Sunday, 3 November 2013

A Beauty-ful Christmas: Advent Calendars, Tree Ornaments and more

Seems like everyone and their dog is doing a beauty advent calendar this year.  Or a pretty tree ornament.  Or a cracker.  Christmas has never been so good for beauty lovers, with cosmetic treats appearing before, under, and over the tree.  Now we're in November and the C-word embargo has been lifted on LBR, here's a low down on some of the best.

The elegant white calendar above is a collaboration between the Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine and Latest in Beauty.  It contains treats from the likes of Sisley, Stila, Dermalogica, Leighton Denny and Balance Me - the contents add up to £240 worth of product, selling for £49.95.  Find it at the YOU Beauty Discovery website.

The very pretty Benefit Countdown to Love advent calendar went on sale in Debenhams stores and Benefit boutiques yesterday, and is expected to sell out quickly.  It contains miniature sizes of Benefit favourites such as High Beam and They're Real, as well as some Benefit charms and jewellery.  It costs £50, and apparently will appear on the website sometime today - get your makeup buying finger ready!

Boots have also jumped on the advent calendar bandwagon, with this slightly less expensive version - at £30, it contains treats from Mavala, Soap and Glory, Paco Rabanne, Nails Inc and Rimmel.  Even better, if you decide to buy a full size product after trying one of the miniatures in this set, you'll get extra Advantage points.

Ciate's jumper print calendar contains mini polishes, caviar beads, and exclusive glitter shades.  Costing £42 at Selfridges, it's perfect for nail lovers.

Mavala's pretty glitter polishes have been given a festive twist - you can hang these little polish angels on the tree.  So cute.  A pack of two costs just £7.75 at Feel Unique - they're available in violet/blue, red/bronze, and gold/silver combinations.

Space NK's Christmas crackers feature mini Lipstick Queen lipsticks and Rococco polishes.  The blue one costs £20 and contains a miniature Laughter shower gel, sheer Rosebud Saint lipstick, and deep red Fashion Victim polish, whilst the purple one costs £25 and has a Lipstick Queen lip brush included, as well as a Nude Sinner lipstick, and Cold Karma nail polish.

Any more desirable little things you know of?  Which will be gracing your home this Christmas?  Let me know in the comments!

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