Skin Saviour | Elemis Freshskin Matte Moisturiser

Elemis FreshSkin Moisturiser

Hi my name is Jacquelyn and I am the world’s worst blogger! Sorry people. I’m so bad, but blogging is a hobby right? And it’s difficult to fit it in sometimes when your working full time. Speaking of work, I just applied for a full time job at my work. Aaaaaah. Scary stuff. I’m nervous already. I hope they interview me. This kinda means I’m an adult. I just applied for an adult job. Not a graduate job. No. A real life adult job. I really hope they interview me, even if I am relatively inexperienced. I want this soooo bad. Will be weird getting interviewed by people I know. Do I picture them naked or not? One of lifes many dilemmas. I think I will probably try not picture them naked because that is the worst interview tactic anyone has ever told me. Anyway, I’m stressing out here for no apparent reason. Which brings me on to my skin saviour of the year.

I’ve banged on about Elemis Freshskin before, it is seriously good. Now I love Elemis, but I can’t afford £20 odd for a bottle of cleanser (the lime blossom cleanser is ah-mazing), so freshskin is right up my street. It is aimed at teens to mid twenties, but when did an age recommendation ever stop anyone using anything? ‘Oh look this moisturiser is for teenagers, I better not use it’ said no one ever. If we get into technicalities I am still early, verging on mid twenties so I fit the bill perfectly. My skin is weird – dry in places, but my nose? Well if you wanted to I’m pretty sure you could crack an egg on there and fry it some days. It has mahoosive pores in there too, kinda like looking at a greasy moon is the way I would describe it. Not cool. I’ve always been plagued with big, disgusting spots on my nose every now and again, but generally other than a few tiny white lumps here and there the rest of my skin is clear.

Freshskin

Moisturisers and skin care can be problematic. Do you buy one for dry skin and risk making the oil rig that is your nose worse? Or do you buy one for oily skin and end up turning the rest of your face into a dry and barren dessert? Or do you buy both and have two sets of skin care, taking up precious space in the shower? First world problems here. Well in my teenage years, I went with the latter. In my early twenties I went with the former. Neither was ideal. Now, well now I have found a moisturiser that works for me. Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce to you the Elemis Freshskin Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser.

The packaging is fairly plain and colour coded. Anything blue is for mattifying your skin and anything pink is for normal skin. I think that because this is fairly plain, you could give it to boys as well as girls. It is important to treat your teenage skin right –  I remember my brother looking after his and he has fabulous skin for a man now. I can see mums and grannies buying this for their teenagers for Chrimbo. Points to Elemis. The pump dispenser works and doesn’t clog, not much else to say here.

The texture, hmmm. Not too thick, not to watery. Exactly what you want from a moisturiser. It spreads evenly on the face and absorbs really well. Typically I give this around 5-10 minutes to soak in whilst I dry my hair before applying any makeup and I am left with no oily residue on my face. I do find that when I use this my nose gets marginally less oily during the day than if I don’t use it. Winner. This contains shea butter for added moistures and bergamot which is antiseptic to help reduce spots. It also contains cucumber and witch hazel, which are pretty common skin care ingredients for moisturising and fighting spots. I cant’t say that this noticeably reduces spots on it’s own, but combined with the serum from this range, it definitely does. Elemis don’t use any nasties – parabens, SLS etc in any of their products which is a bonus.

Okay, so the downside – it is quite pricey. £21 for a 50ml pot from Feel Unique. It is worth it though, trust me. It is my skin hero and a dessert island product.

Have you tried Freshskin? Did you love it as much as me? Can anyone recommend a nice face scrub, I am on the hunt?

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What I’ve Bought #6 – A Massive Haul

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Mac Lipstick, Urban Decay Anarchy and Laura Mercier Primer

This is so shameful I am going to have to split it in two. Please note that this is everything I’ve bought since Jan/Feb time, so it’s not really that bad? I’ve been missing for a few days after posting every day the past few weeks and that’s mainly because I wasn’t feeling too hot and was working this weekend. It was another Mercedes 1-2 though, so can’t complain 🙂 although I was man-marking my favourite driver on the grid – Jenson Button along with his team mate Kevin and the two Williams drivers. I haven’t actually watched the race yet, so don’t really have a clue what went on, but it is on my to do list! So much to do before I go on holiday on Thursday. Aaah. So this week I will probably only be posting every other day or so. Anyway, on with the haul (or part of it anyway).

