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Last week, a rather large box appeared out the blue, and inside was a rather wonderful surprise. Space NK had very kindly sent over one of their incredible advent calendars. This year, it feels like there has been a real push on seriously luxe calendars, and I think Space NK’s offering tops them all. Coming packaged in a chic purple box, you’ve got 25 beauty gifts which can see you right through until Christmas.

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Inside, as you’d expect – each of the products come individually packaged, in gorgeous gold, plum and emerald boxes. I love the deco styling – and mix of box sizes makes for a rather exciting start to the mornings.

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The mix of products inside the calendar is wonderfully balanced between skincare, makeup and luxury goodies, meaning each morning you’re going to get a wonderful surprised. The month kicked off with a mini Space NK Shimmering Spice candle, which smells pretty much exactly of Christmas,  I opened up a random selection of four days to see what’s in store, and I was not disappointed!

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With brands like Christophe Robin and Sunday Riley, the calendar is filled with products and brands I’ve been absolutely dying to try. Although I’ve packaged them all back up in their respective boxes, I am counting down the days until I get to crack open the Luna Oil, the Cover FX Glitter Drops (perfect for Christmas) and the Oribe Mystify Spray. The contents have a total worth of over £600, and there isn’t a product int he lineup which you wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled with, and it’s going to make my run-up to Christmas far more glamorous!

If you’re interested to find out what’s inside – I’ll be sharing each morning’s goodies on Instagram !

 

  • The Space NK Advent Calendar contains:
  • • Chantecaille – Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask (10ml)
  • • Christophe Robin – Volumizing Paste (75ml)
  • • Cover Fx – Glitter Drops (15ml)
  • • Darphin – Hydraskin Light (30ml)
  • • Dr Dennis Gross – Extra Strength Peel (5 pack)
  • • De Mamiel – Cleansing Dew (20ml)
  • • Drunk Elephant – Marula Oil (8ml)
  • • Eve Lom – Cleanser (20ml)
  • • Goldfaden MD – Bright Eyes (15ml)
  • • Hourglass – Veil Powder (2g)
  • • IGK – Rich Kid (50ml)
  • • Kevyn Aucoin – Lipgloss in Sunlight (5g)
  • • Lipstick Queen – Medieval Mini (1.5g)
  • • Malin + Goetz – Dark Rum Votive (67g)
  • • Nars – Mini Laguna/Orgasm (2.5g)
  • • Odacite – Vital Glow (5ml)
  • • Omorovizca – Queen of Hungary Mist (30ml)
  • • Oribe – Mystify Spray (50ml)
  • • Ouai – Wave Spray (30ml)
  • • Patchology – Weekend Trio (3x28ml)
  • • Space NK – Shimmering Spice Candle (35g)
  • • Sunday Riley – Luna (15ml)
  • • Tan Luxe – The Face (10ml)
  • • Tata Harper – Regenerating Cleanser (50ml)
  • • Votary – Toning Serum (50ml)

Space NK’s Advent Calendar is priced at £250 and is available here.

 

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At this time of year, it can feel like I’m never not in front of a screen. Work is incredibly busy in the run-up to Christmas, and coupled with a serious schedule of events and nights out, it can leave looking and feeling a little worn out. To try and keep tired-looking eyes at bay, I’ve been turning to It Cosmetics’ Confidence in an Eye Cream. It’s a brand I’ve only recently become familiar with, and I’ve only ever played around with their makeup, so I was curious to try their skincare.

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Packaged in a dinky little jar, Confidence in an Eye Cream has some big claims – it says it can brighten, repair and transform eyes. As someone who wants to combat puffiness and dryness, and keep fine lines at bay, it seems like a no-brainer. Normally I tend to only use eye creams at night – I don’t like skin looking greasy or oily under makeup, but since this one has a gentle apricot tint, it’s perfect for brightening the area up during the day.

