January 2018 Empties

Managed to get through quite a bit throughout January! I’m trying my best to use up as many products as I can before buying new ones. My stash is diminishing slowly, which is what I want, so I can start focusing on buying products that I really want.

January 2018 skincare empties

Starting with skincare empties I have Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. Now, this was the first retinol product I have ever used so I eased myself into it slowly and carefully and I didn’t get any irritation at all. I got up to using 3 times a week, alternating with an exfoliating acid and to be honest, I didn’t notice any difference in my skin. Due to the price of this, it’s not something that I would buy again.

Next up is the Multi-molecular Hyaluronic Complex from NIOD. I’m not sure how I felt about this. I used it when my skin was feeling tight / dry and it left the skin feeling slightly tacky but for hydration, I didn’t find it any more effective than a moisturiser. There’s a product similar to this from The Ordinary which I think I’m going to try next instead of buying this one again.

Lastly for skincare is Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. I used this as a morning serum and it was nice but I noticed no difference whatsoever in my skin so not something I’ll be buying again.

January 2018 haircare Empties

Moving onto haircare, first up is Wella Brilliance Treatment, this product is beautiful. I used this every time I washed my hair (only a small amount) and my hair always felt more manageable, soft, less prone to breakage and tangling, and lastly, smells incredible and lasts in the hair a really long time. Love this, need to get another one.

From Philip Kingsley I used up a mini Elasticizer, this is one of them products that you get in beauty boxes quite a lot but to be honest, I don’t think it’s very effective and I think it’s a bit overkill using a pre shampoo treatment, a decent conditioner/mask will do the job. I used it up because it was there but it’s not something I’d go out and buy.

The final product for hair is the Mythic Oil by L’Oréal Professionnel. I love hair oils, I’ve noticed such a difference in my hair since using oils instead of serums. This one wasn’t my favourite as I didn’t like the smell that much but it’s a nice nourishing product. I’d maybe buy it again but I think I’m probably going to stick with Morrocanoilfor the time being.

January 2018 makeup empties

For my makeup empties this month, I firstly have Beauty Pie Great Skin Foundation. This foundation is one of the best I’ve ever used. It gives great coverage, lasts all day and is super cheap. I have a full review on this product which I will link below but it’s something that I’ve already repurchased and will continue to.

I’ve actually got through a primer! Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Primer in Bronze has been a steady product in my makeup routine. It’s similar to Becca Backlight Priming Filterin the sense that it adds a subtle glow to the skin and it can be worn without foundation to add radiance but because the packaging is a tube, it doesn’t feel as fancy as the Becca one but I do really like it. I’m thinking of buying this again in the Champagne shade.

L’Oréal make my favourite mascaras and the False Lash Architect was one I haven’t tried before as I’ve steered away from natural bristle brushes for years, so on a whim I picked this up and I am so glad I did. It’s a very volumising, almost clumpy mascara with a drier formula that I love! I’ve been asked on many occasions if I’m wearing false lashes when I’ve used it. Will be repurchasing this soon.

January 2018 Bodycare Empties

Lastly for my empties I have two hand creams. The first one is from The Body Shop and is the Almond Hand & Nail Cream. It was ok, quite thin and moisturised but not for long. Wouldn’t repurchase this one.

The one that I will repurchase is the Rituals Ginko’s Secret Hand Balm. Regular readers will know that I am a very big fan of Rituals products and this one does not disappoint. A lot of people will think it’s just a hand cream but it has this almost balmy texture that creates a bit of a film on the skin and it locks in moisture. It smells divine as I’d expect from Rituals and is something I need to get a back up of!

So that’s my first empties of the year. What products have you guys used up this month? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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January 2018 Favourites

I’m probably not alone here but I’m glad that January is almost over! It’s been a dreary month but I’m starting to see a little sunlight in the morning on my drive to work which means that Spring is coming.

