Not much of a bargain, really

I was interested to hear about a new website, which sends you samples of new products every month for just £0.99. www.latestinbeauty.com, encourages you to fill out a beauty profile, then recommends products they think will be suitable across three different categories (skin and make-up, fragrance and hair). You choose one product from each category, pay your £0.99 and receive the samples in the post. But when the ELLE team saw the samples were mere sachets, or tiny tablets in the case of make-up, we realised you could probably do better with a quick sweep around the beauty hall of your nearest department store.

Indeed, when I went undercover at Selfridges to prove my point, I managed to procure five samples, including an actual mini pot of Clinique Youth Surge and ten day’s worth of foundation in a little tube from Estee Lauder, in less than five minutes. And it didn’t cost a thing.

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For a better bargain, browse HQhair’s outlet store – you can get some decent discounts on really good, interesting brands, like Korres, Calmia and Paul & Joe.

And keep reading here to find out the new products that are worth the full price – and the full size.

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