FaceON Magazine

I often find myself zooming straight to the beauty pages of Grazia and Stylist – pouring over the contents and then wishing that that section was longer. Finally, I have found a magazine which fills that gap in that make up magazine shaped hole in my life – FaceON.

Since I got into make up as a job, I have been on the lookout for a magazine for make up artists, but the one I keep buying seems to be sponsored by a particular make up shop, which doesn’t help me when I’m interested in hearing about new products from a variety of brands.

FaceON is like any other women’s magazine, but in reverse – mostly make up, with a tiny bit of the ‘other’ – fashion, lifestyle etc, and I like it. It comes out quarterly and is priced at £4.95 which I think is very reasonable considering there are 115 pages to it.

Whether you are into make up, fashion or photography – this would be a fab magazine to add to your reading list – I’ve taken some photos to give you an idea of the kind of feel of the magazine…

This is the front cover, complete with a free set of Eldora false lashes.

There are examples of editorial pieces, with credits given to the relevant people which means you can go and Google them to find more of their work if you like their style. There are interviews with the make up artists and sometimes with others that worked on the job such as the photographer and stylist. The make up artist then tells us how they created that look and the products they used. 

There are so many inspirational images within the magazine – in many cases I’ve wanted to rip out and stick in a book for reference later, getting my mind whirring on how I could adapt it to create a whole new look of my own.

For non-make up artists there are also some more wearable looks included, with step by step guides.


 And then, there’s the little bit of ‘other’…

FaceON reminds me of a make up book that I’d pay more than £4.95 for. I love that there is such a variety of work inside, coming from a variety of artists, using a variety of products. It’s made of good durable paper too – mine’s going to slot into my bookshelf and will be used for reference. Definitely the best make up magazine I’ve picked up to date!

I’ve decided to subscribe – if you want to too, check out their website: http://www.faceonmagazine.co.uk/subscribe/

Have you seen FaceON before? What did you think of it? Are there any other make up mags you read?

Free Inika Cosmetics with Marie Claire Magazine

Another July magazine with a freebie – this time it’s Marie Claire. The magazine, priced at £3.60 has the choice of an Inika mineral eyeshadow, or eyeliner pencil.

I went for the mineral eyeshadow, which is worth £11.75. There is only 1g of eyeshadow in the pot, so at that price, it had better be good!

The colour is a silvery grey with a hint of purple. Inika went with the name ‘Gun Metal’ for this shade, like so many others seem to do! I have swatched below a couple of other eyeshadows I own named Gun Metal alongside the Inika version…

It’s a lot lighter than the other two, and far more wearable for a daytime look, I think this is due to the purple tones in it – it makes it much fresher.

I have worn it today, with a little Urban Decay ‘Creep’ in the outer thirds and a thin line of MAC ‘Smoulder’ eyeliner on the top and bottom lash lines.

It can also be used on wet skin to create a highly metallic, luxurious looking colour.

This is my first experience of Inika products, and after a little investigation they seem like a brand I’d like to try more of – they are an 100% natural brand, with some great looking items on their site.

I also really love the fact that Marie Claire have included information about Inika inside the magazine. I get so frustrated when there is a freebie on the front but no relating info inside. They have issued a code for 20% off at the Inika website which is inikalovesmc and valid until 1st July.

Free Benefit Goodies with Glamour Magazine

The UK is really doing well for magazine freebies at the moment, and this is another one not to be missed. Free with the July issue of Glamour magazine (with Adele on the cover, looking rather gorgeous), is the choice of three Benefit items – High Beam, Posie Tint or BeneTint.

I knew the products wouldn’t be full sized, but once they were out of their packaging they looked tiny – like they’d been designed for The Borrowers. They are 4mls each – as full sized products Posie Tint & BeneTint are £24.50 for 12.5mls, and High Beam £18.50, so you’re getting about £10 worth of product, despite how small they seem.

As you may have guessed, I decided to go for Posie Tint, which is a pink coloured cheek and lip stain, and High Beam which is a highlighter. Both come with a brush applicator, a little like nail varnish, and they are easy to apply.

The photos above are of Posie Tint. It looks quite a shocking candy coloured pink on the brush but once it blends in to your skin it is a pretty, babydoll pink colour. The swatch on the left is it dobbed onto my hand, and the right is it blended in. As I write this blog post, about 3 hours later, the tint is still well and truly on my hand, and looks a little like felt tip pen!

I used it on my lips in the photo above, it is still quite a natural look, but makes the lips more interesting than being completely bare. I think it is a universally flattering shade, a nice soft look. I imagine as a cheek stain it is also very pretty, but as I already had blusher on for the day I didn’t swatch it on my cheeks.

High Beam is described on the Benefit site as a satiny pink liquid highlighter accents cheekbones and brow bones for a radiant glow. It’s known as the “supermodel in a bottle”.

As well as being able to use it as a highlighter, you can use it all over your face for a glowing complexion, but I would recommend using a small amount of product to do this as it does highlight rather a lot! The swatch on the left above is it brushed onto my hand, and on the right blended in.

