Are Beauty Advent Calendar’s Worth The Hype?

Beauty Advent Calendar’s have been raved about for years now but especially more popular these past 2/3 years. I’ve had my eye on the benefit ones for a while now and this year I finally caved and got it. However, what happened to the usual chocolate advent calendars? Are we just too advanced for the simple things in life?

The Benefit calendar isn’t the only one available, there are so many from ASOS, Soap and Glory, Makeup Revolution and so many more. Generally the calendars do range, I paid £34.50 for the Benefit calendar and it has 12 days of luxury sized products. For the price you do receive some decent sized products and a lot of them are some of the best sellers.

Do I think they’re worth it though? I do think some of them are most definitely worth the money. Although some, such as the Zoella Advent calendar is high priced and you receive a pen as one of the items. I think a calendar that is above drugstore pricing shouldn’t be giving out pens unless it has some form of cool advanced action like it doubles up as a sword. Same again for the ASOS calendar, how can they expect customers to be happy with a 20% discount?! We get them all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my calendar but I don’t think  I’ll be repurchasing one go Christmas 2018. I like the simplicity and novelty of a chocolate advent calendar.

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The Great Brownanza 

Benefit have released a lot of products across the year but they’re famously popular for their incredible brow range. I’m a huge fan of the goof proof brow pencil but since the products are expensive I’ve never managed to purchase them and test out whether they’re genuinely worth buying. 


So, recently on a trip to my local Debenhams, I come across some of the Christmas releases that let’s be fair, look incredible. However, the one that really caught my eye is The Great Brownanza. This is a box of 5 full size brow products and 2 brow tools for £49.50. To buy these products out of the set it would cost around £120 so you’re saving an absolute fortune of £70! This is the ideal gift in my eyes. It has enough brow products to last you at least 6 months and as well allows you to try and test products that have caught your eye but you’ve been anxious about buying them because of the price range. 

What do you get? In this set you’re given 5 full size products which are the Benefit Gimme Brow, Benefit Brow Zings, Benefit Goof Proof Pencil, Benefit Ka-Brow and the Benefit High Brow Pencil. You’re also given an angled brow brush with a spoolie attached and a brow mapping tool. Essentially, you receive 7 products at an incredible price so can you really not consider this as a purchase? 

The prices of each product individually are: 

Benefit Gimme Brow – £20

Benefit Goof Proof Pencil – £20

Benefit Brow Zings – £26.50

Benefits Ka-Brow – £20

Benefit High Brow – £18.50


We all know by now that Benefit have 5 shade ranges in their brow products. Going from 1 to 5, from light to dark. Now, I purchased mine in shade 3 and usually I mix between shade 3 and 4 but now I’m blonde again I’ll happily use shade 3 so this is perfect for me. You can also buy this set in shade 5 but it does not come in any other shade ranges. This is definitely the only fault with the set that it doesn’t come in the lighter shade which means for those who are light blondes with blonde eyebrows, this isn’t catering for you guys. If you like a strong, dark brow then these are the ideal set for you really. 

Honestly, this has been my favourite release of 2017 so far and I haven’t even tried all the products. I totally urge you guys to go out and get one, order it online and indulge on


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BirchBox Unboxing // March 2017

My March BirchBox arrived rather late this month, therefore my review on it had to be late, super sorry! However, it’s arrived and I’m really looking forward to digging into these wonderful products.

This month (and some other months) we’ve been able to choose one of the items that goes into the box. This month it happened to be one of the new Benefit They’re Real lipsticks and lipliners. I chose mine in the shade Lusty Rose as it seemed like the shade I would wear more often. It’s a very pretty, mauve shade and it looks beautiful with so many looks. Since the box arrived I have not stopped wearing it but I’m still unsure whether I love it. I definitely enjoy the colour and creamy formula but it just feels so heavy on my lips and if I’m paying attention to it and sometimes I can’t help but pay attention to it, I find that it really irritates me. These lipsticks retail at £16.50 full sized.