First up are a few items I have already reviewed. I got this gorgeous Mac Lipstick in Angel as a present from my other half when we went shopping and I love it. So creamy and pigmented and it lasts on the lips so well. I love it and want another. I am a Mac convert!

Next up was the Urban Decay Anarchy palette, which was also a gift from my other half. Although I didn’t like this as much as the shattered face case, I can still see me using it a lot and I now have the problem of which one to pack for my weekend away? #bbloggerproblems

Finally in this pile was a Laura Mercier primer, which I picked up in a blog sale for £10! Bloggers be raving about this bad boy, so I had to try it. Disappointed I was not! The reason I haven’t reviewed this yet is because it is so expensive, but if anyone would like to see a review let me know! I still can’t believe I got this for a tenner (it was brand new as well).

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Cohorted Bargains! Real techniques, Mac Highlighter and Urban Decay Primer Potion

If you haven’t heard of cohorted, you are missing out. They have a twitter and facebook, so it is worth a search and a follow. Every Monday at 6pm UK time, they have a series of bargains going live. It’s similar to price drop Tv, where the more people that buy the cheaper it is. These Real Techniques Brushes have been on my wish list as I think the Bare Minerals brush is too scratchy for my skin now and they cost me under £14 all in! If you want a bargain, click fast as they sell out. You basically join the cohort and the lowest price is what you pay.

This limited edition Mac highlighter was another Cohorted buy for only £17.50! RRP £25. Woweee. I really want to highlight more often, and swatches of this revealed it would be perfect for my skin. Worth a try no?

Finally, the Urban Decay Primer potion. Well here is where it gets funny. I ordered one of these from cohorted at the price of £11.20 and they sent me two. I tweeted them with the error and they never replied, this says to me they don’t want the second one returned? I mean I am an honest person, so would return it, but they never replied, so their loss. Should I feel guilty? Oh just a heads up, I actually already own this so was buying for my next giveaway when I reach 200 bloglovin followers – now I have two I might do another random giveaway (maybe for my birthday?).

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Sleek Lovin’ Happened so fast

Wow, this Sleek obsession happened fast. Four blushes. Shades are Pumpkin, Pink Sprint, Antique and Pomegranate. You may remember me mentioning I loved the blush by 3 palette in Pumpkin in my Drugstore Makeup post? I hate Pink Sprint. I will probably sell this one in a blogsale. It doesn’t go with my skin at all. Oh well, at £10 for the palette these are a great way to try new shades. The singles are only £5 too and Antique is gorgeous, but pomegranate is horrible on me. Far too dark. I have to question why I ever thought these deep shades would suit me, cos they just don’t.

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Mac and Clinique Lovin

Moving on, some more Mac! I picked up this empty quad and the shade Jest in a blogsale and I think it was a tenner all in. I was dubious about Mac paint pots and didn’t want to pay full price for one, so got this one in the shade Rubenesque for £7 in the same blog sale. I love the formula of both the Mac eye products and Jest is my go to shade of the moment. Now I have tried these, I definitely don’t mind splurging on them and can’t believe someone sold these barely used (probably swatched at most) beauties off. Maybe they didn’t suit their skin tone – like my Sleek beauties?

Clinique chubby sticks! At last I have you in my clutches. It seems everyone raved about these, but again the price put me off. This little set of 3 miniature versions was a total steal, however they contain hardly any product. Are the full size ones just as stingy? The colour pay off is quite sheer, except the pink, but these are by no means intense like the name suggests. I still like them though.

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Bodyshop Haul

Since QVC stopped selling Ojon Hair stuff, I have been on the search for a good hair care regime on a budget. Herbal Essences was nice, but I settled on the Body Shop Rainforest Moisture and mine has just run out. Last week I picked up another bottle, along with Rainforest Colour to use twice a week to prolong my slightly lighter brown hair.  The lighter brown was a mistake, but my hair lightens easily in summer anyway, so I am keeping it. When I say lighter brown, it is still dark, but more of a medium brown now.

