Advent Calendar: Day 25

Day 25: PMD Clean Mini

PMD Clean Mini is a smart facial cleansing device that combines SonicGlow™ Technology and a compact design to deliver results on-the-go. It has four customizable modes and a brush optimized for all skin types.

And here my darlings we have reached the end of the 2022 Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. (and Christmas. Have a happy one for those celebrating.) I am tickled pink with this PMD Clean Mini. I love that they wrapped up with a skincare tool that can be used for a long time to come in the new year.

I will admit i have an ulterior motive for ;loving that this device is in here though. Earlier this year my mother had had an operation where her right hand was removed due to Cancer. (the operation was successful, the cancer is gone and she is healing and adjusting well). One of the things she was having difficulty with was washing her face. she felt like she was missing spots and then she had product all over her hand when she went to reach for the faucet or the washcloth and it became a bit of a mess for her. I had one of these PMD tools so I brought it down for her. She didn’t know if she would like it so I told her it was a loner and that if she liked it then we could get her one to use.

She just wasn’t sure she was going to like it and didn’t want money to be spent on something she wasn’t going to use.

Which is understandable.

She ended up loving it. she could apply the cleanser to the damp head of the PMD tool, thus keeping her hand from being slick and covered with cleanser. She could easily wash her face and loved the vibration settings of the tool. she felt it got her skin clean and basically she loved it. I brought it down for her in September and when we were down in November she asked if she could keep it until she got a new one. I told her sure and by then I already knew one was in this calendar so we are going to do the switch and she will have the nice new pink version while I take the older one (which is dark blue) back. She has already made me show my godmother how to change the batteries so that when they eventually die they can be replaced.

So I am thrilled by this PMD tool in my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. Not only is it a great way to end an advent calendar, it is an item that is especially useful at this time of year. which makes it utterly fabulous.

And so my darlings that was my twenty five days of Advent. Personally I really enjoyed looking at the advent calendar this way. It let me look at each item individually and since i knew I had more than the value i paid with the two items I really wanted as well as something fabulous for my mom, I didn’t have to worry about the value of each item and could just take them for themselves as a nice little gift each day. I hope you enjoyed this as well. Merry Christmas.

Advent Calendar: Day 24

Day 24: The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% HA

If you have sensitive and easily irritated skin, the idea of using alpha hydroxy acids for exfoliation may be a dream. This is where The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% comes in. Ingredients in this product like glycolic acid offer up incredible cleansing powers that remove dead and dull skin cells to uncover smooth and radiant skin underneath.

Because acids such as this can cause irritation to sensitive skin types, The Ordinary has introduced mandelic acid into their unique formula. This provides a much gentler solution that absorbs into the skin slowly, gently peeling away dirt and dead skin to better suit a sensitive complexion.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% offers up superficial dermal exfoliation that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acid alternatives. Continued use of this formula will leave skin smoother and clearer whilst adding a healthy glow to your complexion. Also included in this ingenious formulation is hyaluronic acid, a hydrating agent that adds extra comfort to the skin whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Ordinary is another one of those brands that is on my list to try. Partially because it is inexpensive skincare and partially because it is also supposed to be really good skincare. I don’t mind paying extra for good skincare but if I can get good skincare for less, i am all for that. And you know i love a good exfoliation. From the description it sounds as though this is a nice and gentle chemical exfoliator. Oh I can not wait to try this one out. That is certainly on my new year’s to do list. but as for now….

Happy Christmas eve everyone. I’m off to watch my nephew play a camel in the nativity play. It is far more exciting an endeavor than usual this year because he recently learned that camels spit. which should add an interesting dimension to the evening. I’m sitting next to his parents and will get to hear the prayer, ‘Please don’t let him spit in church’ for the length of the play. Should be fun. Happy Christmas!

Advent Calendar: Day 23

Day 23: ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Moisturizer

Powered by vibrant nutrients that balance the complexion — offering a fresh burst of moisture to brighten and hydrate skin. Long-lasting hydration is on tap for thirsty skin with this revitalising, lightweight daily moisturiser. This supercharged formula smooths the appearance of dehydration lines, leaves skin feeling softer, and visibly more radiant. By harnessing the potency of natural fruits and vegetables, this long-lasting hydrator brings a youthful glow, fights signs of premature aging, and quenches skin with succulent vitality.

