Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Beauty Advent Calendars | My Favourite Picks For Christmas 2016! (From £25 to £280!)

There's nothing more exciting for me right now than this moment right here. My first Christmas related blog post... a little bit premature you may think, but isn't there that saying 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail'? So, if you fail to prepare yourself for the very important decision of which beauty advent calendar to buy you're risking wasting quite a large amount of money! Beauty advent calendars are a reasonably new thing in the past few years which I feel are taking a hold this year, as more and more brands put there own spin on the idea. Because who needs chocolate when you can add to your beauty stash?! It will be like a mini taste of christmas day every morning through December! I've never had one before but feel this year that should change, but with so many I realised the task of picking only one was going to take some good old fashioned research. Here's my top picks on this years beauty advent calendars that will hopefully help you decide which one is right for you.

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For the Beauty Lovers...


✖ The Beauty Advent Calendar by ASOS - RRP £50.00
Contents worth: £175.00
Contains 24 products including skincare, make up and haircare, from a range of brands including Dermalogica, Elemis and Philosophy.
My thoughts: This is the second cheapest you'll see on this list but although at first glance you may think £50 is pricey for an advent calendar, it is worth taking into consideration the original worth of the products you will be receiving. That fact definitely softens the blow and makes the calendars worth it. Remember these really are a novelty item! If you love shopping on asos's beauty category then this advent calendar while be perfect for you and you may discover some new favourites. 

The Beauty Secret Advent Calendar by LookFantastic - RRP £70.00
Contents worth: £300.00
Contains a mixture of full size and same size products including skincare, haircare, bodycare and make up from the likes of Pixi, Origins and ThisWorks. 
My thoughts: Lookfantastic are a real fan of beauty subscription boxes so its no surprise they've created this beauty after last years Christmas advent calendars success. They've nailed the packaging and I bet they hope this hooks people into  their monthly beauty boxes but hey why not! I really like the fact that there's not only mini sized products behind the numbered doors which explains the large contents worth of 300 pounds!
✖ Bright Lights, Big City Calendar by No.7 - RRP: £39.00
Contents worth: £151.95
Contains No.7's best skincare and make up treats for your daily dose of beauty. Follow the link to sign up to the waiting list.
My thoughts: I've included this one because of its amazing relatable price point especially because it is for the whole of December, not just the 12 days before. Also it has lovely packaging and is perfect for anyone who uses No.7's products a lot. 

✖ World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar by Charlotte Tilbury - RRP £150.00
Contains 12 travel size products:
- Mini Magic Cream, Mini Wonderglow, Mini Multi Miracle Glow, Mini Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Mini Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover and Mini Supermodel Body.
- Eyes to Mesmerise: Marie Antoinette, K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick: Penelope Pink, Colour Chameleon: Black Diamonds, Exclusive Pocket Pout: Jessica Red, Mini Legendary Lashes and Lip Lustre: Sweet Stiletto.
My thoughts: An unattainable price point for someone like me but I just had to feature it, as it is the winner of best packaging in my eyes and the thought of opening a Charlotte Tilbury product every morning on the run up to Christmas day is just #wintergoals. 
Beauty Delights Advent Calendar by Clarins - RRP £95
Contents worth: £146
Contains some of Clarins most popular beauty products:
15ml Detox Booster, 50ml Beauty Flash Balm, 7ml Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, 50ml Hand Cream, 15ml Eau Dynamisante, 50ml Toning Lotion Camomille, Normal to Dry Skin, 3,7ml Blush Prodige #02, 4ml Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, 5ml Instant Light Natural Lip perfector #01, 0,47g crayon Khol Eye Pencil, 3ml Wonder Perfect Mascara Black #01, 10ml Instant Radiance Boosting base, 10ml Instant Eye Make-up Remover, 10ml Cleansing Milk, Normal to Dry Skin, 5ml Gentle Refiner, 3ml HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, 5ml HydraQuench Cream Normal to Dry Skin, 3ml HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, 2ml Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil "Dehydrated Skin", 5ml One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Bag Accessory Leaf, Bag Accessory Macaron, Bag Accessory Flake and 3 Gift Tags.
My thoughts: I think this is a really well thought out, generous advent calendar. It gives you all the products you need to create a full skincare routine, along with some of  their best selling make up items. I wish I could buy this for myself and for my grandma as she is a loyal Clarins customer and I know how much joy this would bring to her every morning. Also the price point is very fair for the amount of products you get!

24 Happy Days Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar by The Body Shop - RRP £99
Contents worth: £187
Contains The Body Shops more luxurious products like Drops of Youth Concentrate, Lip and Cheek Tint, Oils of Life Facial Oil, British Rose Body Butter, and Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask for 24 days of pure bliss.
My thoughts: The Body Shop have released three different advent calendars this year allocating different products to all three to create calendars of different price ranges. The cheapest is £60 so if this Ultimate one is out of your price range take a look at the others on their website. On all three options you save at least £40 by buying the gift set, so if you're a fan of The Body Shop it's a great way to try new products. 
✖ The 2016 Beauty Advent Calendar by Marks & Spencer - Coming Soon
Contents worth: Unknown
Contains 25 beauty treats from deluxe travel minis to full size products from a range of well known brands stocked in M&S such as, Philip Kinglesy, Rosie for Autograph, Nuxe and Emma Hardie!
My thoughts: I included this beauty calendar by M&S because the range of brands included in this is amazing. Some of my personal favourite featured products are the Emma Hardie Mooring Cleansing Balm, Alpha H Liquid Gold and Ren Evercalm Day Cream. This calendar is a great chance to try those lusted after beauty products without having to buy them all individual. Hopefully it won't be too pricey!
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For the Scent Lovers...
Holiday Party Advent Calendar by Yankee Candle - RRP £24.99
Each door reveals a festive scented tea light candle.
My thoughts: I've been more impressed with Yankee Candles packaging in the past but nevertheless I am an absolute huge fan of this company and its products so I would probably of included this even it is came in a plain cardboard box! At £25 its a great affordable way to inject a dose of happiness and scent into your days to get you in the Christmas spirit.
✖ Diptyque Advent Calendar by Diptyque - RRP £250.00
Contains miniature size products including candles, body polishes and infused facial water. 
My thoughts: A very very pricey advent calendar featuring 25 luxurious scents. This is another one I can imagine in my Christmas dream world! Diptyque is an expensive luxury brand therefore, like Charlotte Tilbury, you can't expect anything less and this beauty advent calendar has a much more mature vibe for the lovely ladies or gentlemen who take great enjoyment in scents.
Advent Calendar by Jo Malone - RRP £280.00
Contains twenty four Jo Malone products in a variety of scents.
My thoughts: For those looking for a very special advent calendar for a Jo Malone super fan, this is definitely it! I just want to point out that if you're reading this thinking 'why on earth would you spend that much on a advent calendar?' I understand you, I really do. Two of those equals the price of my first car! But this has its place in the luxury beauty world and think of how happy this could make a scent  Like Diptyque, Jo Malone is a luxury brand and it's beautiful, mature packaging stays true to this brand. I'm not entirely sure why this only goes to number 24 as lets face it, 25 is the day we're all looking forward to... perhaps it's because an extra box would have ruined the perfect townhouse design.

There we have my favourite picks for this years Christmas advent calendars! If you're looking for something suitable for the younger generation I suggest looking as FeelUnique, Tanya Burr and Make Up Revolution as I know their advent calendars are much more suitable and much cheaper than the ones featured in this post.

Let me know if you're planning on swapping your chocolate advents for beauty ones this year? Or maybe you're going to have both! xo
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