Category: Drugstore Makeup

Beauty Advent Calendars – 2018 Edition

You’d have to be hiding underneath a rock to not to have noticed the huge surge in the popularity of having a beauty advent calendar instead of (or as well as…? I’m not judging) a traditional chocolate version over the last few years.  We adults just can’t enough of the marking the countdown to Christmas with makeup, skincare, perfume, alcohol and jewelry.   Here’s my top 10 pick of beauty advent calendars that are suitable for every budget this Christmas time.

OhK! 12 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar RRP £14.99

Inspired by the impact of Korean Beauty in the western market, OhK! offers a dip in the water of K-Beauty without the import charges.  This 12 Day countdown (I must admit, I want a gift every morning during advent – but then again that’s just an excuse to have two different calendars so I can switch between them each day) contains hairties, false lashes, hair chalk and other cutesy items behind the 12 doors.  This one is an ideal choice for my 9 year old niece who’s eagerly awaiting being old enough to actually be allowed to wear makeup and spend her pocket money on something other than slime and squishies.

Buy Now at Very.co.uk

Lynx Men’s Let The Countdown Begin 12 Days Advent Calendar RRP £15

It’s nice to see that brands primarily aimed at men are getting in on the countdown to Christmas, too.  The Lynx 12 day countdown includes a mix of full and trial sized products as well as a selection of male grooming tools.  It’s a steal too at just £15 from Superdrug at the moment.  And not a whiff of Lynx Africa to be found, either as the scents included are the Gold & Black variety.  Save the Lynx Africa gift set for Christmas Day, as is tradition.

Buy Now from Superdrug.com 

George at Asda 12 Days Of Christmas – RRP £20

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This is George at Asda’s first beauty advent calendar and it promises 6 full size satin lipsticks and 6 nail varnishes, which means you’re netting a £10 saving on the products on their own.  I must admit that I’ve never actually tried George makeup, but there a fwe good reviews around the internet.  A great wee buy I recon for younger people just getting into makeup as the products won’t break the bank and will be universally suitable for all.

Launches November 1st on George @ Asda

Revolution Advent Calendar –  RRP £50, currently £30

Advent Calendar 2018 from Revolution Beauty

I had a Revolution Advent Calendar last year and I loved it.  Even though it’s sort of easy to tell what you’re getting from the size of the window each day, this beauty advent calendar has a great mix of products including a new eye shadow palette.

The products in this one would normally cost you around £65 (and that’s quick maths on my part on the normal RRP on the Revolution website) so if you manage to grab this one at £30 you are getting a bargain buy and some great wee additions to you makeup kit that maybe you wouldn’t normally pick up.  I won’t ruin the surprise, but there’s a good mix of lip products, highlighters, eyeshadows and even brushes in this beauty calendar.

Buy Now at Revolutionbeauty.com  ::  Buy Now at Superdrug.com

Soap & Glory It’s In The Calendar! – RRP £40

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It’s not really Christmas if you don’t get a Soap & Glory gift set, is it?  Following the success of last year’s beauty calendar – It’s A Calendar Girls! – this year we have 24 mini and full size products to count down to Christmas with. The reason I love the Soap & Glory beauty calendar is because it’s a great mix of makeup, skincare and toiletries.  And the mini Hand Food! is just the perfect size for throwing in your handbag.   Plus the smell of Soap & Glory products might actually be the most amazing smell in the world, I literally can smell Clean On Me as I’m typing this (nothing to do with the fact I showered with it this morning, mind you).

Buy Now at Boots.com

Maybelline Countdown Advent Calendar – RRP £50, now £33.50

The Maybelline Countdown 12 Day Beauty Calendar is the perfect pre-Christmas Christmas present to yourself.  This one comes with all your favourite Maybelline products in their top selling colours (I’m guessing this fact, but the shades listed on the ingredients are totally some of the most popular ones).  You’ll get yourself a mix of Colour Tattoo eyeshadows, Babylips lipbalms, Superstay 7 day nail varnishes and Colour Sensational lipsticks as well as the brilliant Babyskin Primer, a Master Strobe Liquid Highlighter and a Master Precise eyeliner, meaning that you’ll be set to go on Christmas Day for makeup if Santa doesn’t pop any extras down the chimney for you.

Buy Now at Very.co.uk

The Body Shop 24 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar – RRP £45

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This Body Shop Beauty Calendar – one of four that they have on offer this year – is my favourite imagery because it doesn’t scream out Christmas to me.  You get 24 products in this one too, from shampoos and body lotions to face masks and cleansing sponges while you countdown to Christmas with Olivia the Owl and her forestry friends.

Buy Now on TheBodyShop.com

Birchbox UK Beauty Advent Calendar – RRP £65

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This calendar is the one that I’m really dropping big hints for this year.  Just look at it, it’s beautiful. Although on the pricier side (the products inside are worth £179 though, so that’s a saving of 63%) it’s certainly worth every penny.  There’s no images on the Birchbox website showing what products are included in this calendar, but some of the brands you can expect to receive include Benefit, Pixi, Makeup Forever, Nuxe Paris and Sand&Sky.

