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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July ’20 – Freebie Haul

July is my birthday month so usually a better haul than most months. I know lockdown is starting to lift as we adapt to a “new normal” but in London we are still advised not to take public transport unless necessary so with this in mind as local shop closures I definitely haven’t been out to visit as many shops as I typically would to collect my birthday haul! However; having more free time on my hands did allow me to discover a few extra birthday gifts with small spend which I’ve included in another post here. Below are all the freebies I got in July!

Byredo Lil Fleur Perfume – from a sponsored Facebook advert

Nars 12 Lipstick Samples – from Send Me A Sample. I downloaded Google Assistant on my phone, signed up to SMAS and asked for a Nars sample that was available at the time. There were options to try their blusher, lipstick or mascara.

Becca Ignite Highlighter – 3 samples – from Boots sampling online

Shiseido – Lipstick and Mascara – from a sponsored Facebook post. This one is so generous and well timed as I needed a new mascara.

Just Hype – Face Mask – from filling in an online sponsored form a few weeks back

The Body Shop Products – free thanks to getting a £5 voucher for my birthday month for belonging to their Love Your Body Club. I was lucky their sale was still on in store, the two bottles were reduced from £3 each originally and I chose a bar soap as I want to make some eco friendly beauty swaps on a budget and plan to use this instead of shower gel.

Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair Serum from a sponsored social media advert on Facebook

Aerin Perfume – from a sponsored Facebook advert

6 Perfume Samples – Superdrug – I literally asked at their fragrance counter on the day of my birthday if they had any samples I could have – I did purchase a generic toiletry I needed at the same time as asking.

Drops of Light Serum – The Body Shop – I literally asked in store for a product recommendation and was given this to try.

Herbal Essentials skin care samples

La Espinola Olive Oil sample via Send Me A Sample in a similar way to how I claimed the Nars lipsticks

Angel Nova perfume sample via filling out a form on Mugler’s website

Loewe perfume sample from a sponsored Facebook advert

Jo Malone Perfume samples from a sponsored Facebook advert. When I filled this in I was asked to choose which fragrance I’d like to try out of two options but was sent both in the post which was a nice surprise.

All told I am thrilled with my July freebies. I managed to get 12 perfume samples which will keep me going for quite a while but most of all I was over the moon with the freebie haul I got after signing up to some loyalty clubs with 2 minimal spends which I dedicated a whole other post to here.

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Part 1: How To Get Free Make Up And Beauty Samples

I’ve been an avid beauty freebie collector now for nearly 2 years. It’s saved me a small fortune and I’ve been able to use some brilliant brands like Chanel, Givenchy etc all without paying a penny. Below are some of the ways I collect beauty freebies: Sign up to Glamour Beauty Club to receive free… More

How To Get Beauty Freebies For Your Birthday

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… More

June ’20 Freebie Haul

A post summarising all the freebies I claimed that arrived in June. Considering all these were claimed online I’m pretty surprised and impressed with what I got. Having more time on my hands in lockdown definitely meant I was able to fill out new freebie forms faster so missed out on less though! Lenor Unstoppables… More

June ’20 Freebie Haul

A post summarising all the freebies I claimed that arrived in June. Considering all these were claimed online I’m pretty surprised and impressed with what I got. Having more time on my hands in lockdown definitely meant I was able to fill out new freebie forms faster so missed out on less though!

Lenor Unstoppables – from Super Savvy Me

£15 worth of items from Superdrug – claimed as a new customer to TopCashBack. I paid 89p including delivery for the bundle below. My cashback arrived about 3 weeks later (but it can take up to 3 months)

Giorgio Armani Foundation – from a SoPost sponsored advert on Instagram.

YSL All Hours Foundation – also from a SoPost sponsored advert.

Rituals Anti Ageing Skin Care samples – signing up to their newsletter prompted me to sign up to a SoPost freebie giveaway.

Oral B Toothpaste mini sample from Super Savvy Me.

Estee Lauder Perfume from a sponsored social media advert

Mike’s Alcoholic Sparkling Water spotted through Instagram. As I don’t drink this will be put towards a gift hamper as it is a full sized can.

Fairy Dishwasher Tablets – a sponsored Facebook advert with Super Savvy Me

It Cosmetics 4ml CC+ Cream – Boots online samples

£50 Ikea Voucher – for winning a Super Savvy Me competition.

Omorovicza Mud Face Mask – via a sponsored social media advert

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Saving Money At Home – I Won A £50 IKEA Voucher!

