Wednesday 12 June 2013

Freebie and Competition Roundup

Hello, isn't the weather crap again? Luckily for me I'm off to New York for a few days next week - see how I threw that in, all nonchalant? - so it's time to pick some magazines for the airport. June is peak time for magazine freebie madness - probably something to do with submitting their circulation figures soon - so even if you don't usually succumb to the lure of the glossy, there are a few which are worth picking up at the moment.

Magazine Free Gifts
Marie Claire
£3.80 - but you get a very cute free Ciaté nail polish set worth a tenner. It's a mini 'cookies and cream' polish, plus a bottle of nail caviar, in pale gold tones. If you have no idea what the hell I'm on about with my talk of nail caviar, I will show you in another post. [Once I've cleaned the bathroom. It's not exactly a low maintenance look]. Anyway, it's the one with Alicia Keys on the cover, who sang with Jay-Z about New York on 'Empire State of Mind'. Oh, and also in the wrapping was a mini sample of toothpaste, very handy if like me, you happen to be going to New York. Ahem.

This month it's at a special price of £2.50, rather than the usual £3.90, which makes the free full size 50ml Neal's Yard  Power Berry Moisturiser worth £12 even more of a bargain. Fairtrade, Organic and Cruelty Free. What's not to like? [Well, there is an article where Cheryl Cole says absolutely nothing of any interest and wears a dress made out of wicker, but you can ignore that bit]

It's a bit odd that they've decided to give away a Rodial Self Tan lotion the month that porcelain skinned actress Amy Adams is on the cover, but mine is not to question the doubtless terrifying editorial team at Elle. I'm not buying this one because I don't do fake tan - flashbacks to a secondary school production of Jesus Christ Superstar in which I appeared as a tango'd leper - however, a £4 spend for a product worth £13.50 seems pretty good, if you're a bronzed glamazon type.

Free this month is Elemis Beauty Balm worth £11.50. Red is usually £4.00 but is currently on offer in Tesco at half price. This is a real 'luxury brand' moisturiser - if you bought the full size 50ml product it would cost you £32, so for an £8 spend you could get 60ml.

Not quite such an impressive offering from Cosmo, one of three pairs of sunglasses, some Smints mints and a packet of sweeties. You could probably get equivalent sunnies in Primark for around about the £3.60 spend, but it might prevent you from being nagged by the offspring for a comic while you browse the mags if you bribe them with the sweets.

£2 gets you the magazine and one of five products from Model Co. There's a mascara worth £16, two lipglosses at £16 each, plus a lipliner and an eyeliner retailing at £15 apiece. I've never tried their products but it would be a great way of replenishing your makeup bag on a budget.

Once you've finished the mags - or if you've bought multiple copies - why not drop them in to your local dentist or doctor's surgery? There's nothing worse than being without a book at the health centre and having to resort to reading a copy of People's Friend from 1992, or a leaflet on malaria. Hairdressers always need a good supply of glossies too, and I've also seen them sold in certain charity shops.

Competition of the week

I was asked by to help launch their latest competition - they must have heard about my shady past as a comper - and as the prizes look pretty good I was happy to oblige. All you have to do is guess which blockbuster movie (from this year) the prizes they've stuffed into their bathroom cabinet refer to, and email your answer to them, along with the make of cabinet they've used. Bit random, but look what you can win:

  • Simon Carter cufflinks from Liberty of London
  • Mac red lipstick
  • Black and silver beaded headband
  • Red feather boa
  • Baz Luhrman's 'Epic Romances' DVD boxset
  • Silver plated faux pearl and diamanté necklace
  • Sunday jazz cruise on the Thames for two
[I think I know the answer - my advice would be to think more about the 'Jazz' aspect of the cruise prize than the fact you're on the Thames. And perhaps pretend the setting is New York rather than London. Anyway, full details on how to enter are here, and the competition closes at midnight on 24th June]

Once again I am woefully behind on reading everyone's blogs - I apologize, again - and am unlikely to manage to catch up as this weekend I'm off on my sister's hen do. We're white water rafting - as you do - and then off to Essex glam mecca Sugar Hut to mingle with big boobed D-listers. Obviously I'll fit right in.

Seen any good freebies or comps? Let me know in the comments.

Lakota x


  1. I always enjoy reading your posts and love your open and honest approach; very down to earth, normal and not up ones own a*se! :o)

    Not as fab as the Bathstore competition, but I have just posted a give away for a pair of tickets to a 1940's dance with a B&B stop over to boot, courtesy of The Red Lion, Cambridge. Not everyone's cup of tea, but may be of interest to some :o) x

    Hope you have a fabulous time in NYC.

  2. What the heck is nail caviar? I bought Marie Clare last week as I liked the look of the nail varnish (I thought the caviar was funky varnish). I got a bit of a shock when I opened the bottle & spilt small balls all over my kitchen table. Do you just stick them to the polish? Does that look a bit crap?
    Great post, great comp - I just entered it xx

    1. Tip a few of the balls into an egg cup or similar, then dip your finger in while the polish is still wet. It works quite well. Probably best as just an accent nail though.

  3. Fabulous roundup! Although my workplace doesn't accept magazine donations any more :( something to do with health and safety (gone mad!)

    1. Doctor's surgeries are I guess pretty germy in general - I think reading an old magazine is going to be the least of your worries! Bonkers!

  4. I'm not usually bothered by free creams and gels etc. Make up - now that's something that turns my head. I might even splash out on the one with free sunnies! Thanks for the round up xx

  5. I like the way you casually keep mentioning New York - you lucky thing. Gawd, the Sugar Hut? Not so lucky. xx

  6. So you're off to New York then...? Hope you have a fab time, you lucky lucky thing!

    Going to give the nail caviar a go at the weekend.... middleageddramaqueen's comment about the nail caviar had me laughing - just imagining her wtf?! face :D

  7. I dunno if it's the recession and fewer people buying glossies, but the freebies seem better recently! I will check these out!

  8. brilliant - i love a freebie and you made me laugh, so win win. have a fabulous time in new york and look forward to hearing all about it!

  9. I normally hate women's mags but very tempted by the cheap neals yard moisturizer! xxx

  10. Oooh, I always like getting the Neal's yard freebies! Still using one from last year!Elemis is also something I like!! Thanks for the tips! Wicker dress you say? That girl... x

  11. I'm not really a make-up kind of girl but I was very excited by the freebie mag with my Homemaker magazine this month. It contains 10 A4 prints by Woop Studios ( some of which I've been lusting after for months, and the originals retail from £79 EACH!!! A saving of erm... £790! :) xxx

    1. No way - I love these! I saw them in various boutiques in Brighton and thought they were gorgeous. Thank you, that's made my day. Will send Mr FHCS out on the hunt tomorrow.

  12. Wow, that was so nice of you to do all that research and pocket all those products! In the US magazines don't do so many giveaways - damn!

  13. I went for the Red magazine with the Elemis beauty balm in it, really enjoying the product so far and Red is a magazine with actual good articles. Thanks for the roundup :)

  14. Thanks for sharing these! I have a train journey soon, so may invest in either REd or inStyle as I can never have too much moisturiser for my wrinkly old skin.

  15. I'm so jealous! Magazines in North America never have comparable freebies attached.

    We're lucky to get a horoscope guide at Christmas.

    I'm off to sulk.

  16. New York!? Wahhh - I look forward to a blog post on your return! Hope you have had a wonderful time!

    Jem xX

  17. I nabbed the Glamour and Marie Claire issues for my holiday in June! Still can't resist a good old magazine freebie :) xxx


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