The four miniatures are some of my favourite BodyShop smells/items. I wanted the strawberry shower gel, but it was sold out, so settled on the body puree instead. Chocolate is a new try from the Bodyshop, so I hope I like. As for the Mango lotion and Grapefruit shower gel, these are two of my absolute favourite products (and satsuma too of course). These were bought for my long weekend away in June 🙂

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Drugstore Essentials

I actually bought 3 of those foot packs, but used one already haha. They are 99p and are basically plastic boots filled with lotion which you wear for 20 minutes. These are a god send when travelling and you have sore feet – exactly why I bought them. I also picked up some nail polish remover, deodorant and a lip butter which has been raved about by bloggers, Finally I was so happy last weekend when I found the inecto coconut hand cream in Bodycare for 99p in Leicester! I was rationing my tube as it is quite difficult to find, although I now know Savers and Bodycare sell it. It is Lush.

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More Drugstore

Maybelline Colour Tatoo. I had to buy one and I love it. I got the shade Taupe, which I used in my GRWM post and it is so long lasting.

These 3 nail art kits were only 99p each in Bodycare and are such a find. I’m wearing some of the blue studs right now and they are so far holding up quite well. Great for a  bit of fun.

Free Stuff

Free Stuff

I think I am going to leave my haul here, it has got rather long. This little Aromatherapy Associates kit was free with a magazine. When I say free, I mean I actually paid the £4 or whatever to buy this and it came with a free magazine. Haha.

The Fearne nail wraps and Bio Effect were a gift from my mum and the Eyeko eyelash curlers came free with a magazine. This time I actually wanted to read the magazine…

Boy that was a big haul. I can’t believe there is more! I have issues. If there is anything you would like a review of, let me know and I will try my best. I usually like to test things for a few weeks prior to writing a review, but will let you know 🙂

What have you been buying recently? Do you own any of these products?

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Benefit It’s Potent Brightening Eye Cream |Review

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Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream

 I think I’ve mentioned this wonder in passing a few times before. I love it. I initially got a miniature version of this in the Little Love Potions Kit I bought last year to sample a few Benefit products and I was not disappointed. I have suffered from Dark circles for as long as I can remember. I can remember being in primary 6 at school and sitting in the classroom next to a really tall lanky girl. I was paranoid about my legs being bigger than hers and was wearing the oh so fashionable lycra shorts. It wasn’t a fat comment that stuck with me, it was a black eye comment. This little girl who was from a pretty rough family and was always a bit smelly had the cheek to tell me it looked like I had two black eyes. Since then I have been paranoid about my dark circles. Countless people have commented and nothing, I mean nothing shifts them. This cream hasn’t shifted them but it has helped the dry patches a lot and I think they are a tiny bit lighter but I could be imagining things.

What Benefit Say…

‘Your eyes can’t keep a secret…they’re the first to show signs of age & stress. It’s potent! eye cream fades dark circles & helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger-looking eyes. Contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts and loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage.’ – Benefit

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The faux cork lid

What I Say…

I love the glass jar with the faux cork lid, it is very chic and elegant and looks great on my dresser. I need to be careful with the glass jar as I already smashed a glass bottle of Bio Effect Serum – D’oh. The cream has a slight scent to it, but nothing too offensive. It’s a difficult smell to describe – just very fresh and clean smelling. The ingredients of this are pretty disappointing as it contains loads of parabens and alcohol. Parabens are used as a preservative and I wouldn’t expect a high end and expensive eye cream such as this to contain them. Sadly it does contain parabens but this isn’t enough for me to stop using it (unless someone comes up with solid evidence to say parabens cause cancer, in which case I will stop using immediately).

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Look how retro the glass jar looks

The texture of the cream is quite thick and when applied to the eye area it has a lovely cooling effect. I usually dab my ring finger in this and dot it under my eye and on the lid and it is quickly absorbed. You know sometimes you get moisturisers or creams that totally ruin the way makeup is applied, this doesn’t do that. It is really light once on the skin and absorbs so quickly but I usually wait 10 or 15 minutes before applying any makeup. I’ve found this to be really moisturising and it has helped my dry under eyes so much. The claims of reducing dark circles, it hasn’t got rid of mine but I don’t think anything ever will and to be honest I didn’t expect it to. I really love this stuff – I had two miniature jars prior to purchasing this big jar and I know it will last me a while so it worth the splurge.

