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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 logoCiaté gel nail kit £30 (norm £99)*MSE Blagged online code. Incl LED lamp & gel nail polish

11 days left

If you use the MSE Blagged code GELTOXMSE online at beauty brand Ciaté* by 11.59pm on Mon 13 Jul, you'll get its Geltox gel nail kit for £30 with free delivery.

This set is normally £99 and most items can't be bought individually, but if you bought the gel nail top coat on its own, it would cost £29, so we reckon this is a pretty good deal for the whole kit.

There are 1,500 available, so go quick if you want it. Included in the starter kit is:

  • LED lamp
  • Geltox gel top coat 13.5ml
  • Cleanser 30ml
  • Four-way buffer
  • Hoof stick

Ciaté has warned these orders may take up to 21 working days to be delivered. There are currently issues with submitting orders on mobiles, so we suggest using a desktop.

MSE Amelia Amin says:

What’s great about this kit is that you can transform any of your own nail polishes, giving yourself a chic gel manicure, without the hassle or expense of visiting a beauty salon.

If you’re new to applying gel nail polish at home, there’s even a handy Ciaté YouTube tutorial to get you started. For £30 including free delivery, I reckon this is a beauty steal.

More info

This offer cannot be used with any other promotions or codes and is valid for UK customers only (including Northern Ireland).

Sun cream logo£1 sun cream dealsAnd British Skin Foundation says they check out on skin safety

Ongoing

It's scorching out there and you should be wearing sun cream in the UK as well as abroad. Are you a loyal brand user or would you be willing to save money with sun cream for £1? It sounds too good to be true, yet we've found a number of products available for £1 rather than the usual £6-£12. We've contacted skincare experts to find out how safe the lotions are.

Are they safe?

We've been in touch with the British Skin Foundation (BSF) charity and the Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) trade body. Both say people shouldn't be put off by low prices, as long as they check packaging for:

  • The UVA rating. This tells you how much protection the product is giving you from harmful ultra-violet (UVA) rays. Some bottles have a star rating (the BSF recommends four or more stars) - while others don't, they should at least contain a circle with the letters UVA inside, as this indicates the minimum level of UVA protection. See images below for the logos you should be looking for.

  • The SPF number. This stands for sun protection factor. The higher the number, the greater the level of protection against UVB rays. The label should also tell you whether the product provides "low", "medium", "high" or "very high" protection against UVB. See the CTPA's section on sun protection for more info.

The BSF says: "It is not the price that indicates the level of protection the sunscreen offers, but the SPF rating and the UVA rating. We recommend people use a sunscreen with a high SPF 30+."

You might be a bit sceptical about sun cream for £1, we always are too, but we’re trusting that these big companies such as Savers (owned by Superdrug) have done their own independent checks to ensure these sun creams are fully tested and are legit.

How long will it last? 

The period after opening (PAO) number should also be included on the bottle. This will be displayed as an "open jar" symbol with a number inside indicating how many months the product will be safe for after opening, providing it is stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (see example below). 

Don't automatically chuck old sun creams away

Most of the cheap sun creams we found are good to use for at least 12 months from the date of opening, so don't throw away your excess sun cream after your holiday, check the PAO as it's likely you can use it again on your next trip.

£1 sun creams 

We checked two of the big pound store chains and scoured the high street. The products we found may not be the same as the ones you find, so make sure you do the checks above. It's also worth noting these bottles are slightly smaller (40ml-120ml) than some of the better-known brands (norm 200ml). They may not be brands that you recognise, but all have an EU compliant UVA rating and have a PAO of 12 months.