January 2018 Favourites

I haven’t been buying myself too much lately, other than monthly treats from Beauty Pie and I’ve stopped buying beauty boxes as I really need to get through the stuff that I have so favourites are now much more condensed as I’m trying to not get as sucked into buying hyped products that I just don’t need. Let’s get into what I’ve loved this month.

Beauty Pie Superbrow Pencil

Beauty Pie Superbrow pencil

Brow pencils are one of the products that I hate spending a lot of money on as they are essential for me and they don’t last long. I was buying Urban Decay and spending £16 each time, then I found NYX and was really happy that their pencil was £8 but now I’ve found this beauty for around £2 (Beauty Pie prices change periodically.) This pencil has exactly the same packaging as the NYX one, it’s made in South Korea – same as the NYX one and the formula I find is on par with Urban Decay. It applies easily, it’s stiff enough to be precise but also smooth to fill in larger areas. I’m nearly out of this so have my second one on the way. Don’t stop making this product Beauty Pie!

Beauty Pie Super Luminous Concealer

Beauty Pie super luminous concealer

Another Beauty Pie product is this beautiful under eye concealer. I wasn’t too keen on this at first as I couldn’t get it to sit properly on the skin but if you use it with a beauty sponge, it blends perfectly! This helps cover darkness under the eyes and brightens the area too.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight – Champagne Pop

Becca shimmering Skin perfector Champagne pop

I’m not a fan of the whole over the top metallic looking highlight on me. I think it makes my skin look older and it just looks unflattering. The Slimlights from Becca don’t have the best reviews but I think people are expecting different things from them. They are marketed as a matte radiance highlight, not like their standard formulas and that is why these appeal to me. It adds radiance to the skin but in a subtle way, just how I like it. I use this on the inner corners of my eyes and brow bone and also a little on the tops of my cheek bones. When I apply on the face, I don’t use it straight onto the face, instead I warm the product onto my fingers and then dab it where I want it so it doesn’t disturb the product underneath.

Luxie 231 Small Tapered Blending Brush

Luxie 231 Brush

I have wanted this shape of brush for so long but just kept forgetting to buy it, but this gem came in my ASOS Advent Calendar so I was very happy. The brush looks very pretty with the pink and rose gold but the bristles are what do the work. They sit perfectly in the crease and blend out colour effortlessly. Really want to try more brushes from this brand now they are available in the UK.

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda body cream

Regular readers will know that Rituals make my favourite body products by far. They are more expensive but they make me feel pampered and happy! This is a travel size version of the body cream that I got in a set for Christmas and I love it. I thought it would be thicker but it’s a bit more balmy and soaks into the skin easily and doesn’t leave any greasy residues after applying. This will be purchased in the full size soon.

Aura by Mugler

Aura by Mugler

A little treat to myself using my Christmas money was this new fragrance from Mugler and I’ve not stopped wearing it this month. It’s a heavier fragrance that some people won’t like but I have two types of perfume I like – really sweet or heavy musky scents that I alternate through daily. This smells quite fresh when you first apply but then it settles and has a kind of burnt caramel kind of scent to it. If you like Alien (my signature scent) then I think you should try this one out in store.

A random favourite this month is actually something I use on my puppy Bella 🐶

Pet head dogs bff tangle fix <<<<<<
long haired cocker spaniel crossed with a bichon friese and has a fine but thick coat. She has to be combed pretty much every day and I was finding that as her coat gets longer, it tangles, gets knotty and when combing, gets full of static. I found from Dogs BFF Tangle Fix from Pet Head and it’s been a great help with grooming! It has a fine spray, smells of strawberry yoghurt and the scent doesn’t annoy her like some spray products do. It stops her getting static and really helps in getting rid of knots. It’s not a fix for all knots but it definitely helps.

Thanks for reading, what were your favourite products this month? Take care and I’ll be back soon SA ❤ xx

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Beauty Pie Haul

Last month I decided to let my Beauty Pie shopping allowance to roll over so I had more to play with in January to help beat the January blues. I did actually buy these at the end of December but never mind! I did get my first repurchase and my first skincare item this time around so let’s get started.

