Friday, 12 June 2015

Travel | (Free) Bite-sized Beauty

It's that time of the year again, summer feels like it's finally here and that means jetting off for a summer holiday. Whether you're going short haul, long haul or on a staycation, an essential part of packing will be putting together your beauty kit.

Now, no-one wants to be lugging around huge bottles of toiletries (wouldn't you want to save that suitcase space for local mementos and souvenirs?!) so this is where travel sized beauty comes into its own. These days, you can find a huge selection of travel minis of just about anything at the likes of Boots, Superdrug, Space NK and heck, even Primark. But before you start filling up your basket, I have another source for those ever-so-cute travel minis - July's magazines. Yep that's right, some of this month's magazine titles (all UK) are offering a treasure trove of beauty delights for free as cover mount gifts - what's not to love about that? I've rounded up what you get below.

Selection of free beauty travel minis, with July magazines
Pictured above:
Malin + Goetz Travel Minis Set (lip conditioner, face cleanser and face moisturiser) - free with Elle July issue
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel - free with Marie Claire July issue (it's a choice between this and the Pro-radiance Illuminating Flash Balm)
Lanolips Ointment - free with Conde Nast Traveller July issue
This Works In Transit Camera Close Up (mask, primer and moisturiser in one) - free with Harper's Bazaar July issue
Ren Vita Mineral Lip Balm - free with Red July issue
Classic Aviator Sunglasses - free with Cosmopolitan July issue (two other styles also available)

Also available:
Nails Inc nail varnish in four different shades - free with Instyle July issue
Models Inc make up products - a choice between blue eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss or black eyeliner - free with Glamour July issue
Designer Sunglasses in five different styles - free with Tatler July issue

Some pretty fab beauty mini freebies! Perfect if you use some of these already, or if you don't and want to try some of these brands. The Cosmo sunglasses are pretty flattering and are perfect if you're the kind of person who's always losing/breaking sunglasses! Not only will you be ready set go with travel minis, you'll have plenty of holiday reading material too - perfect for the plane/train/car/boat journeys.

A selection of gift with purchase, free sample and beauty box minis

On a side note - if you're a subscriber to Birchbox, Glossybox, My Little Box or any other beauty box subscription service, or have purchased one-off beauty boxes (such as the recent Space NK one or Look Fantastic ones), now's the time to dig out your beauty stash - go through what you need, and see what fits the bill in the mini department from some of these boxes. The same goes for gift with purchases and samples. Short breaks and holidays are the ideal time to sample new skincare, haircare and make-up products - and in mini size there's minimal commitment! That way, if you really loved something you could pick it up in duty free on your way back!

If you spend £50 or more at LizEarle.com, you get four free luxury sized samples, if you have a treatment or buy any full sized products from Aromatherapy Associates you usually always get free samples and if you buy a fragrance or candle from Jo Malone you usually get a free fragrance sample.

Jet, Set, Go! What are your favourite beauty minis?

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