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Advent Calendar 2019: Week Three Round-Up

Advent Calendar 2019: Week Three Round-Up
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Christmas is just around the corner now Glossies! While you’ve still got five more stellar products to unwrap (there’s a big one waiting for you on the 25th *wink wink*), let’s look back at all of the standout essentials you’ve received this week.

Day Twenty: Barry M Cosmetics - Blusher Quad

barry m blusher palette

When it’s cold (and most likely wet) outside, a touch of blush can really make all the difference when it comes to having a healthy-looking, rosy glow. Luckily for you, you’re now fully covered in that department thanks to Barry M’s Blusher Quad Palette.

Boasting four shades ranging from soft peach to rosy pink and shimmery coral, you can use this palette to create a natural, dewy look.

Three Ways To Apply Your Blush

The beauty of this palette is that you can pick your shades according to your desired effect, or use a combination to really go all out.

  • A Soft Glow

If you want to create a natural and healthy glow, I’d recommend applying this blush onto the apples of your cheeks and gently blending the powder in using a tapered, fluffy brush.

  • A New Lease For Life

Blush is also a great way to enliven your whole complexion. To really add warmth to your skin, I’d suggest applying it from the top of your apples up towards your cheekbones. Without adding more powder, sweep it across your forehead too.

  • A Rosy Contour

For this look, just pretend that you’re applying a bronzer. Sweep the blush from your hairline at the top of your cheekbones down towards the corner of your mouth, then blend it upwards.

Don’t forget to share your finished looks with us on social media. We’d love to see them!

Day Nineteen: Avant - Pro-Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream

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When we were lovingly creating our Advent Calendar, we looked back to find out what your favourite products from the year had been. Without fail, Avant came up over and over again. That’s why we’ve brought you their Pro-Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream.

Smoother And Brighter Skin Awaits

Based on the effects of their night cream and primer, you can expect great things from this day cream. Its formula speaks for itself really:

  • Hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil penetrate deep into the skin, hydrating and instantly helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Sea water, which is full of magnesium, potassium and calcium, helps your skin to retain moisture. It also works to balance your skin’s oil production to even out its tone.
  • Soy Lecithin (a softening and soothing agent) helps to keep your skin hydrated.

If you’ve got dry or matured skin, this day cream is a real game changer! It’s the secret to a hydrated, smooth and radiant complexion.

A True Beauty Ritual

To get the most out of your new Avant day cream, there are four key ways to apply it:

  • Along your jawline: Apply the moisturiser from your chin out towards your earlobes.
  • Across your cheeks: Smooth the cream from the middle of your nose towards your temples.
  • Along your forehead: Use gently sweeping movements to massage the cream from the centre of your forehead outwards.
  • Under and around your eyes: Use gentle circular motions to massage the moisturiser into your skin from your eyebrows to your nose.

You should start to notice a real difference after just a few days!

Day Eighteen: Dr.PAWPAW - Original Balm

dr pawpaw lip balm

 If you’re a long time GLOSSYBOX subscriber, you will already have fallen in love with Dr.PAWPAW’s tinted lip balm after sampling it in our April box. Now though, you can try out the original formula that inspired all of the incredible spin-offs.

A Multi-Purpose Lip Balm

Formulated with pawpaw fruit, Aloe vera and olive oil, this lip balm moisturises, calms, soothes and heals. It can be applied onto:

  • Your pout to treat dry and chapped lips.
  • Your skin to protect and moisturise your complexion.
  • Your nails to keep them moisturised and strong.
  • Your cuticles to soothe and heal any broken skin.

Insider Tip: If you apply it onto a spoolie, it also works as a clear eyebrow gel and a moisturiser for your lashes. You can even apply it as a highlighter for a natural no-makeup look.

Loved By Celebrities

Here at GLOSSYBOX, we’re committed to always bringing you the most desired and raved about products out there. Dr.PAWPAW’s Original Balm is definitely one of those products!

My desert island must-have is DR.PAWPAW balm. I use it on my lips, eyelids, cheeks; I prefer it to eight hour cream.


From Real Techniques’ founders Pixiwoo to admired actress Emma Watson, your favourite celebrities all rate this balm. When you start using this, you’ll be surprised that you ever managed to live without it. I guess it’s a good thing that this comes in a handy small tube that fits into your handbag or back pocket for easy on the go use.

Day Seventeen: Rituals - Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream

rituals body cream

Speaking of popular products, door seventeen contained one of the products I was most looking forward to seeing all of your responses to. After receiving so much positive feedback from the incredible hand balm in our November ‘Winter Warmers’ edit, I had a sneaky feeling Rituals' Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream would go down a treat too.