Poundworld

It stocks a range from a brand called Sun Tropic, which should be available in most of its 180+ stores for £1, but is also available online, delivery's £3.95. We found:

  • Sun Tropic sun lotion SPF 15, 100ml (next cheapest £3.50 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • Sun Tropic sun lotion SPF 30, 50ml (next cheapest £3.50 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • Kids' Sun Tropic sun lotion SPF 30, 50ml (next cheapest £3.50 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

Poundland

It stocks a range from a brand called Anovia Tropical Sun, which should be available in its 400+ stores for £1. We found:

  • Tropical Sun lotion SPF 15, 100ml (next cheapest £4.95 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • Tropical Sun lotion for kids SPF 30, 65ml (next cheapest £4.95 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • Tropical Sun lotion for sensitive skin SPF 50, 40ml (next cheapest £5.99 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

B&M Bargains

It stocks a range from a brand called EAD sunscreen, which should be available in its 400+ stores at £1. We found:

  • EAD Sunscreen SPF 15, 120ml (next cheapest £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF 30, 120ml (next cheapest £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF 45, 120ml (next cheapest £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

Savers

It also stocks the EAD sunscreen, which should be available in its 230+ stores at £1. We found:

  • EAD Sunscreen SPF 30, 120ml (next cheapest £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
  • EAD Sunscreen SPF 45, 120ml (next cheapest £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

Other low-cost branded sun creams

For those who just can't ditch a brand they know and trust, we've also compiled a list of the best deals we've found on some of the most popular products, including discount retailers B&M Bargains and Home Bargains, as well as items in promotions at supermarkets and Superdrug.

It's worth remembering that sprays and special formulations (eg, clear/coloured/sensitive) usually cost more, so check to see if your chosen cream could be cheaper in a different bottle.

  • Garnier Ambre Solaire moisturising sun protection spray SPF 30, 200ml - £3.99 at Home Bargains in store, online delivery 50p (next cheapest: £6.45 at Superdrug).
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire moisturising sun milk SPF 50, 200ml - £4.95 at Superdrug* (next cheapest: £6.50 at Boots).
  • Piz Buin 1-day-long lotion SPF 30, 100ml - £4.33 at Tesco* in 3for2 offer until Fri 28 Aug, norm £6.50ea (next cheapest: £4.99 at B&M Bargains).
  • Nivea Sun moisturising sun lotion spray SPF 30, 200ml - £3.99 at Home Bargains in store, online delivery 50p and Savers (next cheapest: £4ea at Asda in two for £8 offer, norm £7.48ea).
  • Nivea Sun kids moisturising sun lotion SPF 50, 200ml - £3.99 at Home Bargains in store, online delivery 50p, B&M Bargains and Savers (next cheapest: £4ea for SPF 50+ spray at Asda in 2 for £8 offer, norm £7.48ea).

Buy suncream, get freebies

If you still can't decide what to go for, Savers is offering a free Nivea beach ball with the purchase of any two Nivea sun products. We tried this with Nivea sun SPF30 lipbalm for £1.69 and got the free beach ball, but stock's limited so it's not worth a special trip.

Home Bargains is offering a set of Malibu 400ml SPF 15 sun cream and 400ml aftersun for £4.99 with a free fold-up frisbee.

Buy before you fly

Research from the Post Office suggests sun cream is generally cheaper in the UK than abroad, so it's best to buy before your holiday. Don't forget though, if you're flying, you can only carry a maximum of 100ml in your hand luggage, unless you buy in shops after you've gone through check-in. You may find items will be taken off you if transferring flights, so be sure to check before flying if you're unsure.

Johnson£1 off Johnson's Baby shampooPrintable voucher for baby shampoo. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Johnson's Baby shampoo until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Neutrogena logo50p off Neutrogena Visibly Clear rangePrintable voucher for skincare range. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get 50p off Neutrogena Visibly Clear products until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Boots logoSanctuary Spa travel set for £22 (norm £47) at Boots*In stores & online until 7 Jul. Incl body scrubs, lotions & shampoo

Ends 7 Jul

If you go online to Boots* or into a store by 11.59pm on Tue 7 Jul, you can get a Sanctuary Spa Summer Beach Bag set for £22 (norm £46.72), subject to availability. Delivery's £3.50 if you order online, or you can collect in a store for free.

