LookFantastic Beauty Box March

Look Fantastic Beauty Box is a box from the UK and you will receive a minimum of six products.   Those products will be an assortment of skin, hair, cosmetic and body products.  There also are sometimes high value surprises added to a few boxes randomly.  They promise to have a much higher value than what you pay each month as well.  They have free worldwide delivery on the boxes or things you order from the website. Boxes are $28 a month but go down with 3,6 or 12 month subscriptions.  Shipping was pretty quick for overseas and I received tracking notices as well.  The stuff I’ve been getting in this box has been really nice.  This one was a find and I really enjoy it.

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This month the theme of the box is Destination Beauty.  What that actually means is that they have gathered a collection of items from around the world.  Once you take that lid off you see the always wonderfully wrapped presentation.

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There is the mini mag that doubles as your info card.  It tells you about each item and gives tips and reasons they love the products.  It’s hard to see what you get with all the squiggles but they do keep your stuff safe on its travels from the UK.

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Like last month there was a copy of Elle UK in the outer box.  I realized last month I can’t afford anything in the magazine and I wouldn’t want most of it anyways so I guess I’m not their target demographic.

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Codage Masque Hydratant Moisturising Mask-15mL $24.31

This mask is suitable for all skin types and promises to banish signs of dryness and damage.  It does require a 15-20 minute commitment, which is a little longer than some masks but the girls think it’s hilarious when I use one so it works for me.  I have used a few other things from this brand and have found them good so I’m looking forward to it.

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm in Demure-$15.42

OMG!!!!! I love this!!!! It has sparkle in it and it tingles on my lips and the colour is fabulous and I want more in all the colours!!!!!!!  It says you can use it on your cheeks too but I’m not sure how I feel about glitter on my cheeks.  So in love right now.

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream-28.3g $8.67

I don’t like FAB face products but this is a body lotion and that I’ve found is okay.  It smells nice and doesn’t leave you greasy at all.  It has no harsh chemicals or weird crap in it and it does work well as a hand/body cream.

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Lottie London Conceal It Brush-$9.65

I must be honest and tell you that I have no idea how to use a concealer brush.  I think it is a great little brush and I’m happy to get it but I may put it to use as an eyeshadow brush.  I’m happy it is not a plain boring black brush.

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Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Cream-15mL $15.20

If they sent me a Nuxe product every single month I would be happy.  They are a brand I have discovered through this box and I love everything I’ve ever received.  This face cream is an antioxidant and anti-stress.  Lord knows some days I need that.  Their whole line smells the same and it is a good scent.  This cream is also very rich feeling and thick but goes on so fabulously!  I really do like this brand.

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Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water-50mL $4.58

Hey those squiggles finally came in handy!  This one has a fresh scent that will be nice to use.  I am not 100% sure how I feel about micellar waters.  I do have a few and use them and while I appreceiate the ease of using one product to get everything done, I don’t understand how I’m not just moving my makeup around  on my face.

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Emergen-C Energy & Immunity Drink Mix-9.9g $0.63 x 2

These are a bonus in the box this month.  It says it’s a fizzy drink mix and that’ll help it not taste like Tang I think.  Maybe it’ll be like that orange drink you used to get as a kid on hot dog days at school that came from McDonald’s.  Does anyone else remember that stuff?  Do they still feed it to kids?

This month had a value of $83.67, plus the magazine.  This month’s mix was great. The great part about LookFantastic  is that they have sales all the time and free worldwide shipping so if you want more of anything or find other things on their site it’s simple to get.  I can’t wait to see what fun they send next month and have yet to be disappointed with what I find in here.

LookFantastic Beauty Box January 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box is a box from the UK and you will receive a minimum of six products.   Those products will be an assortment of skin, hair, cosmetic and body products.  There also are sometimes high value surprises added to a few boxes randomly.  They promise to have a much higher value than what you pay each month as well.  They have free worldwide delivery on the boxes or things you order from the website. Boxes are $28 a month but go down with 3,6 or 12 month subscriptions.  Shipping was pretty quick for overseas and I received tracking notices as well.  The stuff I’ve been getting in this box has been really nice.  This one was a find and I really enjoy it.

