Next up, Feel Unique Advent Calendar!
This advent calendar was also gifted to me, but all reviews are of course my own.

Actually obsessed with the packaging of this one.

The review: 
- 24 or 25 boxes?
- Price
- Value of the box
- How many sample sized items vs full sized items, including a list of items.
- Opinions on the calendar
- Worth purchasing?
- Spoilers! Images of what's in the box.

24 or 25 boxes? 


Value of the box 
A whopping £256 

How many sample sized items vs full sized items, including a list of items
This was hard to calculate. I would say there's roughly 5 larger sized items and the rest are more sample sized. Some of them aren't really even sample though, as they're a little larger than a sample! 

Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Balancing Body Cream 70ml
- Inika Loose Mineral Blush- Blooming Nude 3g
Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner 60ml
Nude By Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder 1.5g
Barry M Glitter Bomb Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow Bling Bling 3.7ml
Tangle Angel Mini Angel
- Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Comforting Face Balm 15ml
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 15ml
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 56.7g
Filorga Meso Mask 15ml
Ardell Wispies Clusters 603
Aveda Beautifying Composition Oil 30ml
Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream 25ml
Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette Topaz
- INC.redible Glittergasm Lip Topper Red Hot Ready 3ml
this Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 5ml
REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 50ml
EOS Visibly Soft Vanilla Mint Lip Balm 7g
Perricone MD Cold Plasma 7.5ml
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara Deluxe 3g
Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream 30ml
Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Day Cream 20ml
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 10ml
NYX Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream Cannes 6.7ml

Opinions on the calendar
I REALLY like the range on this one. A Huda palette? Shieido? Ardell lashes? FIRST AID BEAUTY? This advent calender has some amazing brands, some great new brands you may not have come across, but mainly high end brands that would be really useful in my collection. 

Worth Purchasing 
If you're looking for an advent calendar with a lot of different types of products and brands, this is the advent calendar for you. If you want a full sized Huda Beauty palette too, then treat yourself! 

Spoilers! Images of what's in the box

20 November 2019

Battle of The Beauty Advent Calendars: Feel Unique


So I was gifted the lovely L'occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar by the lovely team, and of course, I'm going to review it for you!

The review: 
- 24 or 25 boxes?
- Price
- Value of the box
- How many sample sized items vs full sized items, including a list of items.
- Opinions on the calendar
- Worth purchasing?
- Spoilers! Images of what's in the box.

24 or 25 boxes? 


Value of the Box 

How many sample sized items vs full sized items, including a list of items. 
I believe all products in this advent calendar are sample sizes, but some products are most definitely bigger than others.

Full list of items: 
  • Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 35ml
  • Shea Hand Cream 10ml
  • Almond Delicious Soap 50g
  • Verbena Body Lotion 30ml
  • Aromachologie Shampoo 35ml
  • Shea Butter Body Lotion 30ml
  • Shea Light Face Cream 5ml
  • Aromachologie Conditioner 35ml
  • Verbena Leaf Soap 25g
  • Shea Butter Shower Cream 30ml
  • Almond Delicious Hand Cream 10ml
  • Revit Sugar Bath Cube 33g
  • Shea Fabulous Shower Oil 35ml
  • Shea Butter Lip Balm 3ml
  • Verbena Shower Gel 30ml
  • Almond Milk Concentrate 20ml
  • Shea Butter Milk Soap 25g
  • Cherry Shimmering Lotion 35ml
  • Verbena Hand Cream 10ml
  • Almond Shower Oil 35ml
  • Shea Foot Cream 10ml
  • Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 10ml
  • Immortelle Precious Cream 5ml
  • Verbena Eau de Toilette 10ml
Opinions on the Calendar
I love love love exploring brands I haven't got to try much before. L'occitane is a brand that I always have wanted to try but don't know where to start, and I think this is a really amazing way to try some of their products and figure out which ones I love! This advent calendar is super affordable (as far as beauty advent calendars go) & I highly recommend it if you want to try some products from L'occitane. 
Additionally, I love the packaging and the whole theme of this calendar. 

I love how the advent calendar tells a story about Almond trees and I think that's super different from a beauty advent calendar! 

Worth Purchasing? 
To discover more L'occitane products, yes! 

Spoilers! Images of what's in the box

Battle of the Beauty Advent Calendars: L'occitane!

SoooOooooO, as a consumer of beauty Advent Calendars, I ALWAYS want to know the best calendars of the year. After much researching, I thought I should just review them myself! I'm going to be doing a series of the best advent calendars of 2019 - some I will just research to find out what's included, if they're all sample items and if they're worth getting, and some I will have purchased myself to review! I'm planning to do this way ahead of Christmas time, to give you plenty of time to figure out which ones are worth purchasing!
That being said, please let me know if there's a specific advent calendar you'd like me to review!
The first calendar I'll be reviewing is the 'Miracle on 24th Sweet' Calendar by Soap & Glory! This was kindly gifted to me by Soap & Glory, but of course all reviews are my own!

