Even though it’s only October, the crazy Christmas build up is already beginning. We have barely bought our Halloween decorations before it’s time to think about Christmas gifts for the family, what type of tree you’ll be going for this year, and if you’ll manage to get through Christmas dinner without the standard family argument.
I never used to be one for Christmas if I’m honest. It held no interest for me, and I actually often opted to work on Christmas day when I was a social care worker. I thought I might as well earn some extra cash since I’d only be bored anyway.
These days I couldn’t be more different! I think if I’m honest it’s since I’ve been with Gary; he makes the holiday so special and feel a little bit magic, no matter what we’re doing – that I can’t help but look forward to it. The past few have been spent in our own place too, so we can really make the most of the holiday by decorating everything really festive, planning a great meal, and spoiling each other a bit.
Now that we’re expecting our own little one, and this Christmas will be the first as a family of three; I’m looking forward to it more than ever! However all our time and energy will be spent looking after a newborn, so I didn’t expect to get spoiled myself at all really.
But I was wrong! The lovely folks over at Latest In Beauty very kindly sent me their beauty advent calendar early, to review it and give myself a little pamper!
(Warning: It’s amazing, and worth every penny, but don’t read ahead if you don’t want to spoil what’s inside!)
It was such a lovely surprise, and it couldn’t have come at a better time since I need a bit of extra pampering right now in my third trimester!
The YOU Beauty advent calendar is worth £255 and yet is priced at just £60! It’s packed full of 24 amazing gifts to help you feel sparkly and special over the holiday season, and it was actually featured on This Morning as one of 2018’s Best Beauty Calendars – pretty impressive eh?
I spent my time carefully opening each special numbered door (in order, of course!), thrilled by each surprise and taking note of my instant favourites. I found that there was only ONE item in the whole box that weren’t suited to me (because of my skin type), and I was absolutely over the moon that everything else seemed so perfect.
Okay so here’s a full list of every item included in this calendar:
- OSKIA Renaissance Anti-Ageing and Brightening Cream
- Garnier Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask
- Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
- WUNDERKISS Essential Lip Scrub
- Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser
- BalanceMe Hyaluronic Plumping Mist
- Murad Renewing Eye Cream
- PRAI Beauty Ageless Throat and Decolletage Creme
- Molton Brown Rose Bath and Shower Gel
- Rose and Co No.84 Hand Cream
- Dr.Organic Rose Otto Skin Lotion
- Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam
- Aromatherapy Associates London Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil
- Dr PawPaw Original Balm
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Duo Nail Pack
- Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner
- Basic Beauty Tools Foundation Blender
- MoroccanOil Light Treatment
- Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo
- Wet Brush Pro Watercolour Brush
- Charles Worthington Grow Strong Longer and Stronger treatment
- Popband Duo pack
- No.4711 Original Eau de Cologne Watch Bottle
- The White Company Winter Candle
There are so many amazing products, and I was thrilled to receive every single one! The only one I can’t use is the Bondi Sands tanning foam, as it’s in Dark, and I’m extremely pale, so this will be going to a friend! I’ve put my instant favourites out of the 24 treats in bold above, for quick reference, but these are based on first impressions and I’m still really excited to try all the others!
I already know my absolute favourite item of all is the Ciate London Eyeliner, because it’s already replaced my usual choice! I usually stick to NYX Epic Ink Liner, however I noticed that the Ciate one is just as bold, black and dramatic – and yet more PRECISE with even the thinnest of flicks, so I was really impressed.
And the product I’m most excited to try over the next few weeks is definitely the Charles Worthington Grow Strong Longer and Stronger treatment. I’m growing my hair and trying to keep it as loved and healthy as possible, so I’ll be keen to know if this helps!
Thank you so much to Latest In Beauty for treating me to such a spectacular beauty calendar! I’ll be sure to have fun with all the products.
Anyone else excited for Christmas now?! 🙂
*Any items sent for review are written about 100% honestly and in my own words. Sometimes collaborative content and partnerships with brands will appear on this blog. Affiliates links are used throughout this blog.