Thursday 31 May 2012

My Little Magazine Spree, a NOTD & Next Month's Freebies!

Today my Twitter feed has been full of people talking about this month's brilliant magazine freebies and yes, I was one of them! Predicting that these freebies would be in high demand, I left a little earlier this morning and detoured to Tesco!

Here's what I picked up:

  • Ciate Paint Pots in Bon Bon (left) and Purple Sherbet (right) - free with Marie Claire. There is also another shade available called Jelly Bean, which is a fuschia pink. Worth £9.00 each.
  • Benefit POREfessional 7.5ml and That Gal brightening primer 7.5ml - free with Glamour. The POREfessional is worth £10.00 and That Gal is worth £15.00. There is also a BADgal Lash Mascara in black to collect, worth £10.00.
  • The Body Shop Big and Curvy Mascara in black - free with InStyle. Worth £10.00. You can also collect The Body Shop Eye Definers in Black and French Navy (worth £16.00 together). 
All in all I spent about £15.00 on magazines but got £53.00 worth of products! Hell yeah! :-)
I've already applied the gorgeous Bon Bon shade to my nails, I'd describe it as a very dusky mauve or a purple-y grey. It's a very subtle but I love it. Can I also say how cute is the bottle with the little bow?! It's the kind of thing you don't want to hide away, but display proudly on your dressing table! The pics below are taken in different lights so you can get a better idea of the shade.

So can we expect any freebies next month you might be thinking? Well I have some good news - yes you can!

  • Marie Claire will have a choice of three Avon mascaras, worth £10.00 each. Choose from Super Extend Extreme Mascara, Super Shock Max Mascara and Super Curlacious Mascara. I'm tempted to try Super Curlacious, as I'm on the look out for a budget brand that matches Benefit They're Real (if it exists!!).

  • Glamour will have a choice of four products from a range called Balance Me - Balancing Face Moisturiser 20ml (worth £11.00), Wonder Eye Cream 7ml (worth £11.00), Pure Skin Face Wash 50ml (worth £11.00) and Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve 10ml (worth £12.00). I looked up this range online as I'd never heard of it. Made in the UK, the range promises to be free from parabens, sulphates, petroleum, mineral oils, silicones, dea, pegs, propylene glycol, artifical fragrances and colours. I like the sound of the lip salve and eye cream!
  • InStyle do not seem to be giving away actual freebies with next month's magazine; it's not very clear but the statement "Terms and Conditions apply" is linked to the products with a star in small print, which makes me think that perhaps the magazine will have some kind of voucher for them? Can anyone shed any light on this? Anyway, the products are Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara worth £7.00 and Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam worth £7.00. I seriously want to try the mascara, I've read so many rave reviews on it!

All these magazines are on sale on the 5th July. Aren't we spoilt!!

What freebies have you picked up this month? Will you be picking up any freebies next month too?

Beauty Bird xx



  1. Next month's Glamour and Instyle are looking very tempting! x

  2. Time to get magazine haulin!

  3. Ooh more good freebies next month! I have looked everywhere for the benefit that gal primer, fingers crossed today! x

  4. Elle is also giving away St. Tropez Gradual Tanner!!!

    1. Ooh really? Is that this month or next? x

  5. I want glamour and instyle couldn't find them today. I got the fushia pink nail varnish. I like the lilac on you. Think I need to get that one too! I'm not a fan of the Avon curvealicous one, I find it hard to get the product on my lashes if that makes any sense. There is a good mascara out this month in red magazine apparently, a jemma kidd one x

    1. Thanks, Bon Bon is lovely! It's not a stand out shade in the bottle but it's gorgeous on! Ooh that's disappointing about the Avon mascara!
      Never tried Jemma Kidd makeup, have you? x

  6. Hey! Just found your blog and just thought I would say I LOVE it!
    What did you think of the Porefessional?

    1. Aw thank you so much! That really means a lot! I've only been using it for a few days, bit wary of it as it seems quite fragranced. But its effect on pores is instant, really reduces them, but it doesn't seem to last very long. Have you tried it? x

    2. I went to the shop and had a magazine buying spree after reading this! So yes I have tried it now and I do quite like it, I agree about the smell but it's no where near as overpowering as That Gal which left my face smelling like an artificial strawberry! :S x

    3. Haha! I think I prefer That Gal's fragrance, but rather it didn't have any to be honest! I've been using it round my eyes to brighten when I'm tired :-) I'm warming to POREfessional the more I use it. I might pick up another. Did you pick up any other freebies? x

  7. Great products and the nail colours are so lovely!

    Tanesha x


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