Sunday, 26 October 2014

2014 Beauty Advent Calendar Round Up

I know, I know, it's not even Hallowe'en & I'm already talking about Christmas! It might feel like I'm wishing the year away, but many of these advent calendars get snapped up waaay before we hit December (some are already out of stock online!) so it's a good idea to get yours early in order to avoid disappointment. 

Below are some of my top picks but please do comment below if there are any others you think I should check out! Also, just a heads up that there are SPOILERS below, so if you'd rather not see what's in the boxes then click away now!

I really like the look of this set; it's got a great range of products & considering some of the brands that are included the price isn't half bad. The only thing I'm a bit disappointed by is the lack of actual makeup items, although obviously I understand that generally skincare items are more universal in their appeal. The big selling point of this set is the opportunity to try some cult products like Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish cleanse, which some people might be reluctant to splash out on without sampling first.

A little more specialised than the "beauty" advent calendars, Ciate's Mini Mani Mansion is perfect for nail polish lovers. The set contains sample sizes of some classic shades, as well as one full-sized paint pot & 8 "effect" pots. Obviously this won't be to everyone's tastes but I can imagine it would earn you major brownie points from the younger members of your family who are just starting to build up their beauty collection.

Benefit's Candy Coated Countdown // £60 (currently out of stock online, may be available at Benefit counters)

Benefit's Advent Calendars have achieved cult status in recent years, hence it already being sold out well before the end of October. That being said, if you can hunt it down, it's a fantastic set full of samples of some of Benefit's most well-known products. Obviously samples aren't going to last forever but it does mean you can test items out & see which ones are worth you investing in (important, since Benefit's products certainly aren't cheap).

No. 7's 25 Days of Beauty Secrets // £35 (released October 29th)

I'm struggling to find any details on this one, outside of a couple of blogger reviews from people who got sent samples to check out, but it looks great & is definitely one of the more affordable options. From the spoilers I've seen, it also looks like there's a great balance between skincare & makeup items in the set, & No.7 are known for their high quality products making this great value for money.

Selfridges Enchanted Spells Advent Calendar 2014 // £85 (currently out of stock online, may be available in store & can be bought on Ebay for a considerable mark-up)

It's hardly surprising this has already sold out online considering you get such a fantastic range of high-end products. Yes, it's pricey, but there are several full-sized products which push the value way over what you're paying (although obviously the real value is in how much use you'll get out of the products).

This may not be the most exciting offering but it's definitely worth checking out if you love the Body Shop of if you've got a beauty lover in your life that's notoriously hard to buy for. This set contains a range of the skincare & bath items that the Body Shop is known for, along with a couple of makeup items which should be a nice extra surprise. You're unlikely to be blown away by this set, but equally I'd wager that every single item is something you'll use, so I guess it depends how much of a risk you want to take!

Can we freaking talk about this advent calendar. Yes, the price is ridiculous, & yes, you're probably going to need to be refreshing the page from midnight onwards on the 6th to get it, but just look at it! It looks so cool & I can't imagine you'll have any complaints when the set contains products from NARS, Dermalogica, & Diptyque. This is definitely a luxury set but if you've got a rich uncle in your life, why not?

What do you think of beauty advent calendars? Are they something you'd spend your money on or would you rather buy one or two products you know you'll love?

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