January ’21 – Freebie Haul. The Free Items I Got & How I Got Them.

As ever, the end of the month brings another freebie haul of all the things I managed to collect and where I picked them up from.

Dirty Cow Plant Based Chocolate bar – I got this very generous sample from SNUG furniture company by applying for a pack of their fabric samples for sofas. I’m always keen to find ways to save on dairy free so am really happy with this.

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume – this came from a sponsored Facebook advert.

Clinique Moisture Surge sample – this again came from a sponsored Facebook advert. I was a little disappointed that this was just a sachet as I’ve used this product before on my acne prone skin in the winter and really loved it.

Rubicon 1l Drink – I picked this up in Tesco using the Shopmium app. The product RRP was £1.50, the Tesco Clubcard price was £1 and the Shopmium offer was try for 50p so by buying it this way it cost me nothing. The referral code “g2ye4k” will earn you a free tube of Pringles should you wish to get started with this brilliant app.

Seedlip Non Alcoholic Spirit – As I don’t drink I was really happy to see this sponsored advert pop up on Facebook. I’ve wanted to try this product for a long time but been partially put off by the price in restaurants etc as it has always been so close to alcoholic drinks!

L’Occitane £5 Hand Cream tin – Towards the beginning of January L’Occitane were offering a free £5 voucher with no minimum spend to new customers who signed up through referral links. I managed to pick up a referral link on Instagram and received free postage on my order as well for being a new customer. I’m really pleased with this and it will be a lovely addition to a birthday gift. This offer is no longer working as they’ve introduced a minimum spend for the referral.

8 cans of Remedy Kombucha – These were £3.50 per box of 4 in Tesco if you paid with a Clubcard. There was an offer on Green Jinn, a cashback app for food and drink, offering £3.50 cashback on 2 varieties so I got 4 cans of raspberry lemonade and 4 cans of apple flavour.

YSL Black Opium Perfume – I can only assume from another sponsored social media advert.

Dr Jart Cicapair cream from a sponsored Facebook advert in a generous sided little pot.

4 x Plantastic plant based flapjacks picked up from Tesco Express via a Check Out Smart deal making them entirely free instead of £4.80 total. I’m really pleased with these as often buying dairy free items can be very pricey.

Aveda conditioner sample from a sponsored Facebook advert. This arrived in a generous sided small tube.

Snug mystery box which I became aware of via an email. They sent me an iced sugar cookie and some new fabric samples.

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November ’20 – Freebie Haul

This month has been a very hectic one meaning I’ve been a little slow on the freebie round up! Without further delay here’s a list of the freebies I claimed in November as best I can recall. It was a very successful month for perfume samples which I was particularly pleased with as I like adding them as little extras to Christmas gifts for people.

YSL Black Opium perfume sample – via a sponsored advert with SoPost.

YSL Libre perfume sample

YSL Black Opium, Lancome La Vie Est Belle, Valentino and Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume samples all via SoPost adverts on the John Lewis website.

Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara. A sponsored Facebook advert floated around that should only have been available in the US. I filled it in without knowing this, contacted them ad they very generously sent me a sample in the post!

Sport FX cosmetics including make up wipes, dry shampoo and 2 full size lip balms. All from joining House of Fraser’s new loyalty club just before lockdown.

Armani Foundation Samples and Deluxe Mini Red Liquid Lipstick from signing up to their website.

YSL Libre, Carolina Herrera Good Girl and Chloe Nomade perfume samples from asking a Debenhams beauty counter nicely back when stores were open.

Cle De Peau Beaute 5ml moisturiser – I believe from a sponsored social media advert.

Dior 3 Fragrance Samples – via the Boots app

Armani My Way Fragrance sample – I assume from a sponsored social media advert.

My Clarins Re-Move Exfoliating Power – from a sponsored Facebook post

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Beauty Freebies

I’ve been an avid beauty freebie collector now for around 2 years and it has saved me a fortune. I’ve written previous posts on how to claim beauty freebies including a special section on birthday freebies but thought I’d focus a post on how to make the absolute most out of whatever you claim.

Here are a few of my tips on how to make the most of your freebies.

Store Lipstick Swatches In Pots To Use More Than Once

I’ve received lipstick swatches from Nars, Laura Mercier and Chanel. I ended up with 5 from Chanel, 24 from Nars and 3 from Laura Mercier. Once open I store the little swatches in small plastic pots and use a lip brush to get them out. Often samples come with applicators. The tiny pots also make the samples handbag friendly should you wish to top up your make up when out and about. I’ve previously asked Clinique and Clarins counters in the past for some of their empty foundation sample pots to use to decant products for weekends away and then used these for lipstick samples. You can get several weeks worth of usage out of them this way.

