The Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar in Review

Hello everyone! It’s the 24th of December, the end of our advent calendars – and so only really the day for me to sit and review my beauty advent calendar, because I definitely won’t want to be doing it when I have post-Christmas blues. I went with the Marks and Spencer beauty advent calendar – my first ever beauty advent calendar in fact, and it was a toss up between many when it came to deciding. So, let’s see what my overall thoughts were, my favourite products inside, and whether I think it was worth it.
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The first thing I have to mention is the value – the price was £35 when you spend another £35 on anything in clothing or homewear. I don’t know about you, but spending £35 in Marks and Spencer is hardly a challenge – especially at Christmas time. By the time I had picked up my wrapping paper, gift tags, and a couple of gifts I had reached the criteria – so spending £35 on a beauty calendar on top of that just seemed like a deal too good to miss.

Another thing that drew me to this calendar, was the fact that it included a range of different brands and product types. I love trying new things, so I was more inclined towards a calendar that had a range instead of a one-branded one. Similarly to this, the look fantastic calendar caught my eye too, because this again included a wide range.

So, let’s talk through what my favourites are within this. As you would assume, I was much happier to see some products than other ones, and of course there’s one or two that I probably won’t find use for anytime soon. But overall, there’s some amazing ones in here that I was super excited to try.

Phillip Kingsley Elastisticizer: This is something that I was dying to try for such a long time, and I never expected to see it in a beauty advent calendar. The positive reviews I’ve heard about this have been endless so I was expecting good results. This is a pre-shampoo hair treatment suitable for all hair types,  that aims to intensively moisturise the hair, boost elasticity, and add bounce and shine. It also gives UV protection which lasts after washing which is great for coloured hair. You’ll know how much I love an intensive hair treatment, as my hair has been coloured for many years now, and this really works well for me.

Nails Inc GEL – shade Piccadilly Court: I dedicated a whole post to this because this is quite honestly one of the best Nail products I’ve tried before – you can read the full post here. Not only is the colour perfect for this time of year, but it’s such a long-lasting, glossy finish that lasted such a long time without chipping, or wearing down.

Autograph All in One Nail Polish with Argan Oil & Vitamin E – Shade Cranberry: This colour is absolutely gorgeous – I know I love the nails inc shade, but this just tops it slightly in terms of colour – the sparkle wins me over. I’ve actually been saving this to use as my Christmas Nails – it’s exactly the colour I had in mind to wear. I’ve tried Autograph nail polishes before and had good experiences with them.

Radial Super Acids x-treme Acid Rush Peel: I actually mentioned this in my post all about my current beauty favourites which you can read here  I love a good skincare product – my skin tends to be a bit problematic in the winter weather, so it’s when I focus on skincare more. Don’t let the name fool you, this is a gentle face treatment, that leaves my skin feeling cleansed, soft, and unclogged.

Percy and Reed Wonder Balm:  I’ve tried this product out before, and given the fact that I was about to run out, I’m so glad it appeared in the calendar. I find it really helps to leave my hair with a smoother finish when styling.

Burts Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm: I’ve been a fan of Burt’s Bee’s products for years now, and the lip balm is probably my favourite of them all. A good lip balm is something that I always have in my handbag, it’s an absolute essential during the winter months when my lips are more prone to dryness. I love the smell and taste to this, and it’s super hydrating. I prefer lip balms like this where it applies more like a lipstick, as oppose to liquid based-ones because they don’t leave your lips with that horrible sticky feeling.

Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm: I love a cleanser – and this is such an easy one to use – just a pea size amount, massaged into the face, and then rinsed, leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth, and moisturised. This cleanser aims to deeply cleanse pores, moisturise, and cleanse – suitable for all skin types.

Pur Correcting Primer: I’ve tried the our minerals powder foundation before which I really liked, so I was optimistic about trying the Pur primer. This primer aims to neutralise the look of dark circles and blemishes, whilst being an oil-free primer. I really like oil-feee products, and this feels nice and lightweight and breathable on the skin which is what I look for.

Eyeko liquid eyeliner: I love this eyeliner because it’s really thin – I’m not one who goes for a heavy eyeliner so this gave me a nice, defined line without being too thick. I also found this really long lasting – you can see it in practice on my Festive Get Ready with me post here

Josh Wood Radiant Shine Treatment Oil: A hair oil is something that I’m always going to be a fan of, applying a hair oil is something I do most days to keep my hair hydrated, and looking soft with a natural shine. However, this is the first pre-shampoo oil I’ve tried before – I apply a few drops to the ends of my hair and leave it to absorb for between 10 and 20 minutes before washing. This oil feels nice and thick, and you can really feel it soak into your hair nicely. Of course, you could leave this on for longer, which I would most likely do when my hair needs a more intense treatment. As well as being a pre-shampoo treatment, this oil can also be used pre-styling – which is great that it’s multi purpose. I often find that when I’m styling with heat, it’s the time my hair needs a little moisture boost the most – so just the tiniest amount will go a long way for that.

All in all, it’s safe to say that I’m impressed with this calendar – and it couldn’t have been a better one for my first try of a beauty calendar. It’s been amazing value – and introduced me to some products I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. With this conclusion on the advent calendar, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Shelley x

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