Advent Calendar: December 21 -25

I know – late, late, late. As is my style nowadays be it with getting to work or getting blog posts done. Better late than never I s’pose?

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This included St. Tropez Instant Tan (Day 21), Eve Lom cleanser (Day 22) which Vogue described as “probably the best cleanser in the world” (you know, if you’re into rave reviews from the foremost fashion authority) Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion (Day 23), Nuxe Reve de Miel makeup removing and cleansing gel (Day 24) and the final door held a Tangle Teezer brush which, frankly, is not nearly as good as my beloved Wet Brush – if you don’t have one, you need one. It will change your life if you have long, tangly hair.

All in all, I’m super happy with the contents of this beauty advent calendar and I am for sure going to do one again next year! I would probably do the Look Fantastic one again, but I may spend some time checking out other options now that I know they are a thing!

Advent Calendar: Dec 14 – 20

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I can’t remember the order, and can’t be bothered to go back and check it out because the calendar box is all the way in the next room…and frankly, blogging at all in the week before Christmas feels like enough of an accomplishment.

In random order then, the past week brought the Monuspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil with apricot seed, sandalwood and rosewood oil, Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic, Christophe* Robin Regenerating (hair) Mask with rare prickly pear seed oil, Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara, Bare Minerals loose eyeshadow in Chenille (a pale creamy pink brow highlighterish shade), Magnifibres Treatment Primer and Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash (which smells kinda spicy and a heck of a lot more appealing than you’d think) upon first whiff, although this was today’s surprise so I haven’t seen it in action yet.

Even without the “r” at the end does anyone NOT immediately think of Winnie the Pooh?

Advent Calendar: December 6 & 7

The intention was to photograph the products on my white bathroom tile in one of the only rooms in the house with decent lighting at night. Hundred-year-old houses were not built with overhead wiring, so mine has the shittiest lighting in the world. But as I was lying on the floor I noticed Mr. T looking awfully dapper in the hallway. The camera kept wanting to focus on him instead of the product labels and I had to make a choice…in-focus products or a sharp looking cat? Who am I to fight what the camera loves?

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What you’re sort of seeing is an Inika certified organic eyeliner in Black Caviar and the Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue thermal protection/shine/conditioning spray with, I shit you not, “Quinoa Color Repair” because apparently there is nothing quinoa isn’t good for. Superfood, indeed.

Advent Calendar: December 4 & 5

Day 4 & 5 included a hair mask (Of sorts) and a skin mask. The Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask “formulated to renew the complexion, dramatically improve skin tone and radiance and reduce the appearance of fine lines” and the Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets which is an “oil enriched intensive treatment for dull/damaged hair. So far I’m happy with the nice mix of hair, skin and makeup products though I’m feeling due for a body product one of these days!

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Opening these every day and then going to work, I haven’t had much of a chance to try them out so I can’t really give any reviews as I go…so I’m thinking I will do a round-up at the end with some comments/critiques…maybe something like my 5 favorite items? Or advent calendar winners and losers? We shall see how it goes!

Advent Calendar: December 1

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photo stolen from lookfantastic.com

I’ll be detouring from the cats/babies theme this month because, Christmas! There will still be kitty & pregnancy content – but I’m in love with my 2015 LookFantastic Advent Calendar and so it must be blogged. Plus, Kim asked me to, and I generally do what she says. It’s safer that way.

I heard about the calendar on one of my favourite blogs (Ruth Crilly’s ‘A Model Recommends‘). Her other blog, The Uphill houses all her pregnancy (and now, baby) content. For some reason, I’m quite into the British bloggers (Caroline Hirons, Lisa Eldridge...) Look Fantastic is a UK-based company and they put out this beautiful and massive (really, it’s 11″ W X 14″ L X 6″ D) box full of 25 beauty “minis”.  Much bigger than samples…but not quite full size (like the size of products they stock in the evil maze leading up to the cashier tills at Sephora that gets you every time you stand in line for more than 30 seconds).

Anyways, December 1st’s treat was:

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