OhK! 12 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar RRP £14.99
Inspired by the impact of Korean Beauty in the western market, OhK! offers a dip in the water of K-Beauty without the import charges. This 12 Day countdown (I must admit, I want a gift every morning during advent – but then again that’s just an excuse to have two different calendars so I can switch between them each day) contains hairties, false lashes, hair chalk and other cutesy items behind the 12 doors. This one is an ideal choice for my 9 year old niece who’s eagerly awaiting being old enough to actually be allowed to wear makeup and spend her pocket money on something other than slime and squishies.
Lynx Men’s Let The Countdown Begin 12 Days Advent Calendar RRP £15
It’s nice to see that brands primarily aimed at men are getting in on the countdown to Christmas, too. The Lynx 12 day countdown includes a mix of full and trial sized products as well as a selection of male grooming tools. It’s a steal too at just £15 from Superdrug at the moment. And not a whiff of Lynx Africa to be found, either as the scents included are the Gold & Black variety. Save the Lynx Africa gift set for Christmas Day, as is tradition.
George at Asda 12 Days Of Christmas – RRP £20
This is George at Asda’s first beauty advent calendar and it promises 6 full size satin lipsticks and 6 nail varnishes, which means you’re netting a £10 saving on the products on their own. I must admit that I’ve never actually tried George makeup, but there a fwe good reviews around the internet. A great wee buy I recon for younger people just getting into makeup as the products won’t break the bank and will be universally suitable for all.
Revolution Advent Calendar – RRP £50, currently £30
I had a Revolution Advent Calendar last year and I loved it. Even though it’s sort of easy to tell what you’re getting from the size of the window each day, this beauty advent calendar has a great mix of products including a new eye shadow palette.
The products in this one would normally cost you around £65 (and that’s quick maths on my part on the normal RRP on the Revolution website) so if you manage to grab this one at £30 you are getting a bargain buy and some great wee additions to you makeup kit that maybe you wouldn’t normally pick up. I won’t ruin the surprise, but there’s a good mix of lip products, highlighters, eyeshadows and even brushes in this beauty calendar.
Soap & Glory It’s In The Calendar! – RRP £40
It’s not really Christmas if you don’t get a Soap & Glory gift set, is it? Following the success of last year’s beauty calendar – It’s A Calendar Girls! – this year we have 24 mini and full size products to count down to Christmas with. The reason I love the Soap & Glory beauty calendar is because it’s a great mix of makeup, skincare and toiletries. And the mini Hand Food! is just the perfect size for throwing in your handbag. Plus the smell of Soap & Glory products might actually be the most amazing smell in the world, I literally can smell Clean On Me as I’m typing this (nothing to do with the fact I showered with it this morning, mind you).
Maybelline Countdown Advent Calendar – RRP £50, now £33.50
The Maybelline Countdown 12 Day Beauty Calendar is the perfect pre-Christmas Christmas present to yourself. This one comes with all your favourite Maybelline products in their top selling colours (I’m guessing this fact, but the shades listed on the ingredients are totally some of the most popular ones). You’ll get yourself a mix of Colour Tattoo eyeshadows, Babylips lipbalms, Superstay 7 day nail varnishes and Colour Sensational lipsticks as well as the brilliant Babyskin Primer, a Master Strobe Liquid Highlighter and a Master Precise eyeliner, meaning that you’ll be set to go on Christmas Day for makeup if Santa doesn’t pop any extras down the chimney for you.
The Body Shop 24 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar – RRP £45
This Body Shop Beauty Calendar – one of four that they have on offer this year – is my favourite imagery because it doesn’t scream out Christmas to me. You get 24 products in this one too, from shampoos and body lotions to face masks and cleansing sponges while you countdown to Christmas with Olivia the Owl and her forestry friends.
Birchbox UK Beauty Advent Calendar – RRP £65
This calendar is the one that I’m really dropping big hints for this year. Just look at it, it’s beautiful. Although on the pricier side (the products inside are worth £179 though, so that’s a saving of 63%) it’s certainly worth every penny. There’s no images on the Birchbox website showing what products are included in this calendar, but some of the brands you can expect to receive include Benefit, Pixi, Makeup Forever, Nuxe Paris and Sand&Sky.
This one’s a dead cert hit for anybody who subscribes to Birchbox as it’s sure to include a great mix of skincare and makeup from the high end side of the beauty market. The only downside to this one? It doesn’t mention anywhere if this is the usual trail sized products or full size… only one way to find out though. My guess is that it will be a mix of product size, just like the usual Birchbox.
Debenhams Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar – RRP £70
This is Debenham’s first own branded advent calendar, with goodies from brands such as MAC, Makeup Forever, OhK!, Too Faced, Glam Glow and even a mini Paco Rabanne Lady Million perfume. There’s a gift card for Debenhams in this one too, which can be used against buying the full sized product of your favourite products out of this calendar. To be honest, this one is singing to me as it looks premium and is packed full of some really nice sample sized products that I’d like to try too… we just won’t mention the Kat Von D tattoo liner in this one (it’s a good liner, it really is but I’m having problems trusting the KVD brand at the moment).
Selfridges Glam Sparkle Beauty Advent Calendar – RRP £130
I’m not going to lie – the price of this one is enough to make your eyes water. But it is packed full of some amazing trial sized premium brands like Urban Decay, Kiehls, YSL and Lancôme including some cult beauty staples such as the UD All Nighter Setting Spray, Kiehls’ Midnight Recovery Concentrate and a sample of one of my favourite perfumes – Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. The only problem that I have with this one is that the actual calendar doesn’t look very premium, more like a 6th year graphic design student has thrown together a mockup and they’ve ran with it.