The Unbeatable Concealer £4.10

Beauty pie unbeatable concealer

I have been after a concealer to use to cover up spots for a while so decided to give this one a try. For a pot concealer it’s very emollient and blends over the skin with minimal effort. I’ve been using this to spot conceal after foundation instead of building up more and more layers of foundation and find it pretty effective.

Moisture Lock Wondergel Lip Liner, Rummy Pink £1.82

Beauty pie wondergel lip liner rummy pink

Did I need a lip liner? No. Did I want a lip liner for less than £2.00? Yes. This is a lovely lip liner, it applies without pulling and dragging on the lips and the colour is a great everyday shade. I have enjoyed using this to completely fill in the lips and then apply a lightly shimmering gloss over the top.

Top Five Ultra Colour Gel Eyeliner Edit £8.20

Beauty pie ultra colour gel eyeliner edit

Many moons ago I used to have quite the stash of coloured eyeliner pencils but I kind of grew out of them and just used a black liquid instead. I had decided that I wanted to start using different colours to my eyeliner as black can get a little boring and predictable. In this pack you get five shades which are all wearable for everyday. I’ve tried each of them and I am impressed at how easy they apply and how long they last. The first time I used one, it lasted longer than the Urban Decay shadow that I had all over my lids.

Great Skin Foundation £6.02

Beauty Pie Great Skin Foundation

When I first signed up to Beauty Pie, I didn’t think that they would sell a foundation that I would repurchase from them. This product is amazing, it gives the coverage that I need and it lasts all day on my skin without separating. Don’t get me wrong, it does show some signs of wear but my foundation is on for at least 11 hours a day but when I get home I don’t look in the mirror in horror at how the foundation has broken down. I have already done a full review of this so I will link that at the bottom of this post.

Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial £7.59

Beauty pie fruitizyme five minute facial

This is the product that Beauty Pie are the most known for and after only using it once, I can see why. It’s got a high concentration of glycolic acid which regular readers will know that I love, along with fruit enzymes and quartz powder. I’ve used this once and it made my skin look amazing the next day, in the same way as the Oskia Renaissance Mask or Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. I’m going to use this a couple more times and I will do a full review but so far I love this.

With shipping and handling, all these products cost £34.46, and the retail price was £155.00. This time last year I’d be spending over £30.00 just on foundation so I have saved myself so much money.

Let me know which products you’d like a full review of in the comments. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

Beauty Pie Great Skin Foundation Review – https://stephaniealexandra88.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/beauty-pie-great-skin-foundation-review/

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Best of Beauty 2017

So I have been going through my beauty collection gathering up my most used products through 2017 and have them all here to share with you. I don’t have a product for every category, there are products I’ve used consistently because they’re ok and I have them but I don’t class them as favourites – I hope that makes sense! Anyway, there are a couple of products that featured in my 2016 favourites but to me they are amazing!

Skincare

Best of beauty 2017 skincare

Vichy Purete Thermale Cleansing Oil

I’ve featured this product so much on my blog that you’re probably sick of it, but it’s my favourite product to remove my makeup by far. Over the year I’ve dabbled with micellar waters but I always go back to this oil. It costs around £13 and lasts me a minimum of 3 months so you really can’t complain.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid

If you need a light, basic moisturiser and your skin is particularly sensitive and reactive, this is one worth trying out. It’s very quickly absorbed, sits well under makeup and has never irritated my skin.

Alpha H Liquid Gold

2017 was definitely the year of acid toning for me. My favourite acid I have tried so far is glycolic and I do really like the formulation of Liquid Gold. I find my skin looks clearer the morning after using this and it helps reduce marks left from spots. Whenever I get a spot no matter what the size or whether I’ve picked at it, my skin will always mark so this product does help to reduce the discolouration much quicker.

