Tag Archives: nuxe

Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2018!

Posted on August 17, 2018

I know it’s only August, but news of 2018’s beauty advent calendars has already started to spread, so I thought it’s about time I gathered information on every single one so you can have a (hopefully) fully comprehensive list to refer to over the coming months.

The below list is in price order, starting with the groups (where a brand has more than one calendar) and then the lowest, and I’ll update info, dates and links as soon as I have the info myself – enjoy!

The Body Shop Advent Calendars – Olivia the Owl version is £45.00 (worth £85). Dani the Deer version is £65.00 (worth £121). Freddie the Fox version is £99.00 (worth £231) and Countdown to New Year version is £45.00 (worth £85). AVAILABLE NOW!

The Body Shop’s advent calendars really do look amazing this year! They usually have two or three, but this year they have four, to cater for different budgets – the Freddie Advent Calendar (above) is cruelty free, vegan, and contains some of the brand’s best make-up, skincare and bodycare products!

L”Occitane Classic Advent Calendar is £49.00 and the Luxury Advent Calendar is £89.00 AVAILABLE NOW!

I reviewed the 2017 L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar, and it was amazing! This year’s offering looks just as good (if not better) with fun, colourful packaging. The Luxury Advent Calendar is packed with L’Occitane luxury treats, or if you’re looking for something more affordable, the Classic Advent Calendar is available too at £49.00.

Rituals Advent Calendar 2D Exclusive version is £59.50, and the Deluxe 3D version is £89.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

Another duo of calendars are available this year from Rituals. The deluxe 3D Christmas tree contains 24 beautiful treats including fragrance, beauty, bath, and home products. Expect to find the new Ritual of Holi Crackling Body Mousse as well as The Ritual of Dao and The Ritual of Ayurveda from the hero collections included. The 2D Exclusive calendar is again more affordable, but still contains a fab selection of Rituals products.

Glossybox All I Want Advent Calendar, £75.00 for subscribers, £99.00 for non subscribers. Pre-order NOW!

GlossyBox are also launching their first advent calendar this year! The All I Want Box includes 25 beauty treats with 16 of them being full-sized! (This really is unheard of for beauty advent calendars) You’ll find inside brands such as Pixi, Real Techniques, Huda Beauty, Yankee Candle, NARS and more – this is definitely one to snap up this year!

24 Days of Clinique, £76.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

The 24 Days of Clinique advent calendar includes a selection of mini Clinique favourites. This one is exclusive to Selfridges too so you won’t find it anywhere else.

Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, £79.00, worth over £300.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

Lookfantastic’s Advent Calendars always look amazing! The 2018 calendar has been designed specifically to get you party ready in the run up to Christmas, and contains 25 products. Expect to see brands such as Lipstick Queen, Sleek, Rituals, ESPA, Illamasqua and more inside.

bareMinerals Out of this World Advent Calendar, £79.00, worth £281.00 AVAILABLE NOW!

bareMinerals advent calendars always look amazing, and this year’s is no exception. Containing a massive selection of products, including lip glosses, lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and more, this would make a lovely gift for fans of the brand.

The 12 Days of Liz Earle, £80.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

Liz Earle is back again for 2018 with 12 days of fabulous treats. You’ll find a selection of skincare favourites inside the box, including the best selling Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Decléor Advent Calendar, £80.00 worth £258.00, AVAILABLE NOW! 

Fans of luxury skincare will adore the 2018 Decleor Advent Calendar. The theme of this box is glowing skin, and it looks just beautiful. Be sure to snap this one up fast if you’re interested, last year, a box sold every 8 seconds!

Lumene Advent Calendar, £89.90 worth £195.00, date TBC at Feel Unique.

Now this is quite exciting as I haven’t heard of this brand before. Nordic beauty brand, Lumene, have launched their first advent calendar stuffed with skincare treats worth a massive £195!

Cowshed Advent Calendar, £90.00, available from September 6th.

This lovely calendar includes 24 deluxe pampering treats, covering skincare, bath and body, and hand care.

Kiehl’s 24 Day Advent Calendar, £110.00, available from 1st October at Selfridges

Another Selfridges exclusive, the beautiful 24 Day Advent Calendar from Kiehl’s is packed with 24 days of the brand’s best-selling favourites.

ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar, £125.00, available from 1st October. Sign up here.

