For those of you who don’t know, this year I treat myself to Boohoo’s beauty advent calendar. One of two beauty calendars I received this year. This first was my 24 days of Korean skincare which I opened pre-December to give you a full review, this one however was a little treat to myself and I wanted the full experience, so I opened it daily over on my instagram @OhSoViki to get me through December.
Retailing at £40 (£32 at the time with discount code) with an advertised RRP of £149 worth of products inside I did little research before hitting the purchase button because frankly, what’s the point of a surprise if it isn’t a surprise at all!
Was it worth it? Will I be purchasing it next year? Let’s find out!
The first couple of days yielded poor results, at first I got the I ❤ makeup Molten Lip, which wouldn’t work, followed by lashes that were really poor quality and had a lot of strays that gave you no shape and a frankly sample sized tan drops that you put into your own moisturiser. I knew there were better things to come though! Day 4 gave me the fluffy bow headband which honestly is so simple but adorable and it started picking up from there!
The calendar definitely gives you a massive variety of make-up, beauty, tools and a good mix of brands you’ve heard of, fan favourites, new brands to try and maybe fall in love with!
There was definitely a Chocolate theme with these, which probably goes hand in hand for most people, but I’m not a massive fan of chocolate fragranced beauty products. I eventually got the Molten Lip to work and it’s not a colour I expected at all, it’s very sickly pink that isn’t quite a gloss or lipstick it’s inbetween in one of those ways where it doesn’t quite adhere to your lip properly for a while, and if you have dry lips (who doesn’t in winter) it shows up everything that’s wrong! But when it does it leaves a fairly nice stained colour – I received a lot of compliments on the colour and think i’ll be using it again as long as I have the foresight of putting it on a couple of hours before I head out. I love The Chocolate Orange eye palette has my everyday colours in it and it’s a handy travel size and sturdy casing so I can see this becoming a staple. I have no idea what to expect of the tan, you do get a tanning mitt and the booster drops too so I think for a while I’ll be stepping away from my vampire chic aesthetic.
Some of my most exciting products were the eyelash applicator and Jade Roller! Even though I put a poll on my instagram story on whether they work and an overwhelming 82% said no I’m still excited to try these out, but all of the ‘tools’ that came in the calendar really were let down by poor packaging, The beauty blender is as basic as they come and really a pound shop present, throw it in a travel case or holder and you’d be onto a winner there for not a lot more cost to the retailer. The amount of plastic packaging too seems so wasteful although I guess they’re thinking about the fact they need to be ‘hygenically’ sent to us.
So the left hand side are the lashes that seem to have no structure to them with random strays, these were opened on day two so left me a little disappointed, the Eyelure ones were day 22 and I was so impressed, I think they’re one of the most high-end pieces of the entire calendar considering they also include a mini applicator in themselves, which you could say would make the others redundant but it never hurts to have a travel-sized pair for touch ups!
I’ve got to say this is definitely aimed to a more younger demographic, with multiple ‘I heart’ and sleek products, which don’t get me wrong can be great but I see them as drugstore, first time friendly products.
- Sheet masks (although I don’t need 2 from one calendar)
- Jade roller
- Eyelure set and applicator
- Bow headband – so soft and a cute design.
Happy to have – Wouldn’t purchase
The nail set is great, honestly the cuticle pen is a lifesaver but a wooden emery board? No thanks! Glass all the way, never use wooden as it causes more splints.
Tanning cream is always fun to play around with because i’ve never found one that works for me so rather than purchasing it to realise it doesn’t work i’m happy for it to come as an addition in this box.
- Pink unicorn eyeliner (one too many I heart products and this one seems like the opacity over eyeshadow won’t be great).
- Spider-leg eyelashes.
- The sample sized tanning drops
- The two animal tested products that I won’t even name, it’s 2020, there’s no need for it.
There’s definitely more than £40 worth of products in here at standard retail price and the added thought of it being in a calendar will always come at a premium but I’ve purchased plenty of £30-40 beauty boxes that come with way more value in them. I think there was little thought in the contents, with 2 sets of polish, eyelashes, tan and face masks (which I could manage if they were on par with each other but in each case one is vastly superior to the other) but I do think there is really an astonishing amount of variety in this calendar and after the initial few days of let downs I was seriously excited daily to see what I was going to get.
I also think this is massively targeted to 16 year olds, there are so many ‘young’ brands in here but not even young in a 18-24 way, Considering the model on the photos selling this is literally in underwear I think the products barring the Eyelure and Jade Roller are really for first timers, like I said, it’s not that these brands are bad, but there’s a ‘cheap’ and ‘young’ demographic to them rather than seeing say a NYX Product (or something on par) thrown in a little bit more.
It was a fun experience, I really did enjoy opening up something new each day and I know I’ll get good use out of 99% of these products, I think it was fairly priced for the £32 I paid, but I think the products are not as expensive as they’re making out, Getting a Latest in Beauty box for example is going to give me genuinely higher market items for around £30-40. I think doing little research into it was fun so it was a genuine surprise but next year I need to find a fully cruelty free one without spoiling the contents, if it wasn’t for that sole fact I actually would consider this next year despite the few blips because with 24 products at the price I paid odds are you won’t like everything but it did good overall and gave me a good little treat each day of December!
Did you get a different type of advent calendar this year?
Will you be getting one next year?
Let me know your stories in the comments below!