SkinStore 12 Miracles of Beauty 2017 Advent Calendar Review + Coupon
SkinStore 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar is a 12-day advent calendar featuring full-size and deluxe size beauty products.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Cost: $99
The Products: “The beautiful presentation case features 12 wonderful products from the world’s best, premium beauty brands, including: Caudalie, Dermalogica and FOREO. Each product has been specially chosen to ensure you discover a brand new treat that provides every day confidence across makeup, skin care and hair care.”
The box itself is beautiful! It includes 12 drawers full of goodies, gold foil accents, and doors that open to reveal the 12 days!
OK, let’s go through each drawer:
Day 1: Caudalie Eau de Beaute Beauty Elixir – 30 ml Value $18
This is a toning mist that helps set makeup and tighten the appearance of pores. The mist is SUPER fine (love) and the scent is fab, too. (It’s a mix of essential oils like rosemary, peppermint, and bitter orange.)
Day 2: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – 75 ml Value $19
This Elasticizer is designed to be used on damp hair for 20 minutes before shampooing. It’s a deep conditioning treatment you can use twice a week. I’ve sampled this before and didn’t see amazing results, so I thought I’d try it again – still nothing substantial. I’m wondering if it works better on certain hair types? Let me know if you’ve tried it and have any tips!
Day 3: Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black – .03 oz Value $9
This eyeliner lives up to its “silky” name! It glides on, with intense pigment, and it is smudge-proof, too. (Swatched in lower photo.)
Day 4: Erno Laszlo Exfoliate & Detox Detoxifying Hydrogel Mask – Value $16
OMG this mask was such a luxe treat! It’s a two-part mask so you can get a perfect fit for your face, and the formula is so soothing. It’s designed to illuminate dull skin and remove dead skin cells. I liked it so much I think I’ll buy more (and I get a lot of masks in subscription boxes!)
(And it is free of Phthalates, Parabens, Petrolatum, Sulfates and Mineral Oil!)
Day 5: Dr. Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil – 15ml Value $29.25
This facial oil is advertised as 100% natural, so I was disappointed to see that parfum and Red 33 (a synthetic dye) were listed in the ingredients. (I wish skincare companies wouldn’t add unnecessary dyes to their products, but that’s probably just my pet peeve.)
Those ingredient issues aside, I loved the feel of this oil. It’s SO lightweight, smells sweet, and absorbs quickly.
Day 6: Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant FULL SIZE! Value $57
Full-size Dermalogica? This advent calendar just went up a notch in my book! And this product is pretty fab, too. It’s designed to “polish away dulling skin to reveal smoother, fresher skin.”
The polishing particles are SO fine – super gentle on my skin, and the best part is that this immediately left my skin feeling incredibly smooth. I’m thrilled to have a full-sized tube!
Day 7: Monuskin Recovery Balm Value $37.40
This is a rich cream and super hydrating. It’s designed for sensitive skin, and I found it to be very gentle on my skin. It’s a great winter-weather/dry-skin moisturizer!
Day 8: The BrowGal Skinny Pencil in Blond – FULL SIZE! Value $23
This pencil includes a built-in sharpener and spoolie:
The color is a little too light for me, but otherwise, it’s a perfect brow pencil. The formula is great, and it has just enough pigment. Here it is swatched beneath the pixi eyeliner:
Day 9: BalanceMe Pure Skin Face Wash – FULL SIZE! Value $23
This creamy facial cleanser is 99% natural, ingredient-conscious, and designed for sensitive skin. The formula didn’t dry out my skin, either – good stuff!
Day 10: Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum Intense – Value $50
This serum is designed to help make your hair look thicker and longer in 8 days! You apply 20 drops to your hands and massage into your scalp both day and night. I thought this would result in greasy looking hair, but no! It actually added a little volume! And the scent is nice, too. It reminds me of the fancy products they use at my hair salon.
Day 11: Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist – 30ml Value $30
This is one of my favorite items in the box. It’s the lightest/finest facial mist I’ve ever tried, and it smells like the beach! I discovered this thanks to the Net-A-Porter Beauty Box, and I’m thrilled to have another one!
Day 12: Foreo Luna Play – $39 Value
If you aren’t familiar with the Foreo Luna Play, it’s a pulsating device that allows you to get a much deeper clean when cleansing your face. (Similar to a Clarisonic.)
This device is 100 uses and not rechargeable, so a few MSA readers recommended using it as a tool to clean makeup brushes once the battery runs out. Foreo also gives tips for recycling your Play device. (This also came with a coupon code to save $39 off the full-size rechargeable Luna Foreo Device).
I’d been a Clarisonic user for years, but last year I switched to Foreo thanks to the first time I sampled this device!
Both Clarisonic and Foreo do a great job of cleaning my skin thoroughly. (While using the Foreo Play, I did wish that there were different intensity settings like there are on Clarisonic, but these options exist on the full-sized versions.)
The big difference for me is the silicone brush surface area. It’s nonporous and will resist any bacteria build up. With Clarisonic, you have to always buy replacement brush heads. (At $22 a new brush head, switched out every 2-3 months, the costs add up!)
It has one speed only, and an on/off button on the back:
Verdict: This box has a total value of $350.65! I think that’s great for a box you can get for $79.20! (Use coupon code BRAD12MIRACLES to get the box for only $79.20.) And everything is a great size – no filler items! The only miss for me is the brow pencil color, but besides that, no complaints!
What do you think of the SkinStore 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar?