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Free £12 Eyeko lash curlers with £4 magOn the cover freebie

6 days left

Buy the May edition of  InStyle magazine by Wed 30 Apr (£3.90, Sarah Jessica Parker on the front) and on the cover you'll get Eyeko's blue velvet lash curler (usually £12).

 

MSE Charlotte says:

There are a lot of these particular Eyeko models on eBay at the moment, going for about £8 - coincidence? 

The Sun logo
FREE £6.99 Rimmel mascara - ALL GONEFor the first 3,000 to fill in beauty survey

ALL GONE

MSE update 11.50am, Wed 23 Apr: All the mascaras have now been snapped up! Ensure you don't miss out on future deals by signing up to MSE's weekly email.

The Sun's giving away 3,000 £6.99 Scandaleyes mascara wands until Sun 25 May, or till they run out. It's first-come first-served, so be quick!

You just need to vote for your favourite beauty items (takes less than a minute). Make sure you click 'enter here' and fill in your details. 

Go quick! Although it's very much worded like a competition, The Sun says the first 3,000 will get the mascara. 

More info

You must be 18 or over to get the freebie. It's one entry per person.

Tesco is selling a Cussons Mum & Me Congratulations gift pack for £1 in-store and online - the cheapest we've seen elsewhere is £6. In the set you get bath soak (50ml), baby bath (50ml), hand gel (50ml) and a muslin cloth. 

The really good bit

You can buy this Cussons gift set* online for £1 – delivered to a Tesco store free, which is a great deal by itself. Inside are three Cussons coupons, including one which is £1 off any product in the Cussons Mum & Me Bump range, valid till 31 Jul 2014. 

This means you can buy one gift set for £1 and then use the £1 off voucher inside to get the next pack free. Then in that free pack, you can use the £1 off voucher inside to get another free pack... and so on and so on until the end of July.

We asked Cussons press office if you could definitely use the £1 off voucher on ANYTHING in the range, and it said yes. 

(The other two coupons are 50p off any product in the New Mum range, and 30p off any product in the Baby range.)

The bad bit

You can’t use the voucher online, so to get your second one (and third, and fourth, etc) for free you need to do it in-store. Many Tesco stores don’t stock it, so you'll need to go on a treasure hunt if you want to keep rebuying. 

Of course, you can just pop into your local (it's likely to be mainly in bigger stores), or if you want, give Tesco a call on 0800 50 55 55 before making a trip. Give customer services this barcode number: 5000101119835.

When we rang Tesco, the closest to MSE Towers was in Woolwich, one of the biggest stores in the country but a good 10 miles across London from us.

Please let us know if you have any luck on the Cussons forum thread.

MSE Charlotte says:

If you do happen to be in Tesco and don’t spot any on the shelf, take advice from our forum user Diamond Mon:

"Two of the stores in my area had none on the shelves, but I asked the sales assistant and both times they went to the stock room and got them for me, so if you don't see any it is worth asking."

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£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.

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Nails Inc £5 polish sale£3.95 p&p applies

100+ shades

Get £5-£6 polishes online at Nails Inc, while stocks last. Polishes originally cost £11-£13, so this is a good saving. The sale's on while stocks last, and delivery's £3.95.

On Thu 27 Mar, we found St James Park (was £11), Kings Cross Neon Crackle (was £11) and Grosvenor Gardens (was £11) all reduced to £5.

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Free 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, plus some free samples (though these are subject to availability, so you'll only get them if they're in stock).

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Cheap haircuts for 'guinea pigs'At your local salon/training college

Ongoing
Local beauty training colleges are often looking for 'guinea pigs' and will do your hair and make-up for you at little or no cost. For a directory of training schools and colleges in your area, try checking the Yellow Pages (or yell.com),  Beautyfinder, or just have a scout round where you live. Most salons and colleges offer cheap haircuts if you opt for a trainee, but the option might not be available in smaller towns/villages.
MSE Debs says:

If the term "trainee hairdresser" conjures up horrors in the form of lopsided bowl-cuts, but you’re not keen on spending £50+ on a simple haircut, it might be time to challenge the stereotype and give it a whirl.

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

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Sales and Discounts

The Sun logo
FREE £6.99 Rimmel mascara - ALL GONEFor the first 3,000 to fill in beauty survey

ALL GONE

MSE update 11.50am, Wed 23 Apr: All the mascaras have now been snapped up! Ensure you don't miss out on future deals by signing up to MSE's weekly email.

The Sun's giving away 3,000 £6.99 Scandaleyes mascara wands until Sun 25 May, or till they run out. It's first-come first-served, so be quick!

You just need to vote for your favourite beauty items (takes less than a minute). Make sure you click 'enter here' and fill in your details. 

Go quick! Although it's very much worded like a competition, The Sun says the first 3,000 will get the mascara. 

More info

You must be 18 or over to get the freebie. It's one entry per person.

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Boots 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.

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Eyes Lips Face many items £1.50*Incl lipsticks, glosses, make-up brushes and even fake eyelashes

Ongoing
Get super cheap make-up from £1.50 online at Eyes Lips Face*. Standard delivery is £2.95.

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Save up to 50% on beauty with Tesco Clubcard*Swap £5 of Clubcard points for £10, or swap £10 of points for £20

Ongoing
Swap points for rewards at Beauty Expert* and and get double the value. Use them online at Beauty Expert by entering your token code at the online checkout. The minimum amount you can exchange is £5, which'll give you £10 in Beauty Expert rewards.

You can only use one code per transaction and delivery's free. Not valid on Alpha-H, Moroccanoil, GHD and Aesop. Reward tokens are not transferable. Your purchase has to equal or exceed the value of the token codes used. So if you have £10 worth of tokens, your purchase must be £10 or more.

What is Beauty Expert? It's a site selling beauty brands such as Caudalie, OPI and Molton Brown. It specialises in skincare, body, bath and make-up products, as well as home and beauty accessories.
MSE Deborah says:

Beauty Expert has similar prices to Boots online and even beats it for some products, so with 50% off, there are some great potential deals to be had. You could effectively get a Caudalie facial spray for £6 instead of £11.

More info
Spend Tesco points in-store and they're worth 1p, but exchange them for Clubcard Rewards* online they're worth up to four times the amount. See the Loyalty Points Boosting guide.

To find out how to reclaim lost Tesco vouchers (some have found £100s) see the Reclaim Lost Tesco Points guide.

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Section 75Free protection for all shopping!

There's a secret phrase that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. "Section 75" laws means your plastic must protect anything you buy over £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust you can still get your money back.

Although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards there is something else to fall back on if you paid on a Visa debit or electron card, or Visa credit card under £100 (otherwise go for Section 75). Known as Visa Chargeback, this is part of Visa's internal rules and not a legal requirement. Full details of Section 75, chargeback and how to claim in the Section 75 Refunds guide.

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