I know in my post earlier this year I said I was only having 2 calendars the same as last year, I ended up buying all 3 that are available again this year, the L’Occitane, M&S and Mrs Brimbles ones. I’ve added to those with the ASOS, Look Fantastic and You Beauty ones for this year only as I was very lucky a few months ago, won a couple of nice cash prizes and we both decided it would be OK for me to have this treat.
You can see images of my entire advent calendar set up over on my Instagram account, I’ve added in some crackers and snow globes to make it a really nice festive tableau and yes, D does have his own calendar again this year, I filled my 2015 M&S calendar with goodies for him which I knew he would enjoy.
And so on to what I found when I opened today’s doors, boxes and bags 😀
ASOS – Starskin Plumping and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask
L’Occitane – Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
Look Fantastic – Illamasqua Lava Lips Marbled Lipstick in Vixen (see the shade over on Instagram)
M&S – Rosie for Autograph Amazing Radiance Body Glow
Mrs Brimbles – Christmas stickers which are perfect for my Christmas planner!
You Beauty – ESPA Restorative body oil & £15 gift card (which I used already on the cracker & samples)
At the top is my campaign kit from the Savvy Circle for the latest project that I am a part of. I will be testing and sharing Pantene’s new Micellar range of Shampoo, conditioner and foam conditioner. It smells really nice from the bottle, very delicate, slightly sweet and a little of apples so I’m looking forward to trying it out 🙂
Bottom left is my most amazing win ever! The cheque I was told about a couple of weeks ago has arrived so that’s £3,000 to make life a little easier for us. I have treated myself to a couple of Advent calendars that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. This year I was just going to have one beauty one and the stationery one but receiving this let me treat myself so now I have a lovely Advent to look forwards to!
The picture on the bottom middle/right is a freebie D received today of Shawn Mendes Signature. It’s actually a scented tattoo so that will be interesting to see if he uses it!lol
As I said in my last post about this years Advent Calendars I’ve treated myself to the ASOS Beauty Calendar 2017 and it arrived today. It is huge, beautiful and I can’t wait for December 1st so I can start opening it!
Remember to check out Paula’s Beauty Advent Calendar Guide 2017 for yourself to see if there are any you’d enjoy, she’s added at least 1 more over the weekend and yes, it is a very tempting one which I’m trying to not want too much!
I really have to start talking about one of the best parts of Christmas – Advent Calendars! I’m not talking the sort we had as kids with a chocolate behind each door but ones with lovely things hidden away be it beauty products, stationery or even alcohol there are calendars out there these days for everyone. I even found one last year with pork scratchings behind each door!
As many of you know I had my first one 2 years ago. I didn’t realise these things existed so I was really late at finding them and didn’t have many options. The one I got was the M&S one where you spend an amount in the store within certain departments and get the calendar at a price much reduced from the RRP of it’s contents. I really did enjoy it and that is why I had it again last year and the only reason I’m not having it this year is that a lot of the contents look similar to last years even though the box is fabulous! This is what my first one looked like:
Last year I started to look earlier in the year and found an amazing blog post by a lovely lady called Paula. She listed all of the advent calendars available and even posted some video’s showing her opening a few of them and letting us all know what was in them. I know some of you might not like knowing but with so many on the market it makes selecting the right one for you a lot easier and at least 1 does keep their contents a big secret! Thankfully Paula has written a similar post again this year so head over to read her Beauty Advent Calendar Guide 2017 and see if there are any you like the sound of just make sure to go back a few times as she keeps adding new ones as they get released!
With there being so many calendars out there you need to think about what you personally like. With me I love the L’Occitane brand but other than that I’m open to trying new things but I’m not keen on too many cosmetics, I prefer more toiletries and skin care products. Last year I had 3 beauty calendars (L’Occitane, M&S and Sanctuary) and a stationery one (Mrs Brimbles) which worked quite well for me. I loved 3 of them which is why I’m having 2 of them again this year. The other 2 I’m replacing with ones that had either sold out by the time I was looking or didn’t have enough interesting products in them for me. So these are the ones I had last year:
This year I will be having the Mrs Brimbles stationery advent calendar again as I really loved that, all those cute things to find and use all year and they still make me smile 🙂
I am also having a L’Occitane calendar again, I think I know which one as they have 2 this year but one of them has more products that I already know I wouldn’t use in it so I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting the other.
The third one I am having is the Look Fantastic one and I already have this pre-ordered as it sells out quickly normally! I have no idea what is in this one as they do not release the exact contents but looking at previous years this has contained an amazing collection of products so I can’t wait especially with how cute it looks!
Finally I have just ordered the ASOS calendar. I was tempted by this one last year but there was just too many cosmetics or it seemed like there were for me so I went with something else instead. This year I haven’t been able to resist!
And that is where I am right now, waiting for 1 more to be released (I know some websites have it out already but I need a few bits off the L’Occitane website so I’m going to be patient) and 3 to be delivered at some point between now and the middle of November. I hope you can forgive me for a thread about Advent in September but I just get so excited when the calendars start being released and wanted to share some of my sparkles with you all!
I’m so sorry to mention the ‘C’ word but D has been Christmas shopping (with my help) and we managed to find some DS games I have been trying to get for a while now at a really good price. There are 4 more under the 2 you can see, I put these on top as they are my favourites since with them I have all of the main story games, the ranger games and the Mystery Dungeon ones. Well, until 17th November I do anyway when another pair of main games are released 😀 The other 4 are from the My Sims and Bomberman series of games.
At the bottom is a carefully disguised trial product which D will be helping me with at some point this week.
One thing I’ve started doing recently is to keep a list of every package I know we are expecting and by when. It is going to make my life so much easier over the next few months with all the pre-ordering I have been doing but more on that in another blog post to come over the next few days 😉
From the Mrs Brimbles Advent Calendar I received a gorgeous pen, it has a crown on the top and a barber shop style scrolling down it. It writes really nicely in blue ink and again, I’m thrilled by it, there’s nothing nicer than a good pen sometimes 😀
From the M&S calendar I received a tube of Rodial’s Super Acids x-treme acid rush peel. I think I’m going to have to research on how to use this and what it does to decide if I want to try it or hand it over to someone else but seriously, acids on your face? That just doesn’t sound good to me :-S
D got a coconut lindor from his calendar this morning, he then confessed to nearly buying me a box of them the other night ….. NEARLY??? *sobs* he he
From the L’Occitane calendar I received a sample of their Ultra Rich Body Lotion, it has a very cute but tiny flip top and it smells amazing so I’ll be trying this one out soon.
Finally, opening the Sanctuary advent calendar, I found a bottle of their White lily and Damask rose body lotion. This has a nice smell and is lovely and thick which my skin loves, even though it can be a lot of effort to get it out of the bottle when it’s cold 😀
So, another day done and I’m still really excited by these calendars and really happy with what is coming out of them 😀