Friday, 7 December 2018

Beauty | The Look Fantastic advent calendar. Week 1. First impressions.

It's very rare that I actually treat myself, but this year I've been particularly indulgent & bought myself the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar... I'm blaming the pregnancy hormones. I've had the advent calendar stashed at the back of my wardrobe since it came out two months ago, in fact I very nearly almost forgot to open it on December 1st. Thankfully however that loss of memory didn't last too long!

I'm going to be doing a week by week run through of what's behind each door, give you my first impressions & at the end whether I think the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar is actually worth it.
Day 1. HD Brows X Look Fantastic Contour & Colour Pro Palette.
Well this is a bloody good one to start with isn't it - What a way to get a gal hooked into a beauty advent calendar! I didn't realise HD Brows did products that weren't anything to do with brows... Just call me a pants, naive beauty blogger! But boy as soon as I saw this, my eyes lit up, much to my husbands amusement - I was excited for this one! The palette contains 6 shades, three powder foundations, a bronzer, highlight & a blush - Everything you'd ever need for perfecting a flawless base. I'm not overly into powder foundations, however I'm planning on using these shades for setting, & mattifying... On the contrary, the bronze, highlight & blush tones I will be having an absolute field day with - I've found as we've come into Autumn/Winter I've definitely been applying more bronzey tones to my face.
*RRP £60.00

Day 2. Filorga Anti Ageing Micellar Cleansing Solution.
Admittedly this one seemed a little lack luster after yesterdays goodie, but I know for a fact this micellar water is something I'm going to use till it's empty & more than likely enjoy. My only concern is how this will compare to my usual Garnier micellar water, which comes in at a fraction of the price... Call me a cynic, but surely there's can't be much difference from one micellar water to another.
*RRP £2.50 for 50ml.

Day 3. Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm.
After chopping my locks off a few weeks ago, I was more than happy to see the Wonder Balm behind door number three. This was also the first product I'd revealed where I could smell it before I could see it, which enticed me greatly. It was almost like when you can smell something delicious cooking before you're about to eat it & your mouth starts salivating. Yupp Claire... Exactly like that! Haha. The day after shampooing & conditioning, my hair is always really static and super difficult to work with so I'm hoping the wonder balm will combat my weekly dilemma.
*RRP £7.20 for 30ml.
Day 4. Glamglow Gravity Mud Mask Firming Treatment.
Glamglow seems to have taken the beauty world by storm over the last year or so, however it's a brand I'm still yet to try. I've always been a big face mask fan, so should really have tried Glamglow before but in all honesty it's always been the price that had put me off purchasing, especially when there's such great cheaper alternatives out there. I'm not sure if a firming treatment is right for me at this time of year, as my skin is already quite dry but I am looking forward to giving this a go and dipping my toes into the brand.
*RRP £12.60 for 15g.

Day 5. Blink Brow Bar Brow Build.
I'm all for brow products, and definitely already have my favourites which I've been using on a daily basis for the last few years, none of which are pencils like this one. Currently I flit between the Soap & Glory Brow Archery, Sleek Eyebrow Stylist & the New Cid Cosmetics I-Groom - I'm such a brow product hussy! All three of these tools are pretty similar in the sense that they're all tapered and super easy to manage. I've found that I can be quite heavy handed when it comes to using traditional brow pencils so I'm not too sure how I'm going to get on with this one, or even what the colours going to be like on me, but I'll be sure to give it a go & report back.
*RRP £16.00.

Day 6. Emma Hardie Brilliance Face Oil
Emma Hardie to me means the ultimate in luxury skincare, I've used the Emma Hardie cleansing balm before and absolutely loved it, so when I saw the EH logo on this little bottle I was more than excited. Face oils aren't something I'm used to using so it'll be nice to have a little bit of luxury in my skincare routine.
*RRP £6.50 for 5ml
Day 7. Eyeko Mini Black Magic Mascara.
Eyeko is another brand I've not tried before, I've always heard of them and have quite often looked at their brow products, but never their mascaras for some reason. Luckily this has come at the exact right time as I'm on the last few dregs on a few that I'm currently using - The only one I have topped up is the Too Faced Better Than Sex, which I have in a waterproof mascara, and is sometimes a little heavier than what I'd want for a daily basis. I've had a little peak and if the brush on this mascara wand is anything to go by, I'm going to love using this product - I can't wait to get using this one.
*RRP £5.00 for 2ml.

My first week of Look Fantastic products has definitely been of variety, something I'm more than happy about. I wanted an advent calendar which introduced me to a wide selection of new brands and new products, which all seven of these goodies are.
So far I'm mostly looking forward to using the Emma Hardie Brilliance Face Oil and the Eyeko Mini Black Magic Mascara, as I can already see myself loving both of these products. The Filorga Anti Ageing Micellar Cleansing Solution is probably at the bottom of my 'to try' list but only because like I say I'm struggling to see how can this differ to anything I'm currently using.

I'm hoping once I've opened all 25 days & had a proper chance to use everything to put a blog post together of what I've loved & equally what'd not floated my boat so much. Is this something you'd be interested in seeing?

Have you got an alternative (non chocolate) advent calendar this year?

Claire.X

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