22 November 2015

A Present A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

If only that were true! We'd forever have an excuse for buying ourselves gifts ;)
The month of December does give us something to celebrate with each day, advent calendars! Who else remembers the excitement you would feel waking up on December 1st when you were little, running downstairs to see what advent calendar was waiting for you, and then revelling in the sugar rush when you were allowed to eat the chocolate behind the window before you went off to school!

Well cue a few years down the line and advent calendars have taken a very interesting upgrade for us beauty lovers! We now have some of the best brands creating super exciting advent calendars full of incredible beauty products, including makeup, nail polish, skin care, candles and fragrance. I guarantee that there is an calendar out there at the moment that would make you have the internal debate over whether or not your willing to splash out £30, £50, £100, £150, £200+ on a grown up advent calendar. If you can't bring yourself to splash out (believe me I understand, no matter how badly I want the Jo Malone Calender I just can't bring myself to buy it...) these new breed of advent calendars would make a wonderful gift to receive from your partner or to give to a beauty obsessed best friend!

I've put together my top advent calendar picks, ranging from the affordable to the not so affordable but still absolutely amazing. So many online retailers are out of stock with a lot of the calenders so it's definitely worth checking them out in store or just browsing the internet, I've seen some really good prices for some on eBay and Amazon so it's always worth checking them out too!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Deck The Halls 12 Days Of Christmas Beauty Calendar
£24.99

Offering up 12 days of beauty products, including full sized and exclusive items. This calendar is great value for money and also the perfect way to try out some of her items if you haven't done so already! The packaging is adorable and will look so cute displayed in your house while you're opening the doors. The products that I've tried from Tanya Burr are so good so I have no doubt that this beauty calendar will be a best seller!

feel unique 12 Days of Unique Beauty
 £30

Ideal if you're wanting a beauty, hair and skin care calendar without the crazy price tag. This includes 12 days of full size and travel size surprises from well known and niche brands, including NUXE, Philip Kingsley, This Works, Fleur De Force, Popband and many more. The value of contents adds up to be £85 so you can really see just what a steal this calendar is!

Yankee Candle Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar

Perfect for candle lovers of all ages! Each day in the run up to Christmas reveals a tealight or votive candle (larger sample size) in one of 8 special seasonal scents. Scents include Bundle up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflakes Cookie, Winter Glow, Berry Trifle and Cosy By The Fire. Such a wonderful way to sample Yankee Candle before committing to the more expensive larger candles, ideal way to fragrance your home this Christmas.

CIATE Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

For nail polish lovers everywhere, this is the advent calender for you! A mini polish each day and then a full sized surprise on the last day, a nail file included too, what more could you ask for! A huge variety of colours and also the speciality finishes that Ciate are so well known for! I had this advent calendar last year and absolutely loved it. With the contents being valued at £124, you'd be silly to pass up the opportunity to add this to your polish collections. The design of the calendar is so wintery and wonderful.

Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar

So getting a bit more expensive, one of the most coveted beauty calendars so far this year has been the Beauty Workshop from Selfridges. Offering 24 luxurious miniature/travel sized treats from some of the best beauty brands, totalling up to a value of £226, including brands such as Eve Lom, Tweezerman, Caudalie and many more! The calendar design is in keeping with Selfridges Astrology theme this winter and is just so gorgeous, how could you not want this to open up every day in December!

Kérastase Luxury Advent Calendar 

Something for the hair care fanatics, Kérastase have created a unique beauty calendar full of 25 luxurious hair care treats in mini, travel and full sizes! With the contents being worth £125, this would be the perfect way to stock up on one of the best hair care brands. The calendar is sure to be filled with treatments and styling products, perfect to maybe try out the brand or try out some products you wouldn't normally think to use. Either way this is ideal for all hair obsessed beauty's.

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 

25 full and mini sized beauty products worth over £400, what's not to love! Yes it's a big price jump from the previous calendar but oh my it is worth it! Unfortunately it is currently sold out, no surprises there, but I just couldn't not include it today. Brands included in this incredible calender are NARS, Hourglass, Diptyque, Kiehl's and so many more. Putting the contents aside, the design is just stunning. The front of the calendar is a very festive Christmas image of the Liberty façade and the inside is just lush, 25 Liberty printed pull out drawers that are storing each treat, it's definitely something you are going to want to keep! 

Charlotte Tilbury The Book Of Makeup Magic

Now no piece on beauty advent calendars would be complete without a mention of the incredible calendar by Charlotte Tilbury. Who doesn't love her products?! This Christmas you can have a 12 day calendar full of full and mini sized versions of some of her all time favourite products. Included in the calender is a super exclusive, not yet released product, the Magic Night Cream! If any of her other skin care products are anything to go by, this night cream is going to be a best-seller and you could be one of the first to try it this Christmas with her beauty calendar. The cute packaging is in keeping with her normal bronzed rose gold theme and the 12 products are stored in cute little pull out drawers.

Diptyque Advent Calendar
Candle lovers rejoice! Diptyque have released such a luxurious advent calendar and oh my it is ah-mazing! It's not just full of candles though, I mean it is pretty full of them (15x 35g candles and 1x 70g candle) it also entails 7 Eau de toilettes, a rich body butter and a precious oil. It's definitely one of the most expensive on the market this year but understandably people have gone crazy for it! With Diptyque being one of the most coveted candle brands its no wonder that this sold out online so quickly!

Jo Malone Christmas Advent Calendar 

Jo Malone has really gone to town this Christmas, with its super pretty Georgian Townhouse design, Jo Malone released an advent calender that instantly bolted to the top of most girls wish lists. 24 little luxuries, each to give you a perfectly good reason to jump out of bed straight away throughout December, full of fragrances and body crémes. The one downside is the £260 price tag but oh my goodness this calendar is so worth splashing the cash if you can! 

So from £25 to £260, a lot of calendars have been covered but it does just go to show that the less expensive calendars include some seriously amazing products too. You don't have to splash out hundreds of pounds but hey if you can, or if someone is willing to do so for you, that definitely wouldn't be a bad thing ;) xoxo
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