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.
Whether it's a retailer or restaurateur, airline or air-conditioner seller, computer shop or car rental company, there are always two main risks. Either it's a dodgy company, or it's a legit company that has financial problems and goes bust.
The aim of these tips is to help you minimise the risks.
Quite simply, its customers are immediately transformed into creditors. This hits hardest if you've ordered goods or tickets from them, and not had delivery, as then you become one of a line of people trying to get your money back out of the company's assets, and you usually get back much less than you paid in.
Even if you've had delivery, if the company you bought from goes under and there's a problem with the goods, it can mean you've no comeback.
While MoneySavingExpert.com endeavours to check deals are valid, we don't check companies ' finances. Even huge names like MFI and Woolies have folded, so it's very important you use the right strategies to stay protected where possible.
Pay by credit card for something over £100, and Section 75 laws supercharge your consumer rights.
Unlike debit cards, cheques or cash, pay in full or part (even just £1) on a credit card and by law the lender's jointly liable with the retailer.
This means you have exactly the same rights with the card company as you do with the retailer. So if it goes bust, you can simply take your complaints there instead and get money back if there's no delivery.
Yet it's important you ALWAYS REPAY IN FULL each month, so there's no interest cost. See the full Section 75 guide.
Section 75 doesn't apply to purchases under £100, but there's still an option which can help. It isn't a legal protection, just Visa, Mastercard and Amex's rules, but it's a good back-up.
Spend on a Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit card or any debit or charge card. If the goods don't appear, you can try to ask your bank/card provider to reclaim the cash from the seller's bank, so long as you complain within 120 days of realising there’s a problem. See the Chargeback guide for full details.
Bogus websites are often set up to cash in on popular products like Ugg boots and Tiffany necklaces, so be wary if it's an unfamiliar site. And don't think that because it appears on a reputable search engine, that makes it a reputable site - always check.
Most folk know to look for a security padlock on the bottom right of a website, but that doesn't mean the site's legit, just that payment's secure.
To find out who registered the site and when, search the Whois database. Reputable firms should also appear on the Companies House site, the UK Government's official companies register. Be very wary of businesses with just a PO Box or email address.
Study the site's worldwide web ranking on Alexa. Anything in the top 100,000 means it's reasonably big and a good, though not foolproof indication of legitimacy. Do a quick Google search for other shoppers' experiences.
Crucially, ensure your security's up-to-date - free software can be downloaded to your computer in about five minutes. Full details in the Free Antivirus Software guide.
Many people are surprised to learn you've MORE rights buying online (or by telephone/catalogue) due to the Distance Selling Regulations.
These give you a legal right to send most goods back within seven days for a full refund (including outward delivery costs), even if there's no fault. You'll usually need to pay for the return delivery. Read Consumer Rights for a full guide.
However, of course, this is balanced by the fact ordering online automatically means there's a time gap between ordering and delivering - when the company has your money. So if it goes bust during that time, the distance selling rights don't help.
Ultimately, there is always a risk that a company can go bust. If the above routes don't apply, then you have to make a decision about whether you're willing to take the risk of parting with your cash.
Don't be scared of this. Every day we all make transactions based on trust, and this is part of that, but do balance up the amount you're spending against the risk. Don't give large amounts of money to a company you're not sure about.
Buy the April edition of Glamour magazine (Lea Michele's on the cover) for £2 by Wed 2 Apr and you'll find one of four ModelCo freebies enclosed with the magazine. Choose from:
You'll also find a 5% off H&M gift card on the front of the magazine, valid in-store on full-price items only until Fri 4 Apr. See the back of the card for exclusions.
Get an extra 25% off already-cheap beauty products by entering the code COSMETICS25 online at Half Price Perfumes* by Tue 11 Mar. Delivery ranges from £0.99- £2.49 depending on the weight.
Bargains we found when using the code on Mon 3 Mar include:
Stock's limited though, so go quick if you're after a particular product.
Buy a Gillette Venus & Olay razor at Superdrug only and you can get a pamper treatment (usually 20-30 mins) such as a massage, facial, manicure etc at 500+ salons nationwide.