This one’s a dead cert hit for anybody who subscribes to Birchbox as it’s sure to include a great mix of skincare and makeup from the high end side of the beauty market.    The only downside to this one? It doesn’t mention anywhere if this is the usual trail sized products or full size… only one way to find out though.  My guess is that it will be a mix of product size, just like the usual Birchbox.

Buy Now at Birchbox.co.uk

Debenhams Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar – RRP £70

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This is Debenham’s first own branded advent calendar, with goodies from brands such as MAC, Makeup Forever, OhK!, Too Faced, Glam Glow and even a mini Paco Rabanne Lady Million perfume. There’s a gift card for Debenhams in this one too, which can be used against buying the full sized product of your favourite products out of this calendar.  To be honest, this one is singing to me as it looks premium and is packed full of some really nice sample sized products that I’d like to try too… we just won’t mention the Kat Von D tattoo liner in this one (it’s a good liner, it really is but I’m having problems trusting the KVD brand at the moment).

Buy Now on Debenhams.com

Selfridges Glam Sparkle Beauty Advent Calendar – RRP £130

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I’m not going to lie – the price of this one is enough to make your eyes water. But it is packed full of some amazing trial sized premium brands like Urban Decay, Kiehls, YSL and Lancôme including some cult beauty staples such as the UD All Nighter Setting Spray,  Kiehls’ Midnight Recovery Concentrate and a sample of one of my favourite perfumes – Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.   The only problem that I have with this one is that the actual calendar doesn’t look very premium, more like a 6th year graphic design student has thrown together a mockup and they’ve ran with it.

Buy Now on Selfridges.com

Rimmel Wonder'Fully Real Mascara in Black

Rimmel Wonder’Fully Real Mascara :: Review

I’m a sucker for new mascaras, I just can’t help buying them in the hope that I’m going to end up with eyelashes that make me look like a drag queen in one swift swipe of product.  The brand new Rimmel Wonder’Fully Real mascara definitely got me excited about the prospects of mirroring Alaska 5000 on a daily basis, even if the name is absolutely horrendous. Turns out, so is the mascara.

Let’s start with the basics.  Wonder’Fully Real (it’s killing me typing that apostrophe every time – I’m tempted to allow autocorrect to fix it every time) is available in two colours – black and extreme black.  I went for good old black because the tube is my favourite shade of hot pink.  The mascara is currently on sale as part of a 3 for 2 at both Superdrug (£7.99) and Boots (£6.99) or in Savers Health & Beauty at £4.98, the price is the usual that I would normally expect from Rimmel for one of their mascaras.

Within the shocking pink (or black if you opt for Extreme Black) tube you’ll find a plastic-y spiky wand that promises to be easy to control and will extend each and every lash.  It’s tapered with the thickest part of the brush at the handle, allowing you to get more finesse while applying the mascara. Or if you’re me, more chance of getting mascara on the inside of my nose when doing my left eye…  I don’t have any problems with the brush, I generally find the plastic wands allow me to separate my lashes a bit better than the bristle type as the combs aren’t as tightly close together.  So it must be the formula that caused my lashes to clump together.

The formula is a thick, seemingly clumpy liquid (Rimmel calls it creamy) which is loaded with 4mm nylon fibres which is the key to it building thickness and length on your lashes.  It promises to be smudge free (it’s not), easy to remove (it’s not) and flake proof and will give you beautifully thick, long lashes all day.  Granted it gave me thick lashes all day.  And the next day too even though I thought I had removed it using both micellar water and makeup removal wipes.  Even on the second day I got the free gift of lower lash line eyeliner because this mascara just kept smudging under my eyes – yes, even a day later when I thought I had completely removed it.  In fact, FOUR days later after wearing absolutely no eye makeup at all I was still waking up with black smudges under my eyes that my teenage goth self would have spent hours trying to achieve with kohl warmed up with a lighter before I applied it.

In all honesty, Rimmel have loads of better mascaras that do a better job of giving you both length and thickness for your lashes that come in at the same price or lower.  I’d stick to either the Supercurler range or ScandalEyes if you’re looking for extreme lashes and give the Wonder’Fully Real a miss.  I’m not the only one who’s found it to be flakey ( it promises not to be), hard to remove (again, the complete opposite of what it’s supposed to do) or clumpy (yeah…).  One girl in my work has had the same experience as me and some of the reviews online already for this mascara weirdly give it 4 stars but then the actual review states that it transfers, takes ages to dry or clumps up.

Rimmel Wonder’Fully Real Mascara: (2 / 5)

I bought the Rimmel Wonder’Fully Real Mascara with my own money and all views in this blog post are entirely my own.  Rimmel don’t know who I am, nor do they care what my opinion is of their products so they’re not asking me for it!