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The box came inside a much bigger outer box this month.  I’m not really sure why since the actual box is the same size as it always has been.  As you can see from the mini magazine this month is all about Detox.

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Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo-50mL $5.86

This is the Editor’s Pick this month.  This shampoo deep cleanses to remove product buildup plus all the regular things shampoo does for you.  It recommends that you use it once or twice a month to make your hair look healthy.  One of the tips included for this item is that it doubles as a body wash so that makes it perfect for travelling.  I guess in a pinch anything goes.

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Kebelo Silk Conditioner-50mL $6.28

Some of you regular readers might have been wondering why I wasn’t complaining about getting just a shampoo and here’s why.  They did send out a conditioner to use along with that shampoo.  It is the same brand just an anti-frizz  formula.  These both have a nice smell that makes me want to sniff them instead of using them. Might make my showers longer…..

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BellaPierre Shimmer Shadow in Earth-$13.65 Full Size

This is so shiny!!!!!!  I love mineral makeup and the BellaPierre line has been great anytime I have used it.  This is not a super dark shade but it is very, very shimmery.  I like it!

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Dr Lancer Lancer The Method:Polish-14g $14.70

This polish is full of very fine scrubbers. It doesn’t make any crazy claims about how it will make your skin better, it just tells you that polishing your skin helps to remove dead skin cells and reveal the younger and newer skin beneath.  I find that really refreshing from the normal grandiose claims most skin care products promise.

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Nuxe Nuxellence Detox 15mL

I couldn’t get a price on this since the full size one doesn’t list a size on it, though it sells for $100.  I am getting a nice little collection of Nuxe products and since I have found them to be great and enjoy using them.  This is a night cream that promises you will look like you had an extra 2 hours of sleep.  If it works, I will be buying it by the tubfull because I can’t think of the last time I got enough sleep to be extra perky and rejuvenated.

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Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water-50mL $11.81

I have tried a few different micellar water cleansers since I began getting boxes and I can’t get used to not rinsing.  I find that they work well and my skin is clean, it’s just a habit from years of washing my face to rinse off the cleanser.

This month had a value of $52.30, plus the Nuxe product I couldn’t price out.  This month’s mix was great. The great part about LookFantastic  is that they have sales all the time and free worldwide shipping so if you want more of anything or find other things on their site it’s simple to get.  I can’t wait to see what fun they send next month and have yet to be disappointed with what I find in here.

 

Advent Calendars Day 23,24,25

Well Christmas happened and I had a bunch of other things I needed to try to finish before Santa arrived and getting this post up was not part of them. I hope you all had a great holiday and that you received whatever was on your list.  Here are the last few days worth of things that my calendars handed out to me!

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Day 23 started out with Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion from LookFantastic.  This cream gives you a quick reduction of lines and wrinkles so you can be smooth and youthful for whatever your plans are.

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The FaceShop sent a Sparkling Wine Face Mask.  This one adds resilience to your skin.  There has been quite a selection of masks out of this one and I am not going to complain about it at all.  I love using them and the fact that all of these ones are the paper kind you wear makes them fun too.

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Last up on this day was Selfridges and an Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black.  I am really starting to like this type of liquid eyeliner.  They are basically just a felt marker and go on easily, smoothly, and with no mess.  The fact that it gives a great line is just a bonus for me after all that.

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Day 24 was the last day for both Selfridges and The FaceShop.  Selfridges was up first and they gave me Cowshead Gorgeous Cow Blissful Body Lotion.  This blend of scents is supposed to revive the mind and restore balance.  It does smell nice and during this crazy week I can use all the balance and soothing that can be provided by any means.  It absorbs really fast and I didn’t feel greasy or heavy after using it.

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LookFantastic went back to a favorite brand and  sent Nuxe Face Cleansing And Make-up Removing Gel.  The Nuxe products always smell great and contain honey as one of the things that makes them work.  This is the first time I’ve received a cleanser from them and I think it’ll be just as good as their oil and lotions I’ve tried.

