I do love a good beauty box, they can be a great way to try new products in a way that’s larger than the tiny samples you get for free. Debenhams have a Beauty Discovery Box, with seven travel sized products in it, for £35. At the moment there is an offer where if you buy a beauty of fragrance product then it’s half price. I can’t find anywhere that says that it’s got a minimum spend and I spent just over £20 and got the offer.
The seven products included cover hair, skin and makeup and
include products from Too Faced, Kat Von D, Clarins, Clinique, Smashbox, Murad
and Aveda. I have to say that the Too Faced mascara and the Smashbox primer are
the two that I wanted the most, and pretty much cover the cost of the box at
half price, but I am looking forward to trying the others. As with any of these
beauty box posts I do, this is pretty much first impressions, unless I’ve
already used the product in the past, and I’ll add up the total of what
everything would be worth separately to see if it’s worth the money.
I have heard so many good things about the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but it always seemed expensive to just give it a go even if it is some wonder product as I’ve had so many failed acne treatments that I thought it might just join the pile. Then I saw this set in the Beauty Bay sale with two Mario Badescu products, the Drying Lotion and the Buffering Lotion and thought I’d give it a go. Both of these products are cruelty and paraben free.
From the description on these two lotions they’re aimed at
targeting different types of acne, or different stages in acne anyway. The
Drying Lotion basically does what it says and uses a combination of
ingredients, including clay, to sit on the skin overnight and dry out any
spots. The Buffering Lotion is supposed to help large under the surface bumps,
to calm them and reduce their appearance.
I was intrigued to see how these two would work and if the
Drying Lotion was the wonder product everyone seems to say it is as, at nearly
thirty, I still haven’t found the perfect products to help my acne prone skin
when it’s having a bad time.
I’ve been trying The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter for a while to see if, and how, it worked for me. I saw a lot of posts about this range when it was first released but not seen much since. It’s designed for sensitive skin and is a cleansing balm. I haven’t had the best luck with cleansing balms but I wanted to give this a go as it’s specifically for sensitive skin. As with all products from the Body Shop it’s cruelty free.
This is a fair sized tin, it contains 90ml, and is a lot
flatter and wider than most of my skin care products. This costs £10 but the
tin lasts ages, a little does go a long way and I can see this lasting beyond
the twelve months it says it has for using it up, for me anyway. My skin is
sensitive, acne prone and dry or combination and it isn’t normally a fan of
cleansing balms but I was interested so thought I’d give it a go.
I’ve always meant to do empties posts, I just tend to find
that I go for ages without having any and then within a week everything I use
regularly is finished. I love reading or watching them when other people do
them as it shows what you actually use and like rather than a review of
something you’ve been using for a few weeks or days.
As I’ve been organising my wardrobe, I’m only part way at
the moment, I’ve ended up getting all the random stuff that got thrown into
this basket I got for empties so now it can finally be used as I wanted it to
be. I didn’t plan on it being overflowing before I did my first post though! I’ll
try to keep them shorter, maybe after every ten empties, I didn’t realise how
much was in there until I emptied it earlier! As there are so many I’ll try to
keep them short and I’ll link to any I’ve done reviews on so you can see more about
I can’t remember when I last did a skincare routine post. There
are probably some things that stayed the same as I’ve got some old favourites
that I’ve been using for years, but I
have recently found some new products my skin loves. It’s taken me ages to get
a regular routine, I’m nearly thirty and it’s only been the past couple of
years I’ve had a proper daily routine.
My skin can definitely be difficult at times. It’s acne prone, combination and sensitive but definitely goes on the dry side over oily when it comes to the combination part. I do like trying new products but I tend to find that it takes a while for my skin to get used to them so I’m trying to stick to a few favourites, though one of the moisturisers in the Holland and Barrett advent calendar has made such a difference it’s in my go to list now.
