Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – W7 Advent Calender – Tried and tested Make up review

Good evening friends,

A few days ago I posted the contents of the W7 Advent Calender.

The calender contained a variety of shades of lip and eye products, which I created 3 seasonal looks with.

Apart from foundation, concealer and an eyebrow pencil, all other products were taken from the calender.

To create my 3 looks, I used the items below –

  • Mini Big Lash Mascara (Black)
  • Mega Matte Lip Liner Red, Pink
  • King Kohl Eyeliner Black, Brown and Blue
  • Mini Mega Matte
  • Mini Glowcomotion Highlighter
  • Mini Honolulu Bronzer
  • Mini Cheeky Flusher
  • Mini Banana Dreams
  • Mini Beam Me Up Illuminator
  • Loose Glitter Pigment Pots Super Silver, Gilded Gold and Pretty Pink

First look – Gold glitter, nude lips and a navy eye liner.

This is a quick and easy, subtle soft glam look for the season

Second look – Pink glitter, pink lips, cheeky fluster blush.

A strong but pretty pink look, a little different for Christmas. Pinks are normally saved for spring/summer, but I love the thought of a warm pink look at winter.

Look three – Classic Christmas look, silver glitter, red lips and black liner.

This is the most striking, and and common Christmas make up. I can’t say I was massively keen on the thought of silver glitter eyes, but once I added the red lip, I loved it!

To my surprise, I think the silver and red look may be my favourite.

I was impressed with all of the products used, apart from the eye liners.

For each look I used a different eye liner, but they didn’t show up well, and were hard, without being able to easily smudge.

I was unsure if the glitter was intended for the eyes, could possibly be used for your nails? It doesn’t specify what to use them for and if you should or shouldn’t put these on your eyes or skin, but I had tested on my hand and there was no irritation.

I dabbed a bit of the the ‘bean me up illuminator’ on my eye lids before applying the glitter to give a bit of tac.

I love the end result, but there was so much fall out…Glitter everywhere! All over my face, body, clothes, hair, desk and carpet.

It’s to be expected at Christmas I guess?

Which was your favourite look?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Next Advent calender, tried and tested make up review

Good evening friends,

Today I tried out a few of the contents from my Next Beauty Advent calender.

The items I used

  • 1x pink lipsick
  • 1x pink lipgloss
  • 1x black full size Nx eyeshadow quad
  • 1x full size Nx bronzer
  • 1x eyeshadow brush
  • 1x lip balm
  • 1x full size Nx eyeshadow quad
  • 1x full size Nx bronzer
  • 1x eyeshadow brush
  • 1x lip balm
  • 1x lip scrub
  • 1x 30ml face moisturiser

From the eyeshadow quad, 2 shimmery gold shades, as always, caught my eye first. I thought I’d go for a different look and play around with a pink and purple eyeshadows.

I never sway towards a pink/purple make up look; 1 I love a black/brown/gold smokey eye (all day everyday), and 2, I always think if a purple eye isn’t done properly, you risk the chance of looking as though you’ve gotten a bruised eye.

I used the face moisturizer as a primer, it’s worked well. It is thinner and more of a lotion than a moisturizer, but either way I was happy with it, and my make up glided on well after.

The lip scrub was a good consistency, to most people’s taste I expect, although I do prefer mine to be a little grittier to really work the lips.

The lip balm was pretty standard, but a nice application, and non greasy.

The shimmery lipstick was soft and sheer, whilst the gloss was thick and bright giving it that pow, without being sticky or over the top.

The mascara was pretty standard but decent. I gave my lashes two coats as I normally would and was happy with the outcome.

The Highlight is striking in the pan, but doesn’t show overly well on the skin. I think this is more so down to my lack of skills with highlighter, I’m not 100% the exact place to put it and how heavy handed. It would however look incredible as a eyeshadow.

Over all I was extremely happy with the products, especially where you have almost a full face of make up

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Clippers Tea Advent Calender

Good evening friends,

The last advent calender on my blogmas list is the most inexpensive one I’ve ever found!

Not your traditional advent calender, but a lovely idea.

