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Ciate logo£25 for £139 of Ciaté nail polish*Via our Blagged code for advent calendar

8 days left

Even if you don’t have much use for an advent calendar as December's already begun, it’s often cheaper to buy beauty products in gift sets and advent calendars such as this. With our code, you can get £139ish of Ciaté nail polish for £25.

Enter the MSE Blagged code XMASMSE online at Ciaté* to get its 2017 nail polish advent calendar, with 22 mostly mini polishes, nail glitter and a nail file, for £24.95 delivered (the code should take the total cost including delivery to £24.95 after you've put in your address - £21.50 plus £3.45 delivery). Ciaté normally charges £54.95 delivered (£50 plus £4.95 delivery), but buying the items separately would cost £139ish.

The offer ends at 11.59pm on Tue 19 Dec or when all 2,000 sets go, whichever’s sooner - so go quick if you want to nail this deal.

The calendar contains:

  • 19 mini 'Gelology' nail polishes, 5ml - norm £6 each at Ciaté.
  • One mini treatment, 5ml ('Nail Superhero') - norm £4.44 based on the full-sized 13.5ml version at Look Fantastic.
  • One 'Gelology' top coat, 5ml - norm £6 at Ciaté.
  • One glitter topper, 5ml - similar colour norm £6 at Ciaté.
  • One full-sized pink and gold glitter nail polish in 'Showtime', 13.5ml - similar colour norm £9 at Ciaté.
  • One mini nail file - not normally sold.

This is a brand new calendar - featuring five exclusive new colours - which the cheapest we've seen elsewhere is £33.98 delivered. Even if you don't want everything in the list above for yourself, it's perfect for splitting up and using as Christmas stocking fillers.

More info

This offer can't be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Soap & Glory logoSoap & Glory 'Spa of Wonder' £30*Body care set, norm £60 but worth £78 if bought separately

3 days left

MoneySavers wait all year for this and get in a real lather about it… From Fri 8 Dec, if you go online to Boots* or visit one of its stores (find your nearest*), you can get a Soap & Glory 'Spa of Wonder' body care set for £30 until 11.59pm on Thu 14 Dec. 

This gift set, which includes body butter, face wash and mascara, is normally £60, but if the products were bought individually they would cost £78. 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 to clean up with this one. This is part of the annual Boots 'Star Gift' Christmas promotion, which is popular with MoneySavers and in the MSE Forum every year. Each week it releases an offer on a different gift product in the lead up to Christmas. 

Soap & Glory 'Spa of Wonder' body care set includes:

  • 'Clean on Me' shower cream, 500ml, norm £6.50 at Boots.
  • 'The Righteous Butter' 3in1 body wash, 250ml, norm £7 at Boots.
  • 'The Scrub Of Your Life' body buffer 200ml, norm £7 at Boots.
  • 'The Righteous Butter' body butter 300ml, norm £10 at Boots.
  • 'Smoothie Star' moisturising body milk 500ml, norm £10 at Boots.
  • 'Face Soap and Clarity' 3-in-1 facial wash 350ml, norm £8 at Boots.
  • 'Bright & Beautiful' face mask, 34.6g, norm £4 at Boots
  • 'Thick & Fast' HD mascara 10ml, norm £10.50 at Boots.
  • 'Supercat' eyeliner in black, 1.6g, norm £6 at Boots.
  • 'Sexy Mother Pucker' lip gloss in 'Plums Up' (purple shade), 7ml, norm £9 at Boots.Soap & Glory 'Spa of Wonder' set

Be careful though - there's more than one Soap & Glory gift set currently available at Boots, so make sure you get 'Spa of Wonder' if you want this deal.

Our Christmas Deals Predictor estimated it would be this week and our perfectly polished prediction was correct. Check it out to see what Star Gift to look out for next.

Body Shop logoBody Shop £25 off £50 spend*Code valid on most full-price items in store & online

Ends Today

If you enter the code 14664 online at The Body Shop*, you can get £25 off when you spend £50 or more until 9am on Tue 12 Dec. Delivery's £2.49.

You can also get the £25 off in stores (find your nearest*) when you show the code on The Body Shop's homepage, either printed out or on your smartphone, until closing time on Mon 11 Dec.

The code's valid on most full-price items and can't be used in the sale. A number of full-price items are excluded - see 'more info' below for details.

