I think I speak for most of the female population when I say that a major part of magazine selection for me is the freebies included! Whether it’s a mini nail polish, pair of sunglasses or new lipgloss, I have been known in the past to buy a magazine purely on the gift they’re giving out rather than any burning desire to read the magazine itself – shameful I know!
I tend to stockpile my freebies until I’m running low on beauty products, and then use them up in place of buying expensive alternatives, which is what I’ve done this time! I’ve decided to review them all in small groups rather than all at once, so without further a-do, let me introduce you to the first three fabulous freebies!
Paul Smith – Total Treat Argan Oil
I tried to find a link to the actual product and RRP online however it seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth, I’m guessing it was either discontinued or part of a limited range which is a shame because I love this product! I got it free with Cosmo last year and it’s been sat on my shelf ever since, mainly because I am terrible at remembering to use hair products! For the purpose of this review however, I dusted it off and have made a point of using it every time I’ve washed my hair (pretty much) for the last two weeks. I can say that I have absolutely noticed a difference! My hair has never really suffered from dryness, but a pea sized amount of of the oil spread through damp hair before drying has made a world of difference! My hair has felt so, so soft and silky that I haven’t been able to stop myself from stroking it, which I’ve discovered looks a little strange in public. It also smells heavenly, and reminds me of summer and holidays – giving me nostalgia for the sunny break I never had this year! If I ever find this on the shelves I will snap it up, or look for an alternative argan oil treatment, I’m definitely sold!
New Cid Cosmetics – i-Crayon Lip and Cheek Tint ‘Stawberry Souffle’
I had a look on their website here for this product but was totally unable to find it, which is a shame. I was given it by a work colleague who got it free with last month’s Cosmo, she swears she never wears makeup and knew that I had this blog so very kindly donated it to me.
I’d never encountered the brand before being given this product to try, so I had a look online and it appears that they’re at the more expensive end of the drugstore spectrum, with their lip pencils and lipsticks retailing at over £15 each – which is actually very similar to what you’d pay for a MAC lipstick or lip pencil, and after wearing this today and judging the quality, pigmentation and longevity of the product, I would definitely not pay that sort of money for it.
If it was priced lower however, I’d say it was a very good product. It’s marketed as a cheek and lip tint, and seems to me to be a dupe of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks. I did attempt to use this on my cheeks but honestly it did not go on very smoothly and I was absolutely not impressed at all with the consistency or pigmentation, however when I tried it on my lips it was a different story. I have it in the shade ‘Strawberry Souffle’ and it’s a really pretty colour somewhere between a classic scarlet and a bright pink, meaning its the perfect shade to wear in the office as it’s not too bold or provocative. It’s very easy to apply to the lip and after a double layer it really does pop. It’s also scented and smells beautiful, but unfortunately it’s not flavoured which I thought it would be after smelling it! It lasted quite a long while on my lips as well – a full day in work at least and that included a meal and multiple drinks during the day. I didn’t take it with me to reapply purely for the sake of testing how long it would actually stay and I only noticed it had faded when I got home, so not bad! However for the price tag I honestly think it’s just not worth it.
Company Magazine Eyeliner
The final product in my list I was so excited to try this, as I’d never used an eyeliner pen before. Although obviously not available in shops I thought I’d review it anyway! I’m slightly disappointed however to say that it’s nowhere near as good as I’d hoped. Although application of the product is much easier than regular eyeliner/gel/liquid, I was disappointed both in the consistency as it was incredibly dry, and the lack of pigment. I found you had to really layer the product on, but with every new layer it was peeling some of the previous layer off which was a shame!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post today, it was something a little different and fun for me to write as well, and I definitely want to get into writing more beauty posts and product reviews.
If you have a product you’d like to see me review, or any ideas for posts you’d like to see me write, let me know in the comments below or drop me an email!
Have you tried any of the products above? How did you find them? Or have you had any other freebies you’re loving?