This year I got the Amazon beauty advent calendar. This is a 24-day calendar and features different makeup and skincare products. The reason I like these types of advents is that there are so many products inside that I wouldn’t normally try. The Amazon beauty advent has a product value of £215. I am going to split the contents of this calendar into two parts. Here are the first 12 days.
Definitions For Common Ingredients In This Post:
Surfactant = A cleansing agent.
Humectant = Hydrator that pulls moisture from the environment.
AHA = Alpha Hydroxy Acid Chemical exfoliator (increases the risk of sun damage).
BHA = Beta Hydroxy Acid chemical exfoliator targetted more at breakouts and acne.
Day 1: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner.
I’ve never used anything from Elemis before, but I’ve heard good things. This smells so good; fruity. but not overpowering. After looking at their ingredients, this is what it contains.
Saponins: Carbohydrates from plants, skin-soothing, and full of antioxidants.
Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Fruit Extract): Antioxidant which soothes and softens skin.
Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract (Soapwort): Sufetant to cleanse.
Note: This toner contains two types of fragrance: ‘parfume’ and linalool.
Day 2: wunder2 Wunderlift 60 Second Wrinkle Reducer.
Wunder2 is another brand from this Amazon beauty advent that I haven’t tried before. This product is applied after skincare, it works by applying a film on the skin to temporarily fill the fine lines in your skin. I think it’d be great as a makeup primer. Even though this product is a temporary filler there are some really hydrating ingredients.
Glycerin: A Humectant.
Hyaluronic Acid: A Humectant that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, antioxidant, and helps reinforce the skin barrier.
Retinol: Vitamin A that restores skin, firms, and is an antioxidant.
Day 3: Nails Ink Nail Polish shade ‘Fear Of Missing Out’.
I’ve used Nails Ink before and I love their nail varnishes. They last such a long time. this one is A Deep Red With A Perlesant Shine. Nails ink also has frankincense oil which helps the varnish to be strong against chips.
Day 4: Nip and Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow.
I love Nip + Fab products, I normally use their dragon’s blood essence, but I haven’t tried this before. I prefer chemical exfoliators to physical exfoliators so I’m so excited to try this one.
Glycolic Acid: One of the most effective forms of AHA.
Lactic Acid: AHA Chemical Exfoliator.
Salicylic Acid: BHA chemical exfoliator effective on breakouts and acne.
Allatonin: Occurs naturally in the skin so great for sensitive skin, soothing, and conditioning.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Skin restoring, helps improve skin issues such as enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, sun damage, and a weakened skin barrier.
Note: This exfoliator has Limonene, Parfume, Geraniol, Citral, and Linalool if your skin is sensitive to fragrance.
Day 5: Mavala Nail Colour Cream shade ‘velvet’.
Mavala is another nail varnish brand that I love. I like that their bottles are small so there’s a higher chance of using it before it goes clumpy. This one is a chalky pastel pink.
Day 6: 3INA The 24hr Pen Eyeliner black matte fine felt tip eyeliner.
I’ve never heard of the brand 3ina. I don’t use eyeliners often, but the ones I do use are in the form of a felt tip. Because I’ve got small eyelids I like that there’s more control rather than a brush applicator.
Day 7: Rimmel Jelly Highlighter shade ‘candy queen’.
This jelly highlighter is a lovely white shimmery speckled pink but it blends out into a pale shimmer. This can be built up to use as a blush also.
Day 8: Max Factor Miricle Cheek Duo (Blush and Highlight) Shade ‘dusky pink and Copper’.
These shades look quite deep, but they’re actually a cream rather than a powder so they apply pale. These can be built up into a more pigmented colour.
Day 9: Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF 50.
Altrust is another brand I haven’t heard of but it is a dermatologist brand which is great because I have sensitive skin. Sunscreen is so important for skincare, especially if you’re using AHA’s or BHA’s. This doesn’t seem to have any impressive ingredients. This SPF 50 5* Sunscreen will benefit your skin by protecting it.
Day 10: Find. eyeshadow trio in 3 separate pans. Shade 13, 14, and 15.
Again, I haven’t heard of Find. but I like that their trios are individually packaged to make them easier to store. Shade 13 is a shimmery dusky pink, shade 14 is a shimmery bronze and 15 is a shimmery deep pink.
Day 11: Max Factor Miricle Prep Lip Scrub.
I normally use Lush’s lip scrubs. I’ve never tried any others, but I do love a good lip scrub before and after a matte lipstick. This scrub has some lovely hydrating ingredients so not only does it scrub, but it nourishes.
Castor Seed Oil, Enhances Absorption For Other Ingredients.
Jojoba Seed Oil, Soothes Skin And Helps Nourish.
Mango Seed Oil, Antioxidant.
Day 12: This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon.
I’ve tried a few this works products. They’re nice, but some of them are quite heavy on essential oils which can be an irritant. I don’t mind essential oils too much on my body though and I’ve been really struggling with dry skin recently. When I lived at home with my parents we had gas radiators. Now I have electric heaters so I think its taking a toll on my skin. This moisturiser is advertised to be great for the nighttime. It has a calming fragrance to help you fall asleep.
Glycerin, a great humectant. This is the second ingredient!
Stearic Acid, is known to help nourish the skin.
Shea Butter, I love shea butter so much. Shea butter soothes, and replenishes the skin, and also is full of antioxidants.
Crambe Abyssincia Oil (Cranberry Seed Oil): is full of antioxidants and soothes the skin.
Galactoarabinan, is a hydrator.
Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, is hydrating and nourishing, and can also help as an anti-inflammatory.
Ormenis Multicaulis flower extract (chamomile), is soothing and full of antioxidants.
Note: Like I said before this works tend to use a lot of irritants in their products. In this moisturiser they’re low down on the list. These are:
Cinnamomum leaf Oil (Camphor).
Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender).
Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli).
Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vertivert).
So far I’m impressed with the Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar. I’m so excited to see what else there is inside. Keep an eye out for part 2! Do you have an advent calendar, if so which one? I’d love to know.