Today’s advent calendar post is going to be a short one as it’s a duplicate from last year so I think I’ll be doing a second post later. Today’s a bit busy though as I’m going away for the weekend so I’m hoping to get all scheduled posts ready, it always feels a bit odd opening advent things early when I do this though!
The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm is one that I got last year in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar so I’m going to link to that post here so you can see my original first impressions. It’s a cleansing balm that you apply and then wipe off with a damp cloth. I’ve not tried many cleansing balms but they don’t really agree with my skin when I have so I’ll do a mini review if you want to read more on what I remember about this one. This is a 15ml jar but the standard 100ml jar costs £39 and comes with a cleansing cloth. It’s not exactly cheap but given how long this mini jar lasted last year I’d say it’s good value for money.
Day twelve and we’re nearly half way through the Marks and Spencer beauty advent calendar. Today’s product was the Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose limited edition version, another skin care product but this is an exfoliating toner like a more concentrated version of a the Pixi Glow Tonic, from what I can find about it anyway. I did have the standard version of this last year in the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar and tried it so it it’ll be interesting to see how this Rose version compares.
This bottle is 50ml, which is half the size of the regular sized product. The full sized on costs £37 so this mini bottle would be worth £18.50. I do like this style product, I get on well with the liquid exfoliates, but I know that the ones including acids can cause reactions for a lot of people. Although we’ve had a lot of skin care I quite like that, having looked at all of the things, including this means you have almost a complete skin care routine, the only thing missing is the cleanser.
Today was the first snow of this winter and we made the most of it! Our dog is nearly 14 and really shouldn’t get too excited but ended up running around like a puppy and I managed to make a snowman. I’ll be paying for it the next few days but totally worth it. We might be getting some more in the night but it’s probably just going to freeze so I’m crossing my fingers the road outside our house isn’t too bad as they never salt it and I have an appointment tomorrow I have to get to. Have you guys had any snow, either today or just this winter so far? Are you ever too old to make snowmen?
Onto the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar’s gift for today and it’s a small tube of Formula Innovate Radiance Reveal Peel which seems to be part of the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty range. It’s cruelty free and has the leaping bunny logo on it. This means that so far this year we’ve had more skin care than anything but this is a different kind of product and I’m intrigued by what it will do. It’s a 15ml tube and with the full sized one being 50ml and costing £17.50 I think it should be worth somewhere around £5. It’s definitely a fairly good sized sample so I’m looking forward to trying it and there’s quite a few uses from it.
The seventh day of advent from the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar and it’s more skin care. I have to say I think I’ve forgotten half of the things on the list when I first bought this as I really don’t remember this on there. It’s a night mask from Korres, the Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial. It’s a moisturiser that you apply after cleansing your face, I’m assuming it’s a night cream as the name says and it’s supposed to nourish and retexturise your skin. I’m not sure what that means but it’ll be interesting to see if it has any positive effects for me. A 40ml pot of this costs £26 so I think this mini 16ml tube would cost around £9 or £10.
Day 7 of December and we’re finally getting round to the decorating. Unfortunately it is also a day of no internet, it went down around 12 and won’t be fixed for a while so I’m doing this post on my phone, hopefully the photos are good enough quality without editing. It’s odd how much I miss the internet when it’s down. I had all these plans for what I was going to do today but they almost all relied on the internet so I feel like I haven’t done much really.
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.
Day three and the third tube. It does feel like these early ones could be travel products that it’s sort of giving you for if you go away over the holiday period. Maybe it’s just me but given the face mask, body shimmer and now a shower product it’s like it’s either for a weekend away or for preparing for a night out, an office party or a family get together. I’m probably giving it too much thought, it’s just a nice idea that they might have done it deliberately as a kit for a night out.
Anyway, the product itself is the Nuxe Prodigieux Huile de Douche, basically a fancy way of saying shower gel. The literal translation is shower oil but maybe that’s just me being overly literal and it’s the phrase used in France. I have to admit that, seeing shower oil in the name, I was expecting something more of an oil like an oil cleanser but scented and for your body. However, it’s a shower gel that lathers and is in the same scent as the other Pogidieux products, if I’m reading the website right. It also has a golden shimmer to it so it sort of goes well with the Rosie for Autograph body shimmer cream we got on the first day.
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.
I’ve seen compressed face masks around for a while and not really known what they were so, when I saw these Compressed Face Masks from Beauty Bits Australia in TK Maxx a couple of months ago, I had to give them a try. They’re small, compressed face masks that you add liquid to so they grow and expand and become full sized sheet masks. With the amount of excess mask formula you end up with in sheet masks this seemed like the perfect way of using that up.
They had two varieties, one with the plain white sheet masks and this Assorted one which has a mix of charcoal infused black sheet masks along with the plain ones. This jar had ten of the charcoal infused ones and fifteen of the plain white sheet masks to make up the twenty five in the pack. These are no longer available in TK Maxx but I bought them for £9.99, at least that’s what the sticker says but I seem to remember it being less than that. There are a lot of companies doing these though so there might be a company that’s easier to find near you and this post might be helpful on deciding if you want to try them.
My skin is definitely acne prone and I’ve been using the Black Magic face wash from One Hand Washes the Other for years but the customs charges I always get hit with make it so much more expensive so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement that’s easy to access in the UK and this Dr Organic Tea Tree Deep Pore Charcoal Mask might be the closest I’ve found yet.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might be aware that I am a fan of the Dr Organic range, or at least a fair amount of their products, as they often seem to work for my skin and hair plus, as a brand, they’re cruelty free and use a lot of natural ingredients. This particular mask, or face wash as I’ve also been using it for, is also vegan friendly. As far as I’m aware Dr Organic is exclusive to Holland and Barrett’s here in the UK and this mask is part of the skin clear range which includes a face wash and moisturiser. It costs £6.99 for the 100ml tube and can be found online or in some of their stores.
I do love a good sheet mask and bought a set of the Tony Moly ones a while ago from eBay for around £10. Most of them have been sat there for a few months but I finally got round to trying the Broccoli Sheet Mask which is supposed to help with vitality so brighten your skin and give it a healthy glow. I have to say this is one of the more intriguing ones, I don’t think I’ve ever used a broccoli based skin care product before.
Sheet masks have become more popular in the UK with a lot of companies bringing out their own versions but I haven’t seen the Tony Moly ones around much despite other products from them being available here. However, I have seen these Brocoli ones in TK Maxx recently and it seems they cost £4.99 there going by the online price so I’d recommend eBay if you’re interested in trying them.