Beauty advent calendars

Warning, this post contains spoilers!

Christmas is two months away, and maybe it’s a little early to start thinking about it already. But if you want to have an advent calendar this Christmas you’ll have to get one soon before they’re all gone.

Today I’m showing you some beauty calendars that I’m interested in, because who says advent calendars are just for kids?

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Rituals – The Ritual of Advent contains mini sizes of their most popular products. Rituals is one of my favorite body care brands, so I really want to get this one!

 

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OPI – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mini mani month is filled with 25 mini bottles from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s collection along with other classic OPI shades.

 

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bareMinerals – Countdown to gorgeous is filled with mini sized makeup products. This calendar if perfect if you want to try a lot of different products from bareMinerals or if you just want to have a lot of colors to choose from!

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Ciaté – Mini mani month contains mini sized polishes and treatments and one full sized polish.

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The Body Shop – 24 happy days is available in three different sizes; regular, deluxe and ultimate. It all depends on how much you want to spend, and the more you spend the greater the value is.

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Kicks – Christmas calendar is filled with products mostly from their own brand, but it also contains products from a few other popular brands.

Last year I had two advent calendars, one from Kicks and one from Skincity and I was very happy with both of them. The year before that my boyfriend had made me an advent calendar himself, and it contained nail polish! Isn’t he just the best!? 💕
I have also had the advent calendar from Ciaté. I got it during the Christmas sale two years ago, so that was a bargain.

Are you getting an advent calendar this Christmas?

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The Ritual of light

Yesterday I was at Christmas party to celebrate Rituals new winter collection called The Ritual of light. It is a limited edition collection that is sweet orange and cinnamon scented.

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The winter collection consists of a body cream, body scrub, foaming shower gel, bath foam, fragrance sticks, scented candles and tea. I am obsessed with the scented candle! It smells so good, so it is definitely a must have for me this winter.

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“It’s your light that lights the world”

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The gift sets has a new design that is very luxurious, so there’s no need to wrap them before giving them away. I wouldn’t mind if my Christmas tree looked like this!

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It’s a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but I have to admit that I got into a very festive mode during this party. All the lights, scents and decorations, it was really nice and cosy.

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It was a Christmas cocktail party so of course we were treated to some drinks, this one I chose was called Dao Delight. It consisted of gin, lime juice and mint and it was delicious!

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As usual I had to match my nails for the occasion, and I hope that you can see what my inspiration was!

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Lights was really the theme of the evening, here are water lanterns that we lit and then put in the water. It was really cold outside and a bit unsteady on the small pier, but once we got the lanterns in the water we could just watch them and enjoy the beautiful lights! It was so pretty in the dark.

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Before we left the party we all got a Christmas gift, which was one of their gift sets. I got The Ritual of Dao, and I’m really excited to try it since I don’t think I’ve tried any of the products from this ritual.

Thank you Rituals and Presskontakterna for a lovely evening!

Beauty favorites September

It’s time for a new category here on my blog, monthly beauty favorites! Products that I have used and loved this past month.

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Rituals – Honey touch

I seriously can’t stop sniffing myself after I’ve applied this body creme. It smells sooo good and leaves my skin soft and moisturized. I really like Rituals body cremes because they sink in to the skin very quickly, and as I already said they smell so lovely.

Exuviance – Triple Microdermabrasion

This face polish is the best! My skin feels so smooth and soft after using it. This is a product that will always be a part of my skin care routine from now on.

The Body Shop – Himalayan charcoal

This is one of the new face masks from The Body Shop. I got a sample of it a few weeks ago and after trying it I just had to buy the mask. I like how it makes my skin feel deeply cleansed and my pores smaller. Read more about it here.

Ole Henriksen – Truth serum collagen booster

First of all this serums smells amazing! Like the color hints, it smells like orange. I have just started to use this serum but so far I really like it, it feels like it gives the skin a bit of an extra glow.

Depend – Eyebrow Pencil slim & thin

This is one of the new products from Depends Perfect eye collection and the eyebrow pencil quickly became a favorite of mine. It is really easy to use and the result gets better every day. My brows are on fleek with this pencil!

Which products were your favorites this past month? Let me know in the comments!

Rituals nail polish

Rituals is my favorite body care brand, so far I’ve loved everything I’ve tired from them. So when I found out that they have makeup too I was intrigued. Did you know that they have makeup as well?

