2015 Advent Calendars

Hello everyone and happy St. Nicholas Day! Since it is St. Nicholas Day I thought I’d talk about advent calendars. Now we all know about those chocolate advent calendars we used to get as kids, but those days of simple advent calendars are long gone. Now we live in the age where you can get an advent calendar filled with anything! Jewellery? They have one. Beauty/makeup/skincare? They have one with those too. I’ve even seen a beer advent calendar where you get a new craft beer to try every day. This year I decided to go the non-traditional route and get Lego advent calendars. Let me tell you, they have been nothing but fun. I picked up the Star Wars and the Lego City advent calendars because I wanted a little variety (though I was very tempted to get two Star Wars calendars). Every day you get a little Lego character or item that you get to build. Once they’re built you can place them on the little scene that comes attached to the calendar. It’s lots of fun and way better than chocolate in my opinion.

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Also, if you want your pet to get in on the advent action there are always advent calendars specifically for pets (I had no idea this even existed until I saw them at PetsMart). The one we have has a gluten free treat every day (our dog can’t have gluten so it’s awesome that they cater to specific diets).

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Review: GLAMGLOW Gift Set

For today’s blogmas I thought I would give my review on the GLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Dazzling Hydration Set. Now, before I start I just want to let you know I am not yelling the product names at you. Their names are actually all capitalized.

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I had never tried any of the GLAMGLOW products before, but I had heard many good things about them and wanted to see what the hype was about. I got this set from Sephora and I picked this one because it comes with 2 masks, a cleanser, and an applicator brush. Since the gift set costs just slightly more than a full size mask, I thought I’d take the chance and try a few products. Since I have dry skin that sometimes breaks out I thought this set would be a good choice since it comes with a full size of the THIRSTYMUD mask and a deluxe size of the SUPERMUD cleansing mask.

THIRSTYMUD Treatment: This is probably my favourite product from the entire set. I initially thought this was a mask, but after reading the little instruction manual that came with the set I learned that it can be used as a mask but it is more like a treatment that doesn’t have to be washed off. The product itself has a really nice scent that is almost like almond or coconut, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It was really easy to apply and it left my skin feeling really hydrated the next morning. It also didn’t react at all with my sensitive skin which is a huge bonus to me. I’m really looking forward to using this product in the upcoming winter months and I will possibly repurchase it in the future.

SUPERMUD Cleansing Mask: Now this product I was really excited to try. I sometimes have breakouts around my t-zone and I thought it would be nice to use this as a spot treatment to take care of those problem areas. The mask is kind of minty and leaves a tingling/cooling sensation as it dries. As for results, I haven’t noticed a large difference but my skin has been pretty good the past few weeks so I’ll probably get more noticeable results if I use it during a breakout time. A word of warning for people with sensitive skin, this mask is one of the more powerful cleansing masks that I’ve used. I found my skin went a little reddish for about 20 minutes after using the mask. Since I use this as a spot treatment it doesn’t bother me too much, but I wouldn’t suggest using this on your entire face if you have sensitive skin. I’m going to keep on using this product, but I’m going to keep an eye out to make sure I don’t have any more reactions to the product and I probably wouldn’t repurchase it.

Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser: So this was the one product I wasn’t exactly jumping to try. I find a lot of cleansers are just really harsh on my skin and leave it feeling dry and tight. However, this cleanser was a pleasant surprise. It’s a mud to foam cleanser which basically means it comes out of the pump looking and smelling exactly like the THIRSTYMUD treatment. You massage it over your dry skin and then add water to work it into a foam. The cleanser left my skin feeling soft and moisturized which is an unusual experience for me. I haven’t used it to remove makeup or anything so I can’t really say if it does an exceptional job cleansing, but it’s nice and I’ll definitely use it up.

Applicator: While the applicator looks nice and has soft bristles, I could have honestly done without it. I really never used it at all to apply the masks, and honestly it’s just another thing I’m going to have to clean if I use it with the masks. I also have yet to figure out what the little silicone triangle on the one side of it is for. It’s not really sturdy and I just don’t get it. Maybe some people really like this applicator, but it just wasn’t for me.

Overall Opinion: Overall I thought the set was a good purchase. I’ll definitely get use out of the products and it was nice to get to try a bunch of different products without having to pay the large price tag for each individual item. I can see why GLAMGLOW is so well known for their masks and I’m looking forward to using them for the next while.

 

*Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was not paid to do this blog post and all products were purchased by myself.

Blogmas!

Hello my lovely readers! As you may have seen, this blog has been quite empty since May. All I can say is there have been a bunch of life changes going on in our lives over the past few months. This has all led to this blog being sorrily forgotten amidst the craziness. However, I’ve decided I’m going to be doing blogmas this year to make up for that. You can look forward to a new post on this blog every day until Christmas!

As this is my first blogmas post, I thought I’d introduce you all to one of our new family members. Earlier in January I had posted about the loss of our cat Cookie. Though it’s a little sad that this is our first Christmas without her, I’d like you all to meet the newest and youngest furry member of our family. Maggie! She’s just over 8 months old right now and is experiencing winter for the first time in her life. It’s quite hilarious. She’s a west highland terrier and is the most cuddly dog I’ve ever met. Just look at that face!

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We got her a week after getting back from Hawaii, and that is part of the reason why the blog posts tapered off after that time. Well I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to your December, and I’ll be back tomorrow with another blog post!