Monday, 20 November 2017

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2017

The M&S Beauty Advent calendar is a thing of sheer beauty.

Worth a staggering £250 it is packed full of some of the most cult beauty products that the store has to offer.

It really is the ultimate gift for any beauty lover.

Nestled within the fabulously designed calendar you’ll products from brands such as Emma Hardie, Pixi, REN, Alpha H, Nuxe and many many more.

I LOVE the design of the calendar this yeah!

Unlike a traditional calendar which sees you open a door a finding a gift hidden behind it, this calendar is made up from 25 individual boxes, each of which houses a lovely little product.

It is a gorgeously 3D, festive treat and I love that you cannot tell what shape the product will be and therefore cannot even guess what your daily gift will be!

As like my previous calendar posts I won’t post the entire contents list in the body of my post, I’ll pop it at the end so as not to spoil the surprise, instead I’ll introduce you to a select few products that you’ll be lucky enough to receive in this calendar.

First up is the Rodial dragon's blood sculpting gel. This revolutionary anti-aging gel plumps sagging skin through stimulating the production of collagen to help your skin appear firmer and more lifted. 

This bestselling product is ideal for those with stressed or sensitive skin and who wish to achieve firmer, lifted facial contours.

Next is a Shay & Blue blood oranges fragrance.

 I LOVE Shay & Blue so was thrilled to see this in the calendar. This 10ml spray costs £25 alone so the calendar really is value for money. This Award-winning fragrance has been described by a top perfume critic as a modern "cult classic".

 It is a richly refreshing fragrance with juicy bursts of blood orange underpinned with an opulent, sensual blend of musk, woods and passionate leather. Different and stylish, it’s a gorgeous scent!

The Eyeko black magic mascara is awesome. The curvaceous wand creates a fabulous curl, volume and lash lengthening while its carbon black finish really makes your lashes stand out.

Korres wild rose advanced repair sleeping facial is a brand best seller. 

This brightening night cream is infused with wild rose oil to help evens out skin tone, repairs fine lines, moisturizes, heals, and softens skin. It’s a mask that does it all!

The Filorga meso mask has been directly inspired by mesotherapy treatments practiced in the doctor's office to brighten the skin for a luminous and radiant complexion, while treating wrinkles and erasing all signs of tiredness. 

Apply to your face and leave for 15-30 minutes before removing to reveal a fresher more beautiful complexion.

Lastly is Nuxe’s prodigieux shower oil. This super gentle and beautiful shower oil gently cleanses your skin leaving behind the iconic and delicate fragrance of their Huile Prodigieuse®. 
The M&S Beauty advent calendar costs £250 to buy outright BUT can be bought for a fraction of that price at £35 when you spend £35 on clothing and/or homewear. 

Amazing right! Now here’s the bad news. 

They have already sold out online so you’ll need to hot foot it to your nearest M&S store to take advantage of this incredible offer.

As promised, here is the full list of the other items included within the calendar;

1x 50ml Alpha H liquid gold rose
1x 50ml Ameliorate skin transforming body lotion
1x 15ml Autograph hydrating primer
1x 10ml Balance Me radiance face oil
1x Full size Diego Dalla Palma ciglione mascara
1x 15ml Emma Hardie moringa balm
1x 15ml Formula innovate radiance reveal peel
1x 15ml Gatineau melatogenine aox advanced rejuvenating cream
1x 12ml Leighton Denny exclusive glitter nail polish
1x 10ml Nails Inc Exclusive one coat gel nail polish
1x 50ml Percy & Reed session hold hair spray
1x 10ml PUR correcting primer illuminate & glow
1x 10ml Ren Instant firming beauty shot
1x 50ml Rosie for Autograph amazing radiance body glow
1x 1.5ml Stila all day liquid lipstick
1x M&S Cosmetic bag
1x Full Size Ultrasun ultralip or 1x Look good feel better sculpting sponge

Saturday, 18 November 2017

YSL Black Opium Pure Illusion

Black Opium Pure Illusion by YSL has to be quite possibly one of my all time favourite scents.

While the fragrance within is the same iconic scent as the original Black Opium, the bottle has been redesigned to represent the scent as a modern classic for modern heroines.

This limited edition bottle also offers a clue to the intoxicating scent within. The contrast between the light and dark elements of the bottle is a reflection of the composition of the perfume.

Clever eh.

This limited edition bottle is in the same form as the original but is emblazoned with funky black glittery and electric pink lines.

Sophisticated yet edgy, this eye catching bottle is the perfect representation of the perfume within.
Opium Pure Illusion is categorised as an Oriental scent but is warmer, softer and sweeter than most orientals.

The fragrance opens with notes of sweetened black coffee, mandarine and bergamot, offering a distinctive and gourmand experience.

Heart notes of organge blossom, tuberose and jasmin sambac create a sparkling yet light balance and base notes of white musk, vanilla beans and cashmeran blend together leaving a sensual and creamy addictive fragrance. 

Sophisticated and intoxicating, Black Opium Pure Illusion emanates a warmth and softness that you’ll find hard to resist. 

Delicate enough for day wear yet irresistible and deep enough for evening wear it is the perfect year round scent and lets be honest, the new bottle is pretty cool too.

YSL Black Opium Pure Illusion is available now and costs £71 for 50ml.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Lancôme Limited Edition Cushion Highlighter

HOW beautiful is this Limited Edition Cushion Highlighter from Lancôme!

Created by fashion designer Olympia Le Tan this collector’s edition features a case covered with an super cute embroidered badge.

Best known for her classic book clutches Olympia has succeeded in creating a poetic and original makeup collection.

Once you’ve gotten over the beauty that is the packaging be prepared to be shocked by the product itself!

This is the first liquid highlighter in a cushion compact and features all the vitality and freshness of a liquid highlighter in a portable cushion! 

I was convinced this must be a foundation when I first received it but I can confirm that it is definitely a highlighter and a very pretty one at that.

The handy compact don’t just look good, it contains everything you need to create a look to make your skin glow!

Within the compact is a velvety soft sponge, a small mirror and of course the cushion product itself.

The highlighter is a beautiful, soft and subtle natural shade which will suit and flatter any skin tone.

The cushion is perfect for ensuring effortless application leaving your cheekbones instantly sculpted and highlighted.

The highlighter fluid within the cushion is super lightweight in texture and is absorbed into your skin quickly. 

The soft applicator ensures your make up beneath is not disturbed and you are left with a pretty, subtle yet noticeable glow, or a ‘veil of luminosity’ which I think sounds rather nice!

Lancôme’s Highlighter Cushion has to be one of my favourite highlighters. Not only is it exquisitely packaged its form is so modern and unique that it really appeals to my love of all things a bit different.

The shade is universally flattering and offers just the right amount of shimmer without leaving you looking like a glitter ball.

All in all, there’s nothing not to love about it.

Lancôme’s Limited Edition Cushion Highlighter is available now and costs £30.
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