Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you’re having a good day and enjoying yourself whether you celebrate Christmas or not. As it’s the last day of the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar and the official first day of Christmas it’s the last day of Blogmas. Not that my Blogmas went as I was expecting, December has definitely been more hectic than I expected it to be so I didn’t do the same posts I was expecting. Today’s gift in the advent calendar is a makeup bag. It’s not one I can find on their website but as their makeup bags are £12 in general I’m going to stick with that as the value they’ve put in this one, not sure if it would be.
The first day of Christmas from my Twelve Days of Ciate London Calendar is a liquid lipstick. I love the look of this calendar in general and I’ve wanted to try the Ciate makeup after loving their nail varnishes for years so couldn’t resist it when it was on offer. The liquid lipstick is a Liquid Velvet Liquid Lipstick in the colour Oh Honey! The full sized version is £17 normally on their website (currently on sale for £13.60) and is part of the new nudes range. This mini size is 2ml to the 6.7ml of a standard one which means it has around £4 of product in it. These minis are always enough for me in liquid lipsticks anyway and I can see this one lasting well.
It’s the second to last day of the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar, though I know a lot of advent calendars end today and they always did when I was growing up. When does advent actually end? I always thought the 24th but so many include the 25th now too. Anyway, today’s gift is the Pur Illuminate and Glow Primer, the second primer in three days so I kind of wish they’d spread the two out a bit more. It’s a corrective primer that has some shimmer in it to give a glowy look for a base. The full sized tube is 30ml and £24 so this 10ml tube contains £8 of product. It has a bit of a peachy bronze look to me and definitely has shimmer in so I’m not sure how much I’ll use it as primer.
The second thing from an advent calendar, well kind of, is the Forest Walk Wax Tart from the Scented Seasons Shop Twelve Scents of Christmas set I bought and have been picking them out at random as a kind of home done advent calendar. The set was £15 for twelve wax tarts or they can be bought individually for £1.25 each where you pick your scents.
I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! We have some things we do on Christmas Eve every year, they’ve become traditions as well as some of them being practical. Things like getting food bits ready or watching certain movies, I love these things that become traditions and are different for each family and don’t necessarily have anything too Christmassy about them.
I’m never sure whether to class makeup primers as makeup or skin care, it’s sort of the step between the two, but it seems like this primer is also a moisturiser which is great if you have dry skin. The Autograph Hydrating Confidence Boost Primer is today’s gift from the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar so now you pretty much have the whole routine for pre makeup prep in mini sizes from this calendar. The full sized 30ml tube is £12.50 meaning this 15ml mini one is worth £6.75, so sort of mid range when it comes to price, and it’s cruelty free and vegan and vegetarian friendly.
It’s been a bit of a long project, or rather it’s been an on and off project, since I got the drawers for in my wardrobe to store my beauty things but it’s finally finished and I have my makeup drawer all organised. I’ve been thinking of doing a bit of a post on what I have and how I store it but not sure if anyone would be interested. It’s definitely not a big collection, it all fits in the one drawer, after my various destashing sessions throughout the year and probably half of it is eyeshadow palettes so not a huge variety in there either. Would anyone be interested in that?
Day 17 of the advent calendar and yet more skin care in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar. I’m going to keep everything from this in a box and sort them into groups when this advent calendar is finished so I can compare how much there is in each category. So far skin care is probably way in the lead and I’m surprised at how little makeup there is for a beauty advent calendar.
Today’s gift is from Ren and is the Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot. When I first opened it I was expecting some kind of firming face mask but it seems like it’s a serum style product that you apply between cleansing and moisturising and has an oil like feel to it. This tube is 10ml and the full sized one costs £36 for the 30ml so this is worth around £12 but I can see it lasting a long time given that the instructions say use two or three drops each use. Ren as a company are cruelty free, though owned by Unilever, and this particular product is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians as well.
I don’t think we’ve had any hair products yet this year in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar, there’s normally a couple so this’ll be the first. It’s the Percy and Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray which seems to be a fine mist, slightly less extreme hair spray that has a gentle hold and doesn’t have that look of a hair spray when it’s in your hair. A full sized can is £12 for 100ml so this 50ml travel sized spray is worth £6 and is a great size for in your handbag. I will admit I don’t use much hairspray but it’ll be interesting to try. Also, this is vegan and vegetarian friendly.
The wax tart from the Scented Seasons Shop on Etsy is the Christmas Cookie scent. This is a staple for most companies around Christmas and not one of my favourite scents, or a huge fan of overly sweet or bakery scents, but it’s often a good scent to mix in with some sharp so sweeten it up a bit and change the scent. This is part of the Twelve Scents of Christmas set which costs £15 but is also available individually for £1.25 if you want to pick individual scents.
