My Fantastic Beauty Surprise!

My fantastic beauty surprise!

I am a self-confessed competition addict. I love entering competitions, and I also have a pretty good track record of winning things. Most of the time I’ll share them on twitter or with friends, and that’s about it. This time though I think this haul deserves a blog post of it’s own! I’m also planning to review a lot of it so it’s been a great win in terms of blogging, and has come just at the right time. It also actually made me cry, which sounds dorky, I know. I entered the competition by Beauty Base just as I was beginning to get my meditation and daily life schedule back on track at the start of May. I was feeling really happy about how I was doing, and the competition required you to answer a question; why do you deserve to win this hamper? I always answer honestly and as my ME/CFS was the first thing on my mind at that moment, that is what I answered with. It wasn’t an aim at a sob story, it was just reality. I doubt that’s why I won. Competitions are done by random generations, it wouldn’t be fair otherwise. So this win represented a personal win too, almost like the universe was giving me a small pat on the back.

Now that I’ve rambled on I guess I should actually show you the goodies? 😉

My Beauty Prize - Opening the Box!

 

As you can imagine it took a while for them to get everything together and then of course I was away in London, so I had to wait until I got back to be able to open it! Despite our train being massively delayed and us getting home really late I had to delve into it and see everything for myself. I’d seen a photo with the competition but it’s never the same as actually holding things in your hand, being able to read the labels and of course, being able to pop the lid and smell them!

 

Beauty Prize - Everything Laid Out

 

As you can see it is quite a haul! It is huge and I’m really  chuffed with it. I use face masks, scrubs and sheets regularly to help keep my skin clear which in turns helps me control my skin picking. I’ve also found that face masks are brilliant for relaxing my facial muscles when I get a particularly bad migraine. Due to the difficulties with my migraines over the last few months my supply of face masks has been depleted so this couldn’t have come at a better time!

Here are some more photos so you can get a closer look at everything!

 

Beauty Prize - Ayumi face masks and washes

Beauty Prize - Ayumi Products

Beauty Prize - Byphasse Products

Beauty Prize - Dr Pawpaw, Technic Products and Perfume

Beauty Prize - Close up of the Technic glitter me up lipgloss

Beauty Prize - Face masks, sheets and pore strips

Beauty Prize - Himalaya Face Scrubs and Toothpaste

Beauty Prize - Himalaya Face Washes

 

I’ve used a Himalaya product before (their Almond & Cucumber Peel off face mask) and I’ve been quite happy with it so it was this brand that drew me to the competition in the first place. So I am super excited to be able to try so many of their products out now! I’ve also tried some Technic products before and been really happy with those. Otherwise the only other brand I recognise is Dr PawPaw which I’ve been eager to get my mitts on as it’s been taking the beauty world by storm and quite frankly I want to see if it’s worth the hype. There’s only a about 2-3 products in the whole bunch that aren’t useful to me and that’s the wrinkle ones! I don’t think I have wrinkles? I may try them to see – maybe I do have wrinkles and I’m just oblivious 😛

Overall I am really happy with it all. Now I just need to decide what to try first! Once I’ve found a home for everything… this has prompted me to have a much needed clean out and get rid of some things I’ve been holding onto for far too long. I’ve contacted a local women’s shelter and will be handing everything viable over to them so it goes to a good cause.

 

Over to you

Have you guys tried any of these brands? Is there anything here that tickles your fancy? Let me know because I’m happy to try something sooner if you would like to read the review – plus let’s be honest, I need the help in narrowing my choices down 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Beauty Products I loved in 2016 [Sharing Saturday]

Sharing Saturday: 2016 beauty products

 

I’m still playing catch up and working on end of the year/beginning of new year things, so this week I’m taking a look back at the beauty products I tried last year. Here are my top 4 recommendations!

 

 

Hide it! Concealer Palette

by Technic

 

Thanks to my dermatillomania spot out breaks for me are an even bigger nightmare. It has taken me years to finally find products that work for my skin and work to help hide the signs and scars. This product is not a BIG part of that routine (as you can see from the very used palette!). I find that I have two problems using just normal concealer; it doesn’t hide anything and makes it look even more big and obvious. By using the colour correcting concealers together I can merge and blend the perfect cover. And at £1.54 on Amazon, it’s an amazing price too! They also do a bigger 8 shade version as well which I might try in the future.

 

 

Lots of Bubbles Tantalising Gift Set

by I Love…Cosmetics

 

I tend to use a shower more than a bath and I prefer to have a variety of shower gels to use, not the same one every time. So I’m always on the look out for sets of small bottles of shower gels. This gift set by I Love… Cosmetics comes with 6 different flavours; coconut & cream, strawberries & cream, vanilla & ice cream (all pictured above), mango & papaya, lemons & limes, and raspberry & blackberry. I loved them! As you can see, there are only 3 left so they last quite a while and I also had the coconut & cream exfoliating shower smoothie (hence why the shower gel version is untouched so far) and that is also fantastic. These also double as bubble bath, so if you’re like me and use both or prefer one over the other you can still enjoy the gorgeous scents.