This offer's been on for a while and it's valid when you buy a Venus ProSkin Sensitive or Venus & Olay razor and blades by Sat 31 May (unfortunately there's no promo sticker on packs).
We're only telling you about it now because the new Venus & Olay Sugarberry razors are currently half price at £5.48 till Tue 11 Mar. As some treatments are worth up to £25, you can get a treatment at a fifth of the usual price (and you get a razor chucked in too!).
Here's how to get the deal:
You'll need to bring the voucher and original receipt to your appointment, which must be taken by Fri 1 Aug. It's best to book at least two weeks in advance - don't leave it to the last minute as appointments may be all gone.
WARNING: With previous incarnations of similar deals, we've had reports of independent salons refusing these types of voucher. If this happens to you, please report back in the MSE forum.
While the Gillette Venus and Olay razors are aimed at women, there's nothing in the T&Cs which states men can't go - just check the salon offers treatments for men too.
You need to be 18+ for this offer. Procter and Gamble has confirmed all salons have been briefed on the offer so should accept the voucher for a treatment.
If you've taken up the offer previously (last year), you can still take part this time round. There's no limit to how many 'free' treatments you can get, just as long as you have a receipt and voucher for each visit. Bookings are subject to availability. See the full T&Cs.
Proctor and Gamble has also confirmed you can still get a 'free' treatment when buying the razor at half price.
Get a free 25g Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream (usually £5) when you take a new or used hand cream to your nearest Crabtree & Evelyn store by Wed 12 Mar. It’s while stocks last, and this offer's likely to be popular, so if you want one, go quick!
Your used hand cream can be any size, any brand (except Crabtree & Evelyn) - even completely empty - and there's no spend involved.
Choose one of five fragrances: La Source; Tarocco Orange; Rosewater; Pomegranate or Argan & Grapeseed (subject to availability). One per person.
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.
'Like' Bare Minerals' Facebook page and enter your details to get a voucher for a free "make-under" and foundation sample. The offer's available while stocks last (Bare Minerals says there are thousands of samples available) or until Wed 30 Apr (whichever's first). Getting a voucher doesn't guarantee you a sample, as it depends on stock per store, so go quick.
To get a sample, take the voucher to any staffed Bare Minerals counter (call ahead to check if you're unsure) and you’ll have to have a "make-under" consultation. After your consultation, choose your free sample.
Samples include Ready (3g; four shades; £5ish), Original (0.3g; four shades; worth 90p; comes with mini brush) and Matte (0.3g; three shades; worth 90p; comes with mini brush) foundation.
As the Ready foundation sample is the most valuable (£5ish, based on the full-size version, which costs £25 for 14g) compared with the other two, which are worth less than £1 each, try to go for the Ready foundation if you can. (Values are based on full-size versions.)
There are more samples of Ready (pictured left) and Original (right) available than Matte.
Get the Sanctuary Spa With Love* gift set for £22 (was £45, though we valued the contents at £43) online and in-store at Boots. The offer's on till Tue 15 Apr and Boots has confirmed there's good stock.
The Sanctuary With Love gift set contains 10 items in a heart-shaped box:
We priced up each item in the set individually and found the contents came to £43, so £21 off is a great saving.
The ever-popular Burt's Bees grab bags are back, in two varieties - Honeysuckle and Tiger Lily. There are just under 200 still available (as of Wed 12 Feb), so go quick if you want one.
They're currently reduced from £50 to £20, though we've added delivery's £3.95 on orders under £25.
Each bag contains:
Also, the Honeysuckle bag contains Shea Butter hand repair cream (usually £7.99), while the Tiger Lily bag also contains a Naturally Nourishing Milk & Shea Butter hand soap (usually £8.49).
The cheapest we've ever seen these bags is £24, so this is a really strong offer, especially as the value of the bags is actually £53.
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, though on Fri 21 Feb only, you can get free delivery with the code FREEDELIVERY.
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.
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.
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.
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