I’ve never won a competition. I recently signed up to Super Savvy Me to claim Proctor and Gamble free samples which meant a mini Oral B toothpaste and Lenor fragrance booster dropped through my letterbox which was great. Whilst logged into my account without giving it much thought I entered 2 of their competitions to win store vouchers and miraculously won a £50 IKEA Voucher with no expiry date. To say I’m excited would be an understatement.

Since the start of my student years I’ve always lived in furnished rented properties relying on them having well stocked kitchens and decent enough furniture as I own virtually nothing in the homeware department. It was so bad that my first landlord in London actually lent me freshly dry cleaned pillows and a duvet as well as a bed side lamp, bin and mirror. To give you an idea, I’m in my mid-20s and I have 1 pan, 3 mugs, 2 bowls, 1 plate and 2 gifted glasses to my name when it comes to kitchenware. That’s it! I have 1 bedding set, 1 blanket, 1 gifted cushion, 1 large bath towel – you get the idea. Ultimately I’m fine with what I’ve got and never been able to justify a huge homeware spend as I can comfortably get by. I intend to be a homeowner one day in the future so know that this will involve a fair bit of spending when the time comes as I currently have so little which is another reason I’m so grateful to have won this prize.

This voucher will be used for treats I previously wouldn’t have splurged on as well as lots of basic essentials like a set of tumblers and a long extension lead to overcome poor socket placement in my home which has become more apparent since working from home. I’m holding out a lot of hope for a small cheese plant which I’ve wanted for a good few years and intend to treat myself to a fancy room fragrance. Before going I plan to make a list of items that would be most useful so I get as much benefit as possible from this voucher rather than just picking up any old items. I honestly cannot wait but am hanging in there until I can safely visit a store without having to queue outside for several hours to make the most of this experience – and hand pick my plant of course! I plan to gift petrol money and / or some of my freebie collection to a friend with a car to make this trip even more enjoyable and save me wrestling a monstera and more on public transport!

Unsurprisingly given my small selection of homeware, I’m a huge IKEA novice so comments are particularly welcome for things I should look out for or bargain products loved from this store!

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My Best Beauty Bargain Haul – How I Got £27.45 Worth Of Superdrug Products For 89p With TopCashBack

Prior to lockdown I rarely shopped online but as items were getting harder, if not impossible, to find locally I began online shopping. This led me to looking into cashback websites where you can earn a % of your purchase back through websites like QuidCo or TopCashBack. Basic accounts are free.

I did some research via Money Saving Expert r.e cashback sites and it advised it was best to only use the sites for things you intended to buy anyway as cashback was never 100% guaranteed. I needed some basic toiletries and noticed TopCashBack had a deal with Superdrug offering new TCB customers up to £15 cashback on their purchases so decided to give this a go.

I signed up for TopCashBack and through their website I made my Superdrug purchase. Everything I purchased was either on offer or own brand items meaning I paid £15.89 for £27.45 worth of products. I bought whatever was closest to my typical basics that were available for home delivery:

  • 2 x Head & Shoulders Shampoo 250ml – £3.98 total (RRP £2.99 each)
  • 2 x Loreal Elvive Rapid Reviver Conditioner 200ml – £5.44 (RRP £5.50 each)
  • 2 x Superdrug lip balm – £1.49
  • 1 x Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Lotion 400ml – £2.99 (RRP £5.99)
  • 1 x Nivea Hand Cream Intensive 100ml – £1.99 (RRP £2.99)

I was able to log into my Superdrug account when checking out so also earned 15 points on this transaction and delivery was free as I spent over £15.

It took a couple of days for the purchase to appear in my TopCashBack account which initially made me very nervous but I did read it can sometimes take up to 7 days – if it doesn’t track after this time you can contact them easily via a form system where it will be investigated. I placed my order with Superdrug on the 18th May and received notification that my cashback was approved within 3 weeks – I believe this is because you have to wait for the returns period of 28 days to pass as if you get a refund you’re ineligible for cashback. I was then able to withdraw this money into my bank account where it takes up to 3 days to appear. The website does say it can take up to 3 months for cashback to reach the payable stage, it depends on the retailer.

All told this was a brilliant success for me. If you need toiletries anyway I’d say it’s definitely worth trying your luck. I’m still so thrilled with this and think it’s one of my best bargain hauls to date!

Signing up via this TopCashBack referral link means we’ll both receive an extra £5 bonus once you’ve had £10 cash back from the site. I’m not a huge online shopper but have found this website easy and handy to use to get some bonuses from purchases I’d be making anyway. There are often new customer deals of extra cashback from certain sites which really helps bump up your earnings with even eBay being registered for cashback. Although I’ve had some problems with cashback tracking, so not showing up in my account, it’s been really easy to ask for this to be looked into and purchases have then been added to my earnings.

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