It’s the 20th of January, which means, yes, I’m very late on writing about my ASOS Advent Calendar (especially because Christmas now seems like a distant memory) but here I am anyway, fashionably late and all that.
I’ve tried most of the sample products so far, and I really like most of them. Some of them I was instantly excited to try, others were products I had never heard of before. Beauty advent calendars are a GREAT idea, by the way – waking up everyday for 24 days with a shiny new sample to test is all kinds of fun (if you are beauty obsessed, like moi).
But enough of yapping, let’s look at what I got!
Products I’ve tried and tested
- Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion (RRP: £14.50) – I have to start with a favourite. This is truly excellent. Containing AHA lactic acid, this stuff both resurfaces and moisturises your skin to give you a smoother texture. It’s meant for Keratosis Pilaris (that kind of bumpy texture otherwise known as ‘chicken skin’) of which I had some, and honestly, after a few days of applying, the texture of my skin was dramatically improved when I thought it never would. THIS IS SO GOOD. It’s one of those miracle products that you almost instantly see (or feel) an effect with. (Side note: I wish I had considered using AHAs to exfoliate my body sooner because it makes so much sense?)
- Alpha H Clear Skin Daily Face Wash (RRP: £35.00) – thanks to the brand being a cult favourite, I was pleasantly surprised to see this, and I’ve already gone through the bottle. I didn’t experience any breakouts in the week that I used this and my skin stayed pretty clear, probably due to the tea tree, salicylic acid (good for inflammation) and vitamin B3 (normalises sebum flow). It’s hard for a face wash to wow you, isn’t it? But I like this and it’s a good choice for oily skin.
- Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (RRP: £25.00) – impressed by this too, I like to use a few mascaras to build volume – an initial finer one to darken and separate the lashes, and then a second one to thicken and add volume. This is that perfect stage two mascara.
- GLAMGLOW GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturiser (RRP: £36.00) – ugh, so gorgeous. GLAMGLOW rarely disappoint. This gives you the most stunning, dewy glow and such a healthy complexion thanks to its imperfection-blurring qualities. I’ve worn it as a base under (or mixed with) a foundation, but if you have super clear skin, you could probably wear it on it’s own!
- Clinique Moisture Surge (RRP: £24.00) – LOVE. I mean everyone loves this, but I hadn’t yet tried it. I’ll definitely be buying the full size – really liked the light gel texture and the fact you wake up with your skin still hydrated.
- Coco + Eve Like a Virgin Hair Mask (RRP: £34.50) – heard such good things about this but I didn’t notice any major difference to my hair after using.
- 111 SKIN Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask (RRP: £20.00) – this contains silk amino acids and 24 karat gold, and considering I’d never personally spend £20 on a single-use sheet mask, this felt like a decadent treat. My skin looked brighter and hydrated afterwards, but ultimately, sheet masks won’t transform your skin. Felt fancy, though, and it was fun to wear.
- Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel (RRP: £8.00) – this is really great and genuinely soothing for red, inflamed skin. Aloe Vera is a bit of a miracle worker, and straight from the plant is best for getting it in its purest form. If you can’t be bothered DIY-ing it, this product is the closest thing. Evens complexion and reduces the appearance of scars. Also cheap!
- Dr JART+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (RRP: £36.00) – dab this on red areas and it conceals them pretty well. Not too dry or anything and kind of blends into the skin to give a natural look. I like!
- Caudalie Micellar Water (RRP: £15.00) – works fine, but does nothing a £4 Garnier micellar water can’t do?
- MAC Strobe Cream (RRP: £25.00) – nice for a glowy base.
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer (RRP: £25.50) – really warm bronze shade. Medium pigmented and goes on/blends nicely.
- Spectrum Wonder Sponge (RRP: £4.99) – seems just like a beauty blender, but harder?
- Carmex Lip Balm (RRP: £3.00) – feels cooling, and the scent is neutral. Pretty nice.
- Luxie Rose Gold Small Contouring Brush 512 (RRP: £19.00) – picks up a decent amount of product and distributes it evenly. Good for contouring.
Products Yet to Try
- INC.redible You Glow Girl (RRP: £10.00)
- Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (RRP: £25.00)
- Iconic London Illuminator Drops (RRP: £32.99)
- Rodial Dragon Blood Sculpting Gel (RRP: £85.00)
- First Aid Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay (RRP: £18.00)
- J.ONE Jelly Pack (RRP: £32.00)
- ASOS Design Makeup Matte Lipstick (RRP: £7.00)