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Benefit It’s Potent in the jar

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

I really do adore this eye cream and I think I’ve found the perfect one for me. I have struggled in the past with so many duds and for a while just didn’t use one. I now have a few fine lines under my eyes and it makes me wonder that if I had used one religously would I have these lines? When this runs out I will repurchase as I think it is worth the splurge. You can buy a 14.2g pot from Benefit for £25.50.

Have you tried any of the Benefit Skin care line? What’s your go to eye cream? Does anyone else suffer from dry patches around the eyes like me?

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Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream – Review

wpid-PicsArt_1386253039844.jpgYou may remember me posting this little sample a few months ago in my Benefit haul? Well I totally forgot I even had this until I was rummaging through my bathroom cupboard around a month ago to see what needed used up. In the time between my Benefit haul and now, I had fallen in love with their It’s Potent Eye Cream and as such decided to but a mini skin care pack, which included this face cream in it. I swiftly decanted this into my tiny pot of face cream and began moisturising.

What Benefit Say?

‘Say good-bye to dry skin and hello to “total moisture.” This facial cream provides concentrated immediate & long-term hydration for a radiantly refreshed complexion. Our exclusive tri-radiance complex helps develop the skin’s reserves of water & reinforce skin’s moisture barrier. Contains mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture. For normal to dry skin.In consumer testing, 100% of people tested felt that their skin was immediately and intensely quenched.’ – Benefit

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

Packaging

I am basing my thoughts on the miniature jar I have and looking at the pictures on benefit’s website, the full size jar looks much ans such the same. I love that this face cream comes in a very vintage feeling and robust glass jar. It just looks so classy. I am very wary now as I managed to shatter my bottle of Bio Effect EGF Serum at the weekend by dropping it in the sink. Total bummer as I had just started to see real results with it in terms of skin smoothness. The packaging is typical to Benefit and I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t think it is cute.

Ingredients

This contains alcohol. Great if you like rubbing alcohol on your skin, but not so great if you have sensitive skin. I have to question why alcohol is in here. I mean why? It’s a moisturiser and alcohol dries the skin. Seems counter intuitive. Anyway, I haven’t noticed this being overly drying and it is pretty good at its job, so maybe we can just pretend it isn’t there?

I was pleased that there isn’t any parabens in here! Yay! And the inclusion of mango seed butter made me happy. So alcohol aside, the ingredients don’t shout out as being too nasty to me.

Look at that Cute Little Jar

Look at that Cute Little Jar

Texture and Moisture Factor

The texture of this is very light and the smell is a clean one. I know that makes no sense, but I can’t actually pin point what the smell is, it eludes me. It is sweet and girly, but also very clean and fresh smelling. Benefit have really created a magic smell there. The cream applies well and soaks in pretty fast, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth. I would have liked if this was slightly thicker, but that is just my personal preference. This isn’t the most moisturising moisturiser I have ever tried, but it does pack some punch. After using this for a couple of weeks, the dry patches on my nose, cheeks and under eyes had not totally cleared up, but they had noticeably improved so I suppose that means it is doing its job. I find that a blueberry sized blob of this is enough for my neck and face, so this little jar will probably last me another while.

Total Moisture Face Cream

Total Moisture Face Cream

Price and Where to Buy

This is an expensive moisturiser and comes in at £27.50 for 48.2g from Benefit.

Final Thoughts

I did like this moisturiser and it did work well under make-up, reducing my dry patches, but I think it is quite pricey. If it was a few quid cheaper I would probably repurchase, sadly I have a lot of half opened tubes of moisturiser in my cupboard, so maybe one of those will fare just as well for cheaper?

Have you tried any of the Benefit skincare? What is your favourite moisturiser? Any budget friendly recommendations with no parabens?