Decant Sachet Samples Into A Container

When Clinique launched their Dramatic Different Jelly moisturiser I somehow ended up with 13 sample sachets of the product. I picked them up with Stylist magazine, outside a Bond Street Department store and over a counter. I usually find one moisturiser sachet contains too much for one use but are a pain to store as they dry up a bit so cut the tops off and squeezed them into a clean empty moisturiser tub. By doing this with the Jelly samples I was able to use the moisturiser every morning for nearly a month instead of nearly 2 weeks getting double the use out of them.

Check Freebie Deliveries From Online Ads For Vouchers And Offers

I once applied for a free sample pack from Bodyform and received 2 50p off coupons with them. I used these in Savers to get 2 packs for 49p each as Savers only charge 89p for the RRP of £1.50 on the products. I’ve also received vouchers offering me a complimentary foundation sample and perfume with a YSL fragrance sample I got via a Facebook advert. Some vouchers are always handy to pass on to friends like the Dior foundation sample

Check freebie deliveries for further vouchers

Reuse Sample Foundation Bottles

I’ve previously had samples from Dior and YSL which came in small glass bottles with a wand applicator. Once empty I washed them up and refill with my favourite foundation for trips away to save me carrying bigger bulkier bottles.

Gifts For Friends

I claim most freebies that pop up as sponsored social media adverts. Often they will run out of stock quickly so I find it easier to just apply and then when it arrives see if its suitable for my skin type etc. If samples ever aren’t I add them to hamper style gifts for friends and family so nothing goes to waste. Some samples I’ve received are really generous like a mini lipstick from Shisheido, 5ml Clarins skin care products etc so they can make great additions to presents.

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My Ultimate Saving Money On Skincare Guide From Claiming Freebies To Deal Stacks & More

I’ve dealt with adult acne for around 6 years now meaning over the years I’ve sadly spent a small fortune on skincare products. Some I quickly discovered were unsuitable for me and thus I’d wasted my money. Over the years I’ve learnt a few tricks to saving money on skincare and I now never pay full price for products. Below are some of my best tips for how to shop for skincare without breaking the bank.

Ask Counters For Free Samples

Brands like The Body Shop and Clarins are known for being incredibly generous with their samples. I’ve had a lot of success with asking counters in the past by expressing a genuine interest in their products, explaining my skin concerns / history and saying I’m looking to incorporate some new products into my routine as I’m not happy with what I’m currently using. I could never walk up to a counter and just ask for free things but have had some good successes over the years by asking for recommendations for skin concerns etc from Clarins, The Body Shop, Estee Lauder and Clinique.

Claim Free Samples

I’ve written entire posts previously on how to claim beauty freebies which is worth checking out for this tip. Through following this I’ve been able to trial skincare from brands including Cerave, La Mer, La Roche Posay and more.

Do Your Homework

Research ingredients of products to assess if they’re suitable for your skin type. Read up on reviews, filtering them to see people with similar concerns to you can also be helpful.

Online Consultations

I find these incredibly helpful, please bear in mind companies will be trying to promote their products so I usually do this after I’ve done my own research to confirm products I’d like to try. I’ve had great success doing this with La Roche Posay online as well as Deceim x The Ordinary. It can be hit and miss depending on the response you get but I’ve had some really great help in the past.

Check Money Back Guarantees

Deceim x The Ordinary have a money back guarantee if your skin doesn’t agree with a recommended product and the bottle is over half full. This encouraged me to buy my first products from them. Purchases from Clinique Online, if dissatisfied, can be exchanged or part refunded. It’s worth checking before purchasing with other brands as it always makes me feel more comfortable parting with my money. Honest, truthful and justified complaints can result in some sort of financial compensation. I usually take photographs of my skin before starting a new product just in case as I have previously experienced a really bad reaction and was given a full refund for a product based on these images.

Buy Ahead x Shop Around

I always do this with products I trust to ensure I never have to pay full price for them. Buy buying in advance you can make the most of store promos etc, discussed below, without ever being caught short and having to fork out the full RRP. It never hurts to quickly check a couple of stores online to check you’re getting the best deal. For example when we went into lockdown and I needed a new moisturiser I hunted high and low to find a free P&P deal or promotion and ended up surprisingly buying from Amazon Prime as it was by the far the best deal. I’d previously never have thought of looking there.

In Store Promotions x Deal Stacks

A nice obvious one! Looking out for 3 for 2 or 20% off promos is really helpful for saving money. Boots now have £10 Tuesdays and sales on Fridays which can result in some amazing savings most of which work on top of already existing store promotions. I recently bought my favourite La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ moisturiser using the £10 Tuesday offer and 3 for 2 promotion. All told I got 3 products for less than the price of one, a post with full details can be found here. Student discount in Boots and Superdrug work on top of any promotions and deal stacks.