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The last thing FaceShop gave was an Eyelash Curler. I hate these things and I never use them and I think I now have four of them.  I know it’s just me but I never have the time or inclination to ever put one of these on my lashes.  I don’t notice to much of a difference and really can’t be bothered.

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LookFantastic had a bonus day for the 25th and this is what was inside, Tangle Teaser Professional Detangling Brush.  This will be great for the girls.  I am used to just pulling through my knots so I don’t worry about it but Bug especially hates having them pulled out so with a bit of spray and this it should become less of a struggle.

 

Advent Calendars Day 19,20,21,22

So even being on holidays I can’t get these daily posts out.  Only a few days left and then I can stop stressing about it.  Here anyways are the items from the last 4 days and best wishes for the holidays!

We’re going to switch things up a little and do the items by calendar as opposed to by day, as I have been.

First up….The Face Shop.

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The last four days have given me a wide variety of items to play with.  We have a Nature Garden Cleansing Bar in Softening Grape.  You can smell the grape scent through the paper and I think this will be a nice soap.  It is handmade and is supposed to be gentle enough for even your face.  Trendy Nails Basic Original Polish was actually today’s offering.  This is the second polish they’ve included so far but while last time was a red red this is a purple that stands out.  It has the same great coverage as the red and will be another good summer colour.  Real Nature Face Mask Lemon was in there and I have managed to use one of the masks from them I received before and it was good so having another one is not a bad thing.  This one is supposed to brighten your skin while leaving you soft and healthy. Lastly is a Seaweeds Moisturising Pack.  This is a night cream obviously that helps give your skin its moisture back.  With it being cold and windy here for the next four months this will come in handy.

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These are the products from LookFantastic and it’s another big mix.  From the 19th we had Bare Minerals Eyeshadow in Graphite.  I know this would be good for a smoky eye but it’s so dark for everyday use.  I like the brand and the fact that it’s mineral makeup though so I guess that makes up for it.  The 20th was the Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash.  I think maybe I’ll give this one to my hubby.  It smells very manly to me and I’m not sure I want people to be undecided if a man or a woman just left the room.  I’m more of a floral kinda person really.  The 21st took us back to the tanning.  St.Tropez Instant Tan Lotion.  This works by giving you a quick tan that lasts for 24 hours and then is gone.  Makes me think of Jersey Shore…or I guess Geordie Shore since it’s British.  I’m always so sceptical of using these but the test spot I tried was actually not so bad.  Today provided Eve Lom Cleanser.  The instructions tell you to use a muslin cloth in the process and they even gave me that too.  I have to say that this smells horrible though.  I’m hoping it works well because then the smell can be just a little bit of a thing you have to deal with.

The final items came from Selfridges and again there was nothing in common with anything else.

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Erborian CC Creme was in there.  This is a high definition radiance face cream and skin perfector.  It also has SPF 25 in there and I’m thinking I’m going to really like this stuff.  I wish it was a bigger sample.  Next is Caudalie Divine Oil.  I have no idea how to use this but it says Face, Body, Hair on it so maybe I can simply put it everywhere?  It smells good and makes me look all glowy.  First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay was next and I have to say that the other FAB products I’ve used I didn’t like but maybe this will be the one that changes my mind.  The final item for these few days was Lord & Berry Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick.  I’ve had a few different Lord & Berry products and love them all.  This one is no exception.  It does have the same issue as almost all matte lip products in that it makes your lips feel very dry.  There is no rubbing your lips together once it’s on.

Once you see a few days worth of items together you can really see the variety of items you are getting in these calendars.  With only a few days left I’m really excited to see what the big finishes will be.  Let’s hope I can share them with you in a timely manner too.

Advent Calendars Day 18

Well it’s another crazy day here but I’m getting things done and getting through a few dvr’d shows before I run out of room on there.  I opened up the doors marked 18 today and let’s see what was behind them.

