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  • If you sign up to the free Debenhams* 'Beauty Club' loyalty card you can occasionally bag beauty freebies which sometimes include full-sized products or services worth £10ish.

    Examples of freebies we've seen include:

    Will the freebies always be available?

    Not all freebies will be available at the same time, and as they're limited stock/appointments it's more of a 'can you find 'em?' than guaranteed.

    If you're visiting a Debenhams store (find your nearest*) it's worth signing up to its loyalty card and checking whether there are any free samples to pick up when you're there or whether you can book the birthday freebies in advance.

    How else can the loyalty card save money?

    You'll also get three points per £1 spent on beauty & beauty electricals or fragrance. Once you've got 500 points, you can get £5 off a future purchase (see full T&Cs*). 

    • Participating stores for the Benefit offer include: Basildon, Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Blanchardstown, Bristol, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Foyleside, Cork Patrick Street, Dublin Henry Street, Plymouth, Glasgow, Gloucester, Salisbury, Hull, Leeds White Rose, Leeds City Centre, Leicester, Limerick, Liverpool, Luton, Mahon Point, Manchester, Meadowhall, Merry Hill, Metro Centre, Southend, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Sutton, Oxford Street, Middlesborough, Silverburn, Portsmouth, Preston, Romford, Bournemouth, Colchester, Stirling, Sunderland, Harrow, Swansea, Trafford Centre, Waterford, Oxford, Aberdeen, Swansea and Dundee.

      Participating stores for the Elizabeth Arden offer include: Aberdeen, Belfast, Brighton, Bolton, Bromley, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Canterbury, Coventry, Croydon, Cork McMahon Point, Cork Patrick St, Chelmsford, Dundee, Dublin Blanchardstown, Dublin Henry St, Glasgow, Glasgow Silverburn, Ipswich, Lakeside (Thurrock), London Oxford Street, London Westfield, Liverpool, Leeds, Leeds White Rose, Preston, Leicester, Limerick, Manchester, Manchester Trafford Park, Merryhill, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Metro Centre, Newry, Newbridge Uxbridge, Norwich, Nottingham, Oldham, Redditch, Swansea and Sheffield (Meadowhall).

  • If you're a student, you can get 10% off at Benefit* using the Unidays app. You can't use this discount with any other offer, including the ‘nice package’ best of Benefit kit promotion.

    How do I get the deal?

    You'll need to download the Unidays app and sign up using your university email address. Then enter the unique code from the app at the checkout stage online.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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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    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, it said 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.

  • 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.