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Benefit logo'Free' £10.50 mini mascara at BenefitWith £15.50 brow wax. Profits donated to charity

3 days left

If you book a £15.50 brow wax at Benefit boutiques and concessions (find your nearest)  until Sun 27 May, you can get a free mini 4g mascara, norm £10.50 each, in your choice of 'They're Real!', 'Bad Girl' or 'Bang' (subject to availability).

This is part of Benefit’s annual charity campaign and all profits from your brow wax will be donated to two charities: Refuge, and Look Good, Feel Better.

Did you know? You can get a FREE Benefit brow wax when it’s your birthday (but it won't count towards this charity offer).

No7 logo£32ish of No7 beauty products for £12*Incl mascara, primer, nail polish & facial sun cream

Go quick!

If you buy two selected No7 items you can get a free 'Summer Treats' gift box set containing mascara, primer, nail polish and facial sun cream at Boots* or in store (find your nearest*) until Tue 5 Jun, subject to stock. Delivery's £3.50, or you can click & collect in store for free.

The offer's only valid on selected No7 products*, which you can view by going via the link above. As the cheapest combo of two No7 items included in the offer we found online or in store is £12 for two 10ml No7 nail polishes* at £6 each - and the set is worth £20ish, you can get about £32ish of beauty products for £12. 

The free No7 'Summer Treats' set will be automatically added to your basket online, but you’ll need to pick it up from the shelf and take it to the till in store. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 'Airbrush Away' primer, 10ml - worth £5.50 based on full-sized 30ml version.
  • 'Extreme Length' waterproof mascara, 4.5ml - worth £8 based on full-sized 7ml version.
  • Gel finish nail polish in 'Summer Holiday', 4ml - worth £3 based on full-sized 10ml version.
  • 'Protect & Perfect' intense advanced facial sun protection SPF 15, 10ml - worth £3 based on full-sized 50ml version.

MSE Rhiannon says:

At £32ish this isn't the highest-value No7 freebie with purchase offer we've seen, but if you regularly buy No7 anyway it's worth picking some up for yourself or as gifts.

Nails Inc logo'Free' £11 Nails Inc polish with £4ish magFull-size freebie on the cover of £4.40 mag

Mag freebie

Buy the May edition of Elle magazine by Mon 4 Jun (£4.30, Winnie Harlow on the front) and on the cover you'll get one of four Nails Inc nail varnishes.

These 10ml bottles are normally £11 each plus delivery and will either be pale pink (Lexington Street), Superfood base coat (clear), grey (Cornwall Gardens) and red (Tate).

As these varnishes are worth more than the magazine, if you want them it's worth buying the magazine even if you don’t want to read it, as it's cheaper than buying the product directly (but obviously, it's better value if you do read it!). You may have to root around the shelf to find a specific freebie if you’re after a particular colour.

We asked Elle, and it told us subscribers should also receive the freebie.

Nails Inc logo£90ish of Nails Inc polish for £25 delivered*MSE Blagged. 10 polishes, incl confetti effects

1,200 avail

If you go online to Nails Inc* via our Blagged link and use the code TIME25 you can get a set of 10 full-size (10ml) Nails Inc polishes for £25 delivered, normally £90ish for all 10 bought separately.

The deal ends when all 1,200 sets are sold, so go quick if you want to nail this offer.

Here's what you'll get in the set, along with the next cheapest prices we could find if bought individually:

    Beaumont Mews (pink and blue confetti) - norm £12 at Nails Inc.
  • Fitzrovia (light peach) - no longer on sale, was £11 at Nails Inc.
  • Upper Berkeley Street (pink and yellow confetti) - norm £12 at Nails Inc.
  • Porchester Square (mushroom grey) - norm £6 at Nails Inc (but out of stock).
  • Kensington Caviar top coat (clear) - norm £10.71 based on full-sized 14ml version at Nails Inc.
  • York Street (pink, orange and green confetti) - norm £12 at Nails Inc.
  • Notting Hill Carnival (yellow) - norm £4.19 from third-party Amazon seller.
  • Fitzroy Square (pink and purple confetti) - norm £12 at Nails Inc.
  • Marylebone Road (lime green) - norm £5 at Nails Inc.
  • Princes Gardens (blue and green confetti) - norm £5 at Nails Inc.

Although you can sometimes find certain individual polishes cheaper than the prices above as part of promotional sets, you'd be hard pushed to find them for £25 all-in.

Lancome logo£85 of Lancôme make-up for £27ish*Online at Debenhams. Incl lipstick, mascara, face cream

Ongoing

If you go online to Debenhams*, you can get a free gift set containing mascara, base mascara, lipstick, face cream and eye cream, subject to stock. Delivery's £3.49 or you can click and collect for free.

