Advent Calendar Haul | Week 1


One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the buildup. Something is so magical about the excitement people feel before the big day. Also.. in England, currently, it’s snowing. Which is hasn’t done properly down in the London area for a good few years… so I’m feeling more excited than usual! So, I feel like it’s the PERFECT day to let you all know what I got in my advent calendars this week.

If you want to know which advent calendars I have this year, you can read my full blog post on them (including prices) here. I am discussing with you everything I’ve received in the last week, whether I’ve tried it or not.



Rosie for Autograph Body Glow | This is a lightly tinted lotion. At 50ml it’s a good size. The Rosie for Autograph range is really luxurious and quite a grown up, natural collection… so I can’t wait to try it.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara | I’ve tried this stuff before. I would have to say, it’s not my favourite mascara in the world.. but it’s really not bad, and I would definitely use it.

NUXE Prodigieux Huile de Douche | I don’t actually like this stuff. Controversial maybe. But it’s how I feel. Basically it’s a shimmery shower gel, and while it feels and smells super luxurious, the glitter in it just aggravates me. I’d rather it just be a normal shower gel.

Radial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel | This is such a cute little package, it’s 15ml. From what I can work out, it’s a moisturiser… which I have a heck of a lot of, but I still can’t wait to give it a go.

Filorga Meso-Mask | I love face masks! I really do. And this one is all about illumination and brightness, so for when my skin if looking and feeling a little dull, I can’t wait to try this.

Gatineau Melatogenine Aox Probiotics | Probably won’t use this much, as it’s designed to reduce wrinkles.. and I’m 22… but let’s see.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick | I love these, I own three of them already (review to come). This is in the shade Perla, and it’s a beautiful, natural, pink-rose colour.



I lost one of them when I was unboxing for my YouTube channel… so I don’t remember what it should be, but maybe it’ll turn up.. However, here are the other 6;

NIP + FAB Glycolic Fix Serum | Serums are one of those things I haven’t really gotten into. However, NIP + FAB is such a good skincare brand, and I have got on with them so well, I really look forward to trying this one.

Caudalie Vinosource | I’ve had a lot of these over the past years, and it’s a really lovely light-weight moisturiser, which is perfect for the Summer months.

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo | This has a slightly… interesting scent. However, it’s a purple coloured shampoo (not sure if that’s on purpose) and I have blonde hair… so I can’t wait to try it

Lottie London Arch Rival | I already know I don’t like this product (I’ve tried it before), however it’s nice to include it, and some people might really get on with it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer | One of my favourite foundation primers of all time, and it’s great to have a mini travel version

Starskin Pumping and Hydrating Lip Mask | This really intrigues me… a sheet mask… for your lips… hmm


Look Fantastic

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | A mask, moisturiser and primer all in one… interesting. Can’t wait to see whether it really works for all three purposes.

Fir Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream | I feel like this is a cult favourite and I haven’t used it. So I can’t wait to try it!

Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox | I have never seen anything like this. It’s an exfoliating pre-wash treatment. I can’t wait to try it!

Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water | I am an avid micellar water user, and so having miniatures of them are super useful!

Illamasqua Lava Lips in Vixen | This lipstick is stunning… like so so stunning. The packaging, the lipstick bullet, the colour, the formula… eeek! It’s a stunning deeper nude, and it just looks stunning on the lips!

Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner | I love a good eyeliner! Especially if it’s a felt-tip style eyeliner, and I’ve heard good things about this!

James Read Gradual Tan | I’m not one to use fake tan… like ever. However, this looks super pretty, but I might just pass it on to someone who will use it.


Tanya Burr

As this is only a 12 day advent calendar, I’m opening it every other day (rather than the 12 days after Christmas)

Nail Polishes | I have two colours; Festive Red (a stunning, classic, deep red) and Glitter Rain (a silver glitter topper). I really like TB’s Nail Polishes, and these two together are so festive!

Lip Gloss Pink Fondant | I’ve never used her lip glosses, but this colour is gorgeous!

Glitter Liner in Gold | How festive! Haven’t used it yet, as I’m not one to use glitter liner often, however it looks stunning!



Blush (Rose Gold) | The dupe of Nars Orgasm I have thought about buying this all the time, but never did. And a good job, because I have it now. I love Sleek blushes, the formula and packaging is soooo good for the price point.

Matte Me (Rioja Red) | A classic red liquid lip! These aren’t my favourite liquid lipsticks in the world, but they’re not bad and this colour is pretty

Nail Varnish (Rioja Red) | I love love love how this matches the lipstick. I’ve never used Sleek nail polish before, but I can’t wait to give them a go!

Eyeshadow Palette (A New Day) | These palettes are a little too small to actually do anything useful with, but I think I have this in full size anyway

Lip Liner (Sugared Apple) | Once again, matched the lipstick and nail varnish.. so Christmassy! Also, love the fact it’s a twist up lip liner!

Makeup Brush | I don’t even know what the purpose of this is… maybe for concealer round your eyelashes. Who knows? Anyway, it’s cool to receive it.

Eyeliner (Midnight) | A deep midnight-blue.. not sure when I’ll wear it, but can’t wait



So this advent calendar is just full of lip products. I’m excited to try everything, especially the Lip Cream Pencils.

Matte Lipstick (Eden) – a deep red colour, beautiful! Liquid Suede (Soft Spoken) – deep maroon colour. Soft Matte Lip Cream (Paris) – a very bright magenta. Butter Gloss (Berry Strudel and Crème Brulee) – a bright purple and a peachy nude. Simply Vamp (She Devil)  – such a dark colour. Lingerie (Push-Up) – beautiful nude.

Hope you enjoyed!

Katie x

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