Making A Beauty And Skincare Inventory For The New Year To Help Save Money: Project Pan.

In 2020 I managed to pick up even more bargain beauty hauls than before. Quite a few were great deals on products I’ve used for years and love and others were incredible deals on new products I’m excited to try. I’ve amassed quite a collection from birthday freebies last year as well so I decided to create a beauty and skincare inventory list with a view to it saving me money in 2021. I have to say a huge thank you to Beauty Box Passion on Instagram for giving me this idea.

Starting A Beauty Inventory

I decided to pop this as a note in my phone and split it into categories such as cleansers, exfoliants, moisturisers, haircare, body care etc. I then went through the pile I’d accumulated and wrote down everything under these headings with a tick box next to it. I found it super helpful to go through the various bags and boxes I’d popped things away in as I found products I didn’t realise I had. As I never pay full price for skincare unless I absolutely have to I often buy trusted products ahead of time. Having this list will help me work out if I need to or not as I may have an alternative to try in my stash.

Things I Don’t Need

Putting together this list has made me realise I’m more than likely covered for hair products for almost 6 months. I’ve got 3 bottles of shampoo and 2 of conditioner from freebie promotions or extreme clearance discounts. I also discovered I had 2 deluxe samples of liquid make up remover or micellar water meaning my current bottle which is running low won’t actually need to be immediately bought and replaced after all. I also realised I won’t need shower gel for quite some time either! The list also helped me realise some free deluxe make up samples I may never use that I can add to gifts for people.

Keeping Me Accountable

2020 was the first time in about 5 years that I started experimenting with skincare again. Many years back anything I tried off the high street tended to end badly either causing eczema from being too harsh or doing nothing to control my spots. Once I found a decent balance I never bothered trying anything else out of slight fear even though I didn’t get all the results I was hoping for. The only downside to this definitely means there’s lots more I still want to try! I found another couple of holy grail products in 2020 but am still on the hunt for an exfoliator to help with blackheads that works for my skin. I’m seriously hoping seeing the list of skincare products I have will keep me accountable and stop me buying things when I don’t need them. Lots of the skincare products I have are all deluxe samples and didn’t cost me a lot in themselves but I’m still keen to work through what I have before getting more.

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December ’20 – Freebie Haul

In the run up to Christmas I’ll confess I’ve been dreadful at keeping tabs of the freebies I received this month. As ever I tend to post things soon after they arrive to my Instagram account but I was swamped with Christmas preparation and rounding up the end of the year in December. Below are some of the freebies I managed to claim with where I got them from.

2 x Kind mini snack bars – from a sponsored social media advert

La Espanola mini olive oil – Send Me A Sample

Smashbox Super Fan mascara – sponsored Facebook advert

Kenzo Flower perfume – Boots sampling via their app

Mont Blanc explorer aftershave – Boots sampling via their app

Narcisco Rodriguez Pure Musc perfume – unknown

YSL Black Opium perfume – unknown

Cerave Cream To Foam Hydrating Cleanser deluxe sample – via an online link (no longer available)

Cerave Foaming Cleanser deluxe sample – via an online link (no longer available)

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray x 2 – by asking a counter nicely in Debenhams

Alien body moisturiser and YSL perfume samples – by asking a counter nicely in Debenhams

I gifted so many of my freebies as Christmas presents that I’m exciting to start building up my collection in the New Year!

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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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My 100th Blog Post: A Round Up Of Recent Best Beauty Bargains – Too Good To Not Share!

This marks my 100th post on my blog, I honestly can’t believe I’ve hit this number already! The last round up of best beauty bargains I posted was around my birthday month so decided a post like this was long overdue. I got very lucky with beauty bargains and freebies just before Lockdown 2.0 kicked in so decided to share them with you.


I purchased this straight away for a gift with a specific recipient in mind who loves high end beauty and I love a bargain so it was perfect! L’Occitane were offering a free tin with 2 mini hand creams in worth £7 with any purchase and 15% off. I purchased one of the cheapest items on the website and with the discount code it was £3.40. Delivery into store was free and I got incredibly lucky that this arrived the day before we went into Lockdown 2.0. Gift wrapping was also free and the parcel included a card with personalised message as well as 3 skincare samples all in a lovely bright yellow bag. I couldn’t be happier with this for a present and almost wish I’d order 2 lots now!