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Value for Money? – The You Beauty Advent Calendar Cost Breakdown

The entire contents of the You Beauty advent calendar 2013. Stand out products for me include Neom and Caudalie hand creams, balance me body wash and steam cream

The entire contents of the You Beauty advent calendar 2013. Stand out products for me include Neom and Caudalie hand creams, balance me body wash and steam cream

Before we get into it, this is a long post and probably nobody is interested/will actually read the whole thing. Due to the sheer amount of products, I haven’t included individual photos of everything. Okay, so just a round up post I suppose on everything received in the You Beauty advent calendar with costs of what it would cost to buy. The calendar cost around £55 with postage and You Beauty claim it is worth £240. We shall put this claim to the test, as being an engineer I have learned to prove everything myself. I won’t include any of the savings you can make in the total, just the physical cost of what I have next to me right now, in other words what came out the calendar. I will also include links to each daily post, as well as links to the websites that you can purchase products from. I have also included a quick one liner on my initial thoughts of whether I would purchase again.

Day 1 – Black Rose Cream Mask 10ml

Retails at £93 per 60ml tube direct from Sisley Paris. I actually really liked this and it definitely made my skin lovely and soft, but I don’t think it is worth the price tag as I have a similar product from the Bodyshop that is about a tenner for twice as much product.

Repurchase? No

Estimated Sample Cost £15.50

Day 2 – Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream Feuille de Cassis 30ml (Full Size) 

This retails at £6 for a 30ml tube direct from Caudalie. I loved the smell of this and would be interested to try the other two scents available. The hand cream has quickly made its way into my make-up bag for use everyday and it was very moisturising.

Repurchase? Yes

Estimated Sample Cost £6

Day 3 – ESPA Refining Skin Polish 7ml and Optimal Skin Pro Serum 4ml (plus a £15 gift card)

The Refining Skin Polish retails at £13 for a 15ml jar direct from ESPA. You can get a larger jar, but it is more expensive at £25.50 for 55ml. This is a great micro exfoliant and smelled very luxurious. I am not sure if I like it as much as the Philosophy Mircodelivery, so will make my mind up once I finish the little tube, but it did make my skin super soft. I’ve based the sample cost on the larger jar.

Repurchase? Possibly, undecided as of yet.

Estimated Sample Cost £3.25

The Optimal Skin Pro Serum retails at £48 for 30ml from ESPA, so is fairly pricey. I didn’t like the smell of this oil serum, but the texture was nice. It left my skin feeling moisturised, so I probably will use the whole bottle, but I won’t enjoy it much.

Repurchase? No

Estimated Sample Cost £6.40

Day 4 – Leighton Denny Expert Nail Colour in Vamp 4.6ml

A full size Leighton Denny nail colour costs £11 for 12ml from Leighton Denny direct. I got this colour in a set of Leighton polishes before and didn’t like it, so sadly I will be gifting this to someone. I can say that Leighton Denny applies well, dries quickly to a glossy finish and generally wears quite well.

Repurchase? Yes, in a different colour

Estimated Sample Cost £4.22

Day 5 – Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash 100ml

This little beauty retails from Balance Me for £10.25 for 260ml. This is a great shower gel, it smells nice, contains no nasties and leaves my skin nice and clean without drying it out.

Repurchase? Yes, once I have depleted my massive stash

Estimated Sample Cost £3.94

Day 6 – Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation 7.5ml

You can buy this foundation for £47 for a 30ml bottle from Perricone. I don’t like this foundation, I think maybe I am in the wrong age bracket. I wasn’t even sure what this was meant to be? A BB cream? A foundation? Something else? I have passed this onto my auntie, so maybe she will get on better with it than me. It is also a bit expensive for a foundation.

Repurchase? No.

Estimated Sample Cost £11.75

Day 7 – The Vintage Cosmetics Company Limited Edition Christmas Tweezers (Full Size)

The Vintage Cosmetic Company sell these tweezers and other designs for £8. Not much to say about these, except they are nice and sharp and catch the hairs well. They are as good as Tweezerman, but I still think I prefer my Tweezerman as they have slightly more spring if that makes sense?

Repurchase? No, I don’t need more Tweezers. I will however buy more things from this company in future.

Estimated Sample Cost £8

Day 8 – Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil 7.5ml

Aromatherapy Associates sell this gorgeous oil for £39 for 55ml, which is quite pricey. I did rally like this oil, it wasn’t that horrible greasy way that some can be and smelled gorgeous. A few drops filled my bathroom with the aromatic scent, it certainly did relax me, I am not sure about giving me strength etc.

