L'Occitane Christmas Advent Calendar

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I don't celebrate Christmas but I do love trying out new products as well as stocking up on travel sizes. There really isn't a better way to do so than picking up a few of the holiday gift sets that are available at the moment. I've already opened up the L'Occitane festive bauble, but have decided to wait until December starts before I open the L'Occitane Christmas advent calendar. While the kids in my class will have a chocolate advent calendar to look forward to, I will be treating myself with a different L'Occitane product in the run up to the Christmas holidays.

So what's inside the L'Occitane Advent Calender?
Well there's a range of products, including hand creams, soap, shower gel and a few festive treats and decorations. Here's a full list of what's included:

• 35ml Almond Shower Oil
• 10ml Almond Delicious Hands
• 5ml Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette
• 10ml Delightful Rose Hand Cream
• Nail File
• Set of 5 gift tags
• 50g Jasmin & Bergamote Soap
• 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
• Star-shaped Pastry Cutter
• 50g Milk Extra Gentle-Soap
• 10ml Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
• Set of 10 stickers
• 10ml Ultra Rich Face Cream
• 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion
• Set of Place Cards
• 35ml Repairing Shampoo
• 35ml Repairing Conditioner
• Bow Tree Hanging Decoration
• 30ml Verbena Shower Gel
• 30ml Verbena Body Lotion
• 10ml Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
• 3ml Moisturising Lip Balm
• 10ml Shea Butter Foot Cream
• Sachet of Stars.SOLD OUT - Christmas Beauty Advent CalendarFor £39.00, this advent calendar is pretty good value for money and is one of the less pricier beauty advent calendars available. Plus, I'm a big fan of L'Occitane products, so I know that I'll be using everything that is included in this calendar. The advent calendar is sold out online but you may be able to find it in your local L'Occitane boutique.


The Konjac Sponge Company [review]

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A few weeks ago, I was in Oxford Street and had a look around the Selfridges beauty hall. I really wanted some NYX lip liners but they weren't stocked at the pop up stand so instead, I picked up a Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal.

I've used a Konjac Sponge before (I got the angel face cloth in this YBD box) and they're great for cleansing on make-up free days. The sponge is made from 100% vegetable fibres. When completely dry, it's quite rough and solid so you kind of wonder if it's good for your skin. However, once saturated with water, it becomes much softer.

(solid as a rock)

(after running under the tap)

I find that the Konjac sponges are a lot kinder to the skin than muslin cloths, and you can't feel the exfoliation (whereas a muslin cloth may sometimes be a bit abrasive). This might not appeal to everyone, but seeing as I use it on the days I'm not wearing makeup, I don't feel that I need the extra exfoliation that I get when using muslin cloths. Because it is 100% natural, the sponge will eventually break down, although it should last at least 2-3 months with regular use.

If you have sensitive skin or just don't like muslin cloths when cleansing, I'd definitely recommend trying the Konjac sponges. You can purchase Konjac Sponges from their own website, as well as a number of retailers, including Look Fantastic and Feel Unique.