Their gift sets tend to come out more during the holiday season, but you can grab this one on Amazon for £9.99 and some of their others as well. Sadly it seems that some are only in holiday sets or have been retired, as their website only has certain flavours listed, as does Superdrug.

 

 

Hydro Boost

by Neutrogena

I was fortunate enough to get this to test from Bzz Agent and I was really happy with the product. As I’ve mentioned in previous product reviews, my skin does much better with light weight creams that hydrate. So this is perfect and it does exactly what it says it did. It hydrated and helped clean up my skin. There is one down side though; at £12.99 for 50ml it just isn’t worth it for the price. It’s good, and it does last a while, yet that is just a bit too pricey for my current budget. Especially if you use it every day, morning and night.

 

 

Flipbalm: Creamy Coconut

by Palmer’s

I am completely in love with this and have been addictively using it since I got it. It has done my lips a world of good and has a lovely sweet, but not sickening taste. The flip lid is easy to use, although it doesn’t travel very well and can open up in your bag if you’re not careful (yep, it happened). There’s plenty in it, so it’s a lip balm that will last a while no matter how often you use it! You can grab it for £4.99 from Amazon and other stockists. There are two other flavours; Juicy Watermelon and Ripe Mango.

Have you tried any of these? What did you think? What beauty products did you fall in love with in 2016?

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30 Beauty Advent Calendars for 2016

Sharing Saturday: Alternate Advent Calendars - Beauty

 

I love advent calendars, however, opening little doors just for a tiny bit of chocolate isn’t as appealing as it once was. I’ve been doing online advent calendars (I’ll introduce you to some at the beginning of December when they open!) for several years now, and last year I came across beauty advent calendars! This year I kept an eye out, found several different beauty ones as well as some other alternative advent calendars. So over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting the best ones I can find, starting last week with food and drink calendars. This week it’s time to show you the best beauty advent calendars for 2016!

Beauty advent calendars are a fantastic way to try some new products, as well as get travel sized goodies for travelling. I’ve split this one up into categories depending on what the advent calendars contain so that you can pick one that’s right for your needs!

 

Make Up

 

1 – House of Fraser Advent Calendar from House of Fraser, £20.00.

2 – Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £30.00.

3 – Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar from Superdrug, £15.00.

4 – W7 Cosmetics 2016 Advent Calendar from Groupon, £12.98.

5 – Technic Cube Beauty Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £10.00.

6 – MAD Beauty Bright Lights Advent Calendar from Mad Beauty, £19.99.

 

 

Nails

 

1 – Accentra Advent Calendar – Nail Polish from Amazon, £23.41.

2 – Boulevard de Beauté Nail Art Advent Calendar from Amazon, £19.99.

3 – Ciaté London Mini Mani Month 2016 Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, £50.00.

4 -Cheeky Advent Calendar from Cowshed, £50.00.

5 – Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Accessorize, £30.00.

6 – Pretty Professional Make Up Gifts – Christmas Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Amazon, £10.20.

 

Mixed Products

 

1 – 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar from The Body Shop (3 varieties available), £60.00, £80.00 and £99.00.

2 – Clarins Advent Calendar 2016 from Boots, £95.00.

3 – Feelunique Magic of Beauty Calendar from Feel Unique, £30.00.

4 – YOU Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 from You.co.uk, £69.95.

5 – Dirty Works Beauty Calendar from Sainsburys, £15.00.

6 – The Beauty Advent Calendar from ASOS, £50.00.

 

 

Body, Bath & Shower

 

1 – 12 Days of Christmas from Lush, £52.95.

2 – Sanctuary The Let Go Days of Christmas Advent Calendar from Boots, £25.00.

3 – Arran Aromatics A Sense Of Christmas Advent Calendar Gift Set from John Lewis, £45.00.

4 – Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar from Amazon, £15.91.

5 – Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, £150.00.

6 – Nuxe 10 Beauty Treasures from Feel Unique, £49.00.

 

 

Other

 

1 – Accentra Men’s Wellness and Beauty Advent Calendar from Amazon, £17.82.

2 – Beard Oil Christmas Advent Calendars from Not on the High Street, £30.00.

3 – ClarinsMen 12 Days of Christmas set from Selfridges, £65.00.

4 – Ghost 12 Days of Christmas Eau de Toilette Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £25.00.

5 – The Vintage Cosmetic Company 12 Days to a Beautiful Christmas Gift Calendar from Feel Unique, £58.50.

6 – Star Wars Fragrances Advent Calendar  from Amazon, £12.01.

 

 

Any of these tickle your fancy? Have you had a beauty advent calendar before, if so which one? Do you prefer one that has specific things (i.e. make up or skin care) or one that has a mixture? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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