I feel like the beginning of this Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar seems to be giving us a lot of the more expensive brands. I’m not sure how much a lot of the products cost, to be honest I can’t even remember half of the things that are supposed to be in here, but with Rodial being today’s little gift I feel like I’ve already got my money’s worth with the amount these products cost even as travel size or mini versions of products.
Today’s advent present is a Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel in a 15ml tube, a good size for travel or as a sample as you do get quite a few uses out of it. The full sized pot of 50ml costs £85 and I think that means that this mini version would come up as £25.50 worth of product. Rodial is a cruelty free company and this particular product is listed as both vegan and vegetarian friendly which is always nice to find. It’s a gel that’s designed to plump, firm and sculpt your face so it defines the features more. I’m not sure how it’s supposed to do this but it’s definitely a lighter feeling product than yesterday’s moisturiser which is good for my skin as my skin definitely found that one a bit much.
The first day of December so the first day of advent. I do love advent calendars, we’ve had them since we were little with chocolate ones, and this year my main advent calendar is the Marks and Spencer’s one. I say main as I do have a Thornton’s chocolate one and a couple of twelve days of Christmas ones, I’m probably going to actually do the one on the twelve days though so I’ll have at least one post every day in December, this may be a first for me!
Anyway, onto the gift from today’s box, I do love it when advent calendars do these individual boxes, I have used them a few times for wrapping up Christmas presents that are small enough and they are great at disguising oddly shaped presents too. The gift today is from the Rosie for Autograph collection, so it is an exclusive product to Marks and Spencer’s, and it’s the Amazing Radiance Body Glow (50ml tube). It’s not the full sized tube but it’s a good size for travel and it’s a shimmery body lotion that has a golden tint to it.
When I saw that Lush were coming out with new products I had to check some of them out and the new range of jelly face masks really intrigued me so I decided to get the two that seemed like they’d suit my skin needs the most. They come in the same size pots at the older style fresh face masks so I thought I’d get a few face masks out of each. They also claim to be self preserving and don’t need to be kept in the fridge which are both real bonuses for me as that is one thing about the older style that puts me off getting them more. These face masks are cruelty free, all Lush products are, and it says these specifically are suitable for vegans.
FOMO is aimed at evening skin tone and calming your skin with Calamine, Kaolin and Rose Absolute. It’s a solid jelly that you take a piece off, rub between your hands and then apply it to your face for five to ten minutes before washing off so I was interested to see how this would work. The new jelly range is available online or in stores and cost £6.95. I’m not sure if they’re included in the masks that you can get free with the black and clear pots, I’ll have to ask next time I go in as that’s how I get all my Lush face masks at the moment.
Today’s review is on a few of the products from a company that I found on Instagram; Happy Place Cosmetics. I think we all have those companies we find on Instagram, the ones with the pretty products that pop up in the search when we’re scrolling. Normally they seem to be either too expensive or from America with postage and packaging that doubles the cost of the order but Happy Place Cosmetics are based in the U.K. and do a range of skin care, bath and body products as well as quite a wide range of solid brush cleansers. I do like trying indie brands and the fact they’re in the U.K. and cruelty free meant I had to at least look at them, then a few things may have ended up in my basket. Though, to be honest, I was rather restrained with this order, I could have ordered a lot more.
It was the solid brush cleansers that first caught my eye and when they had a restock of all the scents they have ever done and it included Gummy Bear I had to make an order. Unfortunately I managed to miss out on the half price offer, damn my indecisiveness, so I only got the one when I could have got two but I added a couple of bath dusts (broken up bath bombs) and a lip scrub and made an order. I may already have a second one planned, this company could turn into an expensive find.
I have been on the lookout for a good cruelty free roll on deodorant or anti perspirant that is easily available in the UK, which seems to have been harder than I thought. For some reason I just don’t get on with creams,or rather not skin doesn’t, and there’s only so many times I’m willing to try them.
In a recent Holland and Barrett online window shopping trip I saw a couple of the Dr Organic deodorants in my recommended products and given how much I’ve liked their products in the past j thought I’d give them a go. At the time they were in a buy one get one half price offer but normally cost £5.79, some still are in the buy one get one half price offer as well. They have a large range of scents available, I think even more than in their standard product range, at least as many. These range from very feminine scents, like the rose one, to more unisex scents and I think the Dead Sea Minerals one definitely fits into that category. The other scent I chose was the Vitamin E deodorant, which is somewhere in the middle and could be a unisex scent though it has some floral hints to it.