Thursday, 10 June 2010

Summer Freebies!

Hello ladies!

As I'm sure you're all aware, the summer magazine issues are hitting the shelves, complete with free flip-flops, beach bags, t-shirts, body butters and all sorts of general tat! Once again, Glamour Magazine (UK) have trumped them all with their annual collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics!

In the past they have given away the (sadly now discontinued) 'Her Glossiness' lipglosses and mini BadGal mascaras, but this year I have to say they really have outdone themselves and have three different freebies on offer: The 'BAGgal' eye pencil, the 'It Stick' concealer pencil and (one of my all time favourite products) the 'Eye Bright' pencil.


When I heard this news this morning I went on a crazy freebie hunt! Jumped straight in my car and shot down to Tesco, where they had sold out of all but the 'It Stick', next stop Waitrose... sold out again! Three newsagents later, I managed to find a fresh shelf of Glamours in my parents' local village shop! Needless to say the man behind the counter thought I was more than a little odd bagging 6 copies of the same magazine! (Not all for me though - I'm sending some to the lovely GemsMaquillage and various other friends!)


But anyway, in case you haven't tried these products, I thought I'd let you all know about the offer and do a mini-review.

1. The Eye Bright Pencil

What Benefit Says: "Stroke this pink brightening pencil on the inner and outer corners of the eye to look instantly wide-awake. It's like a coffee break in a stick!"
RRP: £14

What I Think: I've purchased and repurchased this product many times over the past few years and have to say I'm still a huge fan. Great for on-the-go eyes when you don't have time to faff with eyeshadow, and fab for the summertime when you want to go 'au naturel' (with a bit of cheating!). I would pay (and have payed!) £14 for this anyday!

2. The BADgal Liner

What Benefit Says: "This big, BAD, black eye pencil is a beauty addict's dream and a makeup artist's must-have. Dark, smoky, mysterious...being BAD never looked so good!"
RRP: £14

What I Think: I do love the BADgal Mascara, so I had high hopes for this chunky black liner. It's great for a five minute smokey eye if you're in a hurry, and also to keep in your bag for a quick transition from day-to-night after work. The colour payoff isn't fantastic if you use it on the waterline, but it makes a lovely black base or a dramatic line for the upper and lower lashes. I was bitterly disappointed when Benefit discontinued their Sketching Kohl liners last year, as they'd been a staple of my make up bag since I was 13, but I'm glad to discover these are a great alternative.

Clockwise from top: It Stick, Eye Bright, BADgal


3. The It Stick Concealer

What Benefit Says: "Cease the crease and reclaim your youth. Use it stick to help erase the lines and creases from your nose to your mouth that make you look older and more tired. A few strokes of this ecru colored line diffusing pencil, in just the right places, will help make you look young and cheery in seconds."
RRP: £17

What I Think: I'm not sure about young and cheery, but this is a great concealer! The consistency is creamy and it blends nicely. The most obvious downfall is that it only comes in 'one shade fits most', instantly excluding anyone with skin paler or darker than this light/medium shade. Another downfall for a concealer in a stick form is the constant sharpening, but on the other hand, it's great for on-the-go touch ups and is easy to sanitize. Overall I really like this product, but I probably wouldn't shell out £17 for it.


All in all these are three great products. The July issue of Glamour UK is available now and is priced at £2, though I have a feeling these may quickly become very hard to get your hands on!

What do you reckon girls? Will you be racing out to grab all three?!

Fleur
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25 comments

  1. AH! I live in Canada and we do NOT get pretty little freebies in our magazines! But i have been wanting the Eyebright pencil, and i JUST happen to get a discount on Benefit products, so I JUST might go get one. :)
    You should use it in a tutorial soon, just to see the different ways you can wear it.
    xoxoxo

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  2. wow, this seems like such a good steal!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Will definitely check it out if it comes out here!!