Clipper’s Tea Advent calender for an absolute bargain price of £3.99!

Who doesn’t love a cuppa tea to ‘warm your cockles’?

This Christmas themed box is filled with 24 individually wrapped and numbered tea bags, with 12 different flavours.

2 Liquorice & ginger
2 Peppermint and lemon
2 Green tea
2 Happy Mondays
2 Night night
2 Wild Berry
2 Rose & shine
2 Botox
2 Orange & lemon
2 Calmer chameleon
2 Love me truly
2 Snore & peace

I bought my advent box from Amazon with free deliver. My box was due to be delivered to the post office a few days ago, but has been delayed (which is why I have screen shot the picture from Amazon)

This calender is a great idea for a count down from December 1st for 1 person, or a 12 day count down for 2 people to share the experience.

As I’ve said in a previous post, advent calenders can make great gifts, especially for last minute! A mini tea calender with a tin of short bread, perfect!

What do you think about this alternative Advent calender?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Advent Airwick Scented Calender

Good morning friends,

I’ve been on the look out this year for advent calenders that aren’t just chocolate and beauty products.

To find a decent ones that you’d actually want to buy are few and far between, as many are over priced, filled with cheap tat with a logo slapped on it…

For example the RRP £25 Friends Central Perk ‘Memorabilia’ 24 day calender – Filled with stickers, pencils, erasers etc.

IMO looks tacky and disappointing for any Friends fans.

Anywho, back to it!

I picked up the Advent Airwick Calender for a bargain price of £4.99 from B&M (RRP £9.99 currently on offer for £4.99)

The 24 Door calender includes 5 warming scents

  • Home made cookie
  • Warm Amber rose
  • Mulled wine
  • Frosted winter berry
  • Winter wonderland

Although it may not seem like the most exciting calender, a candle a day each evening, leading up to Christmas will leave your home cosy and smelling seasonal.

Alternatively, you could purchase the calender and pair it with a pretty tealight holder as a gift.

Would you buy this advent calender for yourself or as a gift?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020, Uncategorized

Blogmas – W7 Advent Calender

Good morning friends,

Today we’ll be looking at the W7 Advent Calender.

I didn’t realise W7 sold advent calenders, but after purchasing, I discovered they have for the last 4/5 years.

There have been mixed reviews, but here’s my thoughts on it.

The 24 day advent calender was available by dozens of sites, prices ranging between £12-£25, depending on where you purchase it.

I bought mine from Amazon for £12, with an additional £3 P&P, (which works out at around 62p a day) bargain!

The make up is pretty basic in looks and quality, but overall decent.

The Beauty Blast contains:

1 x Mini Big Lash Mascara (Black)
3 x Mega Matte Lip Liner (Red, Pink and Nude
3 x King Kohl Eyeliner (Black, Brown and Blue)
4 x Mini Glam Gloss (Glam Bam!, Super Star, So Hollywood and Too Hot!)
5 x Mini Mega Matte (Smudge, Happy, Hasta La Vista, First Class and Star)
1 x Mini Glowcomotion Highlighter
1 x Mini Honolulu Bronzer
1 x Mini Cheeky Flusher
1 x Mini Banana Dreams
1 x Mini Beam Me Up Illuminator (Volcano)
3 x Loose Glitter Pigment Pots (Super Silver, Gilded Gold and Pretty Pink)

Here’s a closer look at a few of the products.

Firstly,how freaking adorable are these miniature lipglosses?

Perfect size for a small clutch bag, purse, to keep in your drawer in the office,or in the car, when you need a quick bit of glam.

The top 4 glossed are shimmery, whilst the bottom 5 leave a strong but soft shade that lasts for hours.

Perfect trio of Lip liners, for any preference.

Black and brown liners will always be present in my make up stash, but this beautiful navy may give me the confidence to branch out a little and create a blue smokey eye.

You don’t often get a mascara in a advent calender, which in all honestly was one of the selling points.

The wand is thick, and gave me long defined lashes with just one coat.

Is the glitter multi purpose? For make up or nails? Honestly, who cares? It’s Christmas, and we all need a bit of glitter in our lives, now than ever!

