ADVENT CALENDARS

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This Christmas I was lucky enough to have two beauty advent calendars! Ciate’s Mini Mani Month and Benefit’s advent calendar full of minis!
I had Ciate’s calendar the previous Christmas and absolutely loved it but this year it was even better! It had completely different colours and even a full size paint pot! I have never really tried anything from Benefit so I was really excited to try this massive calendar filled with 21 of their best selling and most popular products.

Benefit Cosmetics Countdown to Love Advent Calendar

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

The Benefit tints are very popular and the calendar gives you three different ones to try – pink, orange, and red shades. There is also a cream highlighter and bronzer. I haven’t tried any of these yet as I’m not very good at applying cream products to my cheeks!

Posietint – poppy-pink tinted lip & cheek stain

Sun Beam – golden bronze complexion highlighter

Cha cha tint – mango-tinted lip & cheek stain

High Beam – luminescent complexion enhancer

Benetint – rose-tinted lip & cheek stain

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

A pocket size eye duo! I love the mascara as it gives lots of volume.

BADgal Lash Mascara

BADgal Liner – waterproof eye pencil

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

Three very different face powders! I’m really looking forward to trying Hoola as I’ve heard lots about it.

Dandelion – a brightening face powder

Hoola – bronzing powder

Coralista – a ‘rio’ pleasure face powder

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

All of these lip glosses smell incredible! Just like very sweet vanilla!

Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in A Lister – smooth & luscious lip gloss

Dandelion – soft pearly pink lip gloss

Sugarbomb Ultra Plush – shimmering pinky nude lip gloss

Coralista – sheer coral lip gloss

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

This was such a cute addition to the makeup products. I was wondering if the horse shoe was a deliberate choice as it landed on Friday 13th December…

Lucky horse shoe charm bracelet, bow hair clip, star charm necklace

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

The two little pots of face and eye cream are so so cute! As soon as I got this calendar I couldn’t wait to open the POREfessional. I have been using this tiny tube religiously since I found it and I’ve been so impressed by it I had to include it in my 2013 favourites! Another product I’ve tried is the Stay Don’t Stray. I’ve been using it under my eye concealer and so far I like how helps the concealer not to crease.

Total Moisture Facial Cream – hydra-concentrated facial cream with tri-radiance complex

It’s Potent! Eye Cream – brightening eye cream to fade dark circles

The POREfessional – PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores

Girl Meets Pearl – liquid pearl for face

That Gal – brightening face primer

Ooh La Lift – instant under-eye brightening boost

Stay Don’t Stray – stay-put primer for concealers & eyeshadows

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and BenefitCiate Mini Mani Month

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

Even better than last year! Not only are there caviar pearls but also sequins and glitter! I particularly love the very Christmasy pearls.

Caviar Pearls – Christmas Tree Caviar, Sequin – Miss Mistletoe, Glitter – Jingle Belle, & Caviar Pearls – Frost Yourself

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

This top and base coat pair was a brilliant addition to the calendar!

Underwear & Speed Coat

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit Lot’s of orangey-red shades!

Kiss Chase, Encore, Boudoir, Play Date, & Hopscotch

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

And lots of pastel shades!

Pepperminty, Ferris Wheel, Pillow Fight, Amazing Gracie, & Sugar Plum

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

These are some of my favourites from the calendar. Members only reminds of soft and shimmery pink suede!

Ivory Queen, Members Only, Locket, & Fit for a Queen

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

I can’t believe there was a full size paint pot! Snow Globe was behind the first door on the calendar and I was so so impressed on December 1st as it’s so amazing!

Snow Globe, Serendipity, Party Shoes, & Confetti

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Advent Calendars - Ciate and Benefit

I absolutely loved both calendars and I think I will continue to get the Ciate calendar for as long as they make it! The Benefit calendar was absolutely perfect for an introduction to the brand but I can’t see how they could make it much different in the future.

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