Long are the days when chocolate advent calendars where the only acceptable way to start counting the days until Christmas. Now every beauty brand, drugstore or high-end, is releasing a calendar and the competition is fiercer than ever. You have your premium ones, like Charlotte Tilbury or Liberty, which go over the 100£ mark. On the other end, you have cheap alternatives from Essence, Tanya Burr or W7. For me, however, the one that stood out the most, was the M&S beauty advent calendar.
This little guy costs 35£, but it does come with a catch. Simply put, you can get in for 35£ if you spend 35£ in store. I know some people had a problem with this, but considering the products inside are worth over 250£, it`s definitely a good bargain. Also, how hard can it be to spend that amount in store? I took advantage of their 3 for 2 offer on Christmas gifts and ended up with a fantastic deal.
One look at the calendar and it`s clear to see that they put a lot of effort into packaging. Not only is it pretty to look at, but it`s also reusable. I am planning on using the little boxes for the Secret Santa at work, they are beyond cute and festive. I`ll also keep the card box and store something inside, like my fairy lights or some candles. Moving on to the content, you`re in for a treat. If the price and the design did not convince you to buy, then the products inside will. The samples are more than generous and come from M&S best selling brands.
NUXE Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (30ml)
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (15ml)
Pixi Brow Tamer (4.5ml) full-size product
Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil (28ml)
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (40ml)
Percy&Reed Wonder Balm (30ml)
Rituals The Rituals of Sakura Body Cream (70ml)
Autograph Nail Polish in Cranberry (11ml) full-size product
Shay &Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance (10ml)
Rodial Super Acids Rush Peel (20ml)
Filorga Absolute Wrinkle Correction Cream (15ml)
Alpha H Liquid Cold with Glycolic Acid (50ml)
Nails Inc. Gel Nail Polish in Piccadilly Court (10ml) full-size product
Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream (50ml)
Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum (5ml)
Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (15ml)
SKYN Iceland Eye Cream (5ml)
Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (15ml)
Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Smile (full-size product)
Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (4.25 g) full-size product
Pur Correcting Primer (10ml)
Ultrasun Ultrasun Face 30 SPF (25ml)
Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner (1.2g)
Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File
Look Good Mini Powder Brush
All the products included are amazing and I can`t say which one I like more. I`m dying to try the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and the Nuxe Oil! I`ve had the Elasticizer and the Wonder Balm before and I know they`ll be very good. I won`t review every product individually, but I will probably do an updated skincare/hair care routine post where I will feature some of these products.
Let me know in the comments if you`re buying any beauty advent calendars this year. Also, do you like to open the boxes daily throughout December? Or are you more like me and ravish everything in one day?