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  3. I got all three aswell :P
    I can't resist good magazine offers lol.
    Also with RED magazine you can get a free Jemma Kidd lipgloss which is normally £14, the magazine is £3.60.
    And more magazine is only £1.50 and has a voucher where you can claim a free dazzle dust from Barry M in Superdrugs :)

    xx

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  4. I've sent my dad out to pick me some up! Hopefully my local Tesco still has some :) I love BADgal eyeliner xx

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  5. I really wish that magazines in the US did that! I really want the Eye Bright pencil. Sigh. Haha. xx

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  6. Yet another reason that the UK is superior to the US.

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  7. went to my local smiths before work today and there were only 2 copies left, thankfully with 2 different gifts, so i got the it stick and the eye bright one... not that fussed about the liner to be honest, i think the barry m super soft eye crayon is better :p but yayyy for Glamour this week haha! x

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  8. I think I WILL have do get all three! a little cheeky...we'll see if I can get my hands on them XD xxxxxxxxx

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  9. I really think I might be a weirdo and buy all 3, there is also three different covers/inside stories, so i think so its not SO odd, I will have to try and get all 3, with the different covers!!!!

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  10. As soon as I read this I went straight to ASDA.. sold out, sainsburys supermarket/local/petrol station all 3 sold out. Morrisons, guess what?! ..sold out! After over an hour of driving round aimlessly at 10pm I saw my local newsagent still open. My last (yet least likely hope..so I thought!) they had the it stick! YEY ha. And the lovely man at the newsagents is going to order me the other 2!!! I could of saved myself so much hassle if I just went there first! ...
    But anyways ..Thanks for sharing this Fleur! Xx

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  11. Yes, I ran out and bought all three this afternoon! My local petrol station had them all in stock luckily!

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  12. Woo thanks for the tip im going out to buy the it stick one now
    :)
    xxxxx

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  13. I got all three too, yay! Such a great deal. Your bracelets look pretty ;-)

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  14. Aww, so cool! Here in Italy we don't get a lot of freebees with magazines and if we do they're either cheap or sample size products. You're super lucky!

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  15. Thanks Fleur! I went straight out today and got all 3 at my local newsagents, I didn't even bother looking in the supermarket!

    Discombobulatedd: great tip about more magazine! ill be out to get that one also this evening!

    What great bargains!

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  16. I found out about this yesterday and went out early this morning... i luckily got all three, although I had to go to 3 different shops. I love all three products, but eye bright is definitely my favourite. I love it!

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  17. Have been on the lookout for Julys Glamour issue for the past 3 days and finally saw it in the shops today...After searching 3 shops I got all three...Love that we have the UK magazines in Ireland....Irish mags don't give away many freebies...

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  18. I soooooo want the eye brightner one. I live in ireland so dont know when we'l have them in the shops, they never come out here on time like in the uk..will keeping looking..x

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  19. Aha I only bought one!! I felt mean taking it from someone else lol. Although I did get the IT Stick and your right it is pretty damn good.
    I might go and buy the Eye Bright one though, If i can find it anywhere!!

    x

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  20. I got myself the BADgal one and the Eye Bright - very impressed so far! What a STEAL! :D XXX

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  21. Aw, I wish i was in UK, in the US I've never seen an It Stick from Benefit or anything of that sort. I love how you do swatches as well.. creative!
    xx

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  22. You're so lucky that you get all those freebies...I love Benefit products. I guess I'll have to ask my gay cousin if he can get me a couple- he lives in Leeds, which I LOVE by the way!
    :)

    S*

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  23. Bought 2 (It Stick and Eye Bright) because from past try-outs I'm not a fan of Bad Gal. I'm surprised It Stick is often the one left on the shelf, because it's actually my favourite..Eye Bright is catching up pretty quickly though, I'm loving it!

    Have done a review of this same giveaway and also a natural summer look using Eye Bright with pictures on my own blog if anyone is interested :)

    - Harriet
    http://make-up-yourmind.blogspot.com

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  24. So jealous :) We never get anything like that in the U.S.

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  25. It's great for a five minute smokey eye if you're in a hurry, and also to keep in your bag for a quick transition from day-to-night after work. dance classes in Philadelphia

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