Welcome to the first of my Christmas Gift Guides 2019, today I’m focusing in beauty- I hope you find something to add yo your Christmas wish list or perfect for a loved one…
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Welcome to the first of my Christmas Gift Guides 2019, today I’m focusing in beauty- I hope you find something to add yo your Christmas wish list or perfect for a loved one…
*all links are affiliate links*
I’m always on the look out for the perfect little escape from London as unlike most of my friends I don’t have much family in the UK outside of London. The perfect place doesn’t take too long to get to, is affordable, has great food and is somewhere I can go on great walks.
Last month I found just the place; The White Horse in Dorking. It took less than an hour and a half to get there (I’m North of the river in London but if you’re not it’ll take even less!) and it’s situated in the small town of Dorking, between the North Downs and Denbies Estate and Vineyards. As the name suggests it was a coaching inn, the property has undergone an overhaul recently and is looking really beautiful.
I will mention, before we get to deep into this blog post, that my boyfriend went away with me for this mini break, but sadly he was pretty sick both en route and once we got there which is why there aren’t quite as many photos as I’d hoped. We probably should have cancelled but he was a star and made the effort to come along with me.
I wanted this mini-trip to be quite a chilled one, it’s nice to be in a new environment for a few days but I didn’t want to do too much. We checked in around 3PM, ate snacks, played board games on the giant bed and watched some TV- not the most adventurous day but it was exactly what we wanted.
(Little peak at what skincare I’m using)
The room was a nice size- with a desk, little table and a large, super comfortable bed. The bathroom didn’t have a bath which I do usually like but the shower pressure was great and I do enjoy a shower once I’m in it. The hotel is located in the town and we were on a lower floor which left me nervous in terms of noise but we slept well all night with no noise.
For dinner we headed down to The Dozen restaurant in the hotel, there were actually a lot of locals in there also having dinner which is a great sign and I’d recommend The Dozen for dinner even if you’re not staying in the hotel. The food was honestly amazing! Michael had to leave me half way through the meal (as he was still unwell) and I’m honestly sad that he didn’t get to experience the food with me. To start we ordered a bread basket and Mac N Cheese balls which were DIVINE- I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. I then went for the fishcakes which I was a little unsure about but it was such a good decision as they were truly delicious. Of course, I also got a side of chips and I’d recommend you do the same.
In the morning, once Michael was feeling a little better we made the most of the delicious breakfast, I went for a full-english which was one of the best I’ve had in a while and included lots of local produce.
Just before checking out we decided to go for a little wonder around the town. It has lots of independent shops as well as a few chains which are great for picking up some car snacks (M&S obvs.)
Before heading home we headed to Box Hill, I hadn’t heard of Box Hill previously but if you visit The White Horse or live fairly local I would say it’s a must. We went for a long muddy walk, enjoyed the sun and indulged in an Ice Cream. Essentially, Box Hill is just a hill with a nice view and an interesting walk (especially for kids) and maybe it was just because we were lucky to get a nice day but it’s one of the nicest walks I’ve been on near London. If you’re in South London I think lunch at The White Horse and a walk around Box Hill is simply the most perfect weekend activity!
Huge thank you to The White Horse for my lovely stay, it’d the perfect place for a little mini-break!
To book to stay or eat at The White Horse, click here, room rates are affordable!
With Christmas now just 10 days away I wanted to tell you about a little stat that I read this week. In a YouGov 2018 survey conducted by Aldi they found that 50% of people are ‘Christmas planners’ they start shopping early, budget their money for food, drinks and gifts whereas 20% of people are a ‘Christmas Panicker’ and leave Christmas shopping until the last moment and often run over budget.
I’ll be honest, usually I am the latter, usually it’s Christmas Eve and I’m still buying a few last gifts and attempting to wrap everything just in time. I am lucky enough to have a huge family but that does mean I have a lot of people to buy for
at Christmas and spending Christmas Eve wrapping last minute gifts isn’t the best way to spend the day.
Which is why this year I have started early, I have bought almost all my gifts back in November and I’ve almost finished wrapping. I think this year I’m finally a ‘Christmas Planner’. I even have a spreadsheet.
A lot of my Christmas shopping was done at Aldi this year, I love Aldi, it’s not only an affordable supermarket but they have some real standout quality products.