Another first, this time from Elle – this is quite unexpected! They’re jumping in at the luxury end of the market with a £125 calendar containing products worth £340. Expect to find brands including Hourglass, NARS, Dermalogica, Too Faced, and more. I think this one’s going to be super popular!

MAC Cosmetics Shiny Pretty Things Advent Calendar, £125.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

AT LAST! Beauty lovers rejoice, Mac has finally released their very own Advent Calendar! The set contains a mixture of deluxe mini products as well as a few full sizes, and it’s worth £236.70 so you’re definitely getting your moneys worth! This is bound to sell out FAST so be sure to snap this one up quickly!

Lancome Advent Calendar, £130.00, available from the 26th September at Selfridges

Lancome’s Advent Calendar is seeming a bit secretive this year (so far anyway) I can’t find any information on this one as yet, so keep your eyes peeled and I’ll update this asap!

ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar, £130.00, SIGN UP HERE! 

The luxury ESPA Comfort & Joy Advent Calendar contains a gorgeous ESPA skincare hero behind every door. Included you’ll find delightful oils, skincare products and candles to provide you with your daily dose of wellness. Expect an extra special full-size treat on Christmas Day too!

L’Oreal Luxe Selfridges Advent Calendar, £130.00, available from 26th September.

If you’re looking to spend a bit more non a beauty advent calendar this year, this L’Oreal Luxe calendar really does look fantastic. It contains a selection of gorgeous products from L’Oreal’s higher end brands, including Lancome, YSL, Urban Decay and Viktor & Rolf.

Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar, £150.00, available from October

For once, Charlotte’s Advent Calendar isn’t at the very top of the list – there seems to be a boatload of super high end (expensive) calendars this year! Charlotte’s 2018 Advent Calendar contains 12 countdown to Christmas beauty treats. You’ll find plenty of cult favourites inside, including one of my personal faves, the Pillow Talk Lipstick.

Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar, £150.00 but worth £475.00, available from October

Fenwick’s calendar for 2018 is packed full of high end beauty minis – expect to find high end beauty treats for every day of advent, as well as full sized products from the likes of MAC, Nails Inc and Bobbi Brown.

The White Company Advent calendar, £150.00, available from the end of October

The White Company have gathered together some of their favourite seasonal products and created a beautiful high end calendar for 2018. Inside you’ll find candles, body and bath products, fragrance and much more.

Elemis Beauty Advent Calendar, £150.00 worth £345.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

How gorgeous does this calendar look? Fans of luxury skincare will be in heaven with the 2018 Elemis Advent Calendar. It contains a full size best-selling Pro Collagen Marine Cream and Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm, as well as a selection of mini Elemis products.

Net-A-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £150.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

This is Net-A-Porter’s first advent calendar, and it really does look amazing! Brands include Marc Jacobs, Charlotte Tilbury, Illamasqua, Chantecaille, Sunday Riley and many more. If you’re looking for a luxury advent calendar, this should definitely be in your radar!

John Lewis Advent Calendar, £165.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

John Lewis are offering something a little different this year, apart from including an amazing selection of high end brands in their calendar (hello Aqua di Parma, Hermes and Floral Street) They’re also including vouchers for personalised services, such as an Elemis personalised mini facial, and an Aveda personalised hair and scalp camera analysis to name a just couple.

Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar, £175.00 worth £275.00. AVAILABLE NOW

The 2018 Molton Brown Advent Calendar is packed full of gorgeous pampering treats. Inside you’ll find shower gel baubles, candles, bath washes, a limited edition fragrance and much more.

YSL Beauty Advent Calendar, £195.00, available from 10th October.

The YSL Beauty (Selfridges exclusive) Advent Calendar looks stunning this year. It includes a selection of gorgeous YSL treats for 24 days in the run up to Christmas.

Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar, £195.00 worth £600.00. Available Now!

This year’s Liberty Advent Calendar looks better than ever! It is expensive, but contains some amazing high end brands such as Diptyque, Laura Mercier, Hourglass, Byerdo, Bobbi Brown, Omorivcza and more.

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar, £250.00 but worth £680.00, AVAILABLE NOW!

One of the ‘big daddy’ advent calendars – the Harrods calendar is truly a luxurious treat. It contains 25 luxury beauty products, from brands including NARS, Huda Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley, Givenchy and more. These products are worth a whopping £680!

Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar, £250.00. AVAILABLE NOW!

Another first! SpaceNK is joining in on the advent fun this year with their debut calendar. Including 25 products, you know this is going to be amazing (and highly likely on the pricier side – I’ve slotted it in here as I’m guessing around £150.00) Expect brands such as Chantecaille, Sunday Riley, Lipstick Queen, Hourglass and more.