To get the offer, add two Lancôme products to your bag – The cheapest product we found was the ‘Monsieur Big’ brow highlighter* on offer for £13.60 (norm £16), so the minimum spend to get the ‘freebie’ is £27.20. The ‘free’ gift set will be added to your order automatically. Of course, if you normally buy Lancôme it's worth stocking up on what you normally buy to get the freebie as a bonus.

The ‘free’ set, which we’ve valued at £57.33 based on the full-size equivalents, includes:

  • L'Absolu Sheer 202 lipstick, 1.65ml - worth £10 based on full-sized 4.2ml version at Boots.
  • Monsieur Big mascara, 1.5ml - worth £3.94 based on full-sized 8ml version at John Lewis.
  • Cils Booster mascara, 5.5ml - normally £23.50 at Feel Unique.
  • Hydra Zen day cream, 15ml - worth £8.89 based on full-sized 50ml version at John Lewis.
  • Hydra Zen eye cream, 5ml - worth £11 based on full-sized 15ml version at John Lewis.

The offer began on Mon 29 Jan and there’s no set end date – just while stock lasts. You can only get one ‘free’ gift set per person and the offer isn’t valid with other discounts.

Big thanks to forumite Sarah1972 for the original spot, see her post on the MSE Forum.

Soap & Glory logoSoap & Glory 'Happy Glamper' set £16*Incl face wipes, hair brush, anorak & eyeliner

While stock lasts

MoneySavers always love offers from Soap & Glory, and we suspect this one will get you into a lather... If you go online to Boots* or visit one of its stores (find your nearest*), you can get a Soap & Glory 'Happy Glamping' survival kit for £16 while stocks last.

This gift set includes face wipes, full-size eyeliner, foldable hair brush and a showerproof anorak (not to be worn in the shower). If bought individually, the cosmetic and hair/body care items would cost £23.50. However, as you can't buy the anorak, brush or bag on their own, we reckon it's a good offer as you effectively get three bonus items unavailable elsewhere. Delivery's £3.50 if you order online, or you can collect in a store for free.

Boots says stock levels are good, but as Soap & Glory offers are always popular, you may need to go quick if you want to clean up with this one.

Soap & Glory 'Happy Glamper' survival kit includes:

  • 'Rushower' dry shampoo, 50ml, norm £2.50 at Boots.
  • 'Hand Maid' hand sanitiser gel, 50ml, norm £2.50 at Boots.
  • 'Sexy Mother pucker' red lipstick, norm £3.50 at Boots.
  • 'Original Pink' body spray, 100ml, norm £4 at Boots.
  • 'Off Your Face' face wipes, 25, norm £4.50 at Boots.
  • 'Supercat Skinny' black eyeliner, norm £6.50 at Boots.
  • 'Take Me Any Hair' foldaway hairbrush
  • Showerproof 'Glamorak' anorak
  • Cotton bag

happy glamper 2

Boots logoBoots discounts via app*Download app and use offers in stores

Ongoing

If you have a Boots Advantage Card, you can get personalised offers and discounts at Boots* by downloading the Boots app. The offers vary for each person, as they are tailored to your shopping habits.

How to get the app and offers

  • Download the Boots app* via the App Store or Google Play.
  • Go to 'My offers' and sign in using your Advantage Card number. This links your card to the app and you can then select offers by loading them onto your card.
  • Choose the offers you'd like to use in 'Offers just for me' and select 'Load offer to Advantage Card'.
  • Next time you use your Advantage Card, the cashier or self-checkout will ask you if you want to use the offer in that transaction. 

What can I get?

These are some examples of offers we've seen when trying the app (of course as the offers are personalised, not everyone will receive the same ones):

  • £1.50 off when you spend £15 or more in a single transaction
  • 20% off a shower gel or body wash
  • 100 points when you buy two or more shampoo or conditioner products

What if I don't have a smartphone?

You can also use the Boots website* to select offers and load them to your Advantage Card. Just register or log-in to view your account and offers.

MSE Sarah M says:

The best thing about this deal is that the offers usually work on top of other in-store discounts. I got a £2 Nivea shower gel for 80p by using a '20% off' deal from the app on top of a half-price in-store offer.

Superdrug logoSuperdrug 20% off toiletries for studentsIn stores via NUS Extra/Unidays and registered Beautycard

Ongoing

If you're a student, you can normally get 10% off toiletries at health and beauty retailer Superdrug* with an NUS Extra card, or with a Unidays code, which you can get for free by signing up with your university details - but you can now get 20% off until Tue 16 Jan.

You'll need a registered Beautycard (Superdrug's free loyalty card) too and 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 (usually 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.

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.

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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