The first Christmas thing to catch my eye at Aldi this year was their beauty range! They have everything from makeup to skincare and although they are very affordable I have found the quality to not be at all compromised! The pink mask is one of my favourite items from the Aldi beauty range and it’s the perfect stocking filler but I’m still hoping to try the Lacura Broadway Shape & Glow palette, which I have heard rave reviews about.
And for the person that has everything I love their hampers, I have one which I’ll be sharing with my mum but I’m after another one for my aunt who is kind enough to host us every Christmas. I think the hampers are a great gift that the while family can share. They are different hampers filled to the brim with different items; from cakes and cracker to cranberry sauce and wine. There are also different hampers at different price points starting at just £24.99. The one I have is the £59.99 but it feels so much more expensive!
They also have some great pamper hampers that are just £29.99! I’ve unboxed one over on my IGTV, inside there is a hand wash, reed diffuser, hand & body cream, a beautiful two wick candle and- to finish it all off, a bottle of prosecco! Although the whole hamper is cheaper then many luxury candles alone I love everything that is inside, we currently have the hand-wash in the bathroom and the reed diffuser in the entrance of our home. It scents the whole house really well but also looks great. They’re available in Pomegranate and Lime, Basil & Mandarin– I wish I could recommend one but I love them both!
If you’re looking for affordable but luxurious-looking candles then I have just the thing! Aldi’s two wick Luxury Fragranced Candles are best sellers and often hard to get as they’re so popular. I have these scenting my house at the moment but I’ve also got a few wrapped ready to go under the Christmas tree. You can get single ones for just £3.99 and a trio for £11.97.
As a family we love Aldi food but for me their Christmas food really stands out. Personal favourite are slow gin mince pies and their fudge- I’ve stocked up on both and I’ll be giving some away as gifts but also keeping some for myself to eat throughout December. It may only be mid-December but I’ve made my way through a whole box of mince pies- they’re my absolute favourite. I really think Aldi is the place to go for all your Christmas snacks/starters too; we eat their smoked salmon year round but I have my eye on their Scottish Salmon Carpaccio and mushroom arancini. I must admit I know nothing about cooking Turkeys (Aldi have those too) but I do know about all the trimmings and Aldi is the perfect place for them! Everything from stuffing Yule logs to Honey & mustard parsnips and my personal favourite, the giant Pigs in Blankets.
If you have a sweet tooth then they also have some great desserts and treats! I’ve mentioned the mince pies and fudge but they also have some great bits to really dress up any dessert table. Their Panna Cotta Wreath is tasty and beautiful, they have a melt in the middle sponge pudding, which I haven’t tried yet but really need to! However, for the real wow factor have a look for their chocolate carousels, I spotted one in store and they’re beautiful! I even managed to get my hands on some halloumi fries. Not for Christmas but I’ve been dying to try them and I finally found them in stock. They’re so popular and sell out so quick that I was starting to wonder if they’re even real!
How is your Christmas shopping going? Are you a Christmas Panicker or a Christmas Planner?
*Post kindly sponsored by Aldi, as always thoughts are honest & my own. I really do love Aldi!
Some of you think it’s a little early for me to already be talking about Christmas but it’s officially October and advent calendars often sell out so if you’re after a popular one you think about buying it soon, before it’s too late.
I love a beauty advent calendar and this year there are over 70 calendar which can make choosing one near impossible! Some of my favourites are back and some brands which have never released one are doing so this year. I personally love the one with multiple brands such as M&S but there are some really great singular brand ones too. I predict that the best selling on with be the MAC one which I currently don’t have much info on but they’re only producing 1000 and I’m sure it’ll sell like hot cakes.
As always, I will be filming a video with my round up of advent calendars in a couple of weeks but if you want to see a specific calendar unboxed leave me a comment down below and I’ll do my best to do that for you soon.
New calendars are being announces very regularly so I will be updating this post with new calendars and updated links regularly so do check back.
Amazon Beauty– Buy Now
Amazon’s beauty advent calendar this year has 24 boxes worth of products from over 20 brands! This selection includes a range of skincare and beauty such as the Garnier Micellar water, a Rituals Ayuerveda foaming shower gel and some Eylure Lashes. The boxes itself is a little different as instead of doors the boxes all down unveiling a new box when you remove the current one.
Available now from Amazon for £50.
