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The AMAZON Beauty Advent Calendar is a mixed brand one, containing one of Amazon’s beauty brands as well, FIND. From makeup, skincare and hair, what are the brands featured in it? Is it worth your money?
Makeup: 11 items
There is a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which I am currently using and it is probably one of the best beauty sponges I have ever used, so YAY for this one!
A sleek Makeup Blush in full size, with no indication of the shade. There are five lip products, which might be a bit too much. There is a L’oreal Paris Lip Spa Moisturising Lip Tint, again, no indication of the shade, but a moisturising tint will only have a hint of colour anyway. There are two FIND Lip Kits and from what I could see on Amazon, it contains a lipstick and lip gloss in matching shades (and one kit costs £7). Also, there is a Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick and an E.L.F. liquid matte lipstick. No shades are specified, and all the lip products are in full size.
There is an eyeshadow palette from FIND, with 4 shades. This retails for £7 as well. An exciting item is the Face and Body Glitter from Collection. A mascara from Wunder2 (full size) and some Eylure False Eyelashes complete the look.
Quite a lot of makeup but unfortunately no indication of the shades and no image. This to me is frustrating. Receiving a beauty sponge, lip products, body glitter, eyeshadow, blush, mascara and false eyelashes the range is not bad but they could have certainly replaced some of the five lip products with something else.
Skincare: 10 items
Quite a lot of skincare, again (compare with my other reviews of Advent Calendars). I think the most exciting skincare item is the full-size Olay Brightening Eye Cream, with the least exciting one being the Deluxe size of Garnier Micellar water. While it is a makeup/skincare essential, the Garnier Micellar water is a bit disappointing, considering the fact that it is so affordable and comes in all sizes anyway.
There is a FOREO Luna Play mini in full size, some masks and creams. The Strivectin Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles costs $70 in full size, so getting a deluxe sample in this calendar could be quite exciting, but again it will not be suitable to everyone.
Another good product in my opinion it could be the Balance Me Hyaluronic Plumping Mist which is a hydrating mist with camomile water, suitable for irritated and sensitive skin.
Hair: 3 items
There is a John Frieda hair cream to help with frizz. I have tried this collection before, and many other John Frieda products and they are not the best. They also give some TIGI products (which vary) and the Percy & Reed Wonder Balm for hair that is also in the M & S Beauty Advent Calendar. TIGI is a good brand, I have enjoyed their products before.
This calendar looks the prettiest to me, as each product comes in a beautiful box that looks like a wrapped Christmas gift. However, I think the range of brands is not the best, I wish they would have added one or two more expensive brands for the experience.
IS IT WORTH IT?
I have to say I am disappointed in the selection of products. There are too many skincare items, again, and no body or bath products. I wish they would have cut on the skincare and added a body butter and maybe one shower gel and body oil.
Amazon states it has a worth value of £220 but it seems hard to believe considering how affordable the brands are. Most of the items you get in this calendar are affordable, with brands such as Rimmel, Collection, Eylure, E.L.F., FIND, Garnier, Simple etc. I think most people can afford Simple skincare, Garnier, L’oreal and other items from them which cost around £5. To me, that makes this calendar not that special. I want to experiment with more expensive brands in my calendars, even though they are a mini size.
While still worth it for the value (I think it adds up to £150 just for the full-size products, without deluxe sizes), I think you could do better than this. Compared to the calendars I have spoken about so far, I think the M&S has a better quality for money and about the same division in the makeup/ skincare categories. However, it all depends on the brands you are excited about – there is nothing wrong with the above mentioned, and they are, in fact, brands I love.
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