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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Empties #5

Welcome to the scrub edition of my empties!

Clinique – 7 day scrub cream

A good scrub that exfoliates the skin gently, the skin feels smooth and soft after using it.

Decléor – Aroma cleanse

A fine body scrub that is really good! The skin feels so nice and smooth after using it. Also, it doesn’t smell much which I think is pretty unusual for Decléor products. I don’t really like the scent of their products (I think they’re too perfumed), but this one I like!

The Body Shop – Sweet lemon sugar body scrub

A scratchy body scrub that smells lovely of lemon. I love citrus and I love this one. Too bad that it’s discontinued, because it is the perfect scrub for summer.

Maria Åkerberg – Papaya peeling

An organic papaya scented face scrub that gently exfoliates the skin. I think that it is good when it’s new. With time the consistency changes and it becomes very runny, and I feel that it doesn’t work as good then.

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!

Empties #4

Here are a few more of my recent empties!

Lagerhaus – Kokos (Coconut scented candle)

I love scented candles and especially to have them in the bathroom, it makes the whole room smell so nice. This one is pretty cheap (39kr) for 45h burn time. The best part is that the whole candle burns up, unlike many other cheap candles that just burn a small hole in the middle. Oh, and I almost forgot, it smells lovely!

The Body Shop – Almond hand & nail cream

It’s a pretty good hand creme that keeps your hands moisturized but I don’t really like the almond scent. I have tried a lot of other hand creams that I like much more than this one.

Bliss – Triple oxygen instant energizing cleansing foam

Talk about putting a really long name on that product, I mean who even says the whole name? I like to use a foaming face wash when I’m removing my makeup and this one is pretty good, you don’t need to use that much product for the makeup to come off. But afterwards the skin feels a bit oily and that’s the one thing that I dislike about this product.

Löwengrip Care & Color – Count on me

To begin with I didn’t like this deodorant, it just didn’t work for me! At first it smelled lovely, but as soon as I got warm the smell turned really bad. But since it is kind of pricey (119kr) I didn’t want to throw it away. After a few months, when my other deodorant was empty, I tried this one again and this time it worked better. It’s not the best deodorant I’ve tried and it’s also not the worst, but for this price I was hoping for more.

Bliss – Ex-‘glow’-sion

A lovely vitamin infused moisture cream that smells so good. After using it the skin feels moisturized and gets a nice glow. I’m a bit sad that it’s all used up (and that I have other creams to use up before get a new one) but I’m pretty sure that I will buy it again soon.

The Body Shop face masks

This weekend I got some samples of The Body Shop’s new face masks when I visited one of their stores. The one I was most excited to try was Himalayan charcoal, so I’m very happy that I got that one!

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IMG_6150The Body Shop – Himalayan charcoal

Himalayan charcoal is a purifying glow mask that’s 100% vegan. It is a tingling clay mask that is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. The mask is supposed to draw out impurities and refine the appearance of pores and give glow to the skin. It is ideal for the T-zone, since it absorbs excess oil.

I feels purifying and it sure tingles once you put it on the skin, so I’m guessing it’s not for those with sensitive skin. It takes about 5 – 10 minutes for the mask to dry, and it dries solid but it’s still easy to rinse off. Afterwards my pores look smaller and the skin has a nice glow. I’d like to use this mask again, so I think I have to buy it!

img_6173The Body Shop – Ethiopian honey

Ethiopian honey is a deep nourishing mask that is 100% vegetarian. It is an indulgent melting face mask that consists of Community Trade honey, marula and olive oils. The mask replenishes, restores and comforts skin and makes it feel softer and smoother.

The mask smells and looks like honey and it is very cosy on the skin. The scent makes it calming and relaxing and I would like to try it in the bath, to get even more relaxed. It is a bit sticky so it doesn’t rinse off that quickly. Afterwards the skin feels soft and moisturized.

My favorite of the two masks is Himalayan charcoal, I love tingling feel and how my pores tightened from using it! I think I have to go back to The Body Shop and get it in full size.

Empties #3

It’s that time again!? Well most of these products are travel sizes so I’m blaming it on them being so small…

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Burt’s Bees – Coconut foot cream

This foot cream is really thick and moisturizing. It smells of coconut, which is really nice and a change from most foot creams since they smell of peppermint (why is that?). My feet have gotten really soft from using this, so I’m definitely gonna keep on buying it!

By Terry – Baume de rose

I have been using Baume de rose before, but not this bottle with an applicator. I actually prefer this container more, since it feels a bit more hygienic, rather than the jar. It is a bit expensive but it does wonder for your lips so I’m gonna keep on buying it. At first I was a bit sceptic to the rose scent, but I have actually started to like it.

The Body Shop – Shea body butter

Shea is one of my favorite scents from The Body Shop, I love the smell of it so much! I brought this travel size body butter with me to London and it lasts about a week.

Mineral Beauty System – Dead sea bath salt

Eucalyptus scented bath salt that leaves the water green. It smells really lovely and the minerals makes the skin feel really soft. Though I prefer bath bombs or bubble baths but once in a while it’s nice with a “simple” bath, and the smell is really nice.