This was the second product that made me purchase this advent calendar from Look Fantastic. The first was the Christophe Robin Scalp Scrub, but this was a very close second. Every product i have tried from ESPA I love. Each June for my birthday I treat myself to a selection of their products and give myself an at home spa experience and it is glorious. I am also a huge fan of their facial exfoliator. with as many of their body products that I have tried, I haven’t tried that many of their facial skincare. I have really wanted to give one of their moisturizers a try. And now I have the perfect opportunity. Plus there is something just super fabulous about opening an advent calendar drawer and finding a full sized moisturizer from a brand you love inside. I know my nephew is arguing that chocolate is so much better as he is currently shoving today’s advent calendar bite of chocolate into his mouth. While it is hard to argue with his enjoyment, for me, this ESPA moisturizer beats his little chocolate Santa. I can’t wait to try it out.

Advent Calendar: Day 22

Day 22: First Aid Beauty Bump Eraser Body Scrub

A body scrub that sweeps away dry, rough bumps associated with KP, strawberry skin and booty bumps to reveal healthier looking skin that feels exceptionally smooth. Safe for sensitive skin, this fast-acting body scrub uses Glycolic & Lactic acids, at a combined level of 10% AHAs, to help resurface skin’s top layer + Pumice to physically exfoliate, helping improve skin’s texture and smooth away bumps, roughness, and scaly areas, also known as chicken skin + buttne.

I’ve revieved this FAB product before and I will admit that the first time i saw it, I thought it wasn’t for me. I don’t really suffer from the chicken skin problem so I thought I would pas it on, which I did. Then i got a second tube and thought, okay, maybe I should try it. So I did. It is a fantastic exfoliator and skin conditioner. My favorite use for this is actually just prior to shaving my legs. Using this body scrub to exfoliate my legs before shaving gives me the smoothest shave ever. As I will be wearing more dresses in the next few weeks (into February) than I have for the past few months I am very happy to have this around. It is also good if you plan on self tanning your legs. Use the scrub, shave your legs and then post shower, use the self tanner. it just makes everything apply so much better.

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The Daily: December 22nd, 2022

This my darlings is going to be short and sweet. there is no makeup today because I actually achieved my work goal and am not going to have a normal day. I am going to be running through the house making sure everything is nice and tidy before i leave for the holiday. I will be washing sheets and making sure the laundry basket is empty and the bathrooms lemony fresh.

It is less because we are going away and more as a personal treat for when we get back.

But as I will be running through the house there is no need to look pretty. the hair is tied up and the work waiting. When i am done there will be a shower and then packing.

I’m fairly certain after packing there will be something i missed and have to go back for. I suspect it will involve the dishwasher. It usually does.

but what that means is no makeup, and almost no desk time. I am off. I will post the skincare tomorrow before I leave. Mostly because we aren’t leaving until lunch time. There will be no face mask and no daily posts next week but the best of lists continue. i don’t know what you have planned but i wish you the very best of it for this holiday season. I will be back on Thursday so Friday we will be back to normal just in time to kiss the last of this year goodbye. Merry, merry my darlings.

Advent Calendar: Day 21

Day 21: Disciple Gua Sha

Disciple Skincare Gua Sha

Okay I tried to find this but the only Diciple Gua Sha I could find was made of obsidian. The one in this advent calendar from Look Fantastic is a biodegradable one. And I couldn’t find it anywhere. According to the booklet sent with the advent calendar

Wellness Wednesday is here. Disciple’s biodegradable and plant based face massage tool helps sculpt and firm the face releasing areas of tension. Made from pure hemp resin which imparts anti-inflammatory microparticles onto the skin with every use.

I like gua shas actually. I have two that I use routinely, one is rose quartz and one is obsidian. Both work well and ar great tools for helping to depuff and shape my face. Like any skin care item you have to use them regularly and as soon as you stop using them your sculpting efforts fade away. They are great tools. I’m not really certain about this hemp based one. It may be shatterproof, but it feels like plastic and it came out of the package already scratched up. I also already have quite a few of these so Another one is not really something I need. I suppose I can throw it into my purse to use if I end up getting stuck somewhere and that somewhere feels like an appropriate place to use a gua sha. it is not my favorite item in this box and to be honest it is the first item in my advent calendar that I am not really happy with. Although as we are on day 21 that is a no

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Advent Calendar: Day 20

Day 20: Zelens Tea Shot Urban Defense Serum

Defend skin from the effects of urban aggressors with the Zelens Tea Shot Urban Defence Serum. Rich in antioxidants, the highly concentrated serum is formulated to provide skin with protection from daily stressors and pollution.