Here I applied a small amount to my brow bone, it gives a nice subtle shimmer. You can be more heavy handed for more of a glow, but be careful not to get any on your actual eyebrow as the colour does show up, as I discovered!

I am looking forward to having more of a play with both of these. Although they are small, I think it’s a good, inexpensive way of trying out a product, and perfect for having in your handbag on a night out.

Glamour seemed to be flying off the shelves in the two shops I went in, so get in there quick if you want to take advantage!

Free Nails Inc Polish with InStyle Magazine: Electric Teal

Free with the June issue of InStyle magazine (priced at £3.70 – with Thandie Newton on the cover), is a full size Nails Inc varnish, worth £11.

There are a choice of 3 colours, Electric Teal, Candy Orange, and Fashion Fawn. I had had the intention of buying all 3 – they are colours that Nails Inc have created specifically for the magazine, so if you’d like to get your hands on some high quality nail polish at a fraction of the normal price, get thee to thy local news agents!

When I saw the three shades in the flesh I decided to leave the Candy Orange and Fashion Fawn – they look to me like colours that have been done too many times before and I thought I must own something near enough spot on to both, so I settled on the Electric Teal.

In the bottle I thought it looked rather like OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop, but once it’s on the nail it looks very different. For starters it is lighter and brighter. The OPI is more blue with a dash of green, Nails Inc seems more green with a dash of blue. If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Elstree, the polish is the same colour that their bins and bus stops are painted, as I discovered today!

Also inluded in the magazine is a promo code to use online until 9th June: INSTYLE20 for 20% off at www.nailsinc.co.uk and a voucher for 20% off services Sunday-Wednesday in store.

Another magazine freebie for May, is a free 50ml Body Shop body lotion with Marie Claire (£3.60 with Olivia Palmero on the cover) choose from Mango, Shea and Dreams Unlimited – each retail at £5 in store.

March Freebies!

March already?! How did that happen!? I’ve noticed a few freebies with magazines this month…

When you buy the April edition of Glamour magazine (on sale until Friday 1st April) for £2, you will get a free travel sized Clinique product. There are 10 to choose from:

  • Liquid facial soap 30ml
  • Eye make-up remover 30ml
  • All About Eyes eye cream 5ml
  • 7 Day Scrub rinse-off formula 30ml
  • Long Last Glosswear 2.3ml
  • Superbalm moisturising gloss 7ml
  • High Impact Mascara 4g
  • Dramatically Different Moisturiser 30ml
  • High Impact Lipstick Full Size
  • Moisture Surge Thirst Relief 30ml

When you buy the April edition of Marie Claire magazine (on sale until Thursday 31st March) for £3.50, you will get a free travel size Cowshed body lotion worth £8. There are 6 lotions to choose from:

  • Lazy Cow – jasmine, chamomile, sandalwood
  • Moody Cow – rose geranium, linden blossom, frankincense
  • Grumpy Cow – red mandarin, petitgrain, grapefruit
  • Wild Cow – lemongrass, ginger, rosemary
  • Horny Cow – rose, patchouli, cinnamon
  • Knackered Cow – lavender, eucalyptus

There is a free Missguided Lipgloss worth £5 with the April edition of Cosmopolitan magazine (on sale until Wednesday 6th April) priced at £3.50. There are 3 shades to choose from:

  • Red
  • Clear
  • Nude

As well as these, Boots are running their campaign once again, where if you spend over £5 in store you will get a free £5 voucher to use on No7 or Ruby and Millie products. This offer is valid until March 22nd.

Happy shopping!

October Freebies

The beginning of a month, the time when the new magazines get released and we get to find out if there are any good freebies. This month, I think there actually are!

First up, with Marie Claire magazine (£3.50) you get a free Ciaté nail polish. There’s a choice of two colours – ‘Mistress’ which is a jelly pillar box red (the one I chose) or ‘Dangerous Affair’ which is a burgundy colour. I have a few Ciaté polishes from PowderRooms.com  and have been really impressed. They retail at £9 so grab a bargain! There’s also a 25% code for Ciaté’s website, and £10 off Molton Brown coupon inside.

Free with In Style magazine (£3.60) is a 30ml tube of L’Occitane hand cream worth £7. There are three to chose from – Shea Butter (which I chose), Fleur Cherie, or Cherry Blossom. The tube is a perfect size to keep in your handbag and from what I’ve tested so far is really nice – it’s rich and smells delicious. Inside is a coupon for 20% off L’Occtaine until the end of the month and a code for 20% off ASOS.

With the November issue of Elle magazine (£3.70 with Alexa Chung on the cover) there is a free tube of Clinique Superbalm lip gloss worth £12. It only comes in one colour which is ‘Currant’. All the Elle’s seem to have gone from my local stores so I’m thinking it’s a good freebie!

Cosmopolitan’s November issue (£3.40)  will have a full size Missguided nail polish free with it, worth £5. The choice of colours are a nude, pink, or black with glitter. There will also be a code for 20% off at MissGuided’s site. It goes on sale 11th October.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of magazines, check out this link for a years subscription to Glamour magazine for £1!