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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fall Makeup Giveaway 2017 Results

I'm sorry for the delay in announcing the results of the Fall Beauty Giveaway 2017. For one, my 2014 MacBook Pro conked off and needed replacing; I now have a "touch-bar" model with the new USB-C ports, so everything needs an adaptor to hook up to the computer. Ugh. There was a time when the toothbrush was the height of innovation....
For another, I'm still recovering from a severe anaphylactic reaction which saw me in hospital for a week from October 23. Six different antihistamines a day are no joke. 
Anyway, results are right below.
Next giveaway - Holiday Makeup 2017, includes a large 20-eyeshadow palette - goes live later this week, so do stay tuned for that.

Is The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 Worth It? Unboxing, Review, Cost-Breakdown

The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar for 2017 was probably the most widely-awaited beauty advent calendar for Holiday 2017. However, they probably had limited quantities, or underestimated the popularity - it sold out online for the first time in 11 minutes flat! It was restocked online by popular demand at least three more times after that, and sold out each time. This, despite a price-tag of £250!
Harrods was once my absolute favourite store (now it's tied with Harvey Nicks), so I decided that something had to give after I landed in hospital with an anaphylactic reaction. Even so, it sold out online by the time I realised it had launched. I got mine thanks to the lovely Harrods SAs who called me at home to take my order, from the in-store stock.
The ownership may have changed, as also the atmosphere - then-owner Mr Al Fayed himself was standing at the entrance greeting people (including a wide-eyed yours truly) on my first visit, and it is now a lot more blingy and impersonal in the store - BUT their customer care has clearly not changed.

Scroll down for the unboxing and review of the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017 - and the cost-breakdown.

Here is the unboxing and review of the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017 - and the cost-breakdown.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

LookFantastic Beauty Box November 2017 Review, Contents

LookFantastic's Beauty Box for November 2017 is themed Ready, Set, Glam. The box is a beautiful midnight blue, with stars - very reminiscent of LookFantastic's Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar for 2017 (unboxing here).
The box includes the usual Elle UK magazine for the month; this time, there are a couple of perfume samplers along with the magazine.

Scroll down for the review and contents of the LookFantastic Beauty Box for November 2017.

Review and contents of the LookFantastic Beauty Box for November 2017.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 Unboxing, Review

Feelunique's Beauty Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017 is themed "The Season To Shine". It costs £35, contains 12 beauty products, of which six are full-sized, and ships worldwide. Five products in here are makeup, three skincare, three hair care, and the one bath and body product.
The packaging is very pretty, though I had some difficulties getting the products out.

Beauty advent calendars currently available worldwide:

Scroll down for the full unboxing and review of the Feelunique The Season To Shine Beauty Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017.

nboxing and review of the Feelunique The Season To Shine Beauty Advent Calendar for 2017.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar 2017 Contents, Spoilers: Ships Worldwide

Every year, Selfridges does a luxury beauty advent calendar, featuring high-end brands from the L'Oreal group, as well as a more affordable multi-brand advent calendar. The latter used to be called the Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar, though over the last couple of years, Selfridges merely names it the Beauty Advent Calendar.
This year's edition costs £70, and contains 24 products, totally worth £250.

Beauty advent calendars currently available worldwide:

Scroll down for the spoilers and contents of the Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017.

Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar 2017 Contents, Spoilers: Ships Worldwide
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Beauty Expert 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2017 Unboxing, Review

I cannot get enough of Beauty Advent Calendars this year. For one, there are so many new offerings. For another, existing players have upped their game with bigger and better boxes than before.
Today, I have Beauty Expert's Advent Calendar for 2017 to show you. It is titled the "12 Days of Christmas Collection". Everything in here is FULL-sized! And, the brands chosen are brilliant.

Scroll down for the unboxing and review of the Beauty Expert 12 Days of Christmas Collection Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017.

Unboxing and review of the Beauty Expert 12 Days of Christmas Collection Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2017 Unboxing, GOOF-UP, Comparisons + Review

The reason my unboxing of the LookFantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017 is at least three weeks later than expected is that I was hospitalised with an acute anaphylactic reaction - to goodness knows what; we can only do an allergy test after all the medications stop. This was on top of a foot injury. Basically, I woke up one morning with severe urticaria and couldn't move half my joints including my neck, and I ended up being pumped with steroids, which in turn gave me bad acne. I missed my Mum's birthday on October 27, while in hospital. That's what I call bad luck.
But the contents of the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar for 2017 - and the packaging - are absolute, 100% good luck. Apart from one freak goof-up, this calendar is the best I've seen so far this year, as you will see below. I also want to show you the amazing attention to detail they've paid to the packaging.

Other beauty advent calendars currently available worldwide:

Scroll down for the unboxing and review of the LookFantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar for 2017,  and comparison with 2016 and 2015.

Here's the unboxing, contents, and review of the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, and comparison with 2016 and 2015. Ships worldwide.
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Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 Contents, Spoilers: Ships Worldwide

Breathe! Harrods' first-ever Beauty Advent Calendar is here. It is worth a WHOPPING £595 - the highest value we've seen so far from an Advent Calendar. It costs an eye-watering £250, putting it into the luxury category, like the £300 calendars from Jo Malone, Diptyque, and so on. There are 25 products. More on them further below.
Jane of the British Beauty Blogger calls the contents of this one the "best I've ever seen" - I don't blame her. Chantecaille. By Terry. Suqqu. 111 Skin. Erno Laszlo. Huda Beauty. Omorovicza. The brand choices are certainly Harrods-y.

Other beauty advent calendars currently available worldwide:

Scroll down for the full contents and spoilers of the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017

Full contents and spoilers of the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar for Holiday 2017 - ships worldwide.
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