Repurchase? Yes, but most likely more miniatures, not full size bottles.

Estimated Sample Cost £5.32

Day 9 – Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream 25ml

A 60ml tub of this cream will set you back £28.50 from Trilogy. This smells lovely, is very rich and moisturising and is certified natural. It contains lots of oils and that is probably why it left my skin nice and soft.

Repurchase? Maybe, I like my current night cream and it is cheaper.

Estimated Sample Cost £11.88

Day 10 – Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Gun Metal 1.2g (Full Size)

This unusual eyeshadow is available from Inika for £14.50 for 1.2g. Inika is certified organic and Vegan and the eyeshadow is surprisingly good quality. It is long lasting and applies well. This isn’t my favourite colour, but I may wear it on special occasions again.

Repurchase? Yes, I will try other products

Estimated Sample Cost £14.50

Day 11 – SteamCream 75ml (Full Size)

Other tin designs are available to purchase from Steam Cream for £12.95 each. I’ve had a tin of this before and I love it. It is a great all purpose moisturiser and I especially love the vast range of tin designs available. I may start a collection. This sinks in well and is non-greasy.

Repurchase? Yes

Estimated Sample Cost £12.95

Day 12 – Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope 1.5ml

Stila sell these glosses at £15 for a 2.4ml size. This is a suit all colour and my mum loves it, but I can’t bring myself to like it as Stila test on animals. It is a nice colour, but I can’t help but think of the poor little animals.

Repurchase? No. Poor animals

Estimated Sample Cost £9.38

Day 13 – Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist 4ml, cleanser 7ml, serum concentrate 4ml, eye serum sachet and relief masque sachet

So obviously I can’t cost the two sachets, which I haven’t used yet as I am saving them for travel, but I will give costs for the other three. A 250ml bottle of the cleanser retails for £26.30 from Dermalogica. The cleanser was nice, but nothing special. It didn’t leave my skin tight or dry and seemed to remove all my make-up.

Repurchase? No, I think there is better for the money

Estimated Sample Cost £0.74

The Ultra Calming mist is available from Dermalogica for £27.60 for 177ml. This was nice and cooling, but a little oily so not recommended after make up. I think this would be lovely on a hot day after a swim in the pool on holiday, so I am putting it away in case I get on holiday next year. Unlikely. I don’t think it does much for the skin though.

Repurchase? Yes, if it wasn’t so expensive

Estimated Sample Cost £0.62

The Ultra Calmins Serum Concentrate can be purchased from Dermalogica for £51.30 for 50ml. I liked the feel of this on my skin, it glided on smoothly. It was a little watery and runny for my liking, but smelled great.

Repurchase? No, again too expensive and not any better than my current serum

Estimated Sample Cost £4.10

Day 14 – Green People Anti Age Eyeliner in City Grey (Full Size)

This is a new product from Green people and can be purchased for £10.95 direct from Green People. I am passing this onto my Aunt, but my Mum has given me her thoughts on the one from her calendar. Apparently this is very soft , applies well and will last for around 8 hours (not as long as her gel eyeliner, but still good).

Repurchase? Yes, she would buy it again

Estimated Sample Cost £10.95

Day 15 – Bio Effect EGF Serum 2.5ml

If you are feeling like you need to splash the cash, you can purchase a full size 15ml bottle of this direct from BioEffect for £125. This is vey expensive, which worried me that I would end up loving it. I haven’t noticed any difference in pigmentation of my dark circles, but I do plan on using the whole bottle. It applies well, feeling very silky on my skin and you do only need a little bit so it will last for ages.

Repurchase? No, far too expensive

Estimated Sample cost £20.83

Day 16 – Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rollerball 15ml (Full Size)

So upon visiting the Dr Organic website, it redirects you to Holland and Barrett, where you can pick up this 15ml tube for £8.99. This has a massive accolade of awards from the likes of Cosmopolitan, Beauty Bible and Pure Beauty. The rollerball is extremely cooling on the eye area and does reduce puffiness, so I like it alone for that. Even if the ingredients are a little weird, I do like this. Yeast or no yeast, this is going to get used and I may even check out some other products from this brand as it is pretty extensive and purse friendly.

