I enjoyed my favourite ever advent calendar this December and couldn’t end the year without writing a review.
Having bought one in the sales last January when I first discovered such advent calendars existed, I was quick to get one in preparation for December the first this year. Each day presented me with a little gift as I worked my way up to Christmas.
I had aimed to use the treats to help me find a little ‘me time’ each evening to try them out and relax, although this started well, it did get lost as Christmas crept nearer, as did my Blogmas ambition which equally faded away – oh well, I can try again next year.
Day 2: Caudalie – Little Harvest Limited Edition Hand and Nail Cream - A nice hand cream, leaves hand feeling soft and soaks in quickly.
Day 3: ESPA – Refining Skin Polish and NEW Optimal Skin ProSerum Duo plus £15 Voucher – The gift that kept on giving. Left my skin feeling soft, am looking forward to using more.
Day 4: Leighton Denny Expert Nails – High Performance Nail Colour in Vamp - A nice wintery colour, lasted well.
Day 5: Balance Me – Super Toning Body Wash - Personally I was a little disappointed after last years amazing oil, still a nice product though and awesome to get a full size bottle.
Day 6: Perricone MD – No Foundation Foundation - will try this again in the summer as think it will suit my skin better in the warmer weather.
Day 7: The Vintage Cosmetic Company – Tweezers - super handy to now have a spare pair to keep in my travel bag.
Day 8: Aromatherapy Associates – Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil - Haven’t used in the bath but is invigourating as an oil.
Day 9: Trilogy – NEW Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream - leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Day 10: INIKA – Eyeshadow in Gunmetal - sorry, not tried this one yet.
Day 14: Green People – Pencil Eyeliner in City Grey - Aahhh haven’t used mine yet, you can see where I started getting busy before Christmas!
Day 15: Bioeffect – EGF Serum - A tiny bottle that goes a long way. A few drops of this swept ove my face each night leaves it feeling soft and smooth.
Day 16: Dr Organic – Dead Sea Minerals Eye Rescue Rollerball - I have tried this but not enough to really comment on it, although I probably should have used it more with the lack of sleep in the run up to Christmas.
Day 17: DHC – Deep Cleansing Oil - Love this stuff. Smooth it over your face to take your make up of easily and it leaves your skin feeling incredible. Will definitely be getting a full size bottle of this.
Day 19: ModelCo – Lengthening Black Mascara - Another one that I haven’t got around to trying yet.
Day 20: Q – The Fine Fragrance Body Spray - Ditto!
Day 21: Alterna – Bambo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist - Not tried this one yet but I have loved trying different oils this year, something I never thought to use until I got some samples and now I wouldn’t be without them in my beauty routine.
Day 22: Neom Luxury Organics – Complete Bliss Organic Hand Cream - Am still using up the Caudalie one from day 2!
Day 23: Weleda – Skin Food - Again not yet tested.
Day 24: Therapie Roques Oneil – Himalayan Detox Bath Salts - Well I have lots to treat myself to in 2014!
Having opened all the doors, although I am yet to try all of the products, there are 3 products that have really stood out for me.
1st Place: At the top of the podium stands day 1′s Sisley – Masque Creme a la Rose Noire. It is amazing. My friend got a You Beauty advent calendar as well and we are both in love with this product. It’s a cream mask that you simply apply after cleansing. It does say to wipe off any excess, but once you realise just how good this stuff is you will not want to wipe any off. The only negative about this product is just how blimin’ expensive it is. At approx £90 a 60ml tube it is out of my price range, but I will be saviouring every last drop of my 10ml trial size tube (and praying like mad that it is in next years advent calendar!)
2nd Place: My runner up award goes to the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. It is so lovely. massage it into you face and it will remove all makeup from the day and leave your face feeling gorgeous. I have been using it twice each night in my routine, once to remove makeup, I then wipe it off with a cotton pad and apply a second oil massage to cleanse thoroughly before I wash it off with a muslin cloth. I will definitely be buying a full size bottle of this, and will be doing so before the end of January so I can use the offer behing day 17 from the online You Beauty advent calendar (found here).
3rd Place: My third place product has to be the ESPA – Refining Skin Polish and NEW Optimal Skin ProSerum Duo. This is primarily for the fact that these two samples turned into a mountain of products due to the £15 voucher also included behind the advent door.
Upon using the voucher, I paid an additional £13.50 and received a set of six oils together with more samples. The gift literally kept on giving as I also have a voucher for 15% off my next purchase. As well as the multiplying gift, the products are also awesome and I look forward to using them more regularly in 2014.I have been thoroughly impressed with this years You Beauty Advent Calendar and will definitely be buying another next year. I feel like I have been spoilt rotten throughout December, and still have many products that will treat me throughout 2014. The calendars went on sale after Christmas and were knocked down to £24.95 (this is how I first discovered them last year and managed to get my hands on a reduced 2012 edition), unfortunately they are now sold out for 2013.
- You Beauty Advent Calendar – Week 2 (manisha184.wordpress.com)
- Value for Money? – The You Beauty Advent Calendar Cost Breakdown (thelittlescottishcorner.wordpress.com)
- You Beauty Advent Calendar – Week 1 (manisha184.wordpress.com)