Jo Loves Advent Calendar, £250.00, available from November.

This is another first! Jo Loves has jumped on the beauty advent calendar bandwagon this year, launching a stunning looking drawer style calendar! I have a feeling this one will be a sell out.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar, £300.00, available now!

Jo Malone is back for their 4th year of amazing advent calendars! This years festive townhouse contains all you’d expect and more from this luxury brand. Expect to find Jo Malone classic favourites included, as well as seasonal launches, such as a mini Frosted Cherry & Clove Candle which is new for Christmas 2018. If you’re interested make sure you snap this one up fast, it’s sure to be a sell out again as it has every other year!

Atelier Cologne Advent Calendar, £300.00, available now!

I’m loving that dedicated fragrance advent calendars are now becoming a thing! The 2018 Atelier Cologne advent calendar includes an assortment of travel sprays, body lotions, finely crafted soaps and even full size fragrances, plus Atelier’s iconic leather cases so you can keep them safe.

La Mer 12 Days of Radiance Calendar, £300.00, available from 22nd October

A first from luxury skincare brand La Mer, they’ve gathered together their favourite products in the La Mer 12 Days of Radiance Collection. It features 11 travel sizes and one full size product – this is a must have for fans of the brand!

Diptyque Advent Calendar, £320.00, available now!

And lastly, of course, Diptyque! At a purse-clenching £320 this year, the Diptyque Advent Calendar is definitely one for die hard fans of the brand. The calendar contains 16 mini candles as well as travel-sized fragrances and bodycare products.

Ok guys that’s it for now! If you come across any more beauty advent calendars, please let me know and I’ll add them! Happy shopping! xx

Five Dry Skin Treats For All Budgets

Posted on March 2, 2015

dry-skin-treats

Hi Guys!

If you have skin that tends to be dry and sensitive like I do, you’ll know how important it is to look after it. I’m not the best at sticking to a skincare routine so I love to treat my skin with some luxurious and nourishing products every now and then just to give it a moisture boost. So I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite products, they cover a range of budgets so there should be something here to suit everyone 🙂

1. Weleda Skin Food Saviour – £9.95 at Weleda.

Weleda Skin Food is an old favourite of mine, it’s a lovely nourishing and hydrating treatment for the whole body, offering intense hydration for anywhere that needs it – especially the hands, feet and elbows. The Skin Food formula has been around since 1926, so it’s definitely stood the test of time! This kit includes a cotton flannel which you dampen with warm water and place on the face to help open pores, then apply a think layer of Skin Food and remove with the flannel after 10 minutes. This is an inexpensive, easy and effective way to get super soft and hydrated skin.

2. Thalgo Extreme Comfort Cream – £45.00 at Thalgo.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious product, you must try Thalgo’s Extreme Comfort Cream. This is specifically designed to nourish dry skin, providing an intense feeling of instant and lasting comfort. The Extreme Comfort Cream is an exceptionally rich cream reinforced with Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids and restructuring oils to help repair the skin deep-down, giving the skin a luxuriously moisturised feeling. It’s repairing, soothing and calming, and this cream also helps protect the skin from visible signs of ageing.

3. Yes Nurse Hand Cream – £8.49 from Yes Nurse.

If hands are you problem area, Yes Nurse offers a fantastic and affordable solution. The Yes Nurse Hand Cream combines Omega 3, 5, 6 & 9 and Vitamins A, B5 & E to soothe inflammation, hydrate skin cells & repair dry and cracked skin whilst locking in moisture, leaving you with noticeably smooth & nourished hands. I love that this product doesn’t leave you with a greasy, slimy feeling like you can get from many hand creams.

4. Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Balm – £25 from Marks and Spencer.

This Arctic Hydrating Balm is a deeply reparative moisturising skin replenisher, harnessing cryogenic technology from the Arctic and Antarctic to soothe and repair super dry and sensitive skin. It contains Antarticine which is extracted from an Antarctic glacier to help prevent damage, Red Arctic algae, which soothes skin and fights free radical damage for healthier tone and texture, Gooseberry extract to regulate skin temperature, and an Arctic oil blend to help soothe skin. This really is a super thick and intense cream, I love to use this when my skin is particularly dry and unhappy.