The formula is infused with a blend of five types of tea, including green tea, matcha green tea, white tea, black tea and kombucha, and fermented black tea. It helps to moisturise skin while targeting the visible signs of premature ageing.

I am strangely excited to see this serum included in this Look Fantastic Advent Calendar. I have heard a lot of good things about the brand Zelens, specifically the Tea Shot, but I have never tried anything from the brand. I am always happy to try out new skin care. And if it is anti-aging skincare, even better. At this time of year i always find I feel a lot older than at other times. I think it is because i end up having more conversations with teenagers at this time of year. Not only do I learn a host of new vocabulary words but i get called ma’am far more often than at any other time of year. Always fun. So two thumbs up for anti-aging skincare and a product from a brand that I have wanted to try for a while.

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Advent Calendar: Day 19

Day 19: Luvia 2 Pan Eyeshadow Palette

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I couldn’t find a link to this specific two pan palette so the link goes to the Luvia Eyeshadows. I am not sure if this two pan set is specific to this advent calendar, but I am very glad that it is included. I have tried a highlighter from Luvia and really liked it. I have never tried their eyeshadows and a two pan palette is perfect for it. The two shades are a dark brown matte and a bronze shimmer. Which lets face it, is kinda my everyday jam. I am looking forward to giving this set a trial just to see the formula from the brand. If I like it i may just put it in my travel bag as it is the perfect size and the two shadow shades i use the most.

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Advent Calendar: Day 18

Day 18: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Booster

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep‐Conditioning Treatment is a multi award‐winning formula that leaves hair stronger and healthier looking with less breakage. Acting as a conditioning pre‐shampoo treatment, it’s packed with effective ingredients like Castor Oil and Hydrolyzed Elastin to rehydrate your hair. Especially beneficial for extremely damaged hair, including Afro‐Caribbean, coarse and fine, this super moisturizing intensive treatment delivers elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine to all hair textures. The clever ingredient combination continues to provide UV protection even after washing ‐ helping prolong the life of color treatments and protecting from brushing and heat styling. Visible results from one application will build with continued use.

I have used several tubes of this and I am a big fan. Actually Look Fantastic is where I learned about Philips Kingsley, which is one of the benefits of getting a subscription box from the UK – brands I don’t normally see. I will admit I had a rough start with this product as I didn’t realize it was a pre shampoo conditioning treatment and initially used it as a hair mask post shampooing. Don’t do that. Use it as directed, pre-shampoo. It is about fifteen minutes of your hair feeling wieredly greasy with product but the strange feeling is well worth it. I also suggest you put the Elasticizer in and then use one of those claw clips to put it on top of your head and out of the way.

I hated the feel of the product coated hair against my neck. I felt much better clipping it up. And then once everything was rinsed out my hair was fantastic. It is especially fabulous if you have been heat styling your hair a lot prior to using it. The repaired feeling is much more noticeable then. I am very happy to have another tube of this hair repair and I am very glad it came in before I leave for Christmas as I will be putting it in my travel kit.

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Advent Calendar: Day 17

Day 17: Emma Hardie Plump and Glow Hydrating Facial Mist

This moisture-packed facial mist plumps and hydrates skin with hyaluronic acid, soothes with aloe vera, softens with velvet flower, and tones and moisturizes with wild watermint. A unique technology, called Glycofilm, provides a “second skin” to protect cells from pollution and balance redness. Boost skin’s hydration and even out the complexion with this hydrating facial mist.

I love when these advent calendars send items that I have never tried or wouldn’t think to purchase from brands I like. I have used the Emma Hardie Facial oil on a number of occasions and I really like it. I have never tried this facial mist but to be honest I have really been getting into facial mists lately. For a long time i just passed them on, but this past summer they were a lifesaver, or rather skin saver as the sweat caused by simply walking across the yard took a lot out of my skin. Then once the heat faded, the air got drier and I just kept using them. So I am happy to give this facial mist from Emma Hardie a try to see if it is as good as the facial oil from the brand.