gift for yourself.

Nails Inc logo£79 Nails Inc set for £25 delivered*MSE Blagged. Four gel polishes, buffer, nail file & corrector pen

Limited stock

If you go online to Nails Inc* via this MSE Blagged link you can get a set of four full-size (8ml) Nails Inc gel effect polishes, nail file, nail buffer and corrector pen for £21, plus £3.95 delivery (so £24.95 all-in, norm £79 all-in). These polishes set like ordinary nail polishes, so no UV lamp is required. There are limited stock of these sets available and when they're gone, they're gone.

Set Includes:

  • Hyde Park Place (grey) gel effect polish, norm £14
  • Kensington High Street (burgundy) gel effect polish, norm £14
  • Regents Place (blue) gel effect polish, norm £14
  • The Boltons (red) gel effect polish, norm £14
  • Nail buffer, norm £6
  • Professional nail file, norm £6
  • Corrector pen, norm £11

All Boxed Up logo£37 Organic Surge skincare box £16 delivered*Incl vegan & veggie friendly hand cream, scrub and face cream

While stocks last

If you go online to All Boxed Up* you can find an MSE Blagged Organic Surge skincare bundle with £37.48 of products for £11.99 plus £3.99 delivery (so £15.98 all in).

There are 2,000 of the vegan and veggie-friendly bundles available from the promotional boxes specialist and when they're gone, they're gone.

The boxes contain the following three items:

  • Gardeners hand cream 75ml (norm £7.99)
  • Gardeners hand scrub 150ml (norm £7.99)
  • Nourishing rose day cream 50ml (norm £21.50)

Organic Surge

We’ve heard mixed feedback about delayed delivery of boxes in the past. All Boxed Up has now signed up with a tracked courier service and it says all boxes should take 2-4 working days to be delivered.

Simple logo50p off Simple micellar cleansing productsPrintable voucher for 50p off Simple micellar cleansing products

19 days left

If you go online to Simple and scroll down the page to the green 'claim your voucher' button on the right hand side, you can print a voucher for 50p off Simple micellar cleansing water 200ml or Simple micellar cleansing wipes (25-pack).

The coupon is valid until Sat 24 Oct on either of the products at most shops that stock them.

Lancome logoFree £9ish Lancôme beauty sampleFree Advanced Genifique serum at counters

Free sample

If you head to your nearest Lancôme counter you can ask for a free 5ml sample of Advanced Genifique serum. There's no voucher needed, and based on the full-sized 30ml version, we’ve figured the freebie to be worth about £9.83.

There are 400,000 samples available, 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.

Free face pampering session

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. 

Ciate logoCiaté 10 nail polishes £25*Via Blagged code. Polishes norm up to £9 each

1,000+ avail

If you enter the MSE Blagged code BLOCK70 online at beauty brand Ciaté* you'll get one set of 10 full-size nail polishes for £25 (down from £85). Delivery's free.

You can choose one of two sets - Classics and Pop Brights - which normally cost £6-£9 each, a few of which can be found in the Ciaté sale. With 10 for £25 via our code, this works out at £2.50 per polish. It's best to try and get this deal on a desktop as we've heard MSE users had issues on mobile and tablet. 

This is an ongoing offer as of Tue 16 Jun. Ciaté has warned these orders may take up to 14 working days to be delivered.

More info

This offer cannot be used with any other promotions or codes.  If you'd like to buy multiple sets, you can use the code in separate transactions. 

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


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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  • 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


  • 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

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

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

Superdrug logoSuperdrug 10% off toiletries for students*Via NUS Extra card & registered Beautycard. In stores only


If you're a student with an NUS Extra card, you can get 10% off toiletries at health and beauty retailer Superdrug*. You'll need a registered Beautycard as well (Superdrug's free loyalty card). The discount's only available in its stores, not online.

Who is eligible for an NUS Extra card?

The NUS Extra card is available to all students aged over 16 years (including distance learners, vocational and part-time students). It costs £12 and is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can use it to get discounts at lots of stores and websites, including Asos, Spotify, Amazon and Domino's.

More info

Excludes prescriptions, phone cards, mobile phones, postage stamps and baby milk.

You can't use the card with any other coupon offer, discount card (such as staff discount) or with selected in-store offers.

Boots logoBoots 10 points (instead of 4) per £1 for over-60s*Join the free Boots Health Club

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!

Skint? ask:
  • Do I need it?
  • Can I afford it?
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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