Charles Worthington Full Size Hair Products – Boots

I’ve got into the habit whenever I’m in Boots or Superdrug and time allows to just have a good browse. Last month I saw full size bottles of Charles Worthington hair conditioner with an RRP of £7.99 for just £2. I took 2 bottles to the till and was told they were on a 3 for 2 offer so I grabbed a 3rd. With 10% student discount I paid £3.60 for £23.97 worth of hair product. These will make the perfect addition to some beauty hampers I’m making for friends and also for me to keep the price of hair washing super low!

House Of Fraser – New Loyalty Club

I saw HoF were offering free beauty bags to those who signed up in store to their new rewards scheme. Images of the bags I saw online included a full size can of dry shampoo and as I needed a bottle of this anyway decided to claim whilst picking up my L’Occitane order. Inside was a dry shampoo, 2 full size lip balms, a box of beauty wipes and a Guerlain sample. I needed a new lip balm as well so was really pleased with this considering they had an RRP of £5 each. The whole bag of products was worth around £16 and some items will be added to Christmas gifts.

Feel Unique Beauty Kit

I was so impressed with this I wrote an entire post on it with the details of the huge savings I made. I was also pleased that the packaging was entirely recyclable as an added bonus!

Estee Lauder

This will forever be a brand close to my heart as their Double Wear foundation transformed my confidence when my acne was at its worse and thought of leaving the house without make up terrified me. I paid a grand total of £5.50 including shipping for everything in this image. The pencil sharpener I purchased, the bag and deluxe samples a gift and the 2 sachets were an addition at the checkout.

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How To Get Free Food & Save Money On Food Shopping: A Review of Shopmium – A Cashback App For Food & Household Items

I joined Shopmium mid August, just over 2 months ago, and have already saved nearly £20 primarily on groceries but also on a couple of haircare products. I only live mostly near smaller supermarkets so put off downloading this app for a long time thinking that it wouldn’t be worth it for me but realised I was wrong. In the last 3 months I’ve been dairy free so expected this app to not be hugely helpful to me but have been able to try a plant based yoghurt and several vegan snack bars which are always pricey so I’ve really appreciated these offers!

What Is Shopmium?

It is a free cashback app. You receive money back via a PayPal account after buying the exact product they specify from the Supermarkets listed and once complete you can review the products. Even without internet connection you can scan a product’s barcode in store to check the product is eligible before purchasing to make sure you’ll receive cashback which I’ve found really helpful. Some products you can try for free and others are reduced with offers like 50% off or £1 off.

How Does It Work?

Download the app and sign up for an account. If you use the referral code “g2ye4k” you’ll earn a free tube of Pringles for doing this. Connect your PayPal account so it knows where to send your cashback which typically arrives in less than 7 days. You don’t have to reach a certain total to get the cashback and there are no fees for this so if you bought an item with a £1 cashback offer, you can expect to receive that £1 within 1-7 days without having to manually withdraw etc. To request cashback you upload photos of your entire shopping receipt then scan the barcode of the eligible items and wait. The cashback process is usually very quick, I’ve had some fulfilled on the same day as purchasing. You can save any offers you like the look of and it will pop them in a list for you so you can look out for them when shopping. I find the app incredibly easy and simple to use.

What Can I Expect To Get?

The offers vary with new ones popping up each week. I’ve previously claimed free loaves of bread, McVities chocolate biscuits, a box of Toffifee, Vo5 hair products, chocolate pretzels, plant based yoghurts etc. I started collecting lots of the treat foods to add to gift hampers for friends as although I couldn’t eat them I realised as they were free it made sense to use the offers! I’ve seen alcoholic drinks, toilet rolls, pasta, soups and so much more.

This post isn’t sponsored in anyway but I really recommend Shopmium – if you decide to sign up the referral code “g2ye4k” will get you a free tube of Pringles.

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