If there’s one thing I love about Christmas it’s advent calendars. It’s so exciting being able to prolong the Christmas excitement everyday for a month. Of course, a chocolate calendar is completely necessary, but I’m completely obsessed with the glorious beauty calendars. I had a few to open throughout December and I also received a couple for Christmas. I’ve spent some time playing with all the little daily presents and am here to tell you my thoughts!
THE 12 DAYS OF MECCA
The Mecca Cosmetica calendar was a 12 day calendar which seemed to be a popular option this year with the more high-end brands to make them more affordable. The calendar featured items from Mecca’s own range and came individually in little boxes. There was such a good range of products from skincare, nail polish, tools and brushes, lip balm, and primer. I loved this calendar as the packaging was beautiful and the products were the sorts of things I wanted to try right away!
CIATE MINI MANI MONTH
This is absolutely my favourite advent calendar and it’s the third year I’ve had it (which is why my nail polish collection grows dramatically annually). Typically, the calendar featured 24 bottles of nail polish or nail toppers, including a full-size bottle on Christmas Eve, but this year there was also a little glass nail file and some nail treatments too. Even though I’ve had this calendar several times before and I’ve bought many bottles of Ciate polish, there were only a few mini bottles that I’ve had previously.
THE BODY SHOP
The Body Shop delivered a huge calendar! Literally all kinds of products in the little boxes including body lotion, soap, nail polish, body wash, makeup brush, body butter, makeup, perfume… there’s too much to list! They included a few Christmas scented and shimmery items but the majority were non-festive. Unbelievably cute – the little box on Christmas Eve had a surprise inside! There was an extra box to open on Christmas Day!
I was most impressed with Selfridges beauty calendar this year. It’s the largest of all the calendars by far! But most importantly, it’s filled with so many things I’ve either wanted to try, or have never heard of and am really excited to try! This is a calendar of discovery for me and features makeup, skin care, body and shower things, tanning products, tools, etc. There’s quite a few full-sized products in here too! Can’t wait to try everything out.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE BOOK OF MAKEUP MAGIC
Finally, we have the most prestigious advent calendar I’ve ever seen. Charlotte Tilbury has absolutely smashed the Christmas game this year. Another 12 day calendar and filled with makeup and skincare. Whilst it’s a very pricey calendar there are a lot of products in here including a full-sized lipstick. Unreal. There’s a lot of skincare items I’ve coveted (including the Magic Cream) plus others I wouldn’t have thought to try. What’s super cool is that there was even a mini of an unreleased product to try! I was blown away by the baby makeup items especially the sweet little lipstick on a ribbon. But I’m thrilled with the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red – that one had been on my wishlist!