Blogmas Day 14!

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.

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Blogmas Day 12

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.

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Blogmas 2017: Day 10!

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.

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Blogmas 2017: Day 7!

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.

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Advent 2017: Day 5!

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.

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Advent 2017: Day 4!

Today’s gift in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar is the Gatineau Melatogenine Advanced Rejuvenating Cream and is a 15 ml sample tube which is a decent size for a face moisturiser. I normally find this is more than enough to get an idea of what it’ll be like. This one had probiotics in it and is definitely at the high end of the skin care products price wise at £86 for a full sized 50ml pot, it means this small sample is probably worth around £28! Definitely one of those brands that is outside my budget but that I love to find in these kinds of sets as I wouldn’t buy them myself.

The fourth day of advent and I’m adding in the second of my advent calendars, not that it’s meant to be but I bought a Twelve Scents of Christmas set of wax tarts from an Etsy store so thought I’d open one every other day in the lead up to Christmas. They didn’t arrive until just as we were leaving on Friday but I’ll include them in my advent from now on. I do love having some Christmas scents and went for these rather than the Yankee advent calendar I normally go for. It’s the 12 Scents of Christmas natural wax melts box and costs £15 on the Scented Seasons Shop on Etsy. I’m just picking them out at random and the first is Mulled Wine.
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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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A Bit of a Haul from Rushden Lakes


I wish I’d taken more photos, I’m still not that good at remembering to do that when out and about, as the shopping area was so nicely arranged, which sounds like an odd thing to say but not having aisles crammed in and there actually being space in all the shops was really nice. Add in the odd sky on Monday due to the storm in Ireland and the UK and I bet the lake would have looked great in them. With the five hours free parking and range of shops there I definitely recommend Rushden Lakes to anyone local as a place to spend an afternoon wandering and shopping. Though it does seem like most locals already know about it, I seem to have been slow on finding this.

Anyway, onto the shops themselves. Though I didn’t get what I originally planned to as there weren’t any of the long tops or tshirts that I liked in my size I did end up getting a few things. In the end I got things from Primark, Marks and Spencer, Holland and Barrett, Flying Tiger (a new favourite shop) and Boots, though it was fun wandering around the rest and I was very restrained when it came to the large beauty section in House of Fraser, I don’t think I’ve seen so much Urban Decay in person before!
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Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Broccoli Sheet Mask

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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.

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