ASOS- Buy Now
The ASOS Face + Body Advent Calendar is one of the more affordable calendars out this year this calendar and offers great value for money. ASOS is offering a range of skincare and make-up products from brands such as GLAMGLOW, Benefit, Caudalie, MAC, Bobbi Brown and First Aid Beauty. I might be adding it with my next purchase of jeans and a winter coat. Also, ASOS is always offering discounts so keep an eye out as it’s a great time to buy!
Available from ASOS for £55.
Although this calendar is pricey, it’s 24 doors are filled with full sized hand creams, 30ml fragrances and many other products you can use throughout the
new year. The design is also beautiful with the blue and gold drawers and ribbon tie.
Available October from Selfridges for £300.
Balmain- Buy Now
This calendar is a little smaller with only ten doors but behind the ten door are ten Balmain hair treats including a travel size shampoo and conditioner, an argan elixir and a texturising salt spray.
Available now from Balmain from Selfridges for £140.
Bare Minerals is a brand a really discovered and fell in love with this year but I think this calendar is great if you’re looking to try the brand or already love it. It has some of my favourites include the mascara, lipsticks and blushers.
Birchbox- Join the waiting list
If you’re already a subscriber to Birchbox’s monthly beauty box, you’ll already have an idea of some of the brands they work with. This year you can expect those same
brands to appear in their calendar with 24 beauty treats from the likes of OPI, Sand & Sky, Lumene, and many more. These are typically quite limited so join the waiting list if you’re interested.
Available online from October 2nd (Subscribers) and October 3 rd (Non-subscribers) for £65.
The Body Shop- Buy Now
This year The Body Shop has pulled out all the stops with not one but three advent calendars and a vegan Christmas to New Year countdown Calendar. The three calendar have three different animal designs; Olivia the Owl, Dani the Deer and Freddie the Box- each filled with your Body Shop favourites.
Bomb Cosmetics- Buy Now
Whether you go for the 25 or 12-day, Bomb Cosmetics has a range of bath blasters in both of their calendars, with some extra mini bath mallows, creamers and soaps in their 25-day on, perfect for a winter bath.
Cath Kidston- Buy Now
Filled with 24 Cath Kidston minis, this calendar comes with all the essentials for this winter. These include hand creams, body scrubs, lotions and lip balms; all of which feature signature scents and special edition fragrances for Christmas.
Available now from Amazon, All Beauty and Boots for £40.
I’m a big Clarins fan and I love that they offer a mens and women’s calendar as men don’t have quite as many options for beauty calendars. Both Calendars offer a selection of skincare favourites. In the Women’s calendar there is a Beauty Flash Balm, a Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and an Instant Eye Make-Up remover; plus, some other beauty favourites. For the men, there’s a Super Moisture Balm, a full-size Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream and an Active Face Wash.
Clinique- Buy Now
You can’t miss Clinique’s calendar this year as it’s bauble design is certain to grab anyone’s attention. With 24 doors, you can expect to find a selection of Clinique’s skincare, fragrance ad make-up.
Out now from Selfridges for £76.
Out of all the advent calendar this one would probably be top of my Wishlist. It only has 12 drawers but Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Universe Calendar contains miniatures of some of Tilbury’s beauty favourites and it’s a really special calendar.
Cowshed- Buy Now
Whether you go for Cowshed’s 24-day beauty advent calendar or their 12 days Gift Box, both contain some of their best-loved products and those which are perfect for
the winter such as their Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser and Lippy Cow Balm.
Available now from Cowshed and John Lewis for £90 (24 day) and £70 (12 day).
Debenhams beauty brans seem to get better and better, the Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar is the retailers first and contains 24 boxes filled with skincare, hair and beauty from fab brands such as Kat Von D, Nails Inc, Ouai and Too Faced.
Available in October from Debenhams for £70.
Being one of the most luxurious and expensive calendars this year, Diptyque’s has 25 draws of mini candles, fragrances and skincare. The scents include Mimosa, Vanille and 34, as well as more of Diptque’s signature scents. I’d be over the moon if this was my calendar this year and my house would smell amazing through 2019.
Available in November from Selfridges for £320.
ELLE- Buy Now
With it’s 24 polka dot doors, the ELLE advent calendar has products from some of my favourite luxury brands such as Hourglass, NARS and Sol de Janeiro; with familiar products from these brands including the Ambient Lighting Powder, Orgasm Blush and Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.
Available now for £125.
Elemis- Buy Now
Elemis is another brand I have really fallen for this year! This year Elemis’ 25 days of Beauty Calendar offers a selection of their cult skincare and body products, real beauty classics such Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and an opportunity to try new products such as the Peptide⁴ Thousand Flower Mask and skincare from the Superfood range.
