Well, it is now November and almost time for the dreaded C-word. Last year, I purchased the "You Beauty Discovery" Beauty Advent Calendar. Beauty advent calendars are currently on offer for this year now, and I wanted to give you a peek at what last year's was like. It also gave me enough time to try all nearly all of the products. I would recommend this beauty advent calendar because I found a few gems.
1: Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and Muslin Cloth: This cleanser is gentle on skin, and people who do have problem skin can probably use this without any issues. The product made my skin feel clean, and I love the fact it comes with a facial cloth. I would purchase this again.
2: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: I received this primer in a beauty box previously, and I like the product. It smooths the skin and makes the foundation easier to blend and provides a more 'finished' look to my make-up. This is a product that I would continue to use and purchase again.
3: Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot Body Wash: I enjoy Molton Brown products and have used this scent of body wash previously. Although it is not my favourite scent from the brand, the orange scent in this product possibly makes it one of their most festive scents.
4: Essie nail polish in "lots of lux": Each calendar had a random colour from the Essie 'Encrusted Treasures' range, and I got the colour "lots of lux", which is a shimmery bright blue colour. You can see this in the photograph above. I like the colour. I've only used Essie polishes once at a nail salon, and I was greatly disappointed as the polish flaked right off my nails, so I previously disregarded this brand.
5: Caudalie body lotion: This brand uses grape seed extract and other natural ingredients to make skincare products and supports charities to help the environment. I have tried a few of their products and I am just not keen on them. Body lotion is also not something I am excited about.
6: Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask: This facial mask contains red clay, which is good at cleansing the skin and making it appear more radiant. This also made my skin feel firmer, and I enjoyed using it. I would purchase this product and really liked the results.
7: Aromatherapy Associates: This aromatherapy candle promises to aid in relaxation, and I did feel more relaxed after I had this candle lit for awhile. It was very soothing, and it made me want to fall asleep! I would be interested in looking into more relaxation and non-candle products from this company.
8: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer: I've used this product previously but was not keen on the results. It promises to add volume to hair. The first time I used it, it seemed to make my hair go limp. The second time I used it, it did as promised. I'm still not won over by this product.
9: Teeez Desert Metals Mascara: This black mascara claims to be smudge-proof and long-lasting. This is a good product and did as it claimed. I did not have any issues with it.
10: Burt's Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream: I loved the smell of this hand cream and the cute packaging. The cream is very thick, and a little goes a long way.
11: Vita Liberata Luxury Tan: I am not a big fan of using tanning products, so I have not yet tried this. However, it is billed as a non-toxic and organic product that gets decent ratings.
12: GlamGlow exfoliant mask: This facial mask tightens the skin shortly after application, and it is meant to be left on for ten minutes. The product was developed for the entertainment industry to get the face ready to be photographed without drying it out. Unfortunately, the sample size was awkward as there was not quite enough for two trials but too much for one. I ended up applying it all at once, even though only a thin layer is needed. I really liked the results, and the product has a nice smell. I am tempted to purchase this.
13: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab: This product can be used as a base coat to protect damaged nails. I needed a product like this as my nails had some damage and discolouration due to some glitter polish that I had been using. I liked this product and I would purchase it in the future.
14: John Freida Volume Blow Dry: This product promises to add volume to the hair when it's blow-dried. I have not managed to try it yet, but I do use John Freida products and always found them to be good products that deliver.
15: Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier perfume: This scent is inspired by the fig. This is a fruity scent, and I really like this. I may be tempted to purchase this once I run out of the sample.
16: Eyeko Lash Curler: This product seems like a gimmick to me. I'm not sure I really need these as my lashes are already quite long. I tried it, and I did not see any results. I am not keen on it.
17: Rodial lip balm: I was not keen on the branding product use of the word 'stemcell' and I did not want to use the product as it sounded dodgey. However, the stemcell refers to cells of a specific Alp plant and its renewing properties. I have yet to try it as I am using up other products.
18: John Masters Organics (shampoo and conditioner): This separate bottle of shampoo and separate bottle of conditioner detangle and clean hair. I found that these products made my hair feel soft and untangly.
19: Benefit Porefessional: I've previously used this product and like it. It makes skin look fresher and minimises large pores.
20: James Read Sleep Mask Tan: This sleep mask gives the skin a tanner complexion. I tried this for a few nights, and it was only after a few nights that I noticed a result. The product left my skin looking blotchy as the tan was uneven. This was one of my least favourite products in the advent calendar, and despite the claim the product is unscented, I actually did smell a 'tanning lotion' smell.
21: BioEffect EGF Serum: This serum promises to improve complexion and remove wrinkles. I am never sure about this type of product as it would take time to monitor it the effectiveness.
22: Rituals Fortune Body Scrub: This product smells delicious, and the beauty advent calendar smelled like this product every time I went to open a new window each day.
23: Maddi Alexander Rose Bath Oil: A few drops of this rose-scented bath oil in the bath will make skin smell like roses. I've been using up other bath products and am currently without a bath in the new house, so this will have to wait.
24: Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray: This was one product that I was keen to try because I do struggle with my sleep, and I've tried a couple of products that did not work for me. This product uses lavender and other aromas and is meant to be clinically proven to improve sleep. I have tried this product, but similar to the other products I used previously, the scent does not linger.
Did you try this advent calendar last year or any others that you recommend?