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I have a few polishes from Rituals to show you today, one neutral shade, two bright shades and two darker shades.

img_6395Rituals – Light pink

Light pink is a very sheer pale pink polish. I used three coats here but as you see I still have a lot of VNL*, way too much for my taste. I think this polish would be perfect as the base for a French manicure, or by itself if you have shorter nails.

img_6397Rituals – Light turquoise

Light turquoise is a mint creme polish that covers really good in one coat, but you know me, I always use two coats to get a more intense color. I really like this polish and I think it is the perfect color for spring and summer. I just wonder why they named it Light turquoise since it is mint colored.

img_6399Rituals – Light peach

Light peach is a peach-y coral creme polish that covers in two to three coats. I love this color so so much, it is the perfect summer shade!

img_6401Rituals – Grey blue

Grey blue is a grey-ish creme polish that is almost a one coater, however I used two coats.

img_6403Rituals  – Dark grey

Dark grey is a brown creme polish that covers in two coats. I’m a bit confused here, it is called Dark grey, but it is a brown polish. Anyway, it is a beautiful autumn shade.

All polishes have a really good formula that is easy to apply. I really liked the brush, it is just the right size, not too skinny and not too wide. All swatches are all painted over one coat of base coat and are without top coat.

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While I swatched these polishes I had my Sweet Sunrise scented candle from Rituals next to me, I’m so obsessed with it! It smells lovely and it’s beautiful when it’s lit up (then you see the quote “What’s meant to be, will always find a way” which is not visible otherwise).

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Bath favorite

I love taking baths, but since summer just ended I haven’t been taking as many baths as I usually do during the rest of the year. One of the main reasons I love baths is because if I’m cold it’s the prefect remedy and it’s also very relaxing.

Rituals… Energy bubbles

Here’s a bath favorite of mine, Energy bubbles from Rituals, a rose scented bath foam that gives a nice bubble bath. I’ve almost used it all up and the next one for me to try is The ritual of sakura bath foam, also from Rituals. And I have a feeling that it will become a favorite, since The ritual of sakura is my favorite Rituals scent!

The perfect hand care duo

Autumn is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about taking extra good care of your skin. My hands easily get very dry (especially during autumn and winter) but I have found the perfect couple to keep my hands nice and smooth.

img_4299Rituals… Miracle balm & Miracle scrub

Miracle balm

I first bought this hand creme around Christmas last year, and I think this one that I’m using right now is my third. It is very thick and nourishing and the perfect hand creme to use before you go to sleep. I think it is a bit too thick to use during the day since it takes a while for it to sink into the skin. On the back of the product it says “for extra dry hands and can be used as a night mask”, and last night I actually used it as a night mask. I drenched my hands in it right before I went to sleep and when I woke up my hands were oh so soft.

Miracle Scrub

This scrub is the best, it makes your hands so smooth. If you haven’t tried a hand scrub before make sure to get one (this one). I like to use it once or twice per week, but I’m thinking that maybe I will use it more often when it gets colder outside.

The scrub and balm are both really good products, but when you use them together they are amazing! My hands love them so much!

Empties #2

It’s that time again,  I’ve used up some products. Keep reading too see what I think of them.

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OPI – Alpine snow

This is my all time favorite white polish and I use it many times every week. I have used up a few bottles before and I know I will in the future too. I always have one spare bottle at home!

Rituals… – Ginko’s secret caring hand balm

This hand creme is for dry to extra dry skin which suits me well since I easily get very dry. I use this hand creme at night before I go to bed. It is pretty greasy so I don’t like to use it during the day, but for night time it is perfect! And it has a lovely scent as well.

Depend – Nail polish remover

My go to nail polish remover. It takes off the polish quick and simple. The only bad thing is the smell but I’m pretty used to it by now.

Make up store – Eyshadow brush 106

This is probably my oldest make up brush and after many years of serving me it is time for us to part. I’m lucky because I have a spare brush and you can’t get this brush anymore. Though I could use another eyeshadow brush, so please let me know if you have a good medium sized eyeshadow brush that you like!

Paula’s choise – 2% BHA liquid

I know a lot of people love this and so do I! This one keeps my face spotless and minimizes my pores.