Advent calendars were unknown to me before I moved to the UK. Of course, there is no way having a little treat a day is a bad idea, and obviously I warmed up to it straight away.
And there I was thinking the chocolate ones were the best thing that could happen…. oooh, no…. look at these beauties below and chocolates will be a thing of the past!
Ciate Mini Mani Manor, £49, available now
For £49, you can get your claws on something that will make them much prettier: The Ciate Mini Mani Manor. 15 mini (Headliner, Sharp Tailoring, Members Only, Sloaney, Sweetie, Velvet Tuxedo, Big Yellow Taxi, Mineral Clarity, Strawberry Milkshake, Silhouette, Unrestricted Glam, Cupcake Queen, Amazing Gracie, Candy Cane, Sand Dune, Sherbet Fizz) and one full size (Celestial) paint pots plus 8 effects (grace this lovely manor design Girl With A Pearl, Runway Ribbon, Prima Ballerina, Let It Snow, Slumber Party, Tinsel Trail, Frozen Daydream, Fairisle Style) grace this calendar and will not only set up your nails for the party season, but also for the year ahead.
Benefit Candy Coated Countdown, £60, available now
Available to buy from 16 October 2014, the Candy Coated Countdown advent calendar from Benefit Cosmetics contains 24 mini versions of their best-seellers: think BADgal mascara, POREfessional, benetint, they’re real mascara mixed up with some pretty stationery.
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, £50, available now
Knock knock… behind each door of this Beauty Advent Calendar, there will be a body or face care, beauty or fragrance surprise from The Body Shop, including classics and brand new addition, like glazed apple and color crush nail polishes. All round body happiness till Xmas!
Selfridges Enchanted Spells Christmas Advent Calendar, £85, available now
Luxury. What else would you expect from Selfridges? A lovely Enchanted Spells book packled with Lancôme, Kiehls, Urban Decay, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani, YSL and Viktor & Rolf, this advent calendar is pure skincare, makeup and fragrance oppulence and indulgence.
Liberty Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar, £125, available now to pre-order; buy online and in-store from 06 November
As we are in the luxury subject, Liberty has really stepped up a notch (or two): meet the Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar. And they aer not joking with that title. It is packed with luxury products from Nars, Laura Mercier, Decléor, Dermalogica, Diptyque, Hourglass and many more.
This calendar, beautifully decorated with the shop’s iconic Tudor builidng in snow (*sigh*) and peacock print on the inside, can be yours fro £125 and goes on sale on the 6th of November in-store, but can be pre-ordered in-store or over the phone right now.
Boots No7 25 Days of Beauty Secrets, £35, available from end of October
Priced at and affordable £35 and packed with No7 classics and plenty for the festive season. And yes, you read 25 right – you also get one on Christmas day! Available from the end of October.
Lush 12 days of Christmas, £49.95, available now
What did your true love gave to you? Yeah, forget about that and ask for this.
Ok, not a traditional advent calendar, but delicious nevertheless with Lush’s 12 most popular products. You too can smell like the 12 Days of Christmas with Lush.
Primark Beauty Advent Calendar, £15
In this pocket friendly calendar you will find nail stuff: think polishes, glitter, foils and more. In fact, it should be called the Primark Nail Advent Calendar. The also have a 12-day one, even cheaper and with nails and makeup items, as well as the cutest beauty Christmas crackers.
Not beauty products, but beautifying nevertheless, Topshop has a pretty jewellery advent calendar (£25), and Primark has a cheaper version.
So, did I miss any you are lusting after? Any from the list that you just MUST have? Let me know!