Available now from Elemis for £150.
ESPA- Join Waiting List
ESPA’s Comfort and Joy calendar has a mixed collection of both skincare and haircare. Included in it’s 25 boxes are products such as their Overnight Hydration Therapy and Soothing Bath Oil, and on Christmas day, a full-size Restorative candle.
Estée Lauder Companies
This limited edition Beauty Countdown Calendar contains 25 drawers of products from Estée Lauder and some of the beauty brands under its name. This selection includes products such as the Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer. I really like the look of this one and I think it’s one of the best ones at it’s price point!
Available 23rd October from Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, Clinique, Darphin, Estee Lauder, Glamglow, MAC, Origins and Smashbox for £150.
FeelUnique- Buy Now
I really love a mulit-brand calendar such as this one. The Little Beauty Parcel Advent Calendar by FeelUnique contains a mix of 24 miniatures ranging from makeup and skincare, to haircare. Expect to find products from the likes of Ciaté, First Aid Beauty, REN, Make Up Forever, James Read, and many more- plus it’s worth £250!
Available now from FeelUnique for £75.
Fenwick’s beauty advent calendar contains 24 draws of full size and deluxe travel size products worth over £475! Some of the brands included within the calendar are Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and MAC
Available October from Fenwick for £150.
Fortnum & Mason- Buy Now
Filled with 9 full size products and 15 luxury samples, Fortnum & Mason’s 24 mini drawers hold a range of skincare, makeup and wellness treats from brands such as Christian Breton, Guerlain, This Works and Sisley, it’s the luxury calendar you would expect.
Available now from Fortnum & Mason for £195
George at Asda
This beauty calendar is a first from George at Asda and as one of the most affordable ones out this year, it contains £30 worth of satin lipsticks and a range of long-lasting nail polishes behind it’s 12 doors.
Available 1st November from Asda for £20.
Gloss- Buy Now
Being the most affordable calendar out this year, Gloss’ is filled with 24 of their cosmetics and accessories- perfect for someone a little younger looking for a beauty calendar of their own.
Available now from Boots for £12.50.
The All I Want beauty advent calendar by Glossybox has 25 days of makeup, skincare, haircare and beauty tools. These products come from brands such as Eyeko, Huda Beauty, Real Techniques, Yankee Candle, and others they feature within their monthly beauty boxes.
Available to pre-order now and buy October 15th from Glossybox for £99. For subscribers it’s £75.
Green People- Buy Now
Green Regime is Green People’s first ever advent calendar. With 12 doors and 15 cruelty-free and organic products inside, there’s a selection of skincare, hair and beauty.
Available now from Green People for £75.
Harrods- Buy Now
This year’s Harrods calendar features a product from a different brand each day and is worth £680! In it’s 25 mini draws, you can find luxury skincare, beauty and haircare favourites from brands like Givency, Kiehl’s, Sunday Riley, Tata, and loads more. Although pretty expensive I think this is a great buy!
Available now from Harrods for £250.
Jack Wills- Buy Now
If you’re a Jack Wills fan, then this beauty advent calendar is great, as it contains 24 days worth of the brand’s products. This year their calendar includes a selection of body washes, lotions and butters, scrubs, nail varnishes and some beauty accessories too.
Available now from Boots for £35.
With 24 days of Jo Loves products, this calendar is filled with miniature candles, fragrances and body treats in scents such as Salted Caramel, Log fires, White Rose and Lemon Leaves, and No. 42 The Flower Shop- plus, a voucher which gives you the chance to redeem it for any Jo Loves 100ml scent. I think this is a great one if you love Jo Malone but wish to try something new.
Available in November from Jo Loves for £250.
As with the Jo Loves calendar, Jo Malone’s contains 24 treats with an extra one on the last day. Expect to find treats ranging from colognes, bath oils, hand washes, body creams and mini candles; all in the brand’s signature scents. I feel like I don’t have to say too much about this one, who doesn’t love Jo Malone?!
Available October from Harrods for £300.
John Lewis- Buy Now
Not only is the John Lewis beauty advent calendar filled with 25 products of skincare, makeup and fragrances from over 20 brands such as Clarins, Lancome, REN and Aqua Di Parma- it also has complimentary in-store treats from Elemis and AVEDA. Plus, there are £100 beauty vouchers in 20 of their calendars.
