Beauty Advent Calendars – week 4

Week four is a short one, and uneven for the two calendars – Liberty choosing to give us 25 days on their advent instead of 24.  Not that I’m complaining!

Advent week 4


Day twenty-two – Liberty lavender and wild chamomile soap.  I had this last year and couldn’t bring myself to open the beautiful packaging.  I think I will now though – it’s silly to keep things for ‘best’.
Day twenty-three – Une Nuit A Bali dry shampoo.  This is exciting – something I’ve never heard of before.  It’s a powder rather than a spray, so I’ll give it a go!
Day twenty-four – Eve Lom cleanser.  I want to like this, but I just can’t get my head around the smell.  It’s the same scent as the Eve Lom cleanser I got last year, and it just makes me feel queasy.  Skin feels nice though.
Day twenty-five – Diptyque Tubereuse.  It’s amazing that they give us a Diptyque candle as the final gift.  That said, the one from last year gave me an awful migraine so I had to throw it away.  I hope it won’t be the same with this one

Marks and Spencer
Day twenty-two – REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.  I’m never going to complain about more REN stuff.  This is very exciting.
Day twenty-three – Stila lip glaze.  I remember being a teenager, taking my first steps into the make-up world, and this lip glaze was the first lip product I tried.  Super happy to get this for twenty-three.
Day twenty-four – Morgan Taylor nail varnish.  Not heard of this brand before, but I’m sure I’ll be painting this on my nails shortly.

Even though week four is only half a week, I declare:

Week Four Winner
Marks and Spencer!

And that’s it all over for another year.   I think if there weren’t as many repeats of last year, Liberty would have stormed into the lead – they did up their game from last year by adding hair care products, not as many body lotions etc and I love all the new brands they included.

However Marks and Spencer did good too – I love their beauty hall, and this was a great representation of what they offer.

The main problem I have now is that my bedside table is completely overrun with miniature products.  Dozens.  I won’t need to buy any beauty items for the next few months anyway!

I’m off to enjoy my Christmas now.  WOO!

Beauty Advent Calendars – week 3

It’s 2-0 to Liberty.  Is this going to be Marks and Spencer’s week?

Liberty 15 week 3

Day fifteen – ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser.  I was not impressed with this cleanser in the Liberty 2014 calendar.  I’ll be giving this away.  Boo.
Day sixteen – Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo.  This one I am pleased with.  I do love me some shampoo, and as you might be able to tell, my bottle is already half empty.  It’s a great product.
Day seventeen – NARS Audacious Mascara.  Why would you have two mascaras in one box?  One for each eye?
Day eighteen – Malin+Goetz vitamin E moisturiser.  Woo!  I love this brand, and am excited to try this out.
Day nineteen – Omorovicza Facial Polisher.  A lovely exfoliator/mask, but the very first time I used this, I got a piece of grit in my eye and it hurt like hell.  It still hurts.  I mean, obviously you’re not supposed to get it on your eyes but holy crapola.
Day twenty – Dr Sebagh Serum Repair.  I was really excited about this last year, and it’s an amazing product to have in the calendar, but I used it extensively and didn’t really see any difference.  I don’t think I’m the right customer for this product.
Day twenty-one – Surratt Lipslique.  I’m sure this is lovely, but I don’t wear lipstick.

Marks and Spencer
M&S week 3

Day fifteen – Roger and Gallet hand and nail balm.  I have seen this brand in M&S before but don’t have much of an opinion on this balm.  Smells nice I suppose
Day sixteen – Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel.  So I scoffed at this when I opened it, but it’s actually really good.  And it smells amazing.  I have high hopes for this one.
Day seventeen – Swell Ultimate Volume Masque.  This made my hair feel horrible. I don’t know if I used it wrong or something, but my hair ended up feeling dirty and lank.  Meh.
Day eighteen – Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Soap.  Honestly, I forgot I had this until I was writing this post.  It’s a soap.
Day nineteen – M&S Ultimate Shine lip colour.  This is really good!  I was very pleasantly surprised – very glittery.  I will definitely be using this up and investigating the other colours.
Day twenty – L’Occitane Verveine shower gel.  Yeah!  Love a bit of L’Occitane.
Day twenty-one – Pixi Glow Tonic.  Oh hello M&S!  Bringing out the big guns!  Nicely done – this is a lovely sized sample as well so I’ll be taking this on holiday with me.

Liberty have dialled it down a bit this week, so:

Week Three Winner
Marks and Spencer!

Beauty Advent Calendars – week 2

Liberty vs Marks and Spencer – GO!

Liberty 15 week 2

Day eight – Aurelia Miracle Cleaner.  This is a lovely cleansers, and came with THE MOST ADORABLE MUSLIN CLOTH.  Wrap something up in a bow, and I’m going to love it.
Day nine – Margaret Dabbs Nail and Cuticle Serum.  The cheeky monkeys changed the colour of the packaging, so I thought this was new.  Nope – repeat of last year.
Day ten – Deborah Lippman Magic Carpet Ride.  I put this all the day I received it and made a complete bloody mess.  I love these polishes, but they take a bastard long time to dry.  Must remember that.  Anyway, glittery black is A-OK for me
Day eleven – Davines Oi Absolute beautyfying potion.  This stuff is amazing.  I can’t believe the difference it makes just using three drops.  MIRACLE!
Day Twelve – Kai by Gaye Straza body lotion. Another repeat from last year – I’m not a body lotion person so boo.
Day Thirteen – Decleor Aroma Cleanse toning lotion.  I’m currently using the legendary Pixi Glow Tonic, but I’ll enjoy using this toner once I’m done.
Day Fourteen – Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift.  This product has some bold claims – lets see how it does with my hideous eye bags.