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The cream itself is incredibly rich- it’s probably thicker than any eye cream I’ve used before, but what’s so impressive, is how quickly it sinks in. Within a minute or two, skin feels hydrated and nourished, rather than sticky or greasy, and it feels almost velvety soft.

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After my regular moisturising, I tap a little of the Confidence in an Eye Cream under my eyes, and let it sink in/ Then I carry on with my base and concealer as normal. On days where I’ve used It Cosmetics, my makeup stays crease-free, and I feel like I need less concealer, and look more awake overall. In the evenings, I work the cream in with my rose quartz guy sha, for ultimate cooling and de-puffing. It’s an absolutely gorgeous little cream, and I don’t think I’d be without it now!

It Cosmetics’ Confidence in an Eye Cream is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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When it comes to festive beauty, you can’t beat a killer red lip. Whether it’s worn with scarves or sparkles, there’s nothing which quite lights up the season like it. As someone who can be a little hesitant when it comes to dramatic colours, I was more than a little obsessed when I caught sight of Too Faced’s Melted Matte-Talic Lipstick in I’m Too Faced.

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A true warm-based red, complete with metallic sheen, this isn’t your regular liquid lip. It’s super special, and really, Christmas couldn’t feel more perfect for it! Applied straight from the tube, the formula is rich, and almost mousse-y in texture. It paints on evenly, and is opaque from the first swipe. It couldn’t look more festive if it tried!

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Once the lipstick is on, it dries down to a gorgeous, velvet-y texture. Unlike other mattes, which can look a little harsh or flat, this is stunning. Once it dries, the metallic sheen comes out, leaving lips looking almost burnished. It’s seriously glamorous, and feels absolutely perfect for this time of year!

Too Faced’s Melted Matte-Tallic Lipstick in I’m Too Faced is priced at £19 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

 

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A few months back I headed through to Glasgow for a night all about Dior perfume. Held in the penthouse suite at the Blysthwood Hotel, it was an exercise in opulence. Led through the house’s private scent collections, I discovered notes I’d never considered before – one of which was Sakura, or Japanese Cherry Blossom.

Delicately sweet and floral, it’s a beautiful fragrance note, so, when I saw Lush had a new Sakura Bath Bomb, I couldn’t resist. It’s absolutely gorgeous, with neon splatterings of pink, turquoise and blue, which explode in the water. As well as Cherry Blossom, there is Orange Flower Absolue, Mimosa and Lemon Oil, so the bomb lifts spirits – perfect for combatting any winter blues!

Lush Sakura Bath Bomb is priced at £3.75 and is available here

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If you’re in the UK right now, it’s pretty much impossible to miss the hype around advent calendars at the moment. It feels like everyone is releasing one, and as someone who loves a surprise every morning, I couldn’t be happier about the craze. The first of this year’s offerings I got my hands on was the L’Occitan Beauty Advent Calendar – a 24-piece countdown which will have you looking and feeling slick by the time Christmas rolls around.

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Covered in the most gorgeous little doodles – the L’Occitane calendar is all about peace on earth, and it’s the cutest thing. I’ve already got it propped up in the office prepared for December 1st, as it’s just so pretty.

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It opens up into two sides, complete with side panels, and the goodies inside are guaranteed to impress. There’s a good mix of face and body products, including some brand icons including the Shea Butter Hand Cream, the Almond Shower Oil and the Verbena Leaf Soap, as well as some items you might not have tried before.

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The size of all the products inside really impressed me – they’re a generous travel size – so perfect if you’re off somewhere over the festive period, or you can slot them into your gym bag or shower for a little extra luxury. I’ve only really tried one or two L’Occitane products in the past, so getting a whole 24 products to try out was pretty much a dream. I’ve discovered some absolute gems including the Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm (perfect for combatting winter lips), as well as Verbena Eau de Toilette which is beautifully fresh. The calendar contains £85 worth of product, so it’s an incredible deal, as well feeling fun to use.

L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar is priced at £49 and is available here

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