5. Nuxe Creme Fraiche De Beaute Mask – £18.50 from Nuxe.

I’ve tried a few of Nuxe’s products now and they’re definitely a fantastic affordable skincare option, the Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask is a lovely, refreshing face mask that can be used once or twice a week to rehydrate and revive tired skin. I’d also recommend storing it in the fridge, for extra cooling refreshment!

I’d love to hear what you think? And if you’ve tried any of these products?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review

January Beauty Favourites

Posted on February 6, 2015

january-2015-beauty-favourites

Hi Guys!

I’ve only just released I haven’t written a monthly favourites post since last September – oops! Anyway I’m back on the wagon now, and there have just been so may amazing products I’ve been using lately, it’s been hard to cut it down! I’ve managed to get my list down to a reasonable length now, so here are the products I’ve been loving in January –

MAC Lip Pencil in Soar. Ok so I’m a bit late to the bandwagon with the whole Kylie Jenner nude lip thing, but I am a big fan of a nude lip so thought I’d snap this up when I saw it finally available on MAC’s site, and I have to say I love it! The colour is the perfect my lips but better shade and I have to say I’m keen to grab Whirl when that comes back in stock now too.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita. I bought this last year when the Audacious lippies were first released, and it’s the perfect partner to my Soar lip pencil. Giving beautiful creamy colour with full opacity, this has been my go to lip product since the beginning of the year.

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Loose Powder. This is a product that I actually use all the time, but kind of automatically without realising if that makes sense! Mineral Veil is a fantastic setting powder without being heavy or cakey, it sets my foundation giving a demi-matte finish with a super lightweight feel.

Elie Saab Resort Collection Fragrance. This fragrance is simply beautiful and I haven’t been able to put it down since it arrived. Resort Collection instantly whisks you away on a luxurious holiday, with sunshine, cocktails, sailing boats (you know the type where people lounge around drinking champers) and summer nights. It’s the perfect fragrance to brighten your mood in this dreary weather and I really can’t recommend it enough.

Bourjois Mega Eyeliner Pen. This is without a doubt one of the best pen style eyeliners I’ve ever used. The Mega Eyeliner has a slanted nib – just like a calligraphy pen – which makes it super easy to draw fine or thicker lines. The product itself is also the deepest most opaque black, and it lasts all day. I would recommend this to any eyeliner fan.

Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Cell Oil. I must admit I’ve only recently started trying the Fleuressence Cell Oil, but I have to say I’m completely in love already. This miracle oil encompasses 100% pure active botanicals, fruit extracts and natural oil to deliver powerful vitamins and nutrients deep into the skin, resulting in replenished hydration, improved skin colour and tone and it boosts radiance. I’ve only used this a few times but my skin already feels brighter, plumper and amazingly nourished. Full review to follow!

Stila In The Light Palette. I’m pretty sure this has been in one of my previous favourites posts. This palette is just so beautiful and versatile, I’ve found myself constantly going back to it. The shades are all so easy to wear, plus they have amazing colour payoff and stay put all day.

Milani Baked Blusher in Luminoso. I’ve only just discovered Milani products, and I’m so glad I did. Their baked eyeshadow in Luminoso is such a beautiful peachy coral shade that gives a lovely sheen to the skin and brightens the complexion. It’s the perfect spring shade!

Nuxe Reve De Miel. This lip balm has instantly jumped to the top of my favourites list. It works amazingly well to soften and moisturise even the driest lips, i.e mine, and it’s lived in my handbag ever since it arrived. This is a must have if you suffer from super dry lips like I do. (FYI I googles it and Reve De Miel means ‘Honey Dream’)

Well there we have it for January’s favourites, I’m going to try my best not to forget to do February’s! I hope you enjoyed my post, and I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review

The Under £10 Lip Balm Guide

Posted on February 4, 2015

lip-balms

Hi Guys!

My lips are officially a complete pain in the butt. If you’re a regular reader you may have picked up on this! I’ve always suffered with dry, cracked and flaky lips which seem to get worse in the colder months, so I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect lip treatment. Because of this I’ve basically become a bit of a lip balm hoarder, I’ve tried most high street brands that are decently priced and readily available, and there really are masses of balms, creams and treatments available now. I thought it would be handy to put a post together to let you know my thoughts on some of the reasonably priced lip balms I’ve tried – basically those I have that are under £10.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw Moisturising Balm is a new addition to my collection. This moisturising balm is enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey, a topical balm that soothes, relieves and moisturises dry, sensitive, chaffed and irritated skin and dry chapped lips. It’s a fab all round product that can also be used on eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. I love that this is a multi-use dry skin product in a handy portable tube. This works fantastically well on the lips with a subtle, pleasant scent. This comes in a massive tube and it’s a real bargain at £5.99 from Boots.

