Screen shot 2011-06-27 at 13.52.57 22nd June 2011

Beauty: become a product sampler

The best way to keep up with the latest beauty products for little or no cost is by subscribing to a beauty sampling website. Our favourites include GlossyBox where for £10 per month (postage is free) you receive a prettily packaged box containing five miniatures (although our May delivery included a full size All For Eve lipstick and cult product Nars Illuminator in Orgasm). The brands are all premium such as spa range Como Shambhala and luxe hair company Alterna, so perfect for product snobs. Alternatively (or additionally, as it’s not exactly going to break the bank), Latest in Beauty charges just £1 per month for a box of three samples. Previous deliveries have contained products from Estee Lauder, Olay, John Frieda and Burt’s Bees. There’s no catch, other than that the websites ask for your feedback (the brands donate the products for free in return for customer opinion, crucial market research for them; the fee you pay covers administration costs.)

Screen shot 2011-06-02 at 09.49.27 9th June 2011

Prize draw: win a box of beauty products

The best way to keep up with the latest beauty products for little or no cost is by subscribing to a beauty sampling website. Our favourites include GlossyBox where for £10 per month (postage is free) you receive a prettily packaged box containing five miniatures (although our May delivery included a full size All For Eve lipstick and cult product Nars Illuminator in Orgasm). The brands are all premium such as spa range Como Shambhala and luxe hair company Alterna, so perfect for product snobs. Alternatively (or additionally, as it’s not exactly going to break the bank), Latest in Beauty charges just £1 per month for a box of three samples. Previous deliveries have contained products from Estee Lauder, Olay, John Frieda and Burt’s Bees. There’s no catch, other than that the websites ask for your feedback (the brands donate the products for free in return for customer opinion, crucial market research for them; the fee you pay covers administration costs.)

And, if you like the sound of these but are not sure if you want to cough up for a full year, we have one month’s Glossybox to giveaway. Simply fill in your details below and e-mail them to us by 5pm on June 23rd and we will pick two lucky winners at random.