M&S week 2

Day eight – Marks and Spencer Pure Day Cream.  You can’t really blame M&S for slipping their own products in.  This one has gone to my Mum however.
Day nine – Filorga Time Filler.  This one has gone to Mummy as well.  My very pale skin is largely wrinkle-free so I don’t think I would have any benefit from this.
Day ten – Neal’s Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream.  You cannot go wrong with Neal’s Yard.
Day eleven – Josh Wood Shampoo.  I tried his shampoo last year and it hated my hair.  So Mum has this now too.
Day Twelve – Diego Dalla Palma lipstick.  Uh, so this has also gone to my Mum because I don’t wear lipstick.
Day Thirteen – Mio Liquid Yoga.  This has stayed with me!  Need to feel a bit poorly now so I can use it (what an odd sentiment).
Day Fourteen – Percy and Reed No Oil Oil.  I love Percy and Reed.  On a normal day, this would win but the Davines one from Liberty beats it hands down.

Sorry M&S – based on the fact that four out of seven items went to my Mum:

Week Two Winner

Beauty Advent Calendars – week 1

I’ve decided to battle my two beauty calendars against each other.  Who will win week one?

Liberty 15 week 1

Day one – Byredo Bal D’Afrique hand cream.  I’ve used this a couple of times and it smells wonderful.  And expensive.
Day two – Ren Moroccan Rose body wash.  Ren is always a winner and is one of my favourite brands.
Day three – Escentric Molecules 03.  Husband has already stolen this from me.
Day four – Hourglass Film Noir mascara.  Hourglass is one of those expensive brands that everyone seems to love so it’ll be good to try this.
Day five – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.  I’ve already been playing with this and it is so good.  Weird, but good.
Day six – Aromatherapy Associates De-stress muscle gel.  I think I’ll take this on holiday with me to use after a long day of walking about.
Day seven – Co Bigelow rose salve.  A repeat from last year.  Don’t even care though, as this is my favourite lip balm in the entire world.

Marks and Spencer
M&S week 1
Day one – Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.  Bringing out the big guns on day one!  This is the geranium and neroli version so will be interesting to see if that makes a difference, but this is a strong product to start
Day two – Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream.  Another solid item.  Will look forward to slathering this on my hands.
Day three – Cowshed Grumpy Cow body lotion.  I am more into the Knackered Cow scent, but I’m liking Grumpy Cow too.
Day four – Pür Minerals Volume Vixen mascara.  Coincidentally, another mascara for day four.  I haven’t heard of Pür Minerals before.  Is the umlaut over the U for function or design.  That’s my main question.
Day five – Leighton Denny nail repair cream.  I see Leighton Denny products in M&S fairly often, but I’ve only just discovered that this isn’t the woman from Gossip Girl.  That’s Leighton Meester.  Oh.
Day six – M&S Nuit Parfum.  This is apparently a perfume designed by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  And yet is smells like something an old lady would wear.
Day seven – Rituals Zensation shower gel.  This looks fun – a gel that turns into a foam.  I have a feeling Husband will be stealing this as well.

Week One Winner

Mainly for the Dermalogica and Co Bigelow.  Although M&S put up a very good fight.

People don’t realise this, but loneliness is underrated

For the past week and a half, I have for the most part been living the life of a single woman, as Husband has been flitting back and forth between Copenhagen and home.  I am ridiculously jealous, as I always am, because I love Copenhagen and because he’s gone and eaten at my favourite eatery – Halifax.  I bloody love Halifax; it’s so unfair.

For me, all this alone time has been spent a couple of ways:

Watching a frankly unhealthy amount of Glee
I’ve been re-watching this for a couple of weeks, and I’m midway through season 3 which is the dire season in my opinion (yes yes, many people say they all are, but season 1 was really good!)  I mean, why New Directions won Sectionals over the Troubletones is beyond me.  What the hell was their song choice about??  With no one to discuss this with, I’ve found myself getting angry on my own, and apparently, spilling this anger into my blog.  I’ll stop now

Copious amounts of shopping.  I seem to have an inability to leave my damn debit card in my purse.

The Marks and Spencer beauty hall has taken up a lot of my time, and I managed to snag a Bliss Sinkside Six-Pack for FREE last week even though the offer had expired (it seems that no one had noticed…) which will be brilliant for my road trip.  I’m a bit indifferent about the Bliss Steep clean pore purifying mask I bought which is a shame as it’s so freaking expensive, but the Super Minty Soap’n Scrub is lovely.  Really refreshing.

I’ve done a fair bit of spending in Waitrose, but mainly on dinner which is fair.  Also, I accidentally bought the Yes to Carrots Exfoliating Cleanser which is really nice.  I thought it was a face mask (what is it with me and face masks?) but it was still worth buying.

Etsy has come up trumps for me this week as well with a gorgeous Feminist necklace from Kate Rowland Illustration.  Isn’t this absolute perfection?

Kate Rowland

Photographed in front of a very lively discussion on Jezebel about favourite punctuation. YES!

I want pretty much everything in her shop, including things pertaining to pop culture references I don’t get.  This necklace is going to be perfect for the roller derby I’m going to next week.

Eating pasta
OK, I seem to be turning into a stereotype now.

I was going to say that I’m proud that I haven’t spent any money today, but I’ve just remembered that I stopped off at Boots on the way home and bought hair dye.  Clearly I’m starting to lose time whilst shopping.  Oh well, I’m off to eat some pasta and watch Glee.