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  • Aldi£4 Liz Earle-alike hot cloth cleanserIf you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the popular Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, you can get a cheaper version from Aldi for £3.99 for 200ml plus muslin cloth.

    As it's an Aldi 'Special Buy', stock is limited - previously when it was available it sold out quickly online - so go quick if you'd like to give it a try.

    If you can't face a change from the pricier brand, MSE Forumites love a similar cut-price cleanser from Superdrug - normally £6 for 150ml. The Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser is normally £16ish for 100ml plus the muslin cloth, which means you'd pay £32ish for 200ml and could save £28ish by downshifting.

  • If you go online to Feel Unique*, you can use its 'Pick ‘n’ Mix' offer to receive five mini beauty samples for free. You'll just have to pay £3.95 delivery, which will then be returned to you in the form of a Feel Unique voucher code worth £3.95 to spend online against a future purchase (can't be another Pick 'n' Mix bundle).

    The voucher code's valid for 60 days from the day your freebies are dispatched. You can’t use the voucher code on future Pick ‘n’ Mix orders, and you can only use one code at a time.

    The minis available in this offer range from a 0.7ml Givenchy Very Irresistible EDT to a 50ml He-Shi tanning gel. Many other brands are included, eg, Kenzo, YSL, Shiseido, L’Occitane, Ren and Bare Minerals but will be subject to availability.  See full T&Cs* for this offer.

  • IMPORTANT - THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED

    This deal has expired - you can't get it any more. We've kept it here for reference.

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  • Razor, shave cream & moisturiser £3 delivered

    Razor, shave cream & moisturiser £3 delivered

    Or £7 to include face scrub, aftershave & bamboo toothbrush

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    If you go online to shaving subscription site Sterling Shave Club*, you can get its 'trial' set of shaving supplies including a razor handle, five-blade cartridge, 30ml shave cream and 30ml post-shave moisturiser for £2.99 delivered. For an extra £3.99 – so £6.98 delivered in total – you can choose to include a 50ml face scrub, 5ml eau de parfum and a bamboo toothbrush. If you just need a cheap razor, see £2 Gillette Fusion ProGlide (norm £12).

    Important: This is part of a subscription, so you'll be enrolled into an ongoing paid-for service, but you can cancel any time and if you do it early enough, you won't be charged for further deliveries – see how to below.

    From our calculations, the products in the cheaper 'trial' set are worth £6.45, and £18.39 for the larger 'trial' set, if bought individually at Sterling Shave Club (and based on the proportionate cost of the full-size version of the shave cream, moisturiser and face scrub).

    This is an ongoing offer for anyone who hasn't signed up to Sterling Shave Club before, but 3,000 sets have been kept aside for MSE users.

    Sterling Shave Club

    When will it be delivered?

    Delivery should take two to three working days if paying by card or PayPal, and the package will fit through most standard letterboxes.

    Sterling Shave Club subscription and how to cancel or amend

    When signing up to Sterling Shave Club, you'll be enrolled into a monthly subscription service, which will activate 15 days after your 'trial' kit is dispatched. However, you can change the regularity (including delaying deliveries), change which products you're sent (and therefore the amount you pay), or cancel at any time.

    If you do nothing, you'll be sent four replacement blade cartridges and be charged £9.61 each time it's delivered – so if you don't want this, remember to cancel or change your delivery preferences as soon as you've got your 'trial' box.

    Sterling Shave Club says it will email you three days before your next box is picked for delivery, giving you a reminder that you can cancel your subscription, delay, or amend the delivery up to one day before your next box is sent. You can cancel via your Sterling Shave Club online account – go to the 'My Subscriptions' section and select the red 'Stop' button to end your subscription.

    • What is Sterling Shave Club?

      Sterling Shave Club has been offering its shaving supplies since 2014. As part of its subscription service, you can always update which shaving supplies you receive, or delay deliveries. Sterling Shave Club has been reviewed on Trustpilot and when we checked, had scored 6.3 out of 10 from 93 reviews.

  • Ethical make-up and skincare company Lush offers a free £7.50 face mask if you save up five of its black, recyclable pots and exchange them in store (find your nearest).

    Lush says they must be used and clean when you return them, and you can read more about Lush's commitment to recycling on its website.