The set includes both full-size and travel-size Sanctuary Spa toiletries, as well as Charles Worthington travel haircare products and a beach bag (see the picture below).

Sanctuary Spa products:

  • Body wash (250ml)
  • Body scrub (200ml)
  • Body butter (300ml)
  • Heel balm (75ml)
  • Body wash (75ml)
  • Body lotion (75ml)
  • Body moisture spray (50ml)
  • Salt scrub sachet (60g)
  • Hand cream (30ml)

Charles Worthington products:

  • Sunshine protector shampoo (75ml)
  • Sunshine protector conditioner (75ml)
  • Sunshine protector leave-in spray (50ml)

Although the set has an RRP of £46.72, we've calculated that if you bought these products separately it would cost about £40, as Boots currently has a 3for2 offer on selected toiletries. So if you were planning on stocking up for summer, you could save about 45% with this set.

If you're not going to use all the products inside, you could use some as birthday presents and Christmas stocking fillers for a few different people.

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

8,000 avail

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 polishes, nail file, nail buffer and corrector pen for £21, plus £3.95 delivery (so £24.95 all-in, norm £79 all-in). There are 8,000 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.

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. 

Imodium logo£1 off Imodium InstantsPrintable voucher for medicine. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Imodium Instants until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Compeed logo£1 off Compeed blister plastersPrintable voucher for footcare product. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Compeed medium blister plasters until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Listerine logo£1 off Listerine Total Care mouthwashPrintable voucher for dental care. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Listerine Total Care mouthwash until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Listerine logo£1 off Listerine Advanced Defence mouthwashPrintable voucher for dental care. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Listerine Advanced Defence mouthwash 500ml range until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Johnson£1 off Johnson's Baby First Touch rangePrintable voucher for baby range. Makes it FREE in Sainsbury's

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Johnson's Baby First Touch range until Mon 6 Jul.

Currently, Sainsbury's is selling 75ml barrier cream*, 200ml oil*, 250ml shampoo* or 250ml moisturising lotion* for £1, making any of them FREE in store with the coupon.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Benadryl Allergy logo£1 off Benadryl Allergy 12s & Sudafed nasal sprayPrintable voucher for allergy tablets & nasal spray. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Benadryl Allergy Relief packs of 12 tablets and Sudafed nasal spray until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Neutrogena logo£1 off Neutrogena T-Gel dandruff shampooPrintable voucher for shampoo. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Neutrogena T-Gel 2-in-1 dandruff shampoo until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Clean & Clear logo£1 off Clean & Clear Advantage or Blackhead rangesPrintable voucher for skincare range. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off Clean & Clear Advantage or Blackhead ranges until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Regaine logo£5 off Regaine for Men Extra Strength scalp foamPrintable voucher for hair care. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £5 off Regain for Men Extra Strength scalp foam until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Aveeno logo£2 off the whole Aveeno rangePrintable voucher for skincare range. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £2 off the whole Aveeno range until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Piz Buin logo£1 off Piz Buin Instant Glow rangePrintable voucher for sun care range. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off the Piz Buin Instant Glow ranges until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

Neutrogena logo£1 off Neutrogena Norwegian FormulaPrintable voucher for skincare. Valid until July

4 days left

Print a coupon from Caring Everyday to get £1 off the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula range until Mon 6 Jul.

Caring Everyday says its coupons are valid at most major stores, including Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, but not at independent pharmacies.

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 a 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.

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:  

Click on the image to enlarge

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

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

LUp to 50% off sale at L'OccitaneOnline and in stores, incl hand cream & perfume

4 days left

Beauty and skincare brand L'Occitane is having an up to 50% off sale both in store and online until Mon 6 Jul.

Strong discounts we found on Thu 26 Jun include:

The sale's on while stocks last, so go quick if there's something you'd like. Delivery's £3.95 on orders under £30, but click and collect is free for all orders.

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

Ongoing

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!

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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