Repurchase? Yes

Estimated Sample Cost £8.99

Day 17 – DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Mini 30ml (Full Size)

DHC are a Japanese brand and if you fancy trying out the Deep Cleansing Oil you can find it in miniature size for £4.50. Well they say fight oil with oil right? So I gave this a try and was’t keen. I mean slathering oil on your face feels just wrong. My mum however loved this and I would say her skin is probably a lot drier than mine, so maybe those with dry skins will love this? It wasn’t bad, and does smell great, just wasn’t for me unfortunately.

Repurchase? No

Estimated Sample Cost £4.50

Day 18 – Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips 15ml (Full Size)

Once you get past the initial giggle at the name, you can find this from the Beauty Bay for £11.50 for the 15ml tube. This is really thick and I didn’t like it for lips. It did help take the itch out of the dermatitis on my hand and I think it will make a decent cuticle balm.

Repurchase? Yes

Estimated Sample Cost £11.50

Day 19 – Model Co Mascara (Full Size)

If you can overlook the poor packaging of this, you can purchase it from Model Co for £10. I didn’t like this. The packaging looks and feels cheap and the formula is quite thick. I have only tried it once and vowed to never use it again, but in the name of blogging I will try again and update you if I like it.

Repurchase? No

Estimated Sample Cost £10

Day 20 – Q Awe Body Spray 100ml (Full Size)

Q body sprays retail for £2.29 per 100ml from Boots. I am not a massive body spray fan and this wasn’t my favourite smell ever. I will use this, it will probably live in my gym bag, which never sees the light of day haha. I imagine someone who uses bodysprays regularly might quite like this, but I always find bodysprays smell quite gassy.

Repurchase? No

Estimated Sample Cost £2.29

Day 21 – Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist 30ml

If you fancy picking this up, you can find a 125ml bottle on the Beauty Bay for £19.75. (EDIT currently in the sale for £15.60). This is growing on me, I can’t quite seem to get the right quantity though. I either see no effect of use too much and it weighs my hair down and makes it oily. I shall persevere.

Repurchase? Possibly

Estimated Sample Cost £4.75

Day 22 – Neom Luxury Organics Moroccan Blush Rose Hand Cream 50ml

I was surprised that this only costs £20 for a 75ml tube from Neom. Yes, that is expensive, but I was judging purely on the cost of the candles. This is a really lovely, non-greasy cream, which smells of roses. It is not the traditional old lady rose smell, but a very contemporary smell. I like how moisturising this is and it is a welcome addition to my stash.

Repurchase? Possibly for a treat

Estimated Sample Cost £15.33

Day 23 –  Weleda Skin Food 10ml

If you fancy this super hydrating cream, you can purchase a 30ml tube for £5.95 from Weleda. This is really thick and moisturising and I think it will be great for my eczema. It doesn’t really smell of much to me and I wasn’t too taken with it at first, but it is growing on me.

Repurchase? Possibly

Estimated Sample Cost £1.98

Day 24 – Roques ONeil Himalayan Detox Salts 100g (Full Size) 

If you fancy some bath salts from Roques ONeil, these will set you back £10 for 100g. I haven’t used these yet, purely because I haven’t had the time. These do smell really quite lovely and I think it is the lavender and geranium which is most prominent. I could smell these from day 1 in my calendar and I am pretty excited to use them. Supposedly the pouch will do 2-3 baths, but in my minute eco bath I reckon I will get 6-8 baths.

Repurchase? Maybe

Estimated Sample Cost £10

So in the calendar we got a massive 11 full size products, a £15 gift card, loads of great trial sizes and discounts. I am really chuffed with the calendar and hope they do one next year, as I would definitely repurchase. Now…..the moment you have all been waiting for.

I somehow managed to stuff most of this into my little Benefit make-up bag.

I somehow managed to stuff most of this into my little Benefit make-up bag.

Total Estimated Sample Cost £219.67 (not including the £15 gift card)

Obviously these are only my estimates based on full price, but this does come pretty close to the quoted £240.

Did you have an advent calendar this year and would you consider this one? Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?