We all love a good freebie, and this time of year seems to be great for them! Magazines are teeming with generous beauty samples, and there are some great gift with purchase offers running, too - here's the low-down on some of them!
Fee over at Makeup Savvy has done a great post outlining the best of this month's freebies, so I won't regurgitate - head over and have a look for yourself. I am curious about the Marie Claire/Avon offer - has anyone seen that here yet? If we get it too, it could be a good way of getting your hands on some Avon as they are no longer in Ireland, and one of the products is a SuperShock liner - swoon! I do think it can be pretty easy to get carried away with these magazine deals, though, so do always think twice before you buy. If you're going to pick up multiple copies for the free swag, ask yourself if you are actually going to use the sample or if it will simply end up gathering dust!
Now, on to gifts with purchase. The same applies here: I wouldn't go wasting money to get your hands on a kit of smallish products. However, these gifts can be a lovely added treat if you are stocking up on essentials! I have to confess that I don't think I had ever tried anything by Shiseido until this little set dropped through my letterbox. I am impressed so far, especially by their moisturiser which my skin has been drinking right up. I've also heard great things about their foundations, sun protection and cleansers, so I may be investigating more products before you know it!
If you are a fan of the brand, then it may interest you to hear about their gift with puchase offer which is running until May 12th. With the purchase of two products, one to be skincare, you receive either a mini “The Skincare” 123 step kit or a mini Benefiance 123 step kit, plus a mini Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream and a mini Perfect Rouge Lipstick. Pretty nifty, right? I am loving the mini lippie as the colour kind of goes with everything, so it has been living in my handbag - I might even end up using the whole thing up some day!
Now, on to DuWop. Another brand that I can't proclaim to be overly familiar with, although I do have hilarious memories of us all trying the Lip Venom out in school! This is a fairly generous deal from Cloud10Beauty: buy any DuWop product and receive this little Try Me kit for free. This includes thee little Lip Venoms, two small lip glosses and a miniature of their Private Red lipstick, which I love. Most of what DuWop makes is lip gloss, so if that's your kind of thing (and if you love plumping products!) you really can't go wrong with this brand. I also highly recommend Cloud10Beauty in general; their shipping is super-fast and customer service is second to none. I love the selection of products and brands that they stock, and I'll actually be showing you a sneaky purchase I made from them later on this week!