Oskia Renaissance Mask

Even though I’ve still not committed to buying the full size, my favourite mask of the year has got to be this one and I’ve got through so many little trial pots! It has a similar effect on my skin as the Liquid Gold but I find that this mask is less aggressive and more nourishing.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Balm

Another product that I’ve gone on and on about over the year is this lip balm. It’s a barrier balm which is very light but it nourishes and repairs this lips so quickly. It’s my most repurchased balm ever, I just wish it lasted longer.

Makeup

Best of beauty 2017 makeup

Beauty Pie Great Skin Foundation

Whilst I only discovered Beauty Pie is the last quarter of the year, this foundation is amazing. I’ve tried YSL, Becca and Estée Lauder over the year but none of them worked better for me than this one. I find it comparable to last years favourite of Lancôme Teint Idole but so much cheaper. It provides a lovely medium / full coverage that has incredible staying power, it doesn’t separate and it doesn’t make me feel like I’m wearing a thick mask of foundation.

Buxom Single Eyeshadow Bars

So last year Buxom launched in the UK and I quickly snapped up a customisable palette and 6 shades. This palette has been used almost everyday since I got it in June as I picked out colours that I would use everyday. I don’t wear much eye makeup day to day as I prefer sleep but the two shades that I use everyday are Gimme Gorgeous (top) for some shading in the crease and then a touch of Satin Seduction (bottom) on the brow bone and inner corners. I do also love Champagne Buzz (first from bottom) and Glitz Factor (second from bottom) if I have the time for more eye makeup.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Eyeliner is a product that I wear everyday and I prefer pens but this one is a pen but it has a bristle tip that is very soft and precise. It’s a deep black that doesn’t smudge and is really worth the hype. I’ve tried others over the year but this is the one I keep going back to.

L’Oréal False Lash Sculpt

Mascara is something that I, like most people, are quite picky over. I have now come to the conclusion that L’Oréal mascaras are my favourite and I need to stop straying away from them as it generally results in disappointment. This particular mascara is the one I’ve repurchased most this year. It gives loads of volume which is what I look for and adds length. I’ve been asked on a number of occasions when wearing this if I have false lashes on.

Haircare

Best of beauty 2017 hair care

Tigi After Party

I have awkward hair that is difficult to tame and has decided that it wants to be a bit curly now! This product smells divine, it’s not something that I can describe but it just reminds me of hairdressers. Anyway, I use a pump of this on wet hair and blow dry it and at that point, it doesn’t look like it does anything, but when I then straighten it, it straightened so easily and it stays straight which is what I need. Even though I use ghd hair straighteners, my hair won’t stay straight unless I use the right products and this really helps. If I have any flyaways that are particularly difficult to tame, I’ll use a tiny bit of this, spread it over my hands and then smooth my hands over my hair and it helps keep them in place.

Moroccanoil Treatment

Last year was my discovery of hair oil as my hairdresser told me that they are much better for your hair than serums and I agree that after continued use, my hair is in much better condition after using oil on it every time I wash it. At first I was cautious as I thought that using an oil would make it greasy quicker but it’s all about the placement. I apply this to the bottom half of my hair and then as I have shorter hair around my face, I carefully use a small amount around a third of the way up in that area. Back to the product, this is a very nourishing oil, it’s a thicker oil that others I’ve used but I don’t find that it’s heavy once in the hair. Love it.

Bodycare

Best of beauty 2017 body care

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel

I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot on shower gels but after a long day at work, I love getting in the shower and using beautifully scented, pampering products. Rituals make the most beautiful body products, they smell incredible and make you feel like you’re having a mini spa experience at home. You only need a little of this gel and it lathers up quickly and leaves the skin hydrated and scented.

Rituals Miracle Scrub

Lastly is another Rituals product that really gets its use mainly in the colder months. This is an oily hand scrub that works wonders on dry hands or hands that feel rough and unloved. My hands have a tendency to chap in colder months but I’ve managed to avoid it so far this winter by using this product once or twice a week and a barrier cream daily. Again, as this is Rituals it smells divine and the skin feels so smooth and nourished. Please note that this product has now been rebranded to The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Scrub and has different packaging to mine.

