Prepare yourself guys, I’m about to drop the C-bomb. I’m doing it with good reason though: advent calendars! Gone are the years where we count down to Christmas with a chocolate behind each window. We’re all far to mature and successful for that. Instead, we’re getting excited over beauty miniatures! Hurray! If you’re just here for the giveaway, scroll on down to the bottom to find out more!
Here’s my top five calendars:
1. Benefit’s ‘Candy-Coated Countdown’, £60After the huge success of last years ‘Countdown to Love’ calendar, Benefit are back. Last year, Benefit launched the calendar two hours late and still sold out within minutes. After some frantic refreshing, I managed to get my hands on one (you can read about it HERE) and absolutely loved it! They’ve also made some fab additions that weren’t in last years (namely Fakeup, Stay Flawless and Watts Up). On the down side, they’ve also hiked up the price an extra tenner and replaced three products with extra ‘novelty’ gifts (read: tat) instead of make up miniatures. Available from the 16th of October from Benefit and Debenhams.
2. Selfridges ‘Enchanted Spells’, £85
Encased in a beautiful spell book style, Sefridge’s ‘Enchanted Spells’ calendar is packed full of beauty blogger faves such as Kiehl’s midnight recovery and Victor and Rolf’s flower bomb perfume. Other brands include YSL, Lancome and Shu Uemura. This take definitely has more of a luxury feel and contains a good mix of make-up, perfume and skincare products. It’s available now on the Selfridges website but I doubt it will be around for long!
3. Liberty Advent Calendar, £125
Stepping it up a gear inside and out is the Liberty London calendar. Featuring that amazing Liberty print and filled with products from Nars, Kiehls (again!), Eve Lom and plenty more, the calendar is a whole month of luxury. The downside is the luxury price tag. At £125, it’s definitely pushing the upper boundaries but it’s certainly tempting! Expected to be available from november in store and online.
4. Jo Malone Calendar, £250
The priciest calendar I’ve seen is the town house Jo Malone calendar. In signature colours, the calendar contains 24 perfumes and body lotions and will have you smelling like a dream come Christmas morning. Personally I’d rather spend the £250 in Jo Malone (I almost did just that – look out for my haul!) but if you have the cash to spend, it’s sure to look dreamy above the fireplace! Available from the 20th October at Harrods and worldwide from the 10th November.
5. Body Shop 24 Days of Joy, £50
Behind the quirky collection of advent windows, you’ll find a bit of everything Body Shop. The calendar comes with classics from the Vitamin E collection, Christmas themed soaps and creams, nail varnish, perfume and more. It’s available now for £50 over on the Body Shop website. If you’re feeling a little guilty on splashing out on a calendar, you can forgive yourself as Body Shop are partnering with War Child to bring education to children affected by war. Someones been a good girl this year!
Honourable mentions go to Ciate, £49 – for being on of the more affordable calendars, though I really do not need that many extra nail polishes – and L’Occitane, £45 – for a little bit of luxury and a smaller price tag but you only get 13 days, boo! Available online from 3rd November.
Now for the exciting bit. I’m giving away my own advent calendar with 25 DAYS OF PRIZES for one lucky reader. With one parcel to unwrap each day, you’ll find everything from Real Techniques brushes, a Topshop Gift Card, Jewellery from LVNDR and Shop Dixi, products from Benefit, Soap and Glory, Body Shop and lots more!! Just click RIGHT HERE for your chance to win! As more people enter, I’ll start releasing more info about what’s inside, how exciting!
Get entering and GOOD LUCK!
Love Lucinda xx
The prizes revealed so far…
The Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Collection!
Urban Decay Perversion mascara and primer,
Shop Dixi inhale, exhale ring set,
Dolce & Gabanna nail polish in perfection,
High Beam and Bene Tint by benefit !
A faux-ginger, gin drinking, digital marketing gal with a thing for food styling. That was basically my old Tinder bio... Living in Leeds, I'm forever heading out for dinner, buying too many clothes, spending 50% of my money on ubers and, as of now, putting my stamp on my new apartment!