Honalulu bronzer – I’ve seen this as a dupe for the Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer. I didn’t believe it until I tried it, but it’s pretty spot on, and a fraction of the price!

Cheeky flusher – I think that might be a bit much for highlight or bronzer but what a stunning eye shadow.

Glowcomotion is a gorgeous all around soft gold for your cheeks or eyes.

This advent calender will kit you out for a full face of make up and multiple looks (keep an eye out for this at a later date)

I was also pleasently surprised that there were no fillers – not nail file, hair band, or outdated eyeshadow applicator in sight.

What did you think of the calender and would you buy it

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Mad Beauty Minnie Mouse Advent Calender

Good morning friends,

Each year I treat myself and buy a beauty advent calender.

This year there were dozens of options to choose from, and from early as September to purchase them.

I’d been back and forth between advent calender, but the 1st one that had caught my eye was from Superdrug.

The last 3 years I’ve bought The Mad Beauty Disney advent calenders, they’re simple with pretty packaging and reasonably priced. Each year they’ve retailed at £20, before selling at £10, then eventually reduced to £5… Which is when I buy it.

£5 for a 12 day Advent Calender? That works out around 42p per day, you’d be mad not to.

The Minnie Mouse Advent Set contains

  • 1x body wash
  • 1x body lotion
  • 2x bath salts
  • 2x bath fizzers
  • 2x lip balm
  • 1x hand cream
  • 1x body puff
  • 2x nail file

This Minnie advent calender is a lovely gift or treat for yourself, to leave you feeling pampered and put together

Kaya •

Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 17 – Super Drug Bloom Advent Calender

Hello friends,

There I was, strolling through Superdrug minding my own business, and then BAM!

I’ll be honest I saw the

‘was £70, now £10′

Before I even saw the product, but I was intrigued!

I bent down and peered to the bottom shelf to see this huge, gorgeous, advent calender! The advent calender had some serious weight to it, and contained 24 gift boxes.

I’ve decided to do a ‘no spend January’, and to spend less as I’d like to be able to save more money and eventually buy a house. With that being said, buying offers like this are a great way to stock up and save a little in the long run. And yes it was a treat to myself

Superdrug are seriously pulling it out of the bag this year!

I had a mooch on the back and was wowed by the products. I bought it immediately!

I know that this is a 24 day advent calender, and they traditionally have numbers on the doors/boxes but I kind of love that this ones different. You can pick and choose what size door you want on what day.

Put me on the naughty list … I opened them all at once… you’d do the same!

In this advent calender I recieved

CONTENTS

1 x Mandarin and Lime Basil Eau de Toilette 100ml
1 x Pink Peony and Cashmere Eau de Toilette 100ml
1 x Dark Berry and Jasmine Eau de Toilette 50ml
1 x Orange Rose and Amber Eau de Toilette 50ml
1 x Mandarin and Lime Basil Body Lotion 100ml
1 x Pink Peony and Cashmere Body Lotion 100ml
1 x Dark Berry and Jasmine Body Lotion 100ml
1 x Driftwood and Sea Salt Body Lotion 100ml
1 x Orange Rose and Amber Body Lotion 100ml
1 x Mandarin and Lime Basil Shower Gel 100ml
1 x Pink Peony and Cashmere Shower Gel 100ml
1 x Dark Berry and Jasmine Shower Gel 100ml
1 x Driftwood and Sea Salt Shower Gel 100ml
1 x Orange Rose and Amber Shower Gel 100ml
1 x Mandarin and Lime Basil Hand Cream 35ml
1 x Pink Peony and Cashmere Hand Cream 35ml
1 x Dark Berry and Jasmine Hand Cream 35ml
1 x Driftwood and Sea Salt Hand Cream 35ml
1 x Orange Rose and Amber Hand Cream 35ml
1 x Mandarin and Lime Basil Eau de Toilette 15ml
1 x Pink Peony and Cashmere Eau de Toilette 15ml
1 x Dark Berry and Jasmine Eau de Toilette 15ml
1 x Orange Rose and Amber Eau de Toilette 15ml
1 x Eau de Toilette Travel Pouch

Ten pounds people! I told a few of my girlfriends about the boxes, and proceeded to buy 3 more boxes the next day on their behalf.

