I took a trip around Sainsburys with my Mum after my exam on Thursday to stock up, and I ended up on picking up lots of magazines to read in France as there are some really great freebies on offer this month!
I used to spend so much money on magazines, using the fact that I ran one as a justification, but since I started reading more and more blogs where I could get the same information for free and up to the moment I started only buying Nylon (and sometimes Company) religiously each month. However, if there is a freebie I know I'll use or want to try, I will pick the magazine up and read it, or if it is handbag sized, save it to read next time I have a train journey to fill!
The freebie I'm most excited about came with Glamour magazine, that costs £2 each moth, Glamour usually have some pretty great gifts (Nails Inc nail polish every December for example, or the recent Clinique samples). They also offer a lot of Benefit samples, in the past I've had mascara and eye pencils. This month there are miniatures of their cult cheek products: Benetint, Highbeam and Posie Tint. I picked up the Posie Tint as I have yet to try it, and I'm already a dedicated user of Benetint (a rose scented lip and cheek tint liquid) and Highbeam (a pink pearl highlighter, I swatched it in my Nars Illuminator review). These mini sample bottles are £10 each from the Benefit website (and Highbeam is only avalible full sizes at £18.50), so getting a magazine and a sample bottle for only £2 if you want to try any of these products is an absolute bargain!
I had a £1 off voucher for this months Marie Claire that I'd got free with The Times so I was going to pick it up anyway, but I was so happy to find that I had a choice of either a free mineral eyeliner pencil or mineral eyeshadow from Inika, a brand I'd never heard of before. Marie Claire retails at £3.60, and both products retail at £9.75 so again there are great savings. Its a nice silver grey colour, perfect for smokey eyes, and the eyeliner was graphite, so the colours should suit everyone. I'll try and get a review up later this month while it is still in the shops.
Finally we have a £5 Body Shop gift card that is valid until July 8th free with InStyle (that will cost you £3.70). This is not as much as a saving, but I know I'll read the magazine and I've been planning on picking up some more Vanilla Eau de Toilette and some Coconut Foaming Bath for a while now, and with this voucher my shop will cost me £12 instead of £17.
Also, not pictured because I have so many already, this month free with Tatler (which costs £3.99) are a pair of sunglasses. I absolutely love Tatler sunglasses, I find them better than most I buy in Accessorize or Topshop! I've never tried the products, but you can also get a full sized Leighton Denny nail polish with Harpers Bazaar (£4.80, the polish is worth £11) and a Jemma Kidd lipgloss worth £14 with Red magazine (£3.80).
Have you got anything particularly great free with a magazine recently?