advent 13

In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be getting such a luxury calendar for advent but I was really lucky to get my hands on one of these limited edition ones from Space NK. It has two drawers so I wanted to give you an in depth look of the top drawer which contained the first 13 days of advent surprises.

There won’t be any reviews for now as I would like to use all the products before giving you my final thoughts.

Day 1.

£50 Space NK Voucher (redeemable up to the 24th December)

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What a fantastic gift! £50 can get you such a decent item and with the £10 of N.Dulge points I have collected over the year I was able to purchase something I never would have purchased before. A set of mini Diptyque candles (rrp. £60).

These are so luxurious and unbelievably expensive for what they are but they smell immense – I like every single one of them and I plane to use them very sparingly over the next 12 months.

Day 2.

111 Skin Space Anti-age day moisturiser

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This moisturiser has been put together from a doctor based on Harley Street. It’s meant to be a futuristic anti-ageing moisturiser and both Claire and I used this once and both of us broke out the next day. That isn’t to say it was this product as we haven’t tried it again but it’s bizarre it happened to both of us.

We both use quite light day moisturisers at the moment so it could be slightly too strong for our skin right now.

Day 3.

Smith and Cult Lip Lacquer in the Lovers

This is possibly the teeniest sample of a lip product I have ever received which is a shame as I think this would have been much nicer if they had given a product which was half size rather than 3 applications and your done.

The shade is a little warm but is quite sheer too so it’s something I will keep to the summer – it’s definitely not a Christmas shade.

Day 4.

Sunday Riley Luna sleeping Facial Oil

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A very small sample once again but definitely enough to get a good two weeks application to try out. I am so excited about this one as I have heard great things about this product.

I know this is not an inexpensive product so getting it at all has been lovely. In some ways I hope I don’t enjoy it too much as I won’t be able to purchase it in the future at this time.

Day 5.

Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformation Styling Cream

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I have heard amazing things about Oribe but unfortunately my hair is not good with products that aren’t aimed at curly hair. this little beauty hasn’t gone to waste though as my wife has lovely straight hair and I have passed it on to her.

Day 6.

Radical Skincare Anti-ageing Moisturiser

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I love the size of this – perfect for going away (if you saw my post here you’ll know I love this style of product to put in my overnight bag or holiday makeup case). I have tried this once so far and it’s lovely. I really really am impressed on the first try but I would like to continue trying it to see if it makes any differences to my skin.

Day 7.

Byredo Bal D’Afrique Perfume – handbag size

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It’s so risky putting a scent in the calendar but for me this is gorgeous! I was pleasantly surprised. It smells sweet initially but has a really lovely depth to it. Perfect handbag size. If you don’t like it though it would also make a beautiful gift for someone. Especially as Byredo perfumes are £90 for 50mls normally! Definitely a little slice of luxury.

Day 8.

WEI Five Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Liquid Milk


Yes this is a video but this is how I popped it on Instagram, which if you’re not following me please do as I just hit 3k followers!

I have tried this once and I LOVE it so far – more of a review will come. As you can see I first thought it was a drink but realised quite quickly that it was a beauty milk. You use it after cleansing and before serum, moisturiser and facial oils.

Day 9.

Chantecaille Mascara

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If you watch Tati on YouTube this was in one of her WTF videos and she loved it so I am so so excited to try this. I have a number of mascaras to get through before this though so I reckon I will be trying this in the summertime but as soon as I do there will be a review again.

Day 10.

Kat Burki Vitamin C Moisturiser

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The only disappointing product in the box so far simply because of the way it arrived. It came in a 5ml pot unbranded and was dry as it hadn’t been screwed on properly. It was like it was scraped out of a bigger pot and given to a few different advent calendars.

The good thing is after putting this on instagram I was contacted by their customer service and offered a better sample (at the time of posting this it hasn’t yet arrived as it was only recent but I will update in a review).

Day 11.

Lipstick Queen – Frog Prince Blush

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A cult classic – this is a green cream blush which transforms to your skin tone. I believe the first product was the lipstick that changes to your lip colour so I am excited to give this a try. Again though a cream blush is a summer product for me so look out for that review in the spring/summer.

Day 12.

Nuxe Dry Body Oil

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I have had countless samples of this product and truth be told I do use it. I actually rather like this product straight out of the shower and it’s great in the winter so happy to have this. This size will probably last my whole body 3 times, maybe 2.5.

I think I will do a review on this as I have used it a number of times now and it’s ok.

Day 13.

Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream

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I only opened this today and I used it straight away.

I am a huge fan of the cleansing balm (besides the scent, full review coming soon) so I was excited for this product.

It’s a great deluxe sample size and the cream is gorgeous..I put it on straight away and it really is just so beautiful. I will definitely be using this once my Khiels ultra facial cream finishes.

Final thoughts

So far I have been really impressed with the selection, 11 out of 13 are new to me or I can use so I am really really excited to get the next drawer open.

Have you had an advent calendar this year? What have been your favourites so far?