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Monday 24 October 2016

Beauty Advent calendars

Years ago an Advent calendar either offered little images linked to...er....Advent, or chocolates behind each window.  Now they offer beauty products, miniature whiskeys, anything which can be packaged into the "one treat a day" format.

I love opening a window each day - it's like being a kid again.  But you need to be quick if you want one of the more desirable beauty advent calendars. Some of them are in limited numbers. They make fantastic presents.

I had the Selfridges calendar last year. It was a little disappointing. Definitely aimed at a younger demographic and there were too many repetitive products  (hand creams, eye pencils, etc).

If you want one, it's £95 and on their website now. It does look quite tempting this time (left) with products from Lancome, Kiehl's, Urban Decay and YSL.

You Beauty

I was impressed with the You beauty club calendar in 2014. The 2016 calendare is £69.95 and contains some goodies such as prestigious brand Oskia's Renaissance mask, The White Company's Orange Clove signature candle, Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish and MUA Twelfth Night Palette or Dusk Til Dawn Palette. There are also quite a few products that don't appeal to me including a Rimmel nail polish and a Charles Worthington leave-in conditioner. There's free p&p if you sign up for the regular beauty box product.


The calendar I've bought for myself this year is the Decleor advent calendar.  You really can't go wrong with Decleor  (husbands and boyfriends please note).  I'm looking forward to the gorgeous oils and lusciousness.

Charlotte Tilbury

For a touch of luxury there's the Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties advent calendar at £150. This has 12 treats including Mini Magic Cream, Mini Wonderglow, Mini Multi Miracle Glow and Pocket Pout: Jessica Red. I have one of these upstairs - it's a Christmas present for a lucky young lady.

Judging by the picture the products are slightly bigger than you get in most calendars but only having 12 is a bit of a con - Advent runs from the Sunday nearest to November 30 and covers four Sundays.

There are many other beauty advent calendars to choose from including Look Fantastic (£70), The Body Shop (£60) and Ciate (£60). Which one(s) do you have your eye on?

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