Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 21-24

The day has finally come: time for my last advent calendar update. I am going to include my brief thoughts on the calendar as a whole at the end too.

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On the 21st I got a sample of Boots Botanics Heat Protection Shine Serum. I’m interested to try this as I don’t use a lot of hair products at the moment. For once I don’t mind it being a Boots own product as it’s a little out of the ordinary and the Botanics range is quite nice in general.

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Behind door 22 was a sample of Nails Inc polish in the colour Porchester Road. It isn’t something I would pick in a shop but actually it’s really nice and I wore it on Christmas Day with silver glitter over the top and it looked great. My only disappointment is the size – I don’t think a full size bottle would have broken the bank.

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I’m very intrigued by this gift: Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle. I hadn’t heard of this before but it sounds really cool, it is supposed to give you the volume and effect of back combing without having to wreck your hair by actually doing it. I’m looking forward to trying it!

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And finally, on December 24th I got a 17 (Seventeen) mascara. I was a bit surprised by this as I expected the best gift to be last. I’m sure this is great, but I think there were better gifts in the calendar.

So what were my overall thoughts? The calendar was a bit of a mixed bag. The nail polishes were a high point, as were the two Soap and Glory products. The Vichy samples are probably great for the older lady, but anti-aging is not something I think about yet. The low points were the terrible scrunchy and the perfume samples. I was looking forward to perfume samples but I was expected more than a tiny tube you could be given free in a magazine on any occasion. Overall I am glad I gave it a try, but I don’t think I would repurchase it next year as it didn’t wow me. I might look at getting a Benefit calendar next year instead.

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 16-20

I can’t quite believe how deliciously close we are to Christmas! It is so exciting! My post today is another advent calendar update because you seem to be enjoying them!

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When I first opened door number 16 I was a little disappointed because the gift was just a bog standard nail file. However, it actually turned out to be quite useful when I snapped a nail mere hours later!

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I am thrilled with what was behind door 17 though: a travel size pot of Flake Away scrub from Soap & Glory. I had never tried this before but I am really loving it; it smells divine!

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On the 18th I got yet another disappointing perfume sample. This one was a different fragrance by Ghost. It excited me so little I don’t even remember what it was.

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A lot of people really rate Carmex lip balms so I was excited to try this, however it just made my lips burn! Is it supposed to do that?

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I am so excited to show you this one! Door number 20 revealed a gorgeous Mavala nail polish: Pure Diamond. I can’t wait to wear this, Mavala nail polishes are amazing!

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 11-15

It’s that time again! A little later than planned, here is days 11-15 of my advent calendar!

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This is a sample of Ghost perfume. I gave it a sniff and I wasn’t impressed!

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Day 12 was a little disappointing. It was a Boots own polish to give shiny, glossy nails. I am not a label snob by any means, but from a luxury advent calendar I expect something a little nicer. I haven’t used this yet so it might surprise me.

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Behind Door 13 was the Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 for eyes and lashes. It is designed to reduce the appearance of aging by combating lines and wrinkles. I wouldn’t say I am their target market, but I might give it a go any way.

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Day 14 was a Juicy Couture perfume sample which I haven’t tried yet.

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And finally for this post, my 15th beauty treat is the Seventeen Tattoo Me, 48 hour eyeliner. I’m a bit sceptical about this. How can it really last 48 hours without smudging? What happens if you go wrong; can you get it off?

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It’s that time of year again – Christmas. I just love it. I decided to get in the mood for present wrapping by creating some festive nails!

I started with two coats of red polish. I used the Mavala London polish which I got in my Boots 24 Days of Beauty advent calendar. Next, I used Sellotape to make a straight line just under half way down my nail. I then painted two coats of Mavala Peacock Green onto the bottom half. Once this was dry, I paint the tips of my nails with Collection Hot Looks in Aztec Gold. I used some french manicure nail guides to help create the right shape. Overall I am pleased with the finished look, but as the green and gold polishes are quite shimmery, I wish the red was too so that it matched better.

Let me know what you think!

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Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 6-10

I can’t believe how quickly December is going. It’s literally flying by at a scary pace! So here’s another update on the goodies I have received in my advent calendar – doors 6-10.

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First up is the product I am most excited about from this batch: Vichy Idealia Life Serum. This is designed to improve the overall appearance of your complexion by tightening your pores and making your skin look more even. I haven’t been using it long enough to see a difference really, but I like the smell!

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My 7th gift was another perfume sample; again I am not too impressed by the fact it is a cheap free sample size. This perfume is Black Xs by Paco Rabanne, which is something I really didn’t expect to like, but I do! It has a nice floral scent but is still quite young and fruity at the same time, if that makes any sense…

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The least said about this one the better. I mean seriously, I paid £30 for this calendar and you are giving me a cheap crappy hair bobble? This went straight in the bin and I am seriously unimpressed Boots!

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Day 9 saw a bit of an improvement on day 8 as I opened the door to find a pretty hot pink nail polish from the Seventeen Supreme Shine collection. I haven’t used one of their nail polishes before, but a friend on Instagram tells me they are quite underrated, so I am looking forward to giving this a go.

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Finally is another product I am excited about: the Orly Bonder base coat. The fact that it has a rubberised formula is supposed to help your nail polish to adhere to it and last longer. I shall let you know how I find it.

That’s it for now. Check back in a few days time to see what is behind doors 11-20!

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar Days 1-5

As we have now hit the 5th of December, I thought some of you would like to see what has been behind doors 1-5 of my Boots Beauty Advent Calendar. The back does actually list all of the products inside, but I don’t like spoilers so I haven’t read it! Apologies for the rubbish quality of some of the photos. They were taken on my phone very early so I was a little tired!

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First was a travel size bottle of Soap and Glory Clean Girls Shower Gel.  This has a lovely vanilla fragrance with a subtle floral hint.

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Day two was a Balmi Moisturising Lip Balm in raspberry. If you haven’t heard of  these before, they are basically little cubes which reveal a cone shaped lip balm when you unscrew the lid. It’s cute!

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Day three is my favourite so far. It’s a full size Mavala nail polish in a gorgeous red colour called London. I’m new to Mavala polishes but I’m rapidly becoming a massive fan. They are very underrated in the UK!

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Door number 4 opened upwards which was really peculiar and had me fooled for a bit. It was 6.30am! This is a sample of  Nina Ricci’s Nina L’eau perfume. It’s a gorgeous smelling perfume, but I think a sample this size is a bit cheap for such an expensive advent calendar.

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The last door I have opened so far is number 5. It’s a sample of Rimmel’s Stay Matte foundation in Ivory. It’s a little dark for my skin tone, but I can just about get away with it. I wore it yesterday and it did indeed stay matte all day! It’s quite a good coverage foundation and I’d definitely consider a full size if I can get a better shade.

That’s it so far, stay tuned for another update in a few days!