Loyalty Cards + Apps

I’ve written previous posts on why I love the Boots app and advantage card to collect lots of points to use against future spends. If you’re a regular shopper with Boots or Superdrug I’d definitely suggest having their loyalty cards as they’ll help you save in the long run by buying items you already planned to purchase. Both offer birthday perks and there are often extra points events. The Boots app in particular really helps to maximise points collection and often has personalised offers as well as regular promos like 150 bonus points when you spend £15.

Feel Unique Pick & Mix / Beauty Kit

Pick & Mix costs £3.95 but you then get a voucher to redeem this against a (non sampling) purchase. You simply make a Feel Unique account, buy your Pick & Mix, then your order will have a gift code in it that you can use over the next 2 months on full size products. They have some great brands including Cerave, La Roche Posay, Caudalie and many more so are a great way to try skin care products especially now that, understandably, samples aren’t available in stores. The Beauty Kit is a similar concept but products are deluxe minis such as 50ml toners as well as high end make up miniatures. It costs £12.95 plus £3.95 handling fee which you then get as a voucher to use against a (non sampling) purchase. As I wear make up rarely I’d be keen to try the beauty kit if they had a couple of skincare products I wanted to try and then pick designer lipsticks, mascara and eyeliner as the other options.

An example of the Feel Unique Pick & Mix. I was sent one of the wrong samples and given my money back making these totally free

Purchase Minis

I recently bought a REN 50ml toner for £6 after doing research etc into it. The 250ml full size REN Ready Steady Glow Toner is around £25-7. I’ve previously never bought minis or travel size skincare products to try and am wondering why it’s taken me so long! I personally would rather take a gamble on a new product with a lower priced deluxe mini than buy a full bottle and discover, despite my research, that my skin doesn’t like it.

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August ’20 – Freebie Haul

Its the end of another month meaning its that time again – a freebie haul post! I tend to post all of my freebies as they arrive over on my Instagram account including, where possible, sign posting when some freebies are live.

Aveda Leave in Hair Conditioner – this was from a sponsored Facebook post and is a really generous 10ml size. I honestly expected one small sachet or similar so was really pleased when this arrived, especially as my hair needs some love having not been cut since last December.

Narcisco Rodriguez Perfume – again from a sponsored Facebook post.

£5 Paperchase Voucher – technically I got this in July, my birthday month, for belonging to Paperchase’s loyalty club but was unable to spend it in store then due to local closures. The voucher is valid for 1 month after your birthday meaning I knocked £5 off an academic diary (RRP £6 with store promo for £4.20) and a cute 50p postcard. All told I paid 30p for the 2 items worth £6.50.

Laura Mercier Mascara – again from a sponsored social media advert. Mascara freebies are a real favourite of mine so I was really pleased to get this.

Lancome Idole Perfume – I believe from an online sponsored social media advert

Givenchy Irresistible Perfume – again from a sponsored Facebook advert

Vital Life Hand Sanitiser – I applied for this back in March but can’t remember where from. I honestly forgot about it until it dropped through my door months later!

Picks Milk Chocolate Strawberries – From a sponsored Facebook advert. These will be put away for a gift for a friend.

StriVectin Anti Wrinkle / SD Advanced cream for wrinkles and stretch marks – from Marie Claire’s new beauty sampling service which is free to sign up to.

Giorgio Armani My Way Perfume – From a sponsored Facebook advert

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum – I got 4 sachets of this to try by simply asking at a beauty counter as they have a new formula of this product.

Full Size Tube of Pringles crisps – I signed up to the app Shopmium which enables you to claim some free food items and get others heavily discounted. You simply make an account, connect your PayPal, buy the exact item from the store it specifies, upload a photo of your receipt and scan the item barcode. It then sends you cashback, mine arrived the same day I submitted the claim. It’s really simple and the app talks you through steps for claims. Anyone wanting to join can use the code: g2ye4k – this will earn you a welcome gift of free Pringles too!

Iced Latte – from Caffe Nero thanks to O2 Priority Moments. They offer a free drink, with a few options, every Tuesday or Wednesday after 12pm.

Forever Aloe Sheet Masks – again from a sponsored Facebook advert. This one just appeared on my newsfeed without me having to do anything.

Laura Mercier Powders – again from a sponsored Facebook advert. I simply liked their page, liked a few posts and this then popped up on my newsfeed after refreshing.

Laura Mercier Lipstick Swatches – again from a sponsored Facebook advert

Carte Noir Coffee Samples – from Send Me A Sample. I signed up for an account, downloaded Google Assistant onto my phone before asking it for Send Me A Sample. It then asks what samples you’d like, you can request whatever is available and they arrive through the post not long after.

Prodigy Eat No Evil Vegan Chocolate Bar – from a sponsored Facebook post. I was really happy to get this having recently given up dairy and learnt their products are refined sugar free.

Paco Rabanne Perfume – I can only assume this was from another sponsored social media advert

Chanel 3 x 5ml Skincare Samples – from the Boots app. There was an option in the offers section to apply for these.

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