Next is the Batiste Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been having a love affair with the Batiste Dry Shampoo for so many years now and I will always go back to it for a dry shampoo. I find that it works brilliantly, it isn’t bad for the price and the scents are gorgeous and really help the texture of my hair when I don’t feel like washing it. I’ve used this a few times and I do see a difference with this product in comparison to the original dry shampoo, I just find that my hair different with it rather than the original. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my dry shampoo from Batiste but I think this may be a new love of mine. This is a newly released product from Batiste (I could be wrong but I don’t think I am) and retails at £4.49 full sized which is around the same price some of the other dry shampoo’s from the brand.

I’ve never tried anything from the brand BalanceMe so when I received the Instant Lift Primer I was immediately excited. I love trying new primer’s and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t. This primer is supposed to help pores disappear and by using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and acacia gum, it tightens and smooths the skin to create the ideal complexion. I have tried this already but I don’t feel like I’ve tried it enough to give a proper review. I also think the sample size is far too small and has very little product in it that I may only have 2 or possibly 3 portions left. This then means that I have to head out and buy the full sized product, which is £22 to see whether I really do like it.

I also received the Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, this retails at £14.50 and is a BirchBox exclusive. This is probably the product that I am least excited about, I often just use my normal skincare routine to remove my eye makeup and that works absolutely fine. I never go out of my way to purchase an eye makeup remover simply because I don’t think it’s worth the money and I don’t find any micellar water’s irritate my eyes at all. However, it’s a nice treat to have and I’ll take full advantage since I have it and hope that I don’t enjoy it too much because £14.50 for a eye makeup remover is a little pricey.

Lastly, I received the Rituals Sensational Foaming Shower Gel. I received the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream in my October BichBox and loved it, it was incredible on my skin and made my skin feel really hydrated and refreshed. Since I’ve already tried something from this brand it has definitely made me look more forward to trying this shower gel.and it’s a foam which I find so much to play with!

Let me know what you had in your box this month.

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With love, Beth x

BirchBox Unboxing // December 2016

The final BirchBox of 2016 has arrived and it definitely was worth  it. I assumed since it’s Christmas soon that it would have some brilliant products and I wasn’t wrong at all. It’s brilliant, in mine I got 3 makeup products, 1 skin care and 1 hair care. Literally so good, I love sharing with you guys what I get each month and this months is brilliant. Definitely worth the purchase even if you only want it for this box.

I follow BirchBox on instagram and each month they give 1 or 2 peaks at what we may have in our boxes so I already knew I would be getting the Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. This is a full size product and is available to purchase for £15. It has a really beautiful super-black formula and feels so light. The tip of the liner is thin and detailed, leaving the most perfect and sharp flick. Really looked forward to this product and definitely can’t wait to test it out a bit more. 

Next I got the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst. This retails for £22 full sized and is a beautiful bronze colour. I swatched it on my hand and it is so creamy, the texture is softest I’ve ever felt. I think i’ll be trying this by drawing it across my lash line and smoke it out. 

Another item I was excited about was receiving a Benefit sample. I already know I love Benefit products, they never fail and I especially love the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. So when I received the Porefessional: Matte Rescue I was so pleased. I’ve already tried the original Porefessional so I’m definitely looking forward to this one too. In full size it’s priced at £21.50. 

The skincare product I received was the Amie Skincare New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish. This is actually the most affordable product I’ve ever received in my BirchBoxes, it’s £5.95 full sized and is a cleansing treatment which aims to lift away dirt and dead skin gently. I’m not as excited to try this as the others but definitely curious to whether it works as well as other treatment’s I have.

My final product from the December BirchBox is the Percy and Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm. This product aims to boost shine, soften and protect hair. I’ll be applying this to damp, towel dried hair from root to tip to create a beautiful texture and style. This retails for £18 full sized. 

