As far as advent calendars go, I will always be a fan. Infact, this year i’ve decided to make the adult decision to have an advent calendar in November as well- countdown to the countdown. Beauty and advent calendars are a winner for me also and I love watching unboxing posts or people rating the best ones but I do think it’s all getting a bit out of hand.
Some calendars are over £100, if you’re buying Christmas presents for friends/family etc and generally preparing to cover the cost of Christmas, who is spending over £100 on an advent calendar for themselves?? Infact, the only people i’ve seen with these extravagant products are bloggers who’ve been sent them as a PR gift.
I just think it’s a bit unrealistic and every year seems to get more extravagant. I’ve been having a look at calendars under £50 and here are my thoughts.
25 treats, a good mixture of make-up, skincare & tools. I love No7 as a brand and would highly recommend their products to anyone. There is only one cop-out treat which is the invitation to use their match-made service as it’s free all year round for anyone. Other than that, I’d be happy with all of these and use every single one.
Considering the price of Sleek products if you walk into store and pick them up, I think this is relatively good value for money. Again 25 treats, by the looks of it a mixture of make-up and brushes (and at least 2 palettes!). I’ve never tried their brushes but I really like their make-up. This looks like it would give your make-up bag a refresh with a good variety of products.
QVC -£40 (Coming Soon)
Said to feature brands such as Becca, Pixi, Rituals, Liz Earle and Philosophy… this is a calendar you don’t want to be missing out on. For people who know about and use QVC for make-up, they tend to swear by it but I still feel It’s a bit of a secret. There is no release date that I can find for this product but It’s worth keeping an eye out for it.
Tanya Burr 12 Sweet Days Beauty Calendar -£30 (£20 right now)
I got the Tanya Burr advent calendar last year, I really enjoyed it. I found it lots of bits that I probably wouldn’t buy myself e.g. glitter eyeliner, but useful products that I’d use- and I did. The packaging is absolutely beautiful, as usual, the only reason I’m not re-purchasing is because it’s almost the exact same products as last year which is disappointing. If you’ve not had it yet, I’d recommend this one.
Bomb Cosmetics Christmas 2017 – £20 (£15.95 right now)
A mixture of soaps and bath bombs for the 24 days leading up to Christmas. I’ve heard of Bomb Cosmetics but never tried them, I think they look good and compared to others this calendar is a bargain. It’s a great way to try out the products if they’re not a brand you know well.
Despite being only 12 days and still the better part of £40, if you like Benefit then I’d say this is good value. There is some really great mini’s in here and a relatively good product range. My only issue is three mascara’s, okay one’s a tinted primer, I’d say that’s unnecessary, they should’ve put in a lipstick or something instead.
This is the cheapest of the three calendars available this year. I don’t shop in The Body Shop that often, I like certain things but it’s not products I get or try a lot. There are some good products in this but there are absolute some cop-outs… like the brush that looks like a thin toothbrush, what is that for- who actually uses one of those?? If you’re a Body Shop enthusiast, you may disagree but by looking at it, i’m not sure it’s worth it.
This calendar reminds of those ‘mystery bags’ you would get in Claire’s Accessories, £15 for a bag of junk that was “was worth £50”, for what it’s worth I loved those bags. I don’t see any thought in the making of this calendar, it’s a bit of a mix-up. Their unique selling point is the fact it’s much cheaper than their competitors; Look Fantastic, John Lewis, etc and that will entice people but personally, I wouldn’t pay £35 for this.