I want each review to follow the same format so this is how it'll go. The reviews will go like this!
- 24 or 25 boxes?
- Price
- Value of the box
- How many sample sized items vs full sized items, including a list of items.
- Opinions on the calendar
- Worth purchasing
- Spoilers! Images of what's in the box.

So let's begin! 

24 or 25 Boxes? This one's pretty self explanatory - it comes with 24 boxes. 

Price? This calendar is priced at £42! 

Value of Box? I can't find this information anywhere! So hey, I've calculated it myself. Please note, I tried my hardest with mathematical equations to work out what value this box may have. Some are limited edition that they don't sell so this was VERY hard, and this is just an estimate, not an exact value: £90.96
(I have broken down the prices below) 

Here's what the inside of the box looks like btw! 

How many sample size vs how many full size, including a list of items included: I've tried to work this out to the best of my ability, and also have broken down my reasonings below.

14 mini sizes vs 12 full size products! 

BEST WASHES BODY WASHES (can’t find as limited edition) roughly £2.50 (mini) 
BUTTER BE GOOD (can’t find as limited edition) roughly £3 (MINI) 
Rose petals (limited edition) x 2 = Roughly £3 = £6
 FIZZ A BALL = £2 x 2 = £4 (mini)
PUFFY EYE ATTACK MASK £3.50 (full size) 
SPEED PLUMP MASK £3.50 (full size) 
SEXY MOTHER PLUCKER LIP GLOSS £9 X2 = £18 (full size) 
Eyes cream x 1 = £4.67 (mini) 

Opinions on the Calendar 
I've been going back and forth working out if this calendar is good value for money. My outcome is that it is worth it. Firstly, the value is around £91 - which is amazing, but what threw me off for a while was how there were (a few more) minis than full sizes. That being said, the value was still very high for the amount you pay AND I realised, that I was actually happier with the mini sized body butters in different scents. Imagine having 12 full size body butters? I don't think I'd EVER get through them, haha. 
But also, the full size products are products you would WANT in a full size, i.e. the dry shampoo! The scrub! The masks! & let us not forget the lip glosses. 
Overall, I think there is an absolute great variety in products, and a great way to try the S+G range! 
Can I also add, that although they don't sell them 'rose petals' individually, I LOVE THEM. 

Worth Purchasing? If you want a one branded advent calendar, yes! 

Spoilers! Images of what's in the box

I thought I'd leave this to the end because those who don't want to see exactly what's behind each door can skip this part. For those who love a good spoiler, enjoy!

Let me know if you have any questions! 

p.s. next I'll be reviewing the Glossybox calendar! 

12 November 2019

Battle of the Beauty Advent Calendars: Soap & Glory!

Another 14 pan palette from ABH, & this time a collaboration with the amazing Jackie Aina!! Eeeek.

Just as I thought I didn't need another ABH palette, they come out with this baby & I'm soooo here for it. This was gifted to me by the lovely Purple PR, but of course the whole review is my own!

So one thing that I love that ABH are doing now, is more colour in their palettes - this palette is super colourful but ALSO still super wearable!

Here are the swatches!

I was really shook at the pigment in this palette. I usually love the ABH formula, but this formula just feels a tad more buttery and pigmented than some of the others! There isn't much fall out, and I LOVE how reflective the shimmers are. 

As I've said many times before, I'm a huge fan of shimmers, and that's one of the reasons why I'm basically absolutely obsessed with this palette, there are SO many shimmers. 

Now.. if you remove the pinks from this palette, this palette really compares to the Pat Mcgrath Mothership Bronze Seduction palette! 

Now I think they look super similar, especially the white. The white 'Trust Issues' is actually gold shimmer, just like in the Pat Mcgrath palette. Seeing as the Pat Mcgrath palette is a whopping £115 -the Jackie Aina palette is such a great alternative!

I'm super excited with the new influencer collabs ABH keep doing, and can't actually wait to try the new Carli Bybel palette! 

Over the next few weeks, I'll be using this palette over on my instagram so make sure you stay up to date with my posts to see some looks I've created with this palette! 

Let me know if you have any questions! <3 

1 November 2019

ABH Jackie Aina Palette Review & Swatches

For over a month now, I've been using the Eyeko Define it Brow Pencil every. single. day.

These were gifted to me by the team at Eyeko, and I loved them so much I had to give them a special mention on my blog! 

I believe that they're a new formula and retail at £18 per pencil. 
Here are the links for each shade: 
Medium (aff link) 

I thought that I should go straight in with the dark shade, but decided to give the medium shade a go! And actually, I have decided that I really like the medium shade for an everyday look, whilst I like the medium shade when I want a heavier brow!

