Tuesday, 3 January 2017

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar Favourites


The best thing about having a birthday on December 1st used to be that I got to open the first window of my chocolate advent calendar on my birthday. Now the best thing is the fact that there are so many different types of advent calendar that it makes the perfect birthday present. A beauty advent calendar isn't something that I would buy for myself, plus it basically makes my birthday last until Christmas. December is officially my favourite month. 

This year I got the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, which was the one I wanted just because it looked like it had so many good products in it and was such good value. There were no 'filler' items in it like I've seen in other calendars and most of the products were really good sizes too. Even though I fangirled over pretty much everything in it, I thought I'd run through my absolute favourites. P.S I decided on my favourites and then had to narrow them down some more because I had too many!


Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | This does look like a deceivingly small sample, but I've been using it twice a day for about two weeks now and it's only about half gone. This is something I would never have bought because, well, pricey so I'm so glad it was in here because it's so lovely. I do love a balm cleanser because I just find them so luxurious to use and this one is so soothing. It is quite subtly scented and I really love the scent even though I can't describe it properly for the life of me. I haven't had any breakouts since using this (resultttt) and my skin just seems to have a little bit more life to it which is always a bonus.


Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner | This is my favourite eyeliner of all time and I used one I got free with a magazine to death until sadly it dried out and I had to revert back to my high street alternative because yes, you guessed it, I was too stingy to buy one. So I was super happy when I got this one in the calendar. It lasts forever, it's super easy to apply and it also doesn't streak even with my ridiculously watery eyes.


Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer | This is a pre-shampoo treatment, which is supposed to make your hair stronger, shinier and bouncier. It definitely makes my hair look shinier, gives it more volume and it's much more manageable too. I noticed a difference from the very first use and when I forgot to use it last week (only realised when I was in the shower with shampoo in my hair) I was pretty devoted.


Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil | Not to be basic, but the main reason I fell in love with this is because it smells divine. It's also nice on your hair obviously and you really only need the tiniest amount. You can use it on wet or dry hair, but I prefer to use it on dry just to tame flyaways and make my hair look that bit sleeker.


Pixi Brow Tamer | I wasn't expecting much from this, although I don't know why as I've heard really good things about Pixi, but it really does keep my eyebrows in place all day long without making them look all hard and as if they've got product in them. I love Benefit's Gimme Brow, but I always feel like my eyebrows need a little more filling in than that so this clear gel is great for popping over pencil filled eyebrows.


Pur Minerals Correcting Prep and Primer | This is one of those primers that feels like it's melting into your skin like velvet as you apply it (over dramatic explanation?). It's just such a lovely base and just the act of applying it feels like a treat!

Did you get the M&S beauty advent calendar?

Amy x
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  1. My mum had this calendar and I was lucky enough that she didn't want some of it so I escaped with quite a lot haha. It started my addiction with the EH Cleansing Balm... obbbbbbsessed xxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.wordpress.com

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    1. That's so lucky haha! I am so obsessed with it too, going to have to try and resist buying the full size after! xx

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  2. I've never had a beauty advent calendar but I might get one this year! This looks like an amazing selection of goodies!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It was definitely worth the money - there's such a good range of them now, it's definitely worth looking into! xx

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  3. I had this advent calendar too and I totally agree with your favourites! I've been using the eyeliner every day and it's amazing!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. It's so good isn't it! Glad you agree with these :) xx

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  4. I'm really jealous of anyone who got the M&S beauty calendar this Christmas as it looked fantastic! I believe there was a Neal's Yard Remedies hand cream included, and I'm just obsessed with those! Your favourites products sound fab as well, thanks so much for sharing!

    Abbey đź’‹ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Yes that was day one and I've been using it ever since, it's so good! xx

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  5. I've seen so many posts about this calendar and I'm so gutted that I didn't manage to get one myself as I would have loved the products inside! X

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    1. Aw that's a shame you didn't get one - there's definitely an amazing range of products! xx

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  6. I wish I had gotten it! I love Eyeko, my eyeko comes from magazines too but gosh, they are so great right?? I've also been dying to try Emma Hardie too. Hope you had a nice birthday! X

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    1. Thank you so much, I had a lovely one! They really are so good! xx

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  7. Gosh I wish I had of gotten this calendar! Looks amazing! Fab post :) xxxx
    www.rachelxblog.com

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    1. I'm so happy I got it, definitely a beauty advent calendar convert now! xx

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    2. I'll definetly buy one if they have one out this Christmas! God.. too early to be thinking about this but when beauty's involved;)! Xx

