Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Ten Affordable Beauty Advent Calendars

lush advent calendar
A bit like Halloween becoming such a huge thing in the UK - I do not know when Beauty Advent Calendars became a thing. But I am glad they are. And no longer will I be content with a Cadbury's advent!

Last November was the first time I had ever heard of beauty advent calendars and once I'd got my head around this concept and realised I wanted to get involved, they were all sold out.
This year it seems every brand, and now shops, are doing their own versions. It's really tricky to know which one to go for. There are the high end versions from Charlotte Tilbury-£150, Jo Malone-£280 and Liberty-£149. But unless you want to treat yourself to one of these, and forfeit buying anyone else any Christmas Presents, then I've got 10 calendars that are more affordable and great value.

1. Lush - £52.95 (picture above)
12 days of Lush bath bombs, melts, lotions and soap. In shops now.

asos advent calendar
2. Asos - £50.00
24 days of everything from hair products to skincare and make up. Some of the brands included: Elemis, Cowshed, Dermalogica, Nip + Fab, Nuxe and Philip Kingsley. Available now to order from

boots no 7 advent calendar
3. Boots No.7 - £39.00
24 days full of No.7 make up, brushes and skincare, including their Protect and Perfect creams. Released on 21 October, you need to sign up to the waiting list here.
benefit advent calendar
4. Benefit - £34.50
12 days full of Benefit iconic products such as Hoola bronzing powder, They're Real mascara and Porefessional. Released on 14 October.
feel unique advent calendar
5. Feel Unique - £30
12 days of goodies from brands like Decleor, Rimmel, Bourjois. Annoyingly no release date on this so we'll just have to keep an eye on the site.
revolution advent calendar

6. Make up Revolution - £30
25 days. This is a jam packed, great value calendar full of make up and brushes from Revolution. Available now from Superdrug.
rituals adven calendar
7. Rituals - £49.50
24 days of what seems like everything from the Rituals range - creams, soap, wipes, oils.. No release date but should be soon now we are in to October.
sanctuary advent calendar
8. Sanctuary - £25
24 days of all the lovely smelling creams and bubbles from Sanctuary. Available from Boots on 21 October.
tanya burr advent calendar
9. Tanya Burr - £15
12 days of nail polishes, lip products and glittery eye liners. Available now from Superdrug, with £10 off.
M&S advent calendar
10. M&S - £35 (when you have already spent £35 on clothing, beauty or home)
24 days of the most talked about beauty heroes from brands such as Alpha H, Emma Hardie, Rodial and Nails Inc. The best way to look at this is, you would probably spend £35.00 in M&S on Christmas presents anyway, so then you can get the calendar for £35. Available from 10 November online and in store. 

The M&S is the one I will be going for because of the value and goodies it contains. And if I can't get that, I think the Benefit. Or the No.7. Or maybe the Rituals....

Which one takes your fancy?



  1. It's so exciting, I can't decide which one to go for. Really tempted by the multi-brand ones more than the single brand ones as there is more chance of a surprise. BTW There is another affordable one coming from Aldi which I have posted about here

    1. I read your post Joanne, it was really helpful. At that price I think it's justifiable to get the Aldi and another. I agree about the mixed brands one.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Julie x

  2. Ou these all look lovely! I really want to get myself a beauty calendar this year!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    1. They're such a brilliant idea aren't they.
      Julie x

  3. I think the M&S one is currently top of my list to buy a the moment, but there are loads of great ones available this year so its quite hard to choose

    1. I know Leigh. The m&s is my top pick but I'm worried that I'll wait for it to come out, miss out and all the others will be gone. It's quite stressful. Haha.
      Julie x

  4. I hate to admit it, but I don't really get the idea?! It's like you'd buy it as a gift but you open it like a normal calendar through December?? I think I'm missing the point?!


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