Selfridges Beauty Calendar 2015!

Hi Guys,

The festive season is now upon us and that means I can finally open my Christmas Advent Calendar! U usually always purchase the You Beauty advent calendar but when I looked this year it seemed to contain all the same things I had last year so this year I opted for the Selfridges Beauty calendar.

Selfridges launched two calendars this year. A premium calendar that cost £95.00 and that unfortunately sold out right away and then the Beauty Workshop Beauty Advent Calendar that cost £60.00, which is the one I went for.

At first I was going to post each day about what was behind each window but I went to London for the weekend so was unable to open my advent calendar so I just figured I’d post a weekly overview about the contents of the calendar.

So these are the goodies that were waiting for me behind those little doors this week:

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Day 1: Time Bomb Take-Off Time Cleansing Cream 30ml

I love a good a cleanser and this is a brand I have never tried before. An exfoliating cleanser that buffs away dead skin, what more could you ask for?

I am yet to try this product but it has now been added to my cleansing drawer so I’ll post an update once I’ve tried it.

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Day 2: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel

I was so excited to get this. I have tried Rodial Products in the past and have really enjoyed them and this is a range I that has been on my radar but I have never purchased it as this product carries a £79.00 price tag. Now I finally get to try it without having to shell out so much money.

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Day 3: Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation 7.5ml

I have received this product before in a beauty box and quite liked it. It is a mineral based SPF that evens undertones and minimizes wrinkles and the appearance of pores. Although I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of my pores I did like the silkiness on my skin and I enjoyed using it as sunscreen.

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Day 4: Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm

This came in limited edition packaging, which was quite fun. I’m not a fan of Carmex as it is quite tingly on my lips, which I don’t like, but my Boyfriend was more than happy to take this off my hands.

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Day5: BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara

This travel size Mascara is perfect for carrying in my handbag, taking my daytime eye look to a more intense evening look. I love the twisting wand, which is unlike any wand I’ve seen before. I cant wait to try this!

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Day 6: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Gold Glitter

This is perfect for Christmas time. The website says to use in your hair or sprinkled onto wet nail varnish. This item is not safe to use on the eye area but would look great applied over lipstick for an intense party look!

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Day 7 – Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

This is a foaming gel cleanser, which will be perfect for using with my Clarisonic Brush. Another fantastic product!

I can’t wait to see what this next week brings! Which Advent Calendar are you guys currently opening? Let me know!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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Sample Empties

Hi There,

Over the last couple of months I’ve been trying to use up all my beauty samples (I’ve not even made a dent in them) as well as my beauty product cupboard (Same). I have quite a lot of empties so I will do them in batches. The first are the samples that I have used up, here they are:

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Dior – Crème Multi-Perfection

Dior claim that after using this straight away you should see that wrinkles are diminished and skin is tightened. Unfortunately I didn’t. I didn’t feel this had any effect on my skin at all. All the other effects should be seen after 4weeks. As this sample only gives roughly a week worth of product at best, you would need to buy the full size product and at £127.00 this is never going to happen. If I can’t see any effect after a week there is no incentive for me to spend so much money on a product. So this was a no go for me.

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REN Vita Mineral Active 7 Eye Gel (3ml)

I actually liked using this product, as it is a gel formulation I found it quite cooling on the eye and it left my eye area feeling refreshed. I am a huge fan of REN skincare, their products always seem to deliver on what they claim. This product was no different. I would definitely consider repurchasing this product.

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Olay Regenerist 3-point treatment Cream Fragrance Free (7ml)

I have tried this before and I think it’s a fantastic drug store product. It leaves the skin with a super smooth texture, and my fine lines appear reduced! My sister swears by this cream and I can see why. The formula is nice and rich but absorbs quickly into the skin. This product also contains amino-peptides, which help cell communication, which in turn boosts the skin cells ability to repair itself. So this is a fantastic, affordable product. Available from Boots & Superdrug priced £29.99.