I haven’t tried anything from the brand in the Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar, I’ve never even heard of them before, but that’s what I love about these beauty advent calendars and why I buy them in the first place. This time a year a revitalising leg gel seems a great idea, especially for anyone working in any of the kinds of jobs that everyone wants in the festive season and there’s a lot of standing around! I’d already seen the Funko Pop character after having to dig in this door for Hedwig yesterday but I’m still happy to have a Neville, at least I think he’s Neville!
I’m sure we were supposed to have had snow at some point this winter, I think it’s the weather that’s making me not feel as Christmassy as normal considering it’s only four days away! This time last year we’d had quite a bit of snow, Google helpfully showed me the photos on the 10th and made me want it even more! Oh well, I hope it stays away for everyone to get home over Christmas but it would have been nice to have had some in December! As I write this it’s pouring with rain and so windy the birds had to make several attempts to land on the feeders.
Today was the turn of the second face mask in the Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar, I think this is the only duplicate product in the calendar. The Harry Potter Funko Pop figure was Hedwig, the second pet and another that I have in the blind box Funko version.
It feels quite appropriate that today’s Blogmas question was about food, we went food shopping today and came back with what looked like enough to last a month! I have a feeling the Christmas food will still be being eaten in January. We always think that we’re getting less than last year but it still seems to be way too much. At least we have a lot less chocolate this year, I think the extras are different fruit and nuts so at least that’s better, right?
Also, I think I have a new favourite Christmas drink. I might have to go to Ikea each year to get the Glögg, though I might see if I can find somewhere else that sells it near me as I don’t want to have to deal with those crowds and I know I’ll just end up buying things I don’t need every year if I do go!
One of our family traditions is to make our own crackers, though they look a bit different as they use party poppers for the bang and are quite a bit bigger than your standard cracker. We often end up rushing to make them a couple of days before Christmas, but this year we actually got them done a week before so I’m feeling very organised. I also watched Bed-knobs and Broomsticks because I realised I don’t think I’ve seen it since I was small and couldn’t really remember what it was about, apart from the magic bed bit. After watching it I realised why we haven’t seen it since! Do you ever see a movie you thought was good and realise that actually it was better not to rewatch it after all?
Today’s advent calendar presents were definitely good, especially after yesterday’s slightly more disappointing ones. The first proper makeup, and I think maybe the only makeup if I remember correctly, in the Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar with a B.B. Cream, and a nicely detailed Hagrid in the Funko Pop Harry Potter advent calendar.
You know you’ve taken too long to review something when it’s not on the site any more! I’ve had these Disney Villain Face Masks from MAD Beauty since some time in November when I did an order from Boots. I have found them on the Grindstore website for £9.99 for the set, or if you want to pick an individual mask they’re available on MAD beauty’s own website at £3.99 each.
I’ve been a fan of Disney villains for ages, I think when I was little I preferred the baddies to the goodies when I watched the movies half the time, they’re just more interesting. I also have a bit of a weakness for sheet masks, so when I saw this set of three face masks with two of my favourite villains I had to try them. The three sheet masks are Cruella (coconut), Maleficent (green tea) and Ursula (cucumber). MAD beauty do also do Disney Princess ones but they didn’t sell them in Boots and I think I prefer the villains anyway!
This weekend was more exhausting than I thought and I was still catching up from the weekend before energy wise during the week so I wants as prepared and that means a bumper Blogmas blog post with three days worth of advent goodies in one! It was a great weekend visiting family and it was great catching up and seeing people from the other side of the family than last week but two weekends in a row and all that travelling really drained me. I’ll try to be more organised for the rest of Blogmas.
In the Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar there were three very different gifts. One is something I’ve been needing to get to replace an old one, another is something that I’m looking forward to trying and the third is probably the first flop for me from this calendar so it’ll be passed on. The Harry Potter Funko Pop advent calendar had two figures in that are characters that already appeared in the advent calendar. I can get why Harry, Ron and Hermione would have duplicate figures but I’d still rather have some extras like Bellatrix or something.