Available now from John Lewis for £165.
Inside Kiehl’s black and gold design, there are 24 of their skincare products. Perfect for any skincare/Kiehl’s lover it includes an Ultra Facial Cleanser and Cream, a Daily Reviving Concentrate, Crème de Corps, a Midnight Recovery eye cream and more!
Available October from Selfridges for £110.
La Mer are releasing a 12 Days of Radiance Calendar which includes a mixture of both full and travel sized versions of some of their luxury bestsellers. Items within this selection include a Renewal Oil, a Moisturising cream, lip balm and an Eye Concentrate. Since it’s La Mer it does have a luxury price tag but perfect for anyone who already love the brand!
Available October 22nd online and from Harrods for £300.
Lancôme’s 24 Day Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar has a selection of miniature and full-size products from the brand. These miniatures include 4 L’Absolu Lacquers and a Crayon Kohl Eye Pencil, whilst some of the full-size products include a Bi Facial Eye Makeup Remover (which I love!) and a Rénergie Multi-Lift Night Cream.
Available now from FeelUnique for £90.
Lancôme X Boots
With a selection of products worth £234, Lancôme’s exclusive Boots calendar contains a range of skincare, makeup and fragrances behind it’s 24 doors. As expected, this calendar features Lancôme favourites such as the Hypnôse Mascara and a La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum. There are however, other beauty favourites from the likes of Ralph Lauren, Victor & Rolf and YSL- which to be honest confused me as it seems to be a Lancome Calendar with a few other brands in the mix.
Available now from Boots for £95
With double the contents from last year’s calendar, Liberty has 25 doors of products worth over £600! It features brands such as Diptyque, Hourglass and Aurelia, and beauty
favourites Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser. I love Liberty and all their brands so I think this would be my pick if I was looking to spend around £200.
Available October 24th from Liberty in store and online for £195.
Liz Earle- Buy Now
I saw this one just a couple of days ago and I really love the Liz Earle Christmas packaging. The 12 Days of Liz Earle calendar includes a great selection of some of the brand’s favourite products for skin, hair and body care such as Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, a Nourishing Botanical Body Cream and a Botanical Shine Shampoo(which I love!).
L’Occitane- Buy Now
L’Occitance is releasing two advent calendars as it did last year; the Classic containing 24 minis of body oils, soaps, hand creams and moisturisers and the Luxury one which has a similar content however, there is a greater range in it’s selection of perfumes, body lotions and skincare. I love L’Occitane, especially at Christmas time and they’re great calendars for any age.
LookFantastic- Buy Now
Another great multi-brand calendar, the LookFantastic Calendar contains more than £300 worth of beauty products from some great brands including Glamglow, ESPA, Emma Hardie and Caudalie but is still a very reasonably priced calendar!
Available for £79 from LookFantastic.
I really love the brands in this calendar, the 24 draws are filled with fragrances such as a mini Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb and a YSL Black Opium. Plus, there’s a deluxe sample of an Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer and over ten Lancôme items, including a mini Hypnôse mascara.
Available October from Selfridges for £130.
Lumene’s calendar is packed with some of the brand’s iconic skincare products, including the Glow Boost Essence and Brightening Beauty Lotion.
LUSH- Buy Now
LUSH’s 12 Days of Christmas contains 12 bath and shower products including a Snow Fairy shower gel, a Butterbear bath bomb and a Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar. Perfect for a relaxing run up to Christmas.
Available now from LUSH for £75
This year Makeup Revolution is spoiling us with four calendars. If you’re on a budget they have a 12 days of Christmas set, if you want a lip only calendars they also have one of them but if you want 25 doors and lots of makeup then they have two to choose from. The main calendar is a £50 one with a mixture of makeup and tools but there is also a £120 one which is Christmas Tree Shapes!
The main calendar is £50 and available now at Superdrug.
This one seems to be a little bit of a rumour, but I’m pretty certain it’s true as there is a page for it on the MAC Website but I have no photos. The website states that they’ll only be creating 1,000 calendars which will include all your winter skincare must-haves, party makeup and hair essentials, along with exclusive offers.
Still not much info on this one but looks likely to be £125 and worth £197.00.
Marks & Spencer
It’s no secret the Marks & Spencers Calendar last year was my absolute favourite, the brands are great and the price point too. This year you can expect more of the same with brands such as Pixi, REN, L’Occitane and Stila, with a variety of skincare, makeup, body care and more!