This is an iamge of me wearing the medium shade! 

& this is an image of me wearing the dark shade!

Overall, I'm really happy with this brow pencil! I really like the shape of the pencil, as well as the spoolie on one end! There's a lot of product in the pencil, so I don't see myself getting through this product any time soon (which is great!) I highly recommend if you're looking for another brow pencil!

30 October 2019

Eyeko Define It Brows!

As much as I absolutely love Anastasia Beverly Hills 14 pan palettes, how amazing is it to see something so wildly different from the brand? I'm absolutely here for the change! 

The lovely team at Purple PR gifted me this volume 2 collection, and I've been wanting to review it since my wedding. Now my wedding and honeymoon are over I can finally spare some time to post this!

The Norvina Volume 2 Pro Pigment palette is £68 and contains 25 shades. It is described as a 'professional grade artistry palette' and I've linked it here!

I can totally understand that this palette is not for everyone. Norvina has gone above and beyond for years to create something suitable for EVERYONE. The 14 pan palettes come in a variety of shades that are perfect for more everyday looks, with hints of colour and different shades for a lot of people.

These Norvina pro palettes are mostly suited to those who are looking for an artistry palette, or are looking to add a little bit more colour into their looks. That being said, I do think this palette isn't only for the pros and can be used by people who just want to experiment with a little bit more colour!

The price is pretty up there when it comes to shadow palettes, BUT, each shade works out to be around £2.72 which is pretty average... AND the pan sizes are bigger than the usual pan!

The layout of this palette really does simplify things, and I absolutely love how they have A throught to E rows, and then have different numbers for the columns!

Now for the swatches!

These are A+B rows. Honestly, blues are so hard to swatch usually. There's something in their pigment which make them super super patchy, and they don't blend very well. These blues (and for all the rows) were flawless. I kept swatching, waiting for one blue to turn out patchy, but absolutely 0 faults in the blues (and greens) in this palette!

C+D rows. I think this image perfectly portrays how pigmented these shades actually are, eeek. That orange is BEAUT (hallooooweeen vibes). The only shade that didn't swatch too well on my skin colour is the yellow! The rest were all one swipe!

The last E row. All these shades go so beautiful together, I can't wait to create a look!

I created an amazing look with the Shade E2, which is such a unique shade! It's like a muddy silver, with pink reflects!

Overall, this palette is giving me real mermaid vibes! If you love a palette as a collectors item (like me haha) then I feel like the Vol 1, 2 & 3 palettes are amazing. I'm a real shimmer girl, and one thing I would ask for in this palette is just a tad more shimmer! Saying that, I feel like with this palette, I'll know where to look when I need a blue or green shade EASILY. It's safe to say that this palette is pretty unique in my (huge) collection & I have nothing like it, always a positive!!

Let me know if you have any other questions loves!

24 October 2019

ABH Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2

Hi loves! I thought I'd write a little piece on some new Too Faced samples! I was gifted these items by Wizard Publicity, but of course, all opinions are my own!
I've been a huge Too Faced fan for the longest time & have a huge collection of Too Faced products (let me know if you want me to show you my whole Too Faced collection!)

I'm going to give a mini review for each new product, and let you know how I got on in the past few days of trying these new items out!

I'll start with the classic Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara! I can't believe I haven't tried this yet. I've always wanted to, it's just one of them things where I've NEVER run out of mascara to actually need to go buy a new one. This makes your lashes so unbelievably feathery and wispy, and doesn't clog all your lashes up together at allllll. 

The main thing for a mascara for me is that it doesn't transfer onto my undereye. I have tried SO many mascaras before, but usually most of them transfer. It's just a thing with my face! This mascara does not transfer even after about 11 hours of wear, and also doesn't flake off. I'm obsessed! 

& to accompany the mascara, I have liner. Those who know me, know I absolutely can't stand my eyes with a winged liner. It just doesn't go with my small eyes! I have however, started smoking out my eyes a little bit more than usual & this is just the babe to do it with. It's SO precise, and something I hate about eyeliner is how chunky it can turn out looking, which doesn't suit my eyes. This can be as thin or as thick as you want it, and I love an eyeliner that does that. 

What's better than a bronzer that smells like chocolate? Nothing. Absolutely nothing at ALL.  Not only has the Too Faced Chocolate Matte bronzer got such a lovely formula, it smells delicious too! I've been using this for the past few days, and the shade is so lovely for my skin tone but I also think it will suit a broad range of skin tones, just not very deep ones! 

The formula is really nice, it blends out perfectly and stays put all day long!

& I've left my fave thing till last. The Too Faced Hangover 3 in 1. I haven't really ever used a product that's a primer and setting spray all in 1 before! It's pretty innovative really! I used this to test out each one: 
- as a primer 
- as a setting spray 
- as a refreshing spray 

I loved it the most as a setting spray, but it's really nice to spray on as a primer too! Special shout out for the spray cap nozzle thing - it disperses the product evenly which is something I look for in a setting spray product! 