And there we have my favourite products of 2017. What were your favourite products? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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November and December 2017 Empties

Hello everyone, I hope you had an amazing Christmas! So my plan to get lots of posts up throughout December failed due to being ill so today I have my empties for both November and December. There’s quite a bit to go through so I’m going to get started with skincare.

Skincare empties

First up is the L’Oréal Micellar Water. I had a phase of using micellar water through late autumn and I quite like this one but I much prefer to use an oil to remove my makeup as I find with micellar water you have to use a lot to ensure your makeup is fully removed.

Repurchase? Yes

La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid

You’ve seen this on my blog loads, it’s my favourite moisturiser hands down. It’s basic and no frills but it’s so effective and doesn’t irritate the skin at all.

Repurchase? Yes.

Alpha H Liquid Gold Rose

I love Liquid Gold and at first I thought my skin didn’t like this version but it was just playing up for no reason. This is a slightly gentler version of the original as it has more nourishing ingredients but it still packs a punch with the tingle.

Repurchase? Yes.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

I found this a great mask to use when my skin had a lot of marks from spots as when I used it in the evening, the next morning my skin would look so much better. It tingles which I like and it smells beautiful.

Repurchase? Yes.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres

I think it’s probably my most repurchased lip balm! It’s a barrier balm which helps repair the skin on the lips and I find it extremely effective. I’ve been using some balms I got in my ASOS Advent Calendar which I’ve realised were making my lips worse so I’ve switched back to this and they’re back to normal.

Repurchase? Yes.

Erno Laszlo Firmarine Hydrogel Mask

Sheet masks are something I use when I get them in a beauty box but I don’t really go out of my way to buy them as I don’t see enough of a difference in my skin to warrant the price tag of a single use mask. That being said, I did like this one and I felt my skin looked and felt brighter after use. It was easy to apply, didn’t have any drippage and felt comfortable to wear.

Repurchase? Maybe.

111 Skin Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask

This was the worst sheet mask I’ve ever used. It wouldn’t apply to my face properly, it ripped in places and it left large areas on my cheeks at the sides of my nose without any mask covering them. I used this on Christmas Eve as my pamper mask and was very underwhelmed. Yes, it’s gold and looks fancy but if you can’t get it on your face properly, what’s the point? I managed to keep it on for about 10 minutes but it just annoyed me as it moved about so much. At £85 for a pack of 5, this was awful.

Repurchase? No.

Haircare Empties

Next onto haircare and I have Provoke Touch of Silver Shampoo. This does the job of helping combat yellowing in blonde hair but it’s not the most nourishing so make sure you follow up with a good deep conditioner after use.

Repurchase? Yes.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Coconut Breeze

On days when my hair feels dry I like to use a pre shampoo treatment like this one. It smells amazing and leaves the hair very soft.

Repurchase? Maybe.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer

This wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be an oil that you put through the ends of the hair but it’s actually more of a heat protectant. I liked using this on wet hair before blow drying and I found it much easier to style.

Repurchase? Yes.

Bodycare Empties

Rituals Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals make my favourite pampering body products. The scent of this is was gorgeous as are all Rituals products.

Repurchase? Yes.

The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream

I liked this hand cream and this tube lasted a really long time. It’s a light hand cream that absorbs really quickly but it’s not thick enough for me during winter.

Repurchase? Maybe.

The White Company Seychelles Hand Cream

This smells just like a summer holiday in the sun, it’s incredible! As far as hand creams go it was a nice one to use in the summer so I will be getting this again when the weather warms up.

Repurchase? Yes.

Lastly I have the samples I’ve used up recently.

Sample empties

The Vichy Mineral Mask is a lovely cooling but moisturising mask that I liked using if my skin felt inflamed. This is a product that I’d probably buy full size.