There you have it! My final BirchBox unboxing for 2016. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have! They’re definitely worth the money and I cant wait to test my new samples out. Let me know what you got this month. 


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Beauty Haul

Hi!

I recently went on a splurge and invested in some new beauty products. I bought all products that I haven’t ever tried and some new skin care to help improve and replenish a little life back into my skin. As a student money is tight and I was fortunate enough to save some money and buy small samples of the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Roller Lash and Pore fessional Primer and Urban Decay Setting Spray. I didn’t want to purchase full products and waste money on items that I would give away or throw out. I have been trialling these products for almost a week and have been enjoying them, I went to Boots, Superdrug, Debenhams and a small selection through Avon and i’m satisfied with the money I have spent and looking forward to continuing using these products.

Skin Care:

Yes to Grapefruit Facial Wipes – Boots £3.99.

If i’m honest, I purchased these wipes on a whim and I’m actually really happy with them. They smell amazing, the grapefruit is quite clearly scented and it leaves my face smelling wonderful and fruity. The wipes are soft and gentle and are thick meaning that I only require the use of one wipe each time I remove my make up, with some face wipes I have to use two sometimes three wipes to remove my make up but these do what I need perfectly. I will admit, these are the most expensive face wipes I have ever purchased and for only 25 in the packet I almost put them down. However, I’m so thankful that I didn’t and I will definitely be buying them again and trying some of the other Yes To wipes.

Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub – Boots £6.99

As I’ve turned 20 my skin has been doing all sorts of things, scaring from teenage acne is clearly shown and my face is more prone to blemishes and redness. I had heard great things about the Yes to skin care and decided to test whether it was worth the money. The scrub is soft which is surprising for a scrub, I had assumed it would be rough. Although it is soft it still cleans and softens the skin and it makes me feel so clean after I’ve used it. Overall, my skin looks in better condition! I have a lot of pores and blackheads around my nose which has always been a problem and combining this scrub with a face mask has helped so much. I love this!

Avon Clear Skin Blackhead Clearing – Avon £1.75

Avon Clear Skin Pore Penetrating – Avon £2.50

Avon for me is a touch and go company, some of their products are wonderful and others just don’t work with me. I purchased these face masks after seeing a friend use them and I hadn’t ever really used face masks before so I thought I would add something different to my skin care routine. Both masks have directions for use on the back explaining to apply a thin layer of the mask across the skin and wait between 10 and 15 minutes until rinsing and to use between 2 and 3 times a week.

I personally have preferred using the pore penetrating face mask over the blackhead clearing face mask. The first time I used the pore penetrating face mask and put make up on the next day, my make up went on amazingly. I often look cake faced around my nose but after using this mask my make up stayed on all day and didn’t look as bad as it usually does. The blackhead clearing mask actually did leave my face feeling softer than the pore penetrating face mask but it didn’t really make any difference to the feel or application of my make up. Although, for the price you can’t go wrong with either! They’re so inexpensive and friendly to your bank balance I totally recommend these face masks and will be purchasing some of the other Avon face masks in the future.

Make up:

Over my time I have tried so many different make up products some of which I have loved and others not so much. These recent purchases were all influenced by beauty Youtubers such as KathleenLights and Zoella.

Kiko Milano Extra Sculpt Volume mascara – £8.90 but bought for £3.90 in the sale.

This mascara has been raved about for so long and KathleenLights always says how much she loved it, as I was shopping in Cardiff I come across the Kiko store that I didn’t even know existed. I obviously ran to there as fast as I could. I noticed there was a sale on all mascaras and now regret not picking up more. This mascara is amazing, my eyelashes look so long and voluminous when I use it, I now understand why it is a favourite of so many people. I will admit that i’m not a huge fan of the size of the wand it’s massive!, but since i’ve only used it a few times i’m sure i’ll get used to it. I don’t use it for my bottom lashes mainly because the wand is so large but it is so generously applied to my top lashes they look amazing. Definitely will re-purchase.

