Last year I was lucky enough to have the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar in my possession, to open up every day in December leading up to Christmas. Inside said calendar were all manner of lovely items, some of which I have since used up or am still using to this day - a particularly loved item that last year's calendar opened my eyes up to being the Pixi Glow Tonic, which I seemed to use almost every day upon receiving, and have since repurchased due to my immense love!
Therefore this year, I just knew that I had to get myself another Advent Calendar, as upon looking at the wide range of items in this year's addition, it became clear that M&S had again stepped up their advent calendar game and had featured another large selection of fantastic brands in their countdown to the big day! So now that we are well over half way through the month of December, and now that I am well over half way through my lovely advent calendar, I though it would be nice to share a few of my favourite items so far with you all...
Neal's Yard Hand Cream - To be perfectly honest, I have been a bit of a fan of Neal's Yard and their gorgeous collection of products for a rather long time anyway, so to receive a hand cream by the brand itself in my first advent calendar box of December certainly was very pleasing indeed. My hands seem to become very chapped very quickly in the colder months, but I am rather picky over hand creams and am not really a bit fan of all the more floral scented ones that you can get - therefore, to have this particular hand cream smell of honey in such a gorgeous way really is pretty good for me, and to have it also smooth my dry and sore skin at the same time is definitely a bonus!
Autograph Nail Polish in Cranberry - As soon as I opened one of the boxes in my M&S Advent Calendar and saw this cute little nail polish, I was pretty besotted with it! I don't think I have ever tried one of the Autograph collection nail colours before, hence why I was so excited to try this one out - just as I had imagined, once the shade was on my nails (and dried), it looked really quite lovely, with it's dark pink colour shimmering nicely in a rather festive way. Despite how prone I am to chipping my nails, this polish also actually stayed on rather well last weekend when I tried it out, and when rather scruffy areas did start to develop after a couple of days, they were pretty easy to go over anyway.
Eyeko Eyeliner - For a while now, I have been contemplating trying out a new eyeliner from somewhere other than Soap&Glory (I'm sorry but the Supercat liner is just so good that I can't seem to stop repurchasing it for myself!), and it would seem that receiving an Eyeko Eyeliner in my Advent Calendar a few days ago, is the answer to my contemplation. I am actually yet to give this new eyeliner a go, but I thought I would include it in this round up anyway due to my happiness at receiving it, and also because it's perfect little size makes it the ideal item to pop into my travel bag whenever I go off on holiday, or away for a few days.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold - This is yet another item that I was seriously excited to have received in my M&S Advent Calendar, as although I wasn't too familiar with this particular product at first, after a quick browse through some rather excellent reviews on sites such as LookFantastic, I found myself really quite enthusiastic to try this 'Liquid Gold' treatment. Reportedly meant to help even out skin tone, as well as firm the skin, reduce to presence of pores and help deal with acne related issues, this skin care item really does seem to rake in the positive reviews - so far I have only used it a couple of times (according to the bottle, you are supposed to use it every other day), but in that short time I have noticed that my t-zone spots have actually reduced a fair bit and am therefore pretty excited to keep on using this bottle to see if these sorts of results continue (although, maybe not too quickly, because to repurchase it would cost somewhere in the region of £30).
Pixi Brow Gel - I must say that I have become a rather big fan of Pixi over the past year or so, after owning and loving both the Glow Tonic (which is simply incredible!), as well as a rather beautiful Eyeshadow Palette by the aforementioned brand. Therefore, when I opened up a box in my Advent Calendar and found a Pixi Brow Gel inside, I was certainly very happy indeed - I have only tried this item the once so far, but I can already tell that I will find it very useful to have in my possession whenever my brows need a bit of taming (as the so regularly do)!
I really am very happy with the items that I have received so far in my M&S calendar, and in all honesty can't wait to proceed with the rest of the month, and open up the rest of the boxes! Hopefully you all enjoyed this post - if so, I really would love to write up a similar post, perhaps after Christmas, featuring some of the other much-loved items that I receive a little further along the month.
P.S. You can find the full M&S Beauty Collection, and all the products mentioned in this post HERE!
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