Available November 6th from Marks & Spencer for £35 when you spend £35
This year Mavala has two 12- day calendars; the first is more nail focused with nail colours, hand cream and cuticle oils and the second has both skincare and nail. Both are perfect for a Pamper Session and ensuring you look great throughout the part season.
Available October from LookFantastic and Amazon for £45
Maybelline- Buy Now
Maybelline’s 12-Day Advent Calendar has a range of products from the brand and it’s one of the few drugstore makeup calendars out this year. Whether it’s their colour tattoos, sensational matte lipsticks or their precise skinny liner; there is bound to be a product within this selection that you can use during the run-up to Christmas and in the New Year.
Available now from LittleWoods for £65 and LookFantastic for £50.
Morris & Co- Buy Now
Filled with Morris & Co’s hand creams, body wash, lotion, foam, salts and more!
At a slightly more expensive price this calendar is filled with scented candles, fragrances and body products all ready for you to discover behind 24 doors. There is a mixture of their popular scents; Orange & Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Pink Pepperpod, Tobacco, Rhubarb & Rose and Rosa Absolute.
Mugler Angel – Buy Now
The 12 days of Christmas advent calendar by Thierry Mugler comes with a full size Angel Eau De Parfum, three miniature fragrances, a hair mist, body lotion, shower gel and some other accessories including a mirror and key chain.
Available now from Thierry Mugler, The Perfume Shop and John Lewis for £115.
My Mood- Buy Now
This ’12 Days of Fizzmas’ calendar is a great one if you’re on a budget or looking for a calendar for teens. It’s a super cool one, packed with 12 bath fizzes which will give you an excuse to have a indulgent bath throughout the Christmas period.
Available now for £20 from Boots
Nails Inc.- Buy Now
There use to be lots of nail polish calendars around but this year Nails Inc is one of the few but I love that it’s a smaller calendar with a mixture of products (because who needs 24 new polishes?) but it’s still nail polish heavy. It includes 12 full-size products, worth over £100; 6 nail products, 2 face masks and 4 lip lip products.
Available now from Nails Inc. (£49) and QVC (£43).
Net A Porter- Buy Now
Wish I was adding this one to my shopping bag as it’s absolutely dreamy! The Net A Porter’s 25 draw calendar offers a mixture of skincare, haircare, makeup, and bath and body products from cult beauty favourites such as Charlotte Tilbury, Marc Jacobs and Omorovicza.
Available now from Net A Porter for £150.
I really love the packaging for No7 this year and this calendar is a yearly bestseller so you’re going to want to be quick! Behind the 24 doors there are some of the best products from the brand, ranging from makeup to skincare saviours and it’s worth £177!
Available October from Boots for £42- Join the waiting list here
If you’re a Nuxe fan than this calendar is great as it’s 24 doors are filled with all the favourites!
This years NYX ‘Sugar Trip’ Calendar is fun, bright and colourful with an illustration from American artist Natasha Lilipore. Inside there are a mixture of fan favourites and limited edition products. I love the mixture of products, there are lip creams, butter glosses, eyeshadows, highlighters, powder and blushers- I much prefer this to last years lips only calendar!
Available October 10th from Boots and Very for £50
Paul and Joe
Paul and Joe have used Kittens as part of their inspiration for this year’s advent calendar and I love it! There are 12 Paul and Joe items which are a mix between full size and miniature products which included, pressed powder, hand cream, bold red lipstick cat inspired! I think Paul & Joe is a really beautiful, quality brand and I think this is very reasonably priced!
Available 1st November from Beauty Bay/ Amazon and FeelUnique for £56
This year Rituals has given us the choice of two different advent calendars. The first ‘The Ritual of Advent Calendar’ which is a 3D Christmas tree deluxe calendar decorated with lights- how amazing does that sound! The calendar has a mixture of products including body mousse, candles and a range of hero products.
In addition to the 3D calendar, there is also a 2D version which is slightly more affordable and with a slightly different edit of products.
Both are available at Rituals online and in store from October and can also be purchased at John Lewis (2D for £59.50)
Sleek Makeup- Buy Now
I must admit SleekMakeup really does hold a special place in my heart as it’s one of the first brands I used when I first started blogging and I still think it’s a great brand if you’re looking to build your makeup collection quickly and are on a budget. This years advent calendar is filled with all of Sleek’s eyeshadow palettes, highlight palettes, matte lip creams, eye pencils, mascaras polishes and so much more to enjoy!
