advent-calendars
It still surprises me how early on in the year Beauty Advent Calendars are released and how quickly they sell out. I made a whole video about them in October but if that was a little too early for you I thought I would recap on the ones which are still available.

Ciate London Mini Mani Month- HERE
Perfect for any nail polish lover, it’s one of the original beauty advent calendars. It’s filled with eighteen mini paint pot polishes and even includes some exclusive shades, perfect to add a pop of colour to your December.

Sanctuary The Let Go Days Of Christmas HERE
I can’t believe how affordable this one is and if you don’t want to stretch to the average £50+ for a beauty advent calendar then this one is fab. I love the mixture of items behind the doors; everything from body cream to cookie cutters.

NYX Professional Makeup Advent Calendar- HERE
I’ll admit I was a little disappointed by this one as you only get eyeshadows and Soft Matte Lip Creams. I’m not too excited about the eyeshadows but actually, can’t wait to start wearing the Lip Creams as there are lots of different shades for me to try. They’re also adorable makeup minis, which makes everything better.

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars – HERE
This year The Body Shop has three different Advent Calendar offerings, ranging in price. They’re great for anyone that prefers bath & body to makeup but still wants a little makeup. I’m also a huge fan of the boxes instead of the doors as it keeps the box looking nice all the way until Christmas. I had this one last year and I loved it, lots of fab minis which I ended up saving for travel. Little tip: you are supposed to turn the boxes around once you’ve opened them to reveal an image/message at Christmas.

ASOS Beauty Extras Calendar- HERE
Not the most festive packaging but really blogger-esque with the marble print packaging. The brands inside are great and it’s at a good price point too. Inside you can find Philosophy, Elemis, Nuxe and more!

NUXE 10 Beauty Treasures- HERE
A little smaller than the other calendars as it only has 10 doors but it’s a must-have for anyone looking for a beautiful but paraben-free, eco-friendly calendar.

Tanya Burr 12 Days of Christmas- HERE
My younger cousin actually got this one recently and is so excited! It’s a great one for any younger teenage girls and it’s far more affordable than most especially as it’s currently Superdrug’s star buy at only £12! Inside there are nail polishes, lip glosses and glitter pots- great for someone starting off in makeup.

M&S Beauty & Advent Calendar- HERE
Saving the best until last, you might have to do a little hunting around for this one but the website suggests that they’re still available and that they’ll be getting more online. The M&S advent calendar has to be my pick of the lot! It fairly affordable at £35 (with a £35 spend), is a great fun design and most importantly has some great brands and products!

1. One day I might need that black lipstick
2. 400 nail polishes is a normal collection
3. But it’s sooooo pretty!
4. I need to keep the collection together, I can’t get rid of two lipsticks.
5. I want to find a way to make it work
6. I need options
7. It was limited edition, I’ll never be able to replace it.
8. They’re similar but they’re not the same
9. I’m a collector and that’s part of my collection
10. One is my pale foundation, the other is my normal foundation, my tanned foundation, my fake tanned foundation, my really fake tanned foundation and I can use that one for contouring.

And by beauty hoarders I clearly mean myself… but I’m trying to get better!

The new H&M beauty range has been all over beauty blogs the last month so naturally I had to try a few products out for myself and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality, price and colour selection of all the products. I decided to apply all the products on video, share my thoughts and a bit of a haul. Let me know if you’ve tried the H&M beauty range in the comments!

1. I’ve never worn acrylic nails as I am lucky enough to have quite strong nails.
2. I hate shaving my legs in winter
3.  I love fake tan and I don’t think being too dark is really a problem (as long as it isn’t orange)
4.  I rarely use body lotion as I just find it time consuming and boring (but I am trying to change!)
5. I have never tried any Bobbi Brown products. (until today hopefully- more on that soon)
6. I hate washing my brushes and instead have lots so I don’t have to however this makes the washing process so much longer!
7. I once applied hair removal cream thinking it was a moisturiser before a night out.
8. Visiting the MAC counter/store still scares me but I have no problem on other counters/stores.
  
9. I have attachment issues so my makeup collection is shockingly large. 
10. When I was younger I painted my nails every single, single day for about 2 years. 
11. I absolutely hate doing my own eye brows (as the photo above proves) 
12. I once came home from school wearing a foundation I had borrowed from one of my mixed race friends, it was about 6 shades too dark and the worst look ever. 
I’d love to hear your confessions below in the comments.