Glam Glow Thirsty Mud was really disappointing. Their masks get raved about but I found this did nothing to my skin.

REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial is a product I always get samples of but have never bought the full size. This is a glycolic treatment but it’s efficacy is similar to a glycolic toner which is something I always have in my stash.

Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean I enjoyed using this quite a lot and I may buy this in full size. It’s a lightly foaming cleanser that leaves the skin feeling really clean but without being tight and uncomfortable.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick- Perla I really enjoyed this and the colour was a perfect light pink nude. I’m off liquid lips again as my lips are super dry due to the weather but this is a product I probably will buy again.

If you’ve made it to the end, thank you so much for reading! Need to make sure I write these monthly and not let them build up! Take care and I’ll be back in the new year ❤ SA xx

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ASOS Advent Calendar Week 3 Round Up

So it’s only a few days until Christmas and I’m really not feeling festive at all 😔 I love Christmas but being ill over the festive period has made me really lose my festive-ness. That being said, my calendar has cheered me up a bit every day so hopefully now I’m getting a little better I will start feeling more in the Christmas spirit. Today I have for you the last 7 days of products and I will share the next 5 days on Instagram and then do a complete round up on my blog next week.

Day 14 – Cowshed Lippy Cow Lip Balm, 5ml

Cowshed lippy cow lip balm

I’ve been putting off buying lip balm as I knew this was in here! It’s thinner than balms I normally use but I find it quite nourishing and it has a citrusy, slightly floral scent. Quite like this one and it’s a brand I’ve not explored much.

Day 15 – NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Vancouver, Full Size

Nyx soft matte lip cream

I was so excited about this product but the shade is something I will never use so I’m not even going to be able to try this out to see if I like the formula. Wish ASOS had stuck to neutrals and maybe reds so everyone could maybe try this out.

Day 16 – Carmex Mint Lip Balm, Full Size

Carmex Mint Lip Balm

Two lip balms in 3 days? I think these could have been spaced out better than this. I’ve given this a try and as it contains mint, it’s quite tingly on the lips and it lasts a while on the lips.

Day 17 – Codage Crēme Gommante, 15ml

Codage creme gommant

I’ve not heard of this brand so this is interesting to get. It’s a physical exfoliant which isn’t something that I use very often as I tend to prefer chemical but now and then I do feel like using a physical one so looking forward to trying this one out.

Day 18 – Nude by Nature Natural Glow Loose Bronzer, 2g

Nude by nature glow bronzer

Firstly, this packaging is gorgeous! This is a really shimmery loose bronzer so I think this is better suited for maybe the tops of shoulders etc. rather than the face. The shimmer isn’t glittery and the product is lovely and light.

Day 19 – DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, 30ml

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I love cleansing oils and nothing has topped by favourite from Vichy. I’ve seen this product quite a lot on Instagram so I am happy to try it out. 30ml is also a really good size to see if this is for me as cleansing oils last ages.

Day 20 – Alpha H Liquid Gold, 50ml

Alpha h Liquid Gold

I have been nursing my current bottle of Liquid Gold Rose and making it last as long as possible because I knew this was coming. I absolutely love Liquid Gold, it’s a chemical exfoliator containing glycolic acid and it really helps reduce acne scarring and brightens the skin. So happy to get this.

Good selection of products this week, my highlights have to be the Liquid Gold, Cleansing Oil and also the Lip Balms. Thanks for reading and if I don’t get a post up before Christmas, I hope you all have a fantastic time, eat lots of food and enjoy time with your loved ones 🎄SA ❤ xx

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ASOS Advent Calendar Week 1 and 2 Round Up

Hi all, so my body decided all I wanted for Christmas is a Crohn’s disease flare up which is why I haven’t been active on any of my social channels or posting any content. A Crohn’s flare up at any time of year is awful but why did it have to happen at Christmas time?! So to try and engage myself a little bit I decided today to do a bit of writing as I was so excited about my advent calendar but due to being ill, I’ve not really had any enthusiasm towards it 😦

I was planning on writing a weekly round up but as that ship has sailed, we have a 2 week round up and depending on how I am, I will try and do the last 2 weeks separately.