    If you'd like to know what other freebies you can get for recycling your make-up and skincare packaging, see MSE Rhiannon's blog How to bag FREE make-up and skincare rewards for recycling.

  • 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.

    You can also pick up some free samples (up to three drammed samples custom-fit for your skin), these are subject to availability, so you'll only get them if they're in stock.
  • If you're a student, you can get 10% off at skincare brand Origins using your Unidays account. There are a few exclusions (see 'more info' below) and you can't get the discount on gift cards.

    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.

    • You can only use this discount on full-priced items delivered within the UK. You can't use it with any other offer, on delivery charges, gift vouchers, gift sets or limited edition products.

  • Summer is coming and you should be wearing sun cream in the UK, not just on your holiday abroad. Staying safe needn’t cost the earth though, if you’re willing to ditch the brands you know, you could save with sun cream for £1. It sounds too good to be true, yet we've found a number of products available for £1 rather than the usual £6-£12. We've contacted skincare experts to find out how safe the lotions are.

    Are they safe?

    We've been in touch with the British Skin Foundation (BSF) charity and the Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) trade body. Both say people shouldn't be put off by low prices, as long as they check packaging for:

    • The UVA rating. This tells you how much protection the product is giving you from harmful long-wave ultra-violet UVA rays. Some bottles have a star rating (the BSF recommends four or more stars) - while others don't, they should at least contain a circle with the letters UVA inside, as this indicates the minimum level of UVA protection. See images below for the logos you should be looking for.

    • The SPF number. This stands for sun protection factor. The higher the number, the greater the level of protection against harmful medium-wave ultra-violet UVB rays. The label should also tell you whether the product provides "low", "medium", "high" or "very high" protection against UVB. See the CTPA's section on sun protection for more info.

    The BSF says: "When choosing a sunscreen look for a high protection SPF (SPF 30 or more) to protect against UVB, and the UVA circle logo and/or 4 or 5 UVA stars to protect against UVA."

    You might be a bit sceptical about sun cream for £1, we always are too, but we’re trusting that these big companies such as Savers (owned by Superdrug) have done their own independent checks to ensure these sun creams are fully tested and are legit.

    Important -  As with any product, if you have sensitive skin it’s important to do a patch test before using any new skin care or hair care product and sun cream is no exception.

    How long will it last? 

    The period after opening (PAO) number should also be included on the bottle. This will be displayed as an "open jar" symbol with a number inside indicating how many months the product will be safe for after opening, providing it is stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight (see example below). 

    Don't automatically chuck old sun creams away

    Most of the cheap sun creams we found are good to use for at least 12 months from the date of opening, so don't throw away your excess sun cream after your holiday, check the PAO as it's likely you can use it again on your next trip.

    £1 sun creams

    We checked the big pound store chains and scoured the high street. The products we found may not be the same as the ones you find and are subject to stock, so make sure you do the checks above. It's also worth noting these bottles are slightly smaller (40ml-120ml) than some of the better-known brands (norm 200ml). They may not be brands that you recognise, but all have the UVA rating symbol to indicate they meet at least the minimum level of UVA protection.

    Poundland (find your nearest)

    It stocks a range from a brand called Anovia Tropical Sun, which should be available in its 400+ stores for £1. We found:

    • Tropical Sun lotion for kids SPF 30, 65ml (next cheapest £4.95 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

    • Tropical Sun lotion SPF 30, 65ml (next cheapest we found, £5.99 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

    Savers (find your nearest)

    It stocks a range from a brand called EAD sunscreen, which should be available in its 230+ stores at £1. We found:

    • EAD Sunscreen SPF 30, 120ml (next cheapest we found, £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)
    • EAD Sunscreen SPF 45, 120ml (next cheapest we found, £3.49 delivered via a third party Amazon seller)

    A 200ml EAD sunscreen SPF 50 is also available, but that's £1.99.

