Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Magazine Freebie Face-Off: Glamour vs Elle

So this month the magazine freebies are really good! I could've spent a fortune in the magazine aisle. InStyle have a free Neal's yard hand cream, Harper's Bazaar have a L'occitane perfume, and Marie Claire have a Balance Me face cream. The big hitters are all competing! I picked up my usual reads, Elle and Glamour, and thought I would do a review of the freebies they have this month.

Elle has a Malin + Goetz skincare trio, worth £10, and Glamour has an Eyeko eyeliner worth £12.

Malin + Goetz

There is a lot of hype in the beauty blogging world at the moment about this brand, so I was looking forward to trying this little trio. All sample sizes, it includes the grapefruit face cleanser, the vitamin e  face moisturiser and a lip moisturiser. I tried the cleanser first, and it has a light, fruity grapefruit smell, much more natural than say the Neutrogena pink grapefruit. It barely foams at all, which means you could be inclined to use more product than you really need. The second I dried my face I got the dreaded feeling people with sensitive skin hate..taut, irritated, dryness. It said it was suitable for sensitive skin so I proceeded on with the moisturizer...and was equally not impressed. I don't know if it's because it's so natural, but I felt it really needed some glycerin to help it actually spread across my skin. It was just very dry.

The lip moisturiser, however, I did really like. It's not really a day thing in my opinion, it tastes pretty horrible and feels sticky like the lipglosses you get your hair stuck in at school. I was all ready to write this product off, until I woke up the next day. And ohmygoodness I had the softest, most repaired lips of all time. This product will be staying by my bed as an overnight wonder product to get rid of dry chapped lips. But it's not a handbag product.

Overall Freebie Score? 7/10.


I am so so glad I didn't buy this product before the freebie! I was really tempted. I love eyeliner, I particularly love felt-tip pen style eyeliners, and when Alexa Chung is the face of something it's just an irrisistable package. So I was very excited to try this.

The packaging is lovely...it feels expensive, if you know what I mean? I couldn't stop looking at it. It reminds me of some of the Urban Decay packaging. When swatched, it gives a lovely deep, dark line, totally smudge proof and looking almost permanently wet. The swatches had some good staying power but came off easily with soap and water.

On my eyes, however? Ermmm....I don't know. I don't know if it's so smudge proof it barely glides at all. I know this post sounds like I just have really dry skin, but trust me, I don't! I normally use either the Collection Extreme eyeliner or the Soap and Glory Supercat for pen liner...and they're both better. It was difficult to apply overall. It came off easily with a face wipe.

I'll give it another go before I relegate it to the bottom of my make up bag, but I couldn't help feeling really disappointed and glad I didn't buy it!

Overall Freebie Score? 5/10

So on the Freebie face off today, the prize goes to Elle, for fixing my chapped lips and the lovely smell and washing experience of the Malin + Goetz products. I also feel that the products would be amazing on someone with oilier skin than me.

Did you buy any magazines this month? What did you think of the freebies?

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