Now that Christmas is starting to wind down, I thought I would share the rest of my advent calendar goodies and my overall views on this non-chocolate alternative.
Day 12 – Boots Nail Shine Solution
I get through clear top coats quite quickly given how often I paint my nails so always welcome a new one to try out. This one from Boots’ Salon range contains sea kelp which is meant to nourish the nails whilst finishing to a high-gloss shine.
Day 13 – Vichy Liftactiv Serum for Eyes and Lashes
A brand I love, this Vichy product is unique in that it claims to not only reduce lines and wrinkles around the eyes but also fortify and strengthen lashes. This is a lovely, hydrating serum which is great on the skin around the eyes but I am yet to see a noticeable difference in my eyelashes.
Day 14 – Couture La La Perfume Sample
A pleasant enough scent but as I mentioned in my last review I don’t think these sample are the most interesting inclusion in these calendars!
Day 15 – Seventeen Tattoo Me Semi-Permanent Liquid Eyeliner
Despite claiming to last for 48 hours (who wears makeup for that long?!), I am looking forward to trialling this. I love a sweep of black eyeliner with cute flicks and this product has received rave reviews from beauty bloggers for its longevity and true black colour.
Day 16 – Spotty Nail File
Always handy but I prefer using a glass nail file and I think this was a bit of a crap gift.
Day 17 – Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub
I already own the full-sized version of this and I love it! It smells delicious and is a great exfoliator. I tend to keep a tub of it in the shower and use a handful before fake-tanning or when I feel I need a good scrub!
Day 18 – Ghost Perfume Sample
This is one of my Mum’s favourite scents so I will be passing this sample onto her to use up.
Day 19 – Carmex Lip Balm
A cult lip product and one that I have started using in the last year. I love the medicinal smell of Carmex and the slight tingle you get when you apply it. I stocked up on the cherry version of this whilst we were in San Francisco as I spotted it for 75cents a tube!
Day 20 – Mavala Pure Diamond Nail Varnish
I really like this nail brand and this clear polish is packed full of glitter pieces. At first I thought it was just silver but in the light it has a gorgeous holographic effect and I think it would look great as a topcoat.
Day 21 – Botanics Heat Protection Shine Serum
I don’t actually use any heat products on my hair but this stuff smells so lovely I will still use it up! It contains camomile which is great for blonde hair and after having my hair dyed again recently, I am keen to keep it in good condition.
Day 22 – Nails Inc Porchester Square
I do already have this shade but it is one of my absolute favourites. A beautiful grey-purple colour, I always receive compliments when I wear this and it is no surprise it is one of Nail Inc’s best-selling shades.
Day 23 – Umberto Giannini ‘Backcomb in a Bottle’
This is a good brand and sounds pretty cool but I just know this is something I will never use on my hair type.
Day 24 – Seventeen Blow Out Mascara
Another Seventeen product that has rather OTT claims, this time to volumise your lashes by up to 12 times their normal size! I can never have enough black mascaras and after a quick look online, this too has received rave reviews. I would never think to try this brand, although the packaging seems to appeal to a younger audience, but I am going to give the eyeliner and mascara a week-long trial and will report back!
Phew – that’s all 24 windows opened, plus a Boots voucher towards any of the products in the calendar! Overall, I have loved this calendar. It is great value for money when you consider it was around the £30 with £70 worth of product included. I have definitely discovered some new brands (Seventeen and Balmi) and received some items from brands I already love (Mavala and Vichy) and I have particularly loved the nail items.
I do feel there was a bit of filler, namely the perfume samples and hair products, but I think that just comes down to personal preferences as I know some people love trying out new perfume samples in beauty boxes.
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for another advent calendar like this next year. I would love the Ciate one filled with nail varnishes but I’m sure there will be a whole new range available next year as more brands jump on this bandwagon.
What do you think of beauty advent calendars? x