    Own-brand sun cream for less than £5

    At MSE we're always trying to get you to think about downshifting, so we've had a look for the cheapest own-branded sun creams on offer, all under a fiver:

    • Aldi Lacura sun spray SPF50+, 200ml - £1.99 in store at Aldi. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Lidl Cien sun lotion SPF 30, 250ml - £3.49 in store at Lidl.
    • Boots Soltan kids SPF 30, 200ml - £4 at Boots*. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Superdrug Solait SPF 30, 200ml - £4.49 in the buy one get one half price offer at Superdrug*. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Asda Protect SPF 30, 200ml - £2.39 at Asda*. Five-star UVA rated.
    • Wilko Suncare SPF 50, 200ml - £3.50 at Wilko*. Five-star UVA rated.

    Other low-cost branded sun creams

    For those who just can't ditch a brand they know and trust, we've also compiled a list of the cheapest we've found some of the most popular products. When they are cheap, we found quite often prices elsewhere are only a few pence more.

    It's worth remembering that sprays and special formulations (eg, clear/coloured/sensitive) usually cost more, so check to see if your chosen cream could be cheaper in a different bottle.

    • Garnier Ambre Solaire kids moisturising spray SPF 50, 200ml - £4  at Asda* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Sainsbury's).
    • Garnier Ambre Solaire ultra-hydrating sun cream SPF 30, 200ml - £4 at Asda* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Tesco and Sainsbury's).
    • Nivea Sun moisturising sun protect & moisture SPF 30, 200ml - £4 at Asda* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Tesco and Sainsbury's).
    • Piz Buin allergy sun-sensitive skin spray SPF 30, 200ml - £4.99 at B&M Bargains (next cheapest we found, £8 at Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury's and Asda).
    • Nivea Sun moisturising sun lotion SPF 50, 200ml - £4 at Asda* (next cheapest we found, £5 at Tesco and Sainsbury's).

    Buy before you fly - watch out for hand luggage restrictions

    Research from the Post Office suggests sun cream is generally cheaper in the UK than abroad, so it's best to buy before your holiday - especially with the weaker pound this year. Don't forget though, if you're flying, you can only carry a maximum of 100ml in your hand luggage, unless you buy in shops after you've gone through check-in. You may find items will be taken off you if transferring flights, so be sure to check before flying if you're unsure.

  • If you head to a Lancôme beauty counter (find your nearest*), you can ask for a free 5ml sample of Advanced Genifique serum plus one of five moisturisers. There's no voucher needed, and based on the full-sized 50ml versions, we've figured the moisturiser freebie to be worth between £3.55 and £6 and the serum £9.83 based on the full-sized 30ml version.

    There are 2,000,000 samples available which will be released in batches throughout the year, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. Each Lancôme counter - there are 685 in the UK - will have the samples but larger stores will have a bigger allocation. You'll find the counters in department stores, Boots and some pharmacies.

    The Lancôme samples are 5ml tubes, available in five types of moisturiser (plus Advanced Genifique serum):

    • Advanced Genifique serum - works on fine lines and dullness, for all skin types. Worth £9.83 based on the full-sized 30ml version.
    • Hydra Zen day cream - soothing and hydrating, for dry skin. Worth £3.55 based on the full-size 50ml version.
    • Visionnaire day cream - anti-wrinkle and for improved skin texture. Worth £5.40 based on the full-size 50ml version.
    • Visionnaire night cream - gel texture. Worth £5.30 based on the full-size 50ml version.
    • Renergie Multi Lift day cream - lifting and firming – for more mature skin. Worth £4.48 based on the full-size 50ml version.
    • Advanced Genifique cream - works on fine lines and dullness, for all skin types. Worth £5.90 based on the full-sized 50ml version.

    In order to get your freebie, you'll need to answer a few questions about your skin type (whether your skin is shiny, tight, or normal), which should take about three minutes. Remember, there is no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice, but be prepared - it might try and upsell you. 

    Free facial or hand massage

    While you are at the counter, you can also get a free 15-minute facial or 10-minute hand massage, no booking required.

  • If you go online to beauty retailer Crabtree & Evelyn's ‘outlet’ section or into its outlet stores (Somerset, Co Duram, Portsmouth, Pontyclun), you can get 30% off end of line and outlet exclusive products. The discount is only valid on ‘outlet’ items, not products from the main site or stores.

    Home delivery's £3.50, £2.75 to a collection point or you can click and collect in any store (not just outlets) for free.

  • 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.