A Best-Selling Body Cream…

There’s a reason why this body cream is one of the best-selling products from their Sakura range: it delivers great results and smells absolutely divine.

It is full of antioxidants, vitamin E and centella which nourish, firm and strengthen your skin. Better yet, it boasts a whipped-cream like texture that is rich and velvety. It feels so indulgent when you apply it but still sinks in really quickly!

…Inspired By The Ancient Japanese Hanami Ceremony

Did you know that Sakura, or the iconic Japanese cherry blossom tree, inspired this Rituals collection? Well, just as the ancient Hanami ceremony from Japan reveres the fleeting beauty of this tree, this skincare range celebrates new beginnings and living life to its fullest.

That’s why all of their Sakura products are made with two key ingredients:

  • Organic Rice Milk: A symbol of abundance, happiness and fertility throughout Asia, rice also has great benefits for your skin. It makes it feel soft and supple, while giving it a healthy glow too.
  • Cherry Blossom: Celebrated as a representation of rebirth and purity, Sakura blossom boasts a relaxing fragrance.

Simply massage this cream into dry skin after showering and allow its nourishing properties and relaxing scent to make you feel like a whole new you!

Day Sixteen: Nude By Nature - Touch of Glow Highlight Stick

nude by nature highlighter stick

The festive season is all about the glitz and glamour – and you can never have too many shimmery products in your makeup bag this time of year. In fact, I’m willing to bet that many of you were keeping your fingers crossed for highlighter. Well, we didn’t disappoint! Box sixteen featured Nude by Nature's Touch of Glow Highlight Stick.

Featuring a highly-pigmented, creamy formula, this highlighter stick allows you to create a dewy glow effortlessly.

Making The Most Of Your Highlighter

Thanks to its easy-to-use domed shape, you can easily glide this stick onto your face and blend it in with your fingers or a dense makeup brush. I’d recommend applying it to your cheekbones, the arches of your eyebrows, your Cupid’s bow and even the tip of your nose.

Insider Tip: You can also use this highlighter as an eyeshadow. Using a flat, tight-bristled eyeshadow brush, collect the creamy pigments and sweep them onto your lid.

Why You’ll Love It

This highlighter stick delivers iridescent shine, there’s no doubt about it, but there are loads of reasons to love this makeup must-have:

  • It’s handy and portable: As it comes in a practical stick, you can easily slip this into your bag and apply on the go. It’s perfect for a quick transition from day to night!
  • It looks great: Housed in gorgeous, shiny, rose gold packaging, it not only looks great but stands out in your bag, making it easy to find.
  • It’s made of 100% natural active ingredients that are full of antioxidants:

→Desert lime hydrates your skin and makes it looks brighter.

→Kakadu plum, the world’s richest source of vitamin C, protects your complexion.

→Quandong helps your skin to naturally renew itself.

→Carnauba wax will make your face feel soft and smooth.

→Vitamin E soothes and moisturises your complexion.

It’s also cruelty-free, with no chemicals, synthetic ingredients or preservatives. We really rate this highlighter and have loved seeing all of your fantastic reactions to it. We knew it would be a hit!

Day Fifteen: Curaprox - Be You Candy Lover Toothpaste

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You’ve no doubt been told time and time again that sweet things are bad for your teeth. Well, you can now satisfy your sweet tooth and protect your pearly whites at the same time thanks to the sweet flavouredCandy Lover toothpaste by Curaprox.

By combining refreshing menthol with sweet watermelon, this toothpaste tastes great, while also whitening, protecting and strengthening your teeth.

How Does It Work?

It may seem too good to be true to have a tasty toothpaste that also delivers results, but Curaprox have pulled it off. Their secret formula?

  • Glucose oxidase, an antibacterial enzyme, helps to whiten your teeth.
  • Fluoride (a natural mineral) and xylitol (a naturally occurring alcohol) prevent tooth decay.
  • Hydroxylapatite (a natural form of calcium) works to restore and protect your teeth’s enamel.
  • Plant and fruit extracts (including Echinacea, bitter orange, devil’s claw and Indian pennyworts) soothe inflamed gums.
  • Menthol helps to keep your breath fresh.

Who Are Curaprox?

Known as ‘the Swiss teeth obsessives', Curaprox was founded in Switzerland in 1972. They have spent the last 50 years emphasizing the importance of white teeth and fresh breath by making oral health fun and accessible for all. Don’t believe me? Their toothpaste range includes grapefruit, blackberry, apple, peach and even gin tonic flavours!

Trust me, when you start using your Candy Lover toothpaste, you won’t just brush out of habit or need. You’ll actually look forward it!

More Product Insight To Come

I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to make the most of tomorrow’s surprise soon. In the meantime, if you missed out on any of your earlier products insights, you can check out the below blogs:

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