More info

Codes can't be used at outlet stores, airports, Hove or Horsham branches. Also can't be used with other offers, on gift cards, charitable items, Love Your Body memberships or any of the following Body Shop products:

  • Spa of the World range, including gifts
  • Oils of Life range, including gifts
  • Store made gifts
  • Drops of Light pure resurfacing liquid peel
  • Expert Facial range, including masks and gifts
  • Drops of Youth range, including gifts
  • Elixirs of Nature range, including Eau de Parfum
  • Vitamin C glow revealing liquid peel
  • Ginger anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Amazonian Saviour multi-purpose balm
  • British Rose and Chinese Ginseng Rice toners
  • Tea Tree overnight mask
  • Advent calendars
  • Countdown to New Year
  • House of Holland Cube large
  • Values robot
  • Camomile make up removing kit
  • Frosted berries, vanilla chai and frosted plums soap
  • Vanilla delight, candied plum, green tea, strawberry and mango bath bombs
  • Pink grapefruit, coconut and moringa bath bubbles
  • Sale items

No7 logo£44ish of No7 beauty products for £12*Incl mascara, primer, serum & lip gloss

Go quick!

If you buy two selected No7 items you can get a free 'Stand Out Favourites' gift box set containing mascara, primer, serum and lip gloss at Boots* or in store (find your nearest*) until Thu 28 Dec, 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 £32ish, you’ll get about £44ish of beauty products for £12. 

The free No7 'Stand Out Favourites*' 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.
  • 'Lash Impact' mascara, 4.5ml - worth £8.68 based on full-sized 7ml version.
  • High shine lip gloss in 'Roaring Red', 8ml - norm £9.
  • 'Protect and Perfect' serum, 5ml - worth £8.33 based on full-sized 30ml version.

If you're looking for other gift with purchase offers at Boots, we've rounded up the best in our How to max free gift offers, incl Max Factor and Essie blog.

MSE Rhiannon says:

This £44ish total value is the highest No7 freebie with purchase offer we've seen, so it's well worth stocking up if you normally buy No7 for yourself or as gifts.

No7 logo£170ish of No7 beauty products for £40*Its popular beauty advent calendar is in store & online at Boots

Go quick

If you’re a fan of Boots No7 beauty products, this could be a Christmas cracker, as even if you're not intending to open an advent calendar each day, this is a way of grabbing beauty items you'd buy anyway at a fraction of the normal price.

MSE Update, Thu 26 Oct 12.34pm: The No7 beauty advent calendar is now sold out online, but it is still available in some stores, while stock lasts.

Go online to Boots* or into large stores (find your nearest*), and you can get the No7 beauty advent calendar for £40, while stocks last. Although this wasn't officially going to be available until Wed 25 Oct, Boots has confirmed it's been made available a day early online and in some stores.

It contains 25 full-size and mini No7 beauty and skincare products including mascara, nail polish, eyeshadow and creams, which we reckon are worth £170ish if the products were bought separately – based on the proportionate cost of the full-sized equivalents – so getting it all for £40 could leave you in seventh heaven.

Standard delivery's £3.50 or you can collect in store for free. While Boots says there was plenty of stock when the beauty calendar went on sale on Tue 24 Oct, you may want to go quick as these are usually snapped up fast.

Here's what the No7 beauty advent calendar includes:

Boots No7 beauty advent calendar 2017

No7 beauty advent calendar - tap to enlarge

  • Airbrush Away primer (30ml) - norm £16.50
  • Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced day cream (mini, 25ml) - worth £12.50
  • Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced night cream (mini, 25ml) - worth £12.50
  • Match Made bronzer voucher - worth £12.50
  • Exceptional Definition mascara, black - norm £12
  • Protect & Perfect lip cream (10ml) - norm £10
  • Stay Perfect liquid liner, black - norm £8.50
  • Lash & brow perfector - norm £8.50
  • Slanted tweezers - norm £8
  • Amazing Eyes pencil, bronze - norm £7.50
  • Stay Perfect eyeshadow, mink - norm £7
  • Stay Perfect eyeshadow, wheatsheaf - norm £7
  • Stay Perfect eyeshadow, matte mocha - norm £7
  • Beauty blender - norm £7
  • Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced eye cream (mini, 5ml) - worth £6
  • Matte lip crayon, red (mini, 1.3g) - worth £4.68
  • High Shine lip gloss, naturally nude (mini, 4ml) - worth £4.50
  • Total Renewal micro-dermabrasion (mini, 25ml) - worth £3.67
  • Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced serum (mini, 5ml) - worth £3.40
  • Limited edition nail polish, teal (4ml) - worth £2.50
  • Limited edition nail polish, oyster (4ml) - worth £2.50
  • Limited edition nail polish, bronze gold (4ml) - worth £2.50
  • Micellar cleansing water, normal/dry (mini, 30ml) - worth £1.28
  • Mini eyeshadow brush - not normally sold
  • Limited edition mini powder / blush brush - not normally sold
MSE Rhiannon says:

To spread the cost of Christmas you could break this beauty bundle up and give the products as separate gifts or stocking fillers.

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 Muther 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


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 10% off toiletries for studentsIn stores via NUS Extra/Unidays and registered Beautycard


If you're a student, you can 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.

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


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


  • 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.

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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