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The FaceShop had a Blackhead Out Aloe Nose Strip.  I used the charcoal one they sent a few days ago and this one will be used soon too!  I just love these things.  I know it’s kinda gross but seeing all the stuff they pull out is so satisfying.

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LookFantastic went with Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic.  This is a spray that you apply that reduces redness and adds calm to you.  It seems really strongly scented at first but within a couple of seconds you don’t even notice it anymore.  I don’t normally have too much redness to worry about but can use calm in my life all the time.

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Lastly today we have Eyeko Black Magic Eyeliner from Selfridges. This makes a very fine line and while it is a bit smudgy it seems to have some staying power.  I’ve used other Eyeko products and like them so this one will be no different I’m sure.

 

Advent Calendars Day 17

Well it is evening but it is the correct day so that’s excellent.  I’m almost on holidays and getting excited for Xmas and these little gifts on the way just keep that up.

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First up today we have Selfridges and and provided Ole Henrikson Truth Serum.  This is an all skin types collagen booster and vitamin c complex.  I for some reason tend to have a little bit of a reaction to vitamin c serums.  The two other ones I’ve tried cause me to get hives and then my skin just turns all flaky and dry.  I will do a tensy little test patch of this one before I go full face and hope for the best.

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The FaceShop went back to some makeup today and gave me Freshian Volumizing Mascara.  This is full sized and black so that makes it perfect.

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Just because that’s the way life works LookFantastic also sent a mascara.  Rimmel Scandaleyes Volume Flash in Black.  I really do have enough mascara now to get me through a year but I enjoy Rimmel makeup and am happy with this.

 

Advent Calendars Day 16

I’m trying to get this up and out before my Hubs heads out for the evening and leaves me with two wired little children.  Today was a pretty good day and I was feeling good about what I would find behind the doors.

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First up today was The FaceShop and they have given me a BeBe Lip Mask.  This is a gel mask that helps out chapped lips and restores softness to them.  I have used a Korean lip mask before and I’m sure my husband loved it since I was unable to talk for the 15 minutes it was on.

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In the Sefridges calendar I found DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.  I have never used an oil cleanser before but you apparently pour some onto you hands then rub it into your dry skin and it removes makeup and dirt as you rinse it off.

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From LookFantastic there was a tube of mystery.  Inside the tube was Magnifibres Treatment Primer.  This is a triple effect item that primes, creates longer lashes, and makes them feel thicker and silkier.  I never seem to remember to put the one of these I have on each day but I just need to make it a habit and get magnificent lashes.

Advent Calendar Day 15

Well the day didn’t go as planned and so once again I am getting this post out in the evening.  Let’s call it a win that it’s the right day.

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LookFantastic was our first calendar today and they have given me Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask.  This is actually a hair mask not a face mask.  You wash as normal, rub this in, leave it for a few minutes, then rinse.  It promises to give you smooth, protected, and luxurious hair.  Good start to the day.

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Selfridges has opened to reveal Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer.  They send medium beige and it is maybe just a touch to dark for my skintone.  If I really take the time and effort to blend it in I can just pull it off.  It is not as thick as some concealers, which I like.  I’d rather have a bit of looseness that I can work with then something thick and stiff. At least when we’re talking makeup…. ;).

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Last up today was The FaceShop and they gave m e Smoky Smoky Eyelashes.  I managed to be successful in applying and wearing a pair of falsies to my Xmas party a few days ago so I am even more stoked to get these today.  Would it be wrong to just wear them everyday???

Have a great evening all!!

Advent Calendars Day 12,13, and 14

Okay I guess it’s official, I suck at getting these posts up and out on time.  I have had a few crazy days and late nights and as a result I have gained a pile of items on my counter that need to be documented on here.  I swear I am out of things to do, besides regular life, and I will be able to get through the last 10 days.