I believe 2 are going to be kept for themselves and 1 other is going to be given as a present. I know I’d be over the moon if I recieved this for Christmas!

I haven’t heard of Bloom to tell you the truth, but their range is gorgeous.

Their products are sold all year round, I dont know how I’ve missed them. The Eau de Toilette retail at £10 each at 100ml, a fantastic price!

The Eau de Toilette’s are buildable, and with such a variety to choose from you can easily mix and match them to create your signature scent One of the sprays wasn’t quite to my taste, but the rest of them along with the body lotion, shower gel and hand cream were lovely!

Bloom also had a 25 days of Christmas candles set which I’m tempted by… if they’re still in stock… it’s happening!

Kaya •

Blogmas 2019, Hauls

Blogmas Day 15 – Boots Advent Calender/Full face of make up

Good evening friends,

I have been a absolutely loving advent calender’s this year!

Last week I picked up this Boots beauty calender online, which includes 24 doors, filled with make up for just £12.50!

I didnt look at any spoilers before I bought it, and said to myself, if I can do a full face of make up with the products, then I will.

Here’s what I got…

A highlighter,blusher, bronzer

Sparkly brown eye shadow, soft light brown, sparkly grey

Eyebrow powder, Eyebrow setting cream

3 lip glosses, pink, peach, light pink

2 nail varnishes – Pewter and Pink

I am seriously impressed with this calender!

For my make up look, I had to use my own primer, concealer and mascara as they weren’t included, but I did use the tools in the calender to apply the make up.

Before

Fresh out the shower, no make up, no filter, and wet hair

After

The bronzer was a lovely colour but the brush was alot thinner and not as fluffy as my day to day one, so I almost felt as if I was drawing stripes on my face. It took alot to blend!

Also I use a soft pencil to thicken/fill in my brows, which you can be precise with, the brow powder was easy to apply, but it was far too light for my brows, and just covered a large patch instead of allowing me to give the front of my brows a more natural look.

The lip glosses didnt really have a difference in shades but that’s fine. I used the stronger pink which was a silky soft application, and was non sticky.

Blush isn’t really a product I gravitate to, but I quite like the rosy cheeks look.

I went for a discrete eye look, as I didnt think silver glitter was appropriate for sunday lunch?

I applied the glittery brown, lightly to my lids, and under my lower lashes, the silver in the corners of my eyes, the brow powder along my lash line as I didnt have an eye liner, and a little of the brow setting cream on my brow bone.

I think this look is simple but pretty. I’m going to get use out if all of this products, the only think missing would be a mascara, and then I’d be happy to rock this look solo.

Blush, bronzer, highlighter, lips, eye shadows, nail varnish’s and beauty appliances is amazing, an absolute steal!

This is a great advent calender for any age, skin tone, and level of experience with make up.

Have you used any Beauty advent calender before? And would you reccomend it?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2019

Blogmas Day 11 – Jasmine Advent Calendar

Last year my boyfriend bought me the Mad Beauty Mickey Mouse 95th Anniversary advent calender and I loved it. Although it was quite a simple calender, it was lovely, and I used every single item.

I’ve always loved Princess Jasmine, so I was so excited to see this beautiful calender in superdrug.

The calender scanned as £12, which I thought was full price, that in fact was at half price. But where I had questioned it, she then manually reduced it by 50%… this meant I bought it for £6! How awesome that???

So what did we get in this gorgeous Advent Calender?

2x Bath fixers

2x 30g Jasmine and Indigo Violet Fragrance

Bubble bath, Body Lotion, and Body Wash all 30ml in a soft Jasmine and Indigo scent

Lip balm 4g coconut flavour, and a patterned mini nail file.

Bath salts 50g, and a purple body scrubber

Hand cream, and Hair Mask 25ml each

And lastly a beautiful Sheet Face Mask 25ml Green Tea Fragrance

This calender is a lovely gift, as you can use all items with no waste, and smell like an absolute dream!

Kaya •