If you have any other questions about these products/any other Too Faced products, let me know! xx

10 September 2019

Too Faced Staples!

If you've known me for a while, ABH has been a fave of mine from the very beginning of my make up collection! Now, about 5 years on, I have managed to build quite the collection of ABH products and thought I'd share my fave bits from ABH.

This is not my whole collection, but it's a fair amount. I may do a full collection video on my Youtube (soon) so let me know if that's something you'd like to see!
Recently, ABH PR company in London, Purple PR sent me some products I've never tried before! I've added a * onto the ones that were gifted.

This is the only Blush Trio* I own by ABH. It's beautiful! I love the different selection of blushes, and when I visited the counter with Purple PR, the lovely lady guiding me through some products explained how you can mix all three blushes together. Simple me, wouldn't even think about doing that! lol.

I've also been LOVING this ABH Bronzer* in the shade Rich Amber - they have loads of different shades, so have a look at the shades dependent on your skin type! I love this on top of my cream contour to define my cheekbones a little bit more! :)

So I purchased the ABH Eye primer when it first released. I picked up the travel size version instead of the full size in case I didn't like it. But honestly, it's my fave primer to use ESPECIALLY when I'm going all out with colour. It sets your eyelid nicely, and then you can pack so much colour onto the nice nude base!

I've used the ABH Brow Pomade since the beginning of my make up days, it truly is a staple in my collection! I was using the shade Chocolate, but the lovely lady at the counter matched me with Ebony* instead! I also use the Brow Definer, which I forgot to picture!

I have quite a few ABH glow kits, but my all time fave at the moment is the Dream glow kit. I actually don't think they sell it anymore, but thought I'd add it here anyway lol.

Wow, I love this. First of all the packaging is the most beautiful thing ever, and then a setting spray from ABH was just what I was missing! The Dewy Set* gives such a lovely healthy glow!

Sorry the holographicness of this made it so hard to picture. I got two loose glitters* from ABH to try, and wish I tried them sooner. There are 3 shades currently & I own Sunset Aura & Snowflake. NEED to get my hands on 'So Hollywood' which is an original shade from ABH.

This Matte Lipstick Set* makes for such a CUTE present. It features 4 travel sized lipsticks & all really nice shades of nudes! Even if not for a present, keep it for yourself haha!

I have two absolute fave lip glosses from ABH. Moon Jelly is probably my fave lipgloss in my collection, out of every lip gloss I own. Then, Vintage is such a lovely pink toned lipsgloss which give my lips such a healthy look!

I own SO many ABH lipsticks, but narrowed my faves down to these three! 
Buff, Dusty Mauve & Rosewood! Buff & Rosewood are very similar, but I still like both of them just as much as one another! 

& I narrowed down my three fave ABH Liquid lipsticks too! Dusty Rose, Craft & Ashton! I feel like everyone has Ashton in their liquid lipstick collection, am I right? 

I thought I would touch upon the ABH Single Shadows I own! I'm slowly growing my collection, and love building a custom palette, but I'm not going to link them all as I'd be here all day! haha. 

I have left the most complicated product for last.. the EYESHADOW PALETTES. I'm only going to go through my absolute all time fave palettes here, I won't talk about them much as on the blog I've probably got an in depth review on each palette - have a look out for them!

The state of my Modern Renaissance palette shows how much I love this right? I always have this palette out on my desk, to accompany me if I'm using another palette. It is SUCH a staple palette and along with the brow stuff, the MR palette is what started my obsession with ABH! 
hahahahhaha - I was getting ready to crop out that cheeky little ant (I took these pics in my garden) but then I realised, I really can't be bothered. Hi Ant. 

THE PRISM PALETTE. ILY so much. That is all.

The Norvina Palette. This ranked my fave ever eyeshadow palette of 2018. Yes, yes it did. I would quite easily be happy with this palette as the only palette I owned. That's quite a large statement I just made - but it's true. Plus I love Norvina so much - she has such an awesome personality and really does care about ABH's customers.

The Riviera palette - a new palette of 2019- and I was so happy to see this amount of colour from ABH. It really is something different from ABH and I really like that.

You think you'd see this in my best of ABH products? Well you are. The sultry palette for me, is something I don't actually have in my collection! This palette is an all cool toned palette, and I don't think I can compare this to any palette I own. That's why I love it. Sometimes when I'm sick of all the warm tones, I reach for this palette and I honestly really like it! That grey shade and the bloom shade just work SO well together.

That was a lot of products right? Let me know if you have any other questions about these products, or any other products. I tried to keep this as simple as possible as I didn't want it to get too long for you to read, but do of course let me know if you have any questions!

Mehreen xx

21 August 2019


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