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Noxidoxi Enhancing Serum Base (25ml)

Noxidoxi is a relatively new French brand, I received this serum in a monthly Glossy Box and I really enjoyed using it. This serum base forms a moisturizing layer over the skin of the face, protecting it from daily pollution and Nicotine (take note smokers). I found that it absorbed really quickly into my skin and left my skin feeling silky smooth. The only thing that put me off was when I squeezed it out of the tube it looked a pit like puss which freaked me out a little. Apart from that it was a fantastic product. It carries a €39.90 price tag which is pretty reasonable for a serum. I would certainly recommend this serum.

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L’Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Hand Cream (30ml)

Oh I do love me some hand cream! Some may even call it an obsession! So I like to think of myself of a connoisseur of hand cream and this was amazing. I got this free with a monthly magazine (I can’t remember which) and I am in love. Some vanilla products can be sickly and can give you a headache but this doesn’t do that. It smells delicious and the formula is a really thick cream (containing 20% Shea Butter) but absorbs nicely into the hands. I also love the metallic tube it comes in as it allows you to roll it up and get every last drop out which trust me, you will want to do. This size hand cream usually costs £8.00 and I will most definitely be repurchasing!

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Dior Dream Skin Global Age-Defying Skincare

Uh-oh, another Dior product and another disappointment! Again this didn’t seem to do anything to my skin. So I will not be repurchasing this product. Sorry Dior!

So those are some of the products I have been trying out this last two months.

Some are new favourites and some are ..well…not.

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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August Birchbox – First Impressions

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This week I received my August Birchbox and the theme was #BeautyJunkie. The Birchbox itself came covered in little Beauty Emoji’s, which was just adorable. Inside the box there was seven items in total. These were a mixture of beauty products, a beauty bonus and a lifestyle item.

Rituals scrub

The first Item was the Rituals fortune invigorating body Scrub with Sweet Orange & Cedar. I was really happy that I received this in the box because this item was in last month’s empties and I haven’t had chance to repurchase yet so this was a great product to receive.

Blush

The second item I received was a Lord & Berry Blush in the shade #8214 Lotus. I really like the monochrome packaging it’s so cute. The Blush is a Dusky Pink colour that I think will suit most skin tones. It came just as a pan, which is means that you can add it to any magnetic palette. I have tried this, and I found that it was highly pigmented and a little does go a long way. It can be blended out for a subtle look or built up for a more striking look – another fantastic product.

face exfoliant

The third item I got was the Huygens Le Gommage visage, which is an exfoliating cream for the face. I have a love/hate relationship with facial exfoliants. I love to try them but my skin hates them. This scrub uses rice powder particles to buff away dead skin cells. By the looks of it, they do seem to be quite large grains, which have a tendency to irritate my skin so I probably won’t be giving this a try. The packaging is cute though.

kebelo shampoo

The fourth Item I received was the Clarifying Shampoo by Kebelo. This isn’t a brand I have ever heard of before so I did a little research. They are a British company and the product themselves are manufactured in the UK which I love. This shampoo works by removing any product build up on your hair while at the same time nourishing the scalp. It recommends that you use this product twice a month in the same way you use regular shampoo. I’m looking forward to giving this a try for sure.

LM Mascara

The final beauty product in the box was the Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme mascara. I love Laura Mercier bath & body products but I always falter when it comes to makeup products. Unfortunately this mascara didn’t change that. This mascara claims to Curl, lengthen and Volumize lashes I personally thought it did none of those. For me this was a very basic mascara and I personally think there are much better mascara’s available in the drugstore.

The Extra Beauty Bonus was the Grab & Go Ponytail Holder by L. Erickson. This is a hair tie that is metal free and won’t snag your hair. This band retails for £11.50. To me this is just so expensive. You can go to Primark and buy a large pack of metal free bobbles for £1.00 and still have £10.50 to spend on makeup, which makes far more sense to me.

emoji stickers

The Lifestyle bonus this month was a sheet of cute emoji stickers that match the decoration of the box. The design of the box and the stickers are by far the cutest I’ve ever received from Birchbox. Although there were one or two items I didn’t like in the box I would say that overall this was a really good box. Super cute and with seven items inside it was well worth the money. Well done Birchbox!!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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