Blogmas 2019, Days 8-11: Where is December Going?

How is it already over a week into December? It feels like everything is happening at once and the last minute panic for the presents I haven’t got yet is kicking in. I felt so organised this year as well. Probably doesn’t help that I’m ill and all the family gatherings seem to be happening now so I’m sort of only half there all the time. I’m hoping the antibiotics kick in before this weekend for the big family meal as we don’t get to see each other very often.

I love family get togethers, or catching up with friends, seeing people you don’t see for most of the year and catching up with their lives. The best ones are when it doesn’t feel like a year ago you last talked. Though it feels like there’s less family get together as I get older, I guess that happens naturally anyway as everyone starts their own families and new traditions, but it does feel weird sometimes. Do you guys have family meals and meet ups this time of year, or catching up with friends you hardly ever see?

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A Bit of a Declutter

 

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Or maybe a better title would be ‘Why I Shouldn’t Keep Things Too Long.’ I’ve had a look through my collection and realised that some I used to love have gone beyond when they should be used, others are simply products I never really got on with but kept ‘just in case’ or free gift with purchases that I already had better versions of but kept anyway.

I’ve been working through my stash and using some of the ones that have fallen through the cracks or ones I haven’t used recently to decide which I’ll keep and which I’ll get rid of. At the end of the month there probably will be more joining these decluttered products but I wanted to do this as a separate post as otherwise that end of the month one will be way too long, plus these are ones I just don’t think I want to even try for the whole month before I get rid of them.

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Advent 2017: Day 2!


Laboratories Filorga Paris is one of those makes I’ve only really had in advent calendars, I think probably the previous Marks and Spencer’s ones I’ve bought. Outside of that though I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about them in blogs either, maybe I’ve missed them but I don think they’re a very popular brand. Looking at the price, this face mask in a full sized 50ml tub is £40, they’re definitely on the higher end of the skincare price range but they do seem to have some scientific background, a company I’d look into a bit more.
The product in today’s box is the Meso-Mask which claims to be a smoothing radiance mask and, looking on the M&S website, its for use on your face, neck and décolletage. If you want to use it on that whole area then I don’t see this 15ml tube managing it but I’m interested to see how it works. If you’ve been following my blog you may know my love of a good face mask, though admittedly none of them have this price tag on them.

I have a feeling that both of the things I’ve had before from this brand were exactly the same anti wrinkle moisturiser in that did nothing for me but I’m interested to see if this one is better and worth the higher price tag, it’s £40 for a 50ml tub. I think that means this would be around the £8 mark for this small tube which seems expensive but I’m hoping it’ll do more than one mask to make it slightly more cost effective.

Maybe it’s just me but there’s something about matte feeling packaging that says luxury to me and this tube is a matte white, soft plastic that’s easy to squeeze and I can see it being easy to get every last bit of product out, even if it means cutting it open. The screw on top doesn’t come off easily so I can see it being a good one for travel if you want some extra luxury on a weekend away.


The consistency of this mask makes me think it’ll be one my skin either loves or hates. It’s one of those masks that has the feeling of a thick face cream. You leave it on for fifteen to thirty minutes and it does feel nice and cooling on the back of my hand. I didn’t leave it on for that long but it did leave my skin feeling moisturised so I am looking forward to trying it. I just hope it doesn’t make my skin break out.

The scent of this is pretty nice, it has a similar scent to a lot of face creams to me. The kind hats hard to explain but I can only really describe as a powdery floral, I hope that makes sense. It doesn’t smell too perfumey, it’s quite subtle, but if you have a sensitivity to fragrances it may be one to avoid. 

Overall I’m happy enough with this product. Considering some of the products coming up that I know I’m looking forward to more I’m pretty much considering this one as free and I do love a good face mask. Given the price I definitely won’t be rushing out to buy it, unless its some miracle mask, but it’s nice to try. I like how the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar does have some of these higher end brands that I wouldn’t choose to buy myself due to the price tag.

Advent 2017: Day 2!


Laboratoires Filorga Paris is one of those makes I’ve only really had in advent calendars, I think probably the previous Marks and Spencer’s ones I’ve bought. Outside of that though I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about them in blogs either, maybe I’ve missed them but I don think they’re a very popular brand. Looking at the price, this face mask in a full sized 50ml tub is £40, they’re definitely on the higher end of the skincare price range but they do seem to have some scientific background, a company I’d look into a bit more.

The product in today’s box is the Meso-Mask which claims to be a smoothing radiance mask and, looking on the M&S website, its for use on your face, neck and décolletage. If you want to use it on that whole area then I don’t see this 15ml tube managing it but I’m interested to see how it works. If you’ve been following my blog you may know my love of a good face mask, though admittedly none of them have this price tag on them.
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Advent 2016: Day 3!

Oops, posted early then before it was ready!

Today’s advent is slightly later than planned as we’ve been starting our Christmas decorating! We always put ours up on the first weekend of December, Do you guys have a set date you do it or just whenever you feel like it? It seems the first weekend in December is a fairly standard one around here as we’ve seen a few appearing. Tomorrow we get the Christmas tree, always fun.

Anyway, advent calendars, today in the Marks and Spencer’s one we got a tube of Filorga Time-Filler which is an anti-wrinkle cream. Yankee Candle had a Christmas Cookie tea light and the Ciate nail varnish in the Mini Mani Month was in the colour Seas the Day which is a green, maybe a dark turquoise.

I’m doing these posts every day for advent when I open my advent calendars, including my chocolate one, and I will be doing some more in depth reviews on some of these things so if you see one of these you’re interested in and want to read more about then comment and I’ll add it to the top of the list. 

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Advent 2015: Day 9


Today’s M&S is from another brand I have never heard of and it turns out is a bit more high end than any of the products I’ve received so far in the calendar. It’s the Laboratoires Filorga Time-Filler wrinkles correction cream which is a face cream and seems like it’ll be pretty good. The Yankee Candle is another Cinnamon Stick tea light. As I’ve had a few of the same ones close together I’m wondering if these are just randomly placed and you get a certain number of each scent rather than being placed in specific numbers. Does anyone else have this calendar and have you had the same ones as me on the specific days?

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