Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017 - Advent Calendars

It's my favourite time of the year again - Christmas! I've pulled together a few gift guides for beauty nuts - these are just few of the things on my Christmas wishlist. This here post is my advent calendar picks (yes, they are such a thing now that they merit a post all of their own), but I'm also pulling together a stocking filler gift guide and a round up of my favourite luxury beauty gifts this year also. I love Christmas beauty gifting - new limited edition packaging, a chance to try products you might not have ordinarily picked out for yourself and the potential to find new favourites. I know these lists are subjective - because I would not mind receiving any of these advent calendars - but these are just some of this year's offerings that have called out to me.

NYX Kiss and Tell Advent Calendar

The lip product fanatics amongst us would only be delighted to get this advent calendar this year - it's jam packed with an assortment of NYX mini lip products including matte lipsticks, butter lipglosses and lipsticks and some of the lip lingerie line. €60 from Feelunique / €65 from Arnotts - one for every day of advent! 

Look Fantastic Calendar

This advent calendar from Look Fantastic has gotten more hype than any other advent calendar this year I think - so many people have said to me that this is the only one they are getting this festive season. I guess the reason why is not only the very fancy, reusable packaging (with a built in mirror) but the array of products - 9 full sized, 16 deluxe samples and a worth value of £300. I won't give away what is in the box exactly for those of you who got this and want to be surprised but it contains a nice mix of haircare, skincare and beauty products. €98 from the LookFantastic website.

L'Occitane Advent Calendar

Of all the advent calendars on the market this year, this l'Occitane one might be up there at the very top of my wishlist. I'm not hugely familiar with L'Occitane, I've tried a few products over the years, but I think this calendar which contains 24 bodycare treats would be a perfect dive into the brand. Also, at €59 I think it's pretty good value. Available from L'Occitane directly or Debenhams website.

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is outrageously popular every year and I can see why! This contains 25 treats, some full size, some samples, spanning across skincare, bodycare, makeup and haircare. Brands include Stila, Nuxe, Emma Hardie, Ren, Alpha H. This calendar has a worth value of €339 and costs just €40 when you spend €40 on womenswear. Good value indeed but I can't help but think the design and packaging of this one could be a bit less cumbersome and more environmentally friendly. 

The Body Shop 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

The Body Shop can always be relied upon every year to deliver a decent advent calendar and this year, they've brought us three! This one is the 24 Days of Beauty calendar or the most budget friendly of all the offerings - I haven't been able to find this on the Irish Body Shop website but it's £45 on the UK website (which means it will probably be €70 here given the usual exchange rate The Body Shop applies). Edit I have since found it on the Body Shop Ireland website and it was in fact €70 - not impressed TBS

Clarins Advent Calendar

Clarins is another of those brands that I feel like I do not pay enough attention to (though in my defence it's hard to give equal attention to all the brands!) but this advent calendar containing 24 products seems like a brilliant introduction, especially as it contains full sizes of Beauty Flash Balm, Mascara Supra Volume and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, along with travel sizes of many of their other most popular products. I think this would be especially popular with mothers, aunties and grandmothers this advent season. Also, at €120 from Brown Thomas, I think it's a pretty good deal for what you get.

Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Advent Calendar

Now y'all know I'm going to qualify this by saying that I think practically all Charlotte Tilbury products are completely overpriced and overhyped (all style and no substance) and I don't think this box will be much different - however, if you handed this to a die hard Charlotte Tilbury fan, they would probably snap the hands off you! At €185 it's pretty pricey, especially considering it contains just 12 products, four of which are full size (Colour Chameleon pencil, Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow, Lustre Lip Gloss and Matte Revolution lipstick). Most of the sample sizes are skincare which I think is a little bit of a cop out unless you love Charlotte Tilbury skincare. I personally don't have much time for beauty brand skincare offerings so I would have hoped to see a little more makeup in this for the €185 this will set you back in Brown Thomas.

Lancome 24 Days in a Parisian Wonderland


This is another contender in the beauty advent calendar stakes this year. It's €130 from the Boots website and contains 24 treats include makeup, skincare and fragrance from the L'Oreal Luxe brands we all know and love including YSL, Viktor & Rolf, Lancome and Ralph Lauren. Again, there is a lot of Lancome skincare included in this one.

Rituals The Ritual of Advent Calendar


I love Rituals as a brand and I was delighted to see that they have brought out an advent calendar this year containing sample sizes of their candles, bath and shower gels, shampoos, serums, shower oils. If you know someone who loves luxurious baths and showers, this is the advent calendar for them. €71 from Debenhams.

ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar 2017


Not surprisingly Asos have jumped on the beauty advent calendar bandwagon and this year they have brought us 25 treats of "beauty goodness" with brands including The Ordinary, Caudalie, Korres, Nip and Fab, Ren, Rodial, NYX, Pureology, Smashbox and more. The 25th present is a 20% discount code so if you find yourself in the mood for some shopping after your turkey and ham, hit this one up. £55 from ASOS.

The Estée Lauder Companies Advent Calendar 2017


This, in my mind, is the creme de la creme of advent calendars this year. I'm not sure if this one is even available to purchase anymore as I haven't been able to find any online - it's been out a few weeks now so is probably almost guaranteed to be sold out. This one contains 25 treats from across the Estee Lauder brands including MAC, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bumble and Bumble, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Glamglow and Michael Kors. It has a mixture of skincare, haircare, fragrance and cosmetics, a worth value of £200 and costs (if you can still get your hands on it) £125.

Lush 12 Days of Christmas


Lush are bringing a 12 piece advent calendar to us this year - containing 12 limited edition festive holiday treats including Golden Wonder, Never Mind the Ballistics and Christmas Sweater bath bombs, Snow Fairy, Bubbly and Twilight Shower Gels, and other soaps and bath time treats. Folks really love to bathe around the Christmas period so this is definitely worth picking up for the Lush fanatic in your life. £67.50 from Lush UK website.

I know there are loads more of calendars available this year (is it me or does it seem like every single brand jumped onto the advent calendar bandwagon this year?) but these are the ones that stuck out to me. I've only a few weeks to decide which one to pick up so I can enjoy some advent self gifting! Which one of these stuck out to you and would you be tempted to purchase any of them?
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