Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Magazine Freebies

I haven’t read a magazine in ages. I’m talking years, guys. I’m pretty sure the last magazine I bought was 'Shout' - one of those cheesy magazines aimed at girls in their early teens which nowadays has One Direction splashed across every page. I've just found them to be very overpriced (£4 for something I'm gunna read in half an hour and never look at again? No thanks. I'll just get a book) and the freebies always seem to be cheap crap or non existent now. But recently, I've been missing them and have really fancied something light and gossipy to read, and I'm not gunna lie, I'm a superficial girl - I wanna read those beauty and fashion articles so I can lust after all the products mentioned! So when I read a couple of blog posts mentioning that Glamour was giving away an eyeko liquid eyeliner (and I wear winged liner EVERY day), I decided to venture out of the house and take a voyage to Tesco to get me that magazine!

 I was actually pleasantly surprised by this month's magazine freebie offerings and *ahem* accidentally bought Marie Claire too as a result. I was also very tempted by the other magazines, especially InStyle which was giving away REN Hot Cloth cleanser and one of the magazines giving away sunglasses. However, these magazines were more expensive than the two I did buy, I would probably enjoy the magazines themselves less, and honestly I knew I didn't want or need the freebies. In truth, the sole reason for their appeal was the fact that "oh-my-gosh! They're free!", skipping over the fact that I'd still be paying £4 for the magazine. Don't trick yourself into buying something you don't want, people! Nonetheless, I've noted down the magazine freebies floating around this month for you guys, just in case there's something tempting enough that you'd buy the magazine just for the freebie:

Price: £2
Freebie: Eyeko Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Navy Blue or Black, RRP £12. Some people have complained their eyeliner was dried up but I have no problems with mine and for £2, it's worth the risk in my opinion. For those who don't want to look like an idiot searching for the colour they want, I noticed all of the copies with Alexa Chung on the cover came with the black eyeliner. You’re welcome. This may have been a coincidence though so it’d be wise to double check before you buy it.

Marie Claire 
Special Price: £2.50 (usually £3.70)
Freebie: Choice of 3 Ciate Manicure Sets, RRP £10. This consists of one 5ml pot of nail polish and one pot of micro-pearls. I'm not sure how one would use the micro-pearls without making a mess but I look forward to finding out.

Price: £4
Freebie: One Mavala Nail Polish in a choice of 4 colours, £4.75 in Boots.

Price: £3.70
Freebie: One pair of sunglasses available in 3 different styles and a pack of Mentos (random, right?).

Price: £4.30
Freebie: One pair of 'designer' sunglasses available in 3 different styles. I'm sceptical that they would give away designer sunglasses and all the sunglasses are branded with the magazine name, 'Tatler'. My theory is they figured "hey, someone designed them, right? So that makes them designer...right?" No. No it does not. However, the sunglasses do look nice and I was very tempted, but I already have one pair of sunglasses that I never wear so I managed to restrain myself.

Price: £3.90
Freebie: REN Hot Cloth Cleanser and cloth. The full size 150ml bottle and cloth sells for £16 but do bear in mind that this freebie one is only 30ml.

 Are there any magazine freebies you've spotted this month that I've missed off the list? Feel free to comment and I'll add them to this list.

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  1. Definitely the best freebie was the Eyeko eyeliner! I got that in my glamour magazine, i'm so pleased I did as it's such a bargain! Not the best eyeliner but for £2 i'm not complaining! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  2. those are great freebies!

  3. I was so impressed with the Eyeko eyeliner freebie! xx

  4. Amazing! I think I need to go out and buy a glamour! Great post :)
    Carrie xx

  5. I love it x

  6. I'm so jealous at the freebies you get with magazines in the UK!

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

  7. What a great post! I'm def going to be getting Marie Claire, I love ciate! Xx

    Hips Like Cinderella

  8. I`m supporting a magazine here in the Philippines too named Preview aka and it`s great!

    ROUGH & TOUGH☯ | I`m on Bloglovin!

  9. haha looks cool! x arielle

  10. I really like the Eyeko liner, the colour lasts really well on my eyelids! I usually download magazines onto my iPad now and I really miss getting the physical magazines with the free samples in.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  11. I love the Eyeko liner, it is so fitting since Alexa Chung uses winged eyeliner and I love her <3 I saw the magazine here (I'm in Australia) so it's a little bit pricey since it's not a domestic magazine and the eyeliner didn't come with it :(

  12. I used to read Shout all the time, it was my favourite! So funny, the freebies they used to give away with that were my favourites - like lilac eye pencils and glittery gloss, why didn't my parents stop me! I got the navy Eyeko eyeliner with Glamour and love it, I'll have to try the Marie Claire - I don't usually read it but Ciate polishes are super pretty.

    Meg xo
    Meg Says | UK Health & Beauty Blog

  13. i love reading these magasines! :)

  14. I want that eyeko liner, hope it's still in stores! You have a lovely writing style x

    Lizzie's Corner

  15. i always miss the best freebies!!!! Gutted xxxx

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