For today’s post I thought it apt to review the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar that I treated myself to when it went on sale towards the end of November.
I don’t know about you, but this year it really does seem we’re all (and I do literally mean everybody) a bit obsessed by advent calendars, even my husband picked up on it just based on his Facebook feed. I also thought I was going to have to settle for just a simple chocolate one this year as I just wasn’t on it enough to get any of the beauty advent calendars that sold out before they even went on sale. I also draw the line at things like that which the hype out does the thing itself; I mean, beauty advent calendars are nice, but they’re not the be all and end all are they? Unless it’s something super super worth having that has only a limited availability (like the Glossy Box collaboration with NARS released last November –here– then totally understandable).
However, that all being said, when I learnt that I hadn’t missed out on getting the Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar, I did feel it was worth it based on its cost (£35 when purchased with £35 worth of M&S shopping) and the value of the gifts inside (£250).
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I have been quite excited to get this Autograph blusher reviewed for you guys as for me it was a bit of a random discovery if you’ll remember from my recent beauty haul (here). Unfortuntely though, it hasn’t quite lived up to expectation. But let’s start with the positives…
I hate the use of the word ‘cute’ unless it’s used to refer to babies and small animals, but this product as a whole is quite cute; it’s small and pretty. To look at it also appears quite luxurious and to the touch it feels light and swatches well. I love the flower embossing but to be fair, that’s probably the only thing really going for it which is a real shame.
Although on my finger the product appears well pigmented and has this lovely shimmer to it, as a blush, it does not work. The product just does not show up like I would want a blush to do so and I don’t think I can argue that it’s my skin tone, I think you would have to be darker toned for this product to show. However, I would put forward the suggestion that it would make an ok-ish highlight, still not perfect but it might be the only way to salvage this?
As you can see on my cheek it’s just not there but (I hope) you can see where I have used it to highlight? In the photo (above) I am wearing a BB cream…
…and here I am wearing my normal, medium coverage foundation (L’Oreal True Match). Still not amazing but you know, making the best of a situation eh?!
I think the issue here is that it costs £12.50 which for a product that doesn’t do what it says it does is far too much… and I wouldn’t spend this much on a highlighter if I am honest. If the product cost a couple of quid then this would be a totally different story.
Until next time x