Day 1 – Star Skin Dream Kiss Lip fullsize.

Star skin dream kiss mask

Not something I’ve used before but have seen all over social media. It’s designed to plump up and hydrate the lips. My lips are incredibly chapped and dry currently even though I’ve been dousing them in lip balm so maybe this will help revive them a little.

Day 2 – Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet 10ml.

Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet

Caudalie is one of them brands you get a lot of from beauty boxes but I’ve never actually got round to trying out any of the products I’ve received, need to actually try this one out!

Day 3 – Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Pen 1.2g.

Eyeko skinny liquid liner pen

I use liquid liner pens on a daily basis so glad to have this ready for when I run out of the one I’m using at the moment.

Day 4 – Purology Hydrate Shampoo 50ml.

Purology hydrate shampoo

I’ve seen a lot of people rave about this brand but I’ve not tried anything before as I stick to my Tigi or Wella shampoo & conditioner but this is a cute mini to take on holiday with you. Hopefully the corresponding conditioner is in the calendar somewhere!

Day 5 – Smashbox Photo Finish Primer 7ml.

Smashbox photo finish primer

Another product that I’ve seen raved about for years but never tried. I’ve tried this on my hand and it’s a silicone heavy primer but it’s not like Benefit Porefessional, this one seems thinner and silkier.

Day 6 – Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum 15ml.

Nip fab glycolic fix serum

I used to use this serum a while ago and really enjoyed it. I think I stopped buying it as I moved onto AHA toners instead of serums but will be good to use again.

Day 7 – Lottie London Arch Rival Eyebrow Powder full size.

Lottie London arch rival brow powder

I’m a skinny pencil girl for brows but that’s just my preference. I think this product would be good for touch ups on the go as you don’t need a brush due to the applicator.

Day 8 – Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel 40ml.

Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel

I love Korres shower gels, they have gorgeous scents that are not overpowering. I’ve not had this scent before and it reminds me of walks in the sun in Spain.

Day 9 – St. Tropez Instant Tan Gloss 30ml.

St tropez instant Tan Gloss

This will look great on the legs and shoulders, or any body part that’s exposed. I’ve tried it in my hand and it smells really nice, it’s a bit sticky at first but it dries down leaving a glossy finish that washes off.

Day 10 – REN Clarimatte Cleansing Gel 25ml.

Ren clarimatte Cleansing Gel

My skin has actually become more ‘normal’ in recent months and not horrendously oily but I still have very breakout prone skin around my chin which I believe is hormonal acne. I’m going to try this out as it’s antibacterial but I’m going to be cautious as I don’t want anything to strip my skin too much and make it really oily again.

Day 11 – Rodial Stem Cell Magic Gel 5ml.

Rodial stem cell magic gel

Rodial is a pretty pricey range but this sample is tiny. This product claims to hydrate the skin, help reduce wrinkles and also fights against pollution.

Day 12 – 111 Skin Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask full size.

111 skin Gold Brightening Treatment Mask

I like to use sheet masks when I get them in beauty boxes but I don’t feel that they have enough of a benefit to my skin to purchase them outright. This one retails at £85 for a pack of 5 and they recommend to use it 3 times a week so it’s an expensive mask. I will use it but it’s not something I would purchase.

Day 13 – This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 5ml.

This works deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I have really wanted to try this for a while as I have issues at times with sleeping. It smells like lavender as I expected but there’s something else in there too which makes it extra soothing. Looking forward to trying this out tonight.

So that’s my round up of the first two weeks of the calendar. Some really interesting products that I’m looking forward to trying out. Thanks for reading and hopefully I’ll be getting back on track soon ❤ SA xx

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