Hurraw! Balm – Another new product in my stash, Hurraw! balms are made of premium organic, vegan and raw ingredients and contains certified organic, cold pressed and centrifuged extracted, nut and seed oils and butters. No petroleum, parabens, preservatives, artifical flavours or colours, these balms are gluten free, soy free, and shea free. If you want products as natural as possible, Hurraw! is where it’s at. In terms of performance, Hurraw! is great for mildly dry lips. This is £3.99 from mypure.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula – This Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm, enriched with Vitamin E and with the added benefit of SPF 15, helps prevent and protect chapped, cracked or wind-burned lips. This is a great balm for mildly dry lips and a complete bargain for only £1.99 from Boots.

Nivea Lip Care Pearly Shine – £2.29 from Boots. I love the idea of a lip balm that also makes your lips look pretty, and this really does give a pearly shine! It’s not the best balm in the world though and I found it didn’t really sink into the lips unfortunately.

Lush Mint Julips – £5.50 from LUSH. Ok I know it’s not actually a balm, but I think this product is worth mentioning anyway. Mint Julips is a gentle lip scrub with warming peppermint and sweet vanilla combined with real sugar crystals to buff away any flaky skin. I find this scrub works really well, followed by a dose of balm it leaves my lips super soft!

Nuxe Reve de Miel – £9.50 from Space NK. This is an intensely hydrating lip balm to protect and repair dry, sore and chapped lips. Their winning formula comprises of honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence to instantly protect, repair and restore comfort to chapped lips. This balm really is fantastic, it really sunk in to my lips and was intensely moisturising. I currently take this Nuxeeverywhere with me!

Anatomicals Never Lose Your Cherry – I love Anatomicals fun packaging! This balm is designed to soften-up your lips and maintain a perfectly gorgeous pout. This is a lovely moisturising balm that worked really well when my lips were slightly dry. This is £2.55 from ASOS.

Skin Shop’s Liquorice Balm – This is a product specifically for cold sore sufferers to use between outbreaks. A trial by the Herpes Virus Association found that Liquorice Balm helped reduce the frequency and intensity of cold sore outbreaks if used regularly. Liquorice Balm can be rubbed into lips as often as necessary and not only could it help reduce cold sore outbreaks, it is also a nourishing balm that helps keep lips well-conditioned and smelling candy-shop sweet. £7.95 from skinshop.

Liquorice and Melissa Rescue Lip Gel – And this is for use when you already have coldsores. This is an intensive gel containing 8% liquorice extract and an extract of Melissa. It designed for quick and easy application to maintain the good condition of lips. £7.95 from skinshop.

Carmex Lip Balm Tube – Carmex has been one of my go-to lip balms for years upon years since my school days! Whether it’s in a tube or pot I’ve always used Carmex without problem. I find they work well on mild to moderately dry lips. £2.69 from Boots.

EOS Lip Balm – £6.50 from Selfridges. Ok so this is a bit of a funny one. I was originally a fan of EOS lip balms, and apart from the Blueberry and Acai one featured here, I would always have a few others dotted around the house. But since the cold weather hit and my lips have become even more troublesome, I find this balm just kind of sits on the lips and doesn’t really moisturise that well. Sad face.

Lansinoh Nipple Cream – £7.49 from John Lewis. This stuff is 100% natural, paraben free, has no additives, preservatives or chemicals, and no taste, colour or smell. Of course it’s technically a nipple cream, but it also works amazingly well on the lips, and is just the same, but cheaper than Dr Lipp products. I highly recommend this for extra dry lips, and I’ve got the full details in a post here.

Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm – This deeply rich and nourishing balm includes British beeswax, natural source vitamin E, British borage oil; a rich source of skin strengthening essential fatty acids and British echium oil to replenish dry skin. This is a lovely balm that did the trick and was super moisturising. £4.75 from bee good.

Ok so overall there really are some fab lip balms out there that won’t break the bank, by my personal stand out ones definitely have to be Nuxe Reve de Meil, Lansinoh and Papaya Gold Paw Paw to sooth my super dry lips.

I hope you’ve found this post useful and I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations that I haven’t tried yet? xxx

This post contains some samples provided for review