Day 12

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This is from Selfridges and it is Eve Lom Cleanser.  This is one of the more involved cleansers I’ve received.  It’s fairly solid in the jar and you need to rub it between your hands until it warms up.  Then you apply it and rub it in.  After that you put a warm cloth over it and wait.  Then you rinse it off and make the cloth cold and put it back on your face to close your pores.  I don’t know if I have that kind of time in the mornings.

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The FaceShop has sent a nail polish, Trendy Nails Basic Original.  There is no name of the colour but as you can see it’s red.  Two coats gave me a pure red colour and while I don’t choose to do my nails red often I do think it’s a great choice for toes.

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LookFantastic opened up to Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.  You spray this on your face or hands and then pat it into your skin.  It is very rose scented as expected but it absorbed so quick that you never felt it dripping or leaking on your face.

Day 13

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First up this time is The FaceShop and their Collagen Pomegranate Pack.  This is a cream you put on your face just before bed.  This helps to improve elasticity.  This smells so good I will gladly put it on every night.

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Next was LookFantastic and Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream.  This not only heals hands, it makes them smooth and soft.  It says it is fragranced with orange pulp but it doesn’t really smell all that citrusy.  Still nice though.

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Last yesterday was James Read Gradual Tan Day Tan SPF 15 Face.  Upper class British people must like being tanned.  This is not the first tanning item I have received.  This is a self tanning lotion.  You apply it and gradually get a darker, hopefully natural looking, tan on your face and neck.  I have never used any type of tanner so when I give this a go I can only hope I get it right.

Day 14

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The FaceShop really has quite a few masks and patches and strips.  This is a Spot Clear Intensive Patch.  From the instructions I gather this is not something you want to use right before a big date.  You put this patch over your blemish and leave it on for 6-12 hours. HOURS!  I hope after all that it is gone because that is quite the commitment to a hope and a prayer.

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This is the cutest little Beauty Blender I have ever seen!!!!  I love that Selfridges included the full sized blender cleaner with it.  I have a regular sized one and use it daily but this one is so little I guess maybe concealer?

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Finally after three days the last item out of the LookFantastic calendar is Monuspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil.  If you have a willing partner you can use this as a massage oil.  Since that will probably never happen here (sorry honey but you know it’s the truth), you can also use it as a bath and shower oil.  This is made to relax your muscles and helps soothe your skin.

 

Advent Calendars Day 10 And 11

My bad…..I simply did not have any time yesterday to get a post up.  I was feeling crappy when I got home from work and we had Bug’s Christmas Concert and then by the time we got the girls to sleep, I wanted nothing more than my bed as well.  I am so exhausted and angry lately that I really want nothing more then an hour alone to do nothing and that is just not going to happen any time in the foreseeable future. Enough of my whining, lets see what was in these boxes.

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Selfridges gave me Merci Handy New Wave Love & Hand Cleansing Gel.  These are always useful to have around and this one smells good too.

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The FaceShop provided Herb Day Lip & Eye Makeup Remover Wipes.  Another great thing to have around and I use remover wipes a few days a week when I can’t be bothered to actually wash my face.

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LookFantastic has actually given me some makeup, which has been a little bit in short supply lately it seems.  This is Nudestix Lip + Cheek Pencil in Satan.  Maybe not the most Christmassy of names but it is nice to apply.  It glided on smoothly and while I think I might be over red lips right now, it is a true red colour.

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Today LookFantastic gave me a set of lashes.  These are Eyelure Lengthening lashes.  The come with the adhesive and an applicator.  Maybe that is what I’ve been missing in my attempts to wear falsies.  I now have a few sets of these and I swear I will figure it out one of these days.

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The FaceShop opened up to reveal Color Hair Bands.  These are those no tangle bands but they always seem to require me to cut them out of my hair.  I use them to secure the ends of my braids or in the girls hair since theirs is finer and less likely to get all wrapped around it.

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Last up, Selfridges gave me Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste.  I can honestly say I never expected to get toothpaste in an advent calendar.  This one claims to actually reverse the erosion process.  I didn’t think that was possible but okay.  It is minty smelling at least.

I will try to be better at this.  Maybe I don’t really need as much sleep as I think I do.