Maybelline Fit me Concealer – Boots £5.99

This concealer is so very popular, every time i’vvisited Boots or Superdrug it’s been out of stock these past few weeks. I was finally able to pick one up and it’s not been a favourite of my recent purchases. I use it for my under eyes and I like to use a concealer that is brightening but I don’t see any difference in brightening when I use it. However, I do like this concealer. Mainly because it is so full coverage I definitely think i’ll use it for spot concealing. I got mine in the shade 10 fair and I just wish there was something lighter available.

NYX Butter Gloss  in Creme Brulee – Boots £5.50

I had this on gloss on my amazon wish list for weeks so when I noticed it was available in Boots I couldn’t help myself. Unfortunately i’m not as in love with this as I wanted it to be. It’s quite nude and it pretty much the same shade as my own lips. The texture is beautiful and so creamy it’s definitely tempted me into buying more of the lip products from NYX.

NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder in Translucent – Boots £8

I’ve recently become known to baking the face, I know i’m a bit delayed. A pintrest post informed me that this powder is a dupe of the Laura Mercier and for the price you cant go wrong. I’ve given it a go and it’s been fantastic, i combined it with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer and its made my under eyes so brightening and look so awake. I’ve also used to set the rest of my face make up and it’s been fantastic. My make up looks so flawless throughout the day, it helps to blend other products so easily and it doesn’t make my under eyes crease. WIN! WIN! WIN! This product has been my favourite purchase and I love it!

Avon Glow Bronzing Powder in Medium Rivierea – £10

This bronzer is fantastic. As I pointed out about, not many of the Avon products blow me away but this one is so lovely to apply and wear. It’s not heavy and isn’t too dark and helps to achieve the nicest bronze look. I cant stop wearing it! I use it for my cheeks and forehead and it brings so much life into my face, what more could I want?

Benefit Hoola Bronzer mini – Boots £10

I bought all three Benefit products through a deal in Boots. 3 benefit products with £10 each and get £5 off. I thought it was a bargain, especially because I hadn’t ever owned any Benefit products and had been dying to try them. Although being a student does mean that I’ve often go to be tight with my money so I was super happy that they were the mini products. The hoola bronzer is just as everybody says, it’s a beautiful contour colour for all skin tones. It makes my cheek bones look like actual cheek bones and sits perfectly on the skin and is long lasting. I love it, once i’ve used this mini product i’ll definitely buy a full sized one.

Benefit Roller Lash mini – Boots £10

I wanted to enjoy this mascara so much and i’m so disappointed with myself for not liking it more. I Tried this mascara for a few days and it done nothing to my eyelashes, they just looked flat and lifeless. I then decided to curl my eyelashes and I liked it better, once curled they looked long and flattering. I do like this mascara I just don’t think it’s as good as the reviews say it is. I personally preferred the Kiko mascara.

Benefit Pore fessional Primer mini- Boots £10

Around my nose and under eye area I have quite clear pores and it’s often a struggle to find foundations that will happily sit in these areas and not look cake-faced or separate. I used this pore fessional primer in hope that it would help with filling my pores, it does! I do think I need to try it a little longer as I’ve only actually used it twice but so far I like it. It lets my foundation sit lovely and it stays in tact all day.

Urban Decay Make Up Setting Spray Travel Sized – Debenhams £9

Finally, the setting spray from Urban Decay is used by so many I decided to jump on the bandwagon. It’s brilliant, I purchased the travel sized bottle from Debenhams for £9 and i’m so glad i did! Firstly, the price of the travel sized bottle gives you 30ml of mist. It’s actually bigger than I had expected and i’m so pleased with it. I used a matte foundation and sprayed this product on before applying make up and when I finished my make up and it helped it look dewy and fresh. I think this is a fantastic product and can’t wait to test out the other two setting sprays from Urban Decay.

There you have it my full beauty haul from my recent purchases. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, speak soon.

with love, Beth x