Available now from Boots for £50
Soap and Glory- Buy Now
Is it even Christmas without a bit of Soap & Glory?! The calendar has 24 doors filled with products ranging from bath, makeup and body care; everything you’ll need for a perfect pamper session!
Space NK- Pre-order now
As Space NK’s first beauty advent calendar, it contains 25 drawers of products from a different brand each day. Expect to find products such as a mini Nars Orgasm/Luna Blush Bronzer duo, an Ouai Wave Spray and a Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil.
Available for pre-order now and to buy October 15th from Space NK online.
The White Company
If you love fragrance then you’ll love this calendar! It’s filled with candles, fragrance, skincare and body care.
Available October 14th from The White Company for £150
WE- Buy Now
If you’re looking to give some money to charity whilst buying your calendar then this is the one.It features beauty favourites from brands such as Champneys, Liz Earle, No. 7 and Soap & Glory. Also £2 from each sale will be donated to the charity, WE and their women’s empowerment programmes.
Available soon from Boots for £70.
You Beauty / Latest in Beauty- Buy Now
This beautiful magical winter night sky advent calendar is perfect for the festive season. You can get your hands on 24 premium products from brands such as; Oskia and The White Company
Available now from Latest in Beauty for £60
Although they are featured in a few other calendars YSL beauty has launched it’s very own calendar this year and since it’s YSL it does look pretty amazing!! There are 24 surprises; 19 miniatures, 2 perfumes and 3 gift- all housed in this very elegant black and gold calendar.
Available from 10th October from Selfridges for £195
As I mentioned, this post will be updated regularly as more calendars are announced, as launch dates are confirmed and with up-to-date links.
Let me know in the comments which calendar you’ll be picking up this year or which is top of your wish list.
I’ll be posting my advent calendar video soon so keep an eye out for that and let me know which calendars you’d like to see me unbox on YouTube.
Black Friday seems to have come earlier than I expected this year and I’ve seen sales go up since last week so I thought I better start sharing my tips & the best deals.
Let’s start with my tips, I don’t have too many and they’re pretty basic…
1. Know what you want
You have to be quick on Black Friday so knowing what you want makes everything much easier. Have a browse on your favourite websites and save the products you want or make a list of everything you would like to buy.
2. Have an action plan
Prioritise what you want and start there, if you’re planning to just have a browse on some websites/ in some stores, keep them to last as they’ll slow you the most.
3. Find the best deals
Sometimes it’s good to look around, for example; if you’re after a camera or a branded bag which is available from a variety of stores have a look around to see which one has the best offer one.
4. Start your Christmas shopping
Christmas is 4 weeks away, FOUR WEEKS! Start your Christmas shopping now and save yourself some £££. There are some fabulous gifts going on offer this Friday which i can’t tell you about yet but check back Friday and I’ll tell you all about them!
5. Arrive early
Whether you’re braving the stores (and if you are you’re far braver than I am!) or you’re shopping online arrive early. I’ll be staying up until midnight for the start of most of the sales and I recommend you do the same. If you’re heading in-store, find out what time it opens and aim to be there within the first hour or so, there’s no point getting there after all the products have been bought.
6. Don’t forget about Cyber Monday
If your favourite store hasn’t gone on sale on Friday don’t be disheartened, some stores only release their online offers on Monday for Cyber Monday.
7. Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale
It’s so tempting to buy something because it’s a good offer but if you don’t need it or really want it, don’t buy it. It’s not a good offer, that’s a waste of money.
Now remember some of these are ‘warm-up sales’ and are likely to have better offers on in a few days, but here’s what has already started…
I suspect they’ll have more offers coming Friday but next week’s star buy (starts tomorrow) is the Sanctuary Make a Wish Gift Set, usually £45, is £23 and my absolute dream Black Friday pick is the Real Technique Brushes which have been reduced from £100 to just £40. £40 for 10 brushes and two sponges, what a steal!
up to 40% off selected items, I’ll take one of everything pleaseee.
So since it’s still a few days until Black Friday keep checking this post for update sale codes and links but on Friday at Midnight I shall be sharing both a video and blog post with all my must-have amazing deals and trust me, there are some you don’t want to miss!
PS. let me know if you find any other great offers or if you’re having any issues with the code/links I featured