Monday 30 December 2013

My Beauty Countdown to Christmas

I know I'm slightly late posting about a beauty advent calender, but I wanted to save writing about how I counted down to Christmas until I had opened all the doors and tested out some of the beauty products I opened the doors to. I had the Boots '24 Days of Christmas of Beauty Treats' Advent Calender and it really did make counting down to Christmas that bit more exciting!

There was a great selection of brands amongst the advent calender treats including Soap and Glory, 17, Vichy, Nails Inc and Rimmel. What I loved most about the selection was the variety of both make-up, haircare and skincare gifts. I am usually a lazy one when it comes to skincare and testing out different skincare products, so receiving them in the advent calender meant I had the chance to test some out. 

Being a nail art lover, some of my favourite treats from the calender were the nail varnishes. I had not tried Mavala polishes before so I loved trying out both 'London' and 'Pure Diamonds'. You may have seen I grew very fond of 'London' the red shade and used it in all of my Christmas nail art looks!

Full products list:
Soap and Glory Clean Girls Body Wash
Balmi Lip Balm
Mavala London 53
Nina Fragrance
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation Ivory
Vichy Idealia Life Serum
Paco Robanne Black XS Fragrance
Umberto Ginannini Hair Tie
17 Supreme Shine Nail Polish
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Ghost Fragrance
Boots Salon Nail Shine Solution
Vichy LifeActiv Serum 10
Juicy Couture Fragrance
17 Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner
Dotty Nail File
Soap & Glory Scrub
Ghost Fragrance
Classic Calmex Moisturising Lip Balm
Mavala Pure Diamond 213
Botanics Heat Protection Shine Serum for hair
Nails Inc Porchester Square
Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Back comb in a Bottle
17 Blow Out Mascara

When I opened door number 24 I was greeted with not only a 17 Blow Out mascara but also a extra gift of a voucher offering triple advantage card points when you purchase any of the products from the advent calender.

There was one product in the advent calender which really stood out to be so this was my choice of product to get my triple points on. My favourite product of the 24 days was the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation. I was really impressed with this product and for a drug store foundation which puts you back just £5.99 I would recommend this for anyone wanting to try a foundation with a matte finish. I am not normally one for a matte look as I usually like a dewy glow to my make-up. However I found this foundation didn't matte my skin to the point where my skin was left looking dull, my skin still had a glow and the thick texture of the foundation left my skin looking flawless. This therefore left me no decision but to purchase the full size product!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I cant wait to find out what Boots will have in store for next years advent calender and no doubt the variety and brand selection will be as good, if not better, than this years. Did you try out any of the beauty advent calenders this year?

Until next time,

Samantha xx

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