Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Beauty Advent Calendars | Blogtober Day 21

Last year I did a post about the beauty advent calendars that were available so this year I thought I would do the same thing. It’s never too early to start talking about Christmas, so let’s dive right in. I will try and leave a list of everything included in the advent calendars at the end of the post with a spoiler alert sign before I do for people who do not wish to see what is inside just like last year.

First up, Benefit Cosmetics Candy Coated Countdown - £60
Last year, Benefit’s beauty calendar was raved about all over the internet. This year, they have returned. I prefer the look of this calendar in comparison to last years as it is a love more festive to the eye with the red and green packaging. Inside are miniatures of the brand’s favourite and bestselling products along with a couple of accessories. I think this calendar looks fab, but this year they have raised the price by £10 following last year’s sell out calendar. (Available now at Debenhams website and in store and benefitcosmetics.co.uk).

Secondly, Selfridges Enchanted Spells - £85
My favourite of them all – Enchanted Spells by Selfridges. This calendar is stunning. It is a little pricier than the Benefit one but I feel that it is so much better (sorry Benefit!). Inside, the calendar is hiding lots of miniatures including skincare, fragrance and makeup. Many favourite brands are hiding behind the doors and trust me when I say it is definitely worth the money! (Available now at Selfridges).

Third, Ciate Mini Mani Manor - £49
This calendar is for the nail obsessed people out there with a nail polish behind each door for the lead up to Christmas. There are lots of beautiful colours hiding in the calendar so get your hands on one of these mini manors before they sell out! (Available now at ciate.co.uk, ASOS, Selfridges and John Lewis.

Next, Jo Malone - £250
The most expensive calendar by quite a lot, but beautifully stunning products within. Behind the doors are a selection of body creams and colognes. The most upmarket calendar out there. (Available now at Harrods and nationwide 10th November).

The Body Shop 24 Days of Joy - £50
The Body Shop also did an advent calendar last year and went down really well. This year they have come back with a similar calendar containing miniatures of their bath and body products – and I think a few beauty products squeezed in this year as well! Another good thing about this calendar is that The Body Shop have teamed up with War Child which is a global charity for children who have been affected by war and will grant children the wish of an education from people buying this calendar. (Available now at selected Body Shop stores).

No7 25 Days of Beauty Secrets - £35
No7 have jumped on the beauty advent calendar bandwagon this year and have released a beautiful 25 day calendar – even one for Christmas day! This calendar is packed with lots of skincare and makeup for the festive season including some of their best sellers. (Available 29th October in Boots stores and online).

Liberty - £149
Liberty is up there with the more expensive side of beauty advent calendars this year at £149 but includes fabulous brands such as Nars, Diptyque and Laura Mercier. Definitely worth the hefty price tag. (Available in Liberty store and online on their website 1st November).

Elemis 12 Days of Beauty - £59.50
Unlike the other advent calendars which have 24 or 25 doors to open, this Elemis one has 12 doors for the 12 days of Christmas. Packed with luxury skincare, pamper yourself with this calendar. (Available now at timetospa.co.uk).

L’Occitane - £45
Another different number with the L’Occitane calendar home to 13 doors due to a Provence tradition of having 13 desserts on the festive table – cool huh? This calendar includes fragrance, skincare and body products. (Available 3rd November at loccitane.co.uk).

Lush 12 Days of Christmas - £49.95
Following the 12 days of Christmas rule again with the Lush calendar. The packaging on this calendar is beautiful. The calendar opens like a story book which is filled with Christmassy lush treats for a pamper day every day up to Christmas. (Available now at Lush stores and online).

Yankee Candle Advent Calendar - £21.99. Advent House - £24.99.

I know that Yankee Candle isn’t beauty as such, but who doesn’t love candles at Christmas? They have brought back the same style one as last year with 24 doors hiding a tealight candle for each day. But they have also brought a calendar in the shape of a 3D house home to 23 tealight candles and 1 votive candle for the last day. The best part? Every candle is a Christmas collection scent. (Available in stores and online now). 


Some of you may wish to know what each of the calendars include so you know if you want to spend that amount of money on one. So for those who do… here’s what’s inside.

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown
“that gal”, the POREfessional, benetint, high beam, chachatint, posietint, stay flawless, they’re real!, ultra plush in dandelion, ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister, ultra plush lip gloss in fauxmance, BADgal lash, stay don’t stray, fakeup, it’s potent!, total moisture facial cream, ooh la lift, watt’s up, beauty sticky notes, doodle pad, heart-shaped paperclips, pinky polka-dot hair tie, elastic hair band with bow charm, metallic silvery hair tie.

