Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Battle of the Advent Calendars

This year is 'Year of the Beauty Advent Calendars'. Everyone, and I mean everyone is jumping on the band waggon when it comes to Christmas themed beauty treats. There are 15 in total, yes 15!! Some old favourites, some new exciting contenders, and not all are beauty themed - some are fashion and there's even a lifestyle one thrown in for good measure.
Some of the Calendars are well out of my league on the price point, but some are much more affordable and purse friendly meaning there's one out there for everyone!
Lets see what's on offer this year with the 'Battle of the Advent Calendars' ......

Boots No7 Advent Calendar. £35.00 Available from 29th October in store and online.
Worth over £130.00 and one of the more purse friendly calendars on the market, you can expect to find a variety of No7 goodies enclosed like, No7 high Shine Lip Crayon, Lash Impact Mascara, eye serum and many more!

Benefit Candy-Coated Countdown Calendar £60.00 Available online from 16th October and in store from 1st November.
Jammed packed full of benefit wonders that would have a true BeneBabe quivering at the knees, and worth £109.53!. Expect to see, Fake Up, Porefessional, They're Real and many more. See the full contents here.

The Body Shop Days of Joy Advent Calendar £50.00 Available in store from 26th October and online from 4th November
The Body Shop calendar last year was a huge success and this years I think will be no different. Inside you can except to see the likes of Wild Argan Oil, Colour Crush Nail Polish and White musk perfume as well as much more totalling £83.00 worth of products!

Selfridges 'Enchanted Spells' Advent Calendar. £85.50 Available NOW here
Good old Selfridges don't half know how to do an Advent Calendar. Now this isn't cheap but if you like your high end beauty products and feel like treating yourself then this is it! This contains a mix of fragrance, skin care and of course makeup from major brands like, YSL, LancĂ´me, Kiehls and Victor and Rolph.

You Beauty Discovery. £49.95 Available NOW here
This is worth a whooping £240 and jam packed full of big names. Expect to see a Aromatherapy Associates candle, Essie nail polish, GlamGlow, Rodial and even Sisley!

W7 £19.99 available from Xtras, and currently on sale for £16.99 at Fragrance Direct NOW.
The cheapest out of the bunch but no less still packing a punch with the goodies they have to offer. This is full of make up items that any beauty addict would love. There's nail polishes, lipsticks, eye shadows, a foundation and even a full sized mascara! A great gift for teenagers and for those that are watching the pennies on the run up to Christmas.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar £250.00 Available 20th October in Harrods and Nationwide 10th November
If you think this is an ordinary calendar then you'd be wrong. At £250 its a whole-lotta cash to be spending, and is really a Christmas present in itself! But if you're a Jo Malone fanatic then this might be just up your street, with mini perfumes and body creams all from their best selling scents like Pomegranate Noir ( my personal fav) Lime Basil & Mandarin, and Peony & Blush, it's certainly a beautiful treat if its in your budget!
L'Occitane £45.00 Available from 3rd November
This is slightly different from the other calendars in that there are only 13 windows to open, but never the less deserves a good old  mention. 13 beautiful bath time and pamper treats that range from hand lotion, to shower gel and even moisturisers.

Elemis 12 Days of Beauty £59.50 Available NOW here.
This is similar to the previous one where there are only 12 days instead of 24. The gift set is filled with Elemis classics like, Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, Marine Cream, Flash Balm, and bath and body products all worth £113!

Lush 12 Days Of Christmas £49.95 Available NOW here.
If you're an avid lush fan this will interest you greatly. Lush have released an advent full of festive joy to see you through the Christmas period. 12 assorted bath and shower gifts like 'Snow Angle Bath Melt', 'Holly GoLightly Bubble Bar' and 'Hot Toddy Shower Gel' to leave you in the mood for all the seasonal fun.

Liberty Advent Calendar £125 Available November
This one sits nicely in between Selfridges and Jo Malone's offerings on price and contains some fantastic gifts. Think Nars, Diptyque, Laura Mercier, Eve Lom and you're on the right path.

Ciate Mini Mani Manor £49.00 Available NOW here
For all nail polish addicts, this ones for you! Seeing 23 mini polishes and one full sized, all in different shades and finishes.

Non Beauty Advent Calendars
Yankee Candle Advent Calendar £21.99 Available NOW here
Christmas would not be Christmas without a festive candle burning, and Yankee have not disappointed with the release of this years advent calendar. Housing 24 tealights in scents such as 'Snowflake Cookie', 'Cranberry Ice' and 'Christmas Cookie'.

Top Shop Freedom Advent Jewellery Calendar Available NOW £25.00 here
If make up and candles aren't your thing this calendar could be just up your street, featuring 24 gold and silver coloured earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Primark Jewellery Advent Calendar Available in store NOW £10.00
A slightly cheaper option is the jewellery calendar from Primark containing cute stud earrings, necklaces and rings that would be perfect for teenagers and anyone into fashion.

My personal favourites have to be the Jo Malone, even though there's no chance in hell of me getting it, unless of course there's anyone that wants to give me one. *wink wink, nudge nudge*. Other favourites are the Yankee candle advent ( lets face it who doesn't love a candle at Christmas) and the Lush 12 Days of Christmas.
Which are your favourites, and will you be buying any this year?


  1. These beauty advent calendars are not as popular in Australia and it makes me so sad!!!!! :( A Yankee Candle Calendar would be so awesome!!

    Kate |

    1. That's such a shame ;( And yes, the Yankee one looks amazeballs! xx

  2. Wow I have never heard of beauty advent calenders before and boy was I missing out these sound amazing thanks for doing a great review

    1. You're welcome lovely! I hope you find one you like. :) xx

  3. I would get the yankee candle one not so sure of any of the others, they never seem to be 'worth it' in value to me, however I think the yankee candle one is such a cute idea!

    1. It's is. And Yankee candles are awesome! xx

  4. These look amazing :) great blog, I have followed you with Bloglovin and GFC, if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo


    I lovethat Primark do a little cheap version, perfect to get my little niece for her birthday in November! Thanks for the heads up!


    1. Oh yes, she'd love it. I know I would have! :) xx

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