I’m a little sad to see the end of my Selfridges Advent Calendar today. It’s been a fun 24 days. If you missed the original post the calendar costs a whopping £80 and I was curious to see if by the end of it I would feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth. Yes. Yes I think I have! I’ve never tried products from Shu Uemura or Khiel’s. There is no way at this point that I would ever splash out on so much Lancôme skin care, a YSL liner or Lancôme mascara. I have enough perfume samples to last a life time. Enough rambling, here is what I got.
Perfume! And lots of it. Each sample is around 5-7ml (I can’t read the writing on a couple though, I think Armarni Code is smaller) and there are some in here that I’ve always wanted to try. We have Emporio Armarni Diamonds, Lancôme Trésor, Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb, Armarni Code, Lancôme Miricale and YSL Belle D’Opium.
Some Lancôme cleansers (there is a whole lotta Lancôme in this calendar). Bi Facil is my favourite eye makeup remover but I can’t justify the price of it so it’s lovely to have some again. The Eau Micellaire Doucer (express cleansing water for eyes and face) is not my favourite product but I will use it.
More Lancôme, the Génefique Yeux (eye cream) and Rénergie Lift Volumetry (day cream with SPF15). Both are good sizes (5ml and 15ml respectively) and both are skin care items I couldn’t justify the cost of normally.
Ah the makeup. I was initially worried this would be full of skincare which whilst nice isn’t as exciting as actual cosmetics. There are two mascaras (Lancôme Hypnose and Hypnose Drama) a 5ml sample of Lancôme Teint Miricale foundation, a Lancôme Juicy Tube, YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick (mini) Lancôme L’absolu Nu mini lipstick and a YSL waterproof eye pencil. The foundation I thought was a strange choice as the chances of it matching anyone aren’t great. It is shade 03 which is of course too dark for me. I will be popping it in the post to my mother.
Kiehl’s is a brand I haven’t come across before. I don’t know why, I just don’t think of them when shopping for skin care. Now I have the Ultra Facial Cream, Creme de Corps body lotion, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Ultimate Strength Hand Salve to try out.
And finally 7ml of Lancôme Génefique, 7ml of Lancôme Visionnaire and 20ml of the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier.
Overall I think they are good sized samples. I would have preferred to see a different brand of mascara rather than two Lancôme ones and I would perhaps have included something different than the foundation sample but other than that I’m thrilled with the contents. If nothing else I’m all set for many many weeks of Sample Sunday! I won’t buy it again next year for fear of getting repeats but yes, I do think it was worth it and I have very much enjoyed it! x