Selfridges Enchanted Spells
Yves Saint Laurent Opium EDT, Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser, Lancome Renergie Multi-Lift Day Cream, Lancome Douceur Galateis, Shu Uemura Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, Lancome La Vie est Belle EDP, Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream, Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Creator, Giorgio Armani Armani Code Femme, Lancome Le Rouge Absoul Bx, Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara, Emporio Armani Diamonds Rose, Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Lancome Hypnose Mascara, Yves Saint Laurent Kohl Black, Lancome Genifique Eye Pearl, Urban Decay Anti-Ageing Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Lancome Visionnaire Serum, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Lancome Bi-Facial Eye Make-Up Remover, Lancome Lip Lover 337, Lancome Genifique Serum, Lacome Lip Lover 355, Kiehls Crème de Corps.

15 mini paint pots – headliner, sharp tailoring, members only, sloaney, sweetie, velvet tuxedo, big yellow taxi, mineral clarity, strawberry milkshake, silhouette, unrestricted glam, cupcake queen, amazing gracie, candy cane, sand dune, sherbet fizz.
1 full size paint pot – celestial.
8 effects – girl with a pearl, runaway ribbon, prima ballerina, let it snow, slumber party, tinsel trail, frozen daydream, fairisle style.

Jo Malone
Grapefruit cologne, lime basil and mandarin cologne, English pear and freesia body crème, grapefruit body crème, peony and blush suede cologne, pomegranate noir cologne, pomegranate noir body crème, blackberry and bay cologne and a 50ml pomegranate noir body crème behind the last door.

The Body Shop
Almond hand and nail cream, almond nail file, frosted cranberry heart soap, frosted cranberry shower gel, frosted cranberry shimmer lotion, eye definer black, strawberry heart soap, strawberry lip butter, strawberry hand cream, colour crush nail colour in relish the moment, glazed apple heart soap, glazed apple body lotion, vitamin E moisture cream, vitamin E moisture mask, vitamin E nourishing night cream, moringa shower gel, moringa body milk, mini crinkle lily honeymania lip blm, wild argan oil body lotion, eyeshadow brush, shea shower cream, shea body butter, white musk eau de toilette.

Skin illuminator in peach, high shine lip crayon in delicate pink, eye colour brush, youthful eye serum, stay perfect nail colour in highland mist, lash impact mascara in black, eye shadow in the middle shade from good earth trio, beautiful skin radiance exfoliator, protect and perfect intense day cream, blissful body wash, beautiful skin eye makeup remover, stay precise felt tip eyeliner, high shine lip crayon in daydreamer, completely quenched body lotion, amazing eyes pencil in brown, essential lip brush, intense volume mascara in black, eye shadow in the top shade from cappuccino trio, nail effects disco ball, protect and perfect intense day hand cream, stay perfect metallic eye pencil in blackest, gel look shine nail colour in deep wine, amazing eyes pencil in black, protect and perfect intense night cream, stay perfect duo nail colour in hot to trot and cheeky chops.

I can’t seem to find the list of contents for this calendar – maybe because it isn’t actually out just yet. I can see a few of the brands from the picture though and they include Nars, Decleor, Deborah Lipman, Diptyque, Kiehls, Dermalogica, Eve Lom, Laura Mercier and Weleda.

Pro-collagen cleansing balm, pro-collagen marine cream, pro-collagen oxygenating night cream, pro-radiance illuminating flash balm, papaya enzyme peel, cellular recovery skin bliss capsules (14 caps), revitalising babassu facial wipes (4 sachets), frangipani monoi shower cream, frangipani monoi body oil, skin nourishing shower cream, pro-radiance hand and nail cream, treat your feet foot cream.

I can’t find the contents yet due to it not being available until 3rd November. Check back then J

Snow angel bath melt, hot toddy shower gel, dashing santa bath bomb, honey I washed the kids soap, celebrate body lotion, the olive brance shower gel, karma soap, golden wonder bath bomb, holly golightly bubble bar, lord of misrule bath bomb, cinders bath bob, star light star bright bath melt.

Yankee Candle
Advent calendar – icicles, angel’s wings, snowflake cookie, cranberry ice, Christmas cookie, Christmas garland.
Advent house – candy cane lane, Christmas garland, snowflake cookie, sugared apple, Christmas cookie, Christmas memories, spiced orange and a Christmas eve votive. 

Love Em x

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