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  8. Ooh the M&S Advent Calendar looks really good! I had the Boots No 7 one this year and it was first year with a beauty advent calendar (I've always had picture or chocolate ones before) and I loved it - the products were all really good and it was excellent value for money. I might have a look at the M&S one for next year!
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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    1. Ooh the number 7 one was the other one I had my eye on - love their products! Definitely glad I got this one though, there was such a great range! xx

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  9. I wish I had a calendar like this ...
    I follow the blog, follow back? Thank you and happy 2017!

    http://missweetie.blogspot.pt/2016/12/wishlist-de-natal-2016.html

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    1. I'm so happy I got one, it's great! Happy 2017! xx

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  10. Ahhhh this looked amazing! I didn't even get a chocolate advent calendar this year, let alone a beauty one! I need to make sure I do next year!

    Katie
    http://silverglowx.com

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    1. Aw no, you need to at least get a chocolate one next year haha! xx

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    1. I just google translated that so hopefully it got it right! Thank you! xx

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  12. I actually meant to go pick this up but for some reason forgot about it till it was way to late. I now wish I had because it looks like you got some super amazing things in this advent calender maybe next year I will manage to get one.

    Charlotte
    www.cupsofcharlotte.co.uk

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    1. Ah that's such a shame, definitely worth considering for next year, I'm sure it'l be just as good! xx

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  13. I think this is the best high street calendar I saw last year! What a great range of products!

    Lxoxo
    www.lovelibby.co.uk

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    1. For the money it was definitely the best one - so many good products too! xx

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  14. I have heard so many great things about this advent calendar and it's one I think I need to invest in next Christmas!

    Thanks for sharing
    Steph xx

    Steph’s World | Lifestyle Blog | www.stephsworld.com

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    1. Yeah you definitely should, I'd recommend it to anyone! xx

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  15. I've never had a beauty advent calendar before, it looks like you got a lot of useful products! Perfect travel size too. I'm glad it was worth it!

    Leanne | www.latteleanne.com xxx

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    1. This was my first one and I'm so glad I got it! Yeah some of the products are such handy sizes I'll definitely be saving them for holiday! xx

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  16. I didn't have any advent calendar but this one looks like a lovely one! It worked well with your birthday as well so double bonus! (: Thanks for sharing this. I might need to invest in one next Christmas.

    Marie (SVG)
    http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah you should, I would definitely recommend this one, I'm sure they'll do one just as good next year! It does work so well with my birthday I love it :) xx

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  17. This was such an amazing advent calendar with so many great products!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. It really was and such great value for money too! xx

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  18. Aww December 1st is such a lovely birthday - and like you say, a beauty advent calendar is like the birthday gift that keeps on giving :) I hadn't actually realised how impressive M&S' beauty calendar was!

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Yeah I feel really lucky to have that birthday! The calendar is amazing! xx

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  19. This is so nice, to have your birthday as the first day of an Advents' calendar! I liked all you showed and I like Pixi - the brand in general, very much! I would love to try the Pur correcting primer! I am so lazy to wear a primer, but I would like to change it and wear it more often!
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    1. I don't wear a primer every day if I'm honest! It's so lovely having that birthday! xx

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  20. I have a confession. I got the Elasticizer in glossybox and hated it. It was just like any old shampoo!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Oh no really! I guess it's hard with hair care because everyone has different hair types! xx

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  21. I got this to share with my mum and we've been fighting over the products haha! You've included some of my favourites here, I really loved the Lip Glossy too x

    Sick Chick Chic

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    1. Ah I'm not surprised you're fighting over them they're all so good! xx

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  22. Oh my gosh, this calendar looks beyond amazing and I can see so many awesome products in there! Out of your favourites I'd love to try Pixi Brow Tamer, it sounds really good! And did I mention how pretty those little packages look? xx

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    1. They're so pretty aren't they and yes such good products :) xx

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  23. I've heard a lot about the Eyeko skinny liner!The pixi brow tamer is such a good one too. One can never have too many brow gels. Loved seeing all your faves!

    www.wildfirecharm.com

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    1. The liner is sooo good as is the brow tamer! Thank you :) xx

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  24. wow the products look so amazing! thank you for sharing this!


    www.staysya.blogspot.com

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    1. They are all so amazing, I was so pleased with it :) xx

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  25. I was lucky enough to have this beauty calendar too this Christmas and couldn't believe how many beautiful products were included!! I love the emma hardie cleanser and the Josh Wood hair oil!! Im also a huge fan of the Alpha H liquid gold so was super happy when I opened that too :) xxx

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    1. It's so full of great stuff isn't it! I really struggled to narrow my favourites down! xx

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