The Beauty Secret Advent Calendar – Week 4 & full review

I can’t believe Christmas is almost over and there’s no more surprises in the mornings to open! I’ve loved this Advent Calendar from look fantastic. It was my first ever beauty calendar and it was the perfect gift for myself. My mini reviews and first impressions on all the earlier products that I got from the calendar can be found here: Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3.

Let’s see what the last week brought me:

Box 19 – Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream 7ml
How did they know I was in search for a new eye cream? Or that I’m running out of it. This eye cream is 99% natural so all the better. I like this a lot! Doesn’t irritate my eyes and gives them enough moisture. Works under makeup too.

Box 20 – REDKEN One United Multi-Benefit Treatment 30ml
Okay, another hair treatment product.. Why do I have so many open already? I just couldn’t open this yet.  I love the packaging though and I trust Redken as a brand. Will definitely use this later as soon as I use my older ones, boring!

Box 21 – dermalogica daily microfoliant 13g
I’ve heard a lot about dermalogica but have never tried anything from them. It’s about time! Or not just yet – ’cause I have the same case with the exfoliants at the moment as I do with hair products (#beautybloggerproblems). Anyway –  this is a powder exfoliant that you use with your wet hands and create a creamy paste. You’re supposed to massage it for a minute and then rinse. So it’s really quick – which is great for impatient people such as myself. This doesn’t contain any synthetic perfumes or colorants which is great.

Box 22 – Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash 100ml
Body washes are great when you think about it. They are an easy way to bring luxury into your every day life. I was excited at first when I opened this box. I love the packaging with this and almost don’t want to use it because of that.. But no, that’s not the reason I’m not gonna use it. This one I’m giving to my man. Don’t let that pink color fool you: This is definitely for men. My nose thinks so, anyway.

Box 23 – OLEHENRIKSEN clean truth cleansing cloths (10 cloths)
I don’t use cleansing cloths regularly but I use them every once in a while. Or basically when I’m feeling lazy and just want to remove the most of my makeup quickly. These smell amazing (vanilla?) and do the job. These will get to travel with me to Lapland!

Box 24 – look good feel better Eye Shading Brush
There’s never enough eye shadow brushes. I love them! This one is soft but dense and I already see it in my top five eye shadow brushes. Look good feel better is also supporting women with the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

Box 25 – Illamasqua Eye Shadow Palette Look Fantastic
I waited the calendar for an eye shadow palette! I don’t know why I wanted one and had a feeling there might be one in this calendar (especially when the makeup products before were all for eyes, lips or cheeks) but I’m so happy this was in the last box! I’ve wanted to try Illasmasqua products before so again my prayers were heard. This palette is exclusive and named Look Fantastic. It contains four eyeshadows: Servant, Tango, Terra and Vernau. Three of them are mattes and only one is shimmer. These colors are perfect and my favorite is that greenish brown. The pigmentation and the texture in these are amazing.

Here are swatches with and without flash.

All together I am extremely happy with this calendar and the products. It was definitely worth the money. There were so many bomb ones like Pixi Glow Tonic, Moroccanoil, Rituals Body Cream, Foreo Luna Play and REN Night Cream. Not to talk about the grand finale – the Illamasque Palette! Of course there were some products that I wasn’t so excited about but I didn’t hate them. The Pillow spray (got it in the first week) for example is actually quite nice and I like it even though I wouldn’t have bought it. Then again most of the products were mini sized so it’s okay if I don’t love them.

I’m definitely gonna it again next year.

The Beauty Secret Advent Calendar – Week 3

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Let’s see what the third week of my beauty advent calendar brought!

 

Box 12  Foreo Luna Play Go + Celestial Melting Gel Night Cleanser 15ml

I’ve never tried any face cleansing brushes or other use-at-home devices so this was a nice surprise for me. Foreo Luna Play Go is the smallest skin cleansing device in Foreo’s selection and it’s good for about 100 uses. It’s not rechargable but you can always use it for brush cleansing after the battery dies. As I said I haven’t tried any facial brush cleansers but I’ve always thought they were a bit unhygienic. This device however is easy to keep clean and is hygienic. I’ve been using this for a week now and I love it. I think I’ll buy the regular sized device later. This makes my skin extremely clean and it feels softer than usual after using this. You’re supposed to use the device for a minute on your face so I think that alone keeps your skin healthier – normally I wash my face so quickly and don’t give time for my cleanser to work it’s magic. Pairing this with your favorite cleanser definitely makes your skin care regime more effective! The Cleanser is okay too and I’ve used it for a week and will use it as long as it lasts – but I don’t like it’s scent.

Box 13 Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Shampoo 50ml
I like Wella products. My scalp has been a bit difficult though so I couldn’t try this yet (I’ve been using my Go-To Organic Shampoo instead). I think I’ll save this for traveling since it’s the perfect size for that.

Box 14 Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer 3oml
Radiance-boosting moisturizer suitable for all skin types. It’s oil-free so it’s really lightweight. This absorbs quickly and leaves a smooth skin: perfect for under makeup. Origins is a new brand to me but it’s products are “powered by nature and proven by science”. So there’s natural oils and ingredients paired with synthetic ones. This smells good and I like the packaging but I haven’t fallen in love with this – yet. (Like I did with REN face lotion last week.)

Box 15 NUXE Huile Prodidgieuse Or Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 10ml
Oh how many times I’ve looked at this and thinking of buying it! Now I got this little bottle to test it out. First of all: it’s beautiful. Golden packaging with golden shimmering oil – yes! It’s dry oil so it’s pretty lightweight and doesn’t leave my skin all greasy. The one thing I don’t like about this though is the scent. I have a pretty selective nose when it comes to scents I see. Don’t think I’ll ever buy this in regular size ’cause of that.

Box 16 Pur cosmetics Impact Mascara
Pur cosmetics is mineral based makeup and skincare solutions. I actually like this mascara a lot. It works for my thin lashes and lasts well. And it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.

Box 17 Bellapierre Gel Eyeliner in Ebony
How many black liners does a girl need? Let me tell you: one. And I already have three. Now four. It’s a black liner and it draws a black line – end of story. Boring.

Box 18 CODAGE Paris Micro-Peeling Mask 15ml
Yes! I love AHA/BHA products and I love masks. This is a gel composed with AHA (fruit acids) and BHA (salisylic acid) which unclogs pores and eliminates impurities. I just did a mask yesterday so I couldn’t try this just yet but will definitely do so later. There’s a good chance I’ll give a small review on my snapchat about this later (charkkueve) if I don’t blog about it next week.

Another great week of surprises in my calendar! I’m happy about these – all though I noticed I crave for more makeup products. I already run out of some products I got in the first week of this calendar: Rituals Body Cream and Pixi Glow Tonic. They were both great! It’s also exciting to be running out of products even though they’re small sizes.

Anyway – one more week to go! I’m excited. Will post the last week and my full review on the calendar next sunday 25.12.! Stay tuned.

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