July is my birthday month and usually when I have the biggest haul of freebies. Given the recent lockdown I’ve had more spare time on my hands than usual which has led me to joining some extra loyalty schemes for birthday perks that I was previously unaware of. Some are gifts with purchase but if I’m lucky the timing often coincides with sales meaning the spend can be low. Below are the beauty birthday freebies I claimed this year from 3 loyalty schemes.
Space NK Ndulge Programme
Its free to join and if its your first online order you can get free delivery too by googling a discount code – at time of writing “welcome3” worked for me. I received an email at the start of the month with the 3 deluxe mini samples that I could get as part of my gift. Normally you’d be able to pick these up in store without a purchase but due to Covid-19 that isn’t an option. I can’t lie I scoured the website for the cheapest option available that I’d actually use to avoid wasting my money and settled on a 50ml REN Ready Steady Glow Toner with ingredients said to be good for acne prone skin for £6. So all told I paid £6 for a 50ml toner, 15ml Drunk Elephant Miceller Water, 15ml Emma Hardie 30 SPF Moisturiser and 7ml By Terry CC Cream with shipping. I decided to place this order as for £6 I was keen to try the toner and would receive some perks. Any products I won’t use I’ve realised would be great additions to put towards gifts for friends so I feel this is good value for money especially considering the free gifts are worth £29.50! I was a little disappointed that the month before included a mini Nars liquid lipstick as I’d have loved this.
The Body Shop – £5 Voucher
For any Love Your Body Club members The Body Shop give a free £5 voucher on your birthday which I believe is valid for a month. Usually I pick up 3 for 2 travel minis in stores as this means you can get 3 products without having to pay any extra. They have quite a few products even when full price which are under £5 including bar soaps, hand creams, minis and sheet masks so worth joining especially as its free to sign up. This year I got a bar soap as I want to try and make more eco friendly beauty swaps mentioned in an earlier post here and 2 travel minis that were reduced in their in store sale. I was gifted the sachet after asking for product advice / samples.
I signed up to their loyalty club in June. At time of writing you get a free 50ml foaming shower gel worth £4.90 with your first online order. So I waited until I received their birthday promo email to get 2 free products in one go and the deal stack worked. My birthday code gave me a free full size shower oil worth £8.50. Their sale was still on so I bought their cheapest option that I’d use which was a 70ml shampoo reduced to £2.73. I had to pay £2.99 for delivery. My items should have cost me £17.30 but I saved £14.57 and in the end this spend cost me £5.72 with postage. I realise these items are pricier than my usual basic toiletries but these make great gifts if I decide I won’t use them or some bargain treats for me as a small luxury.
So all told I got 11 things for £11.72 (purchases in italics):
- 50ml REN Ready Steady Glow Toner (worth £6)
- 15ml Drunk Elephant Miceller Water (worth £1.50)
- 15ml Emma Hardie 30 SPF Moisturiser (worth £13.80
- 7ml By Terry CC Cream (worth £14.23)
- 50ml Rituals Foaming Shower Gel (worth 4.90)
- 200ml Rituals Shower Oil (worth £8.50)
- 70ml Rituals Shampoo (worth £3.90 – paid £2.72)
- 100g Mango Soap – TBS (worth £2.50)
- 60ml Wild Argan Oil Lotion – TBS (worth £3 – on sale for £1)
- 60ml Spa Of The World Shower Gel – TBS (worth £3 – on sale for £1.50)
- 1ml Sachet – Drops of Light Serum – TBS
So if I ignore the sachet for a second that’s 10 products, either travel minis, full size or deluxe samples averaging at a cost of £1.17 each considering I paid £11.72 to get this haul. Adding up their RRPs this lot should have cost me a whopping £62.83 so I’m very impressed!
Also – not freebie related but related to birthday perks from beauty loyalty schemes – for Boots Advantage Card holders they offer double points on every spend during your birthday month and Superdrug offer triple points on anything you buy on the day of your birthday for Beauty Card holders.