What We Really Think About Beauty Advent Calendars

SARAH HALLIWELL shares the five we love the most …

 

ESPA Comfort and Joy Advent Calendar

In all honesty, we’re torn about beauty advent calendars. When they first became a thing, they were a wonderful novelty that brought lots of mini glamour to the build-up to Christmas (along with a whole new level of commercialism). But increasingly, there are just too many of them about: everyone from Boots to Glossybox churns out a calendar now, wind they’re all surrounded by much talk of waiting lists and limited-editions … If we look at these with our heads, rather than our hearts, we can see that, beyond the glam packaging, we’ll really just end up with a pile of mini beauty items that we could buy for a LOT less. If you truly love ESPA, for example, it’s far more cost-effective to buy the glorious Heroes Collection, with full-sized products, rather than the pricey calendar.

However, we’re only human, and those little drawers with a hint of surprise are like the best kind of chocolate box, with less dud flavours. And all those little bottles and tubes find their way into our minuscule plastic travel bag each time we fly, adding a touch of loveliness to the plane experience. Many a Ryanair trip has been enhanced by a Shea Butter hand cream or mini Tilbury lipstick …

And there are some that are just beyond all rational thought – the Rubik’s Cube-esque L’Occitane Luxury Calendar, for example, and hot red Nars box of drawers are great fun, and make a great gift, should you have the readies …

 

1 ESPA Comfort and Joy Advent Calendar (above, €165) contains 25 travel-sizes. Pricey but full of minis that will last you the year.

 

 

2 Rituals There’s a Ritual of Advent 2D calendar available at Debenhams (€59.50), with everything from body oil to to shampoo, nail file and hand cream. With all products being vegan and cruelty-free, this is a conscious as well as good-value choice. There’s also a deluxe version for €89 that lights up!

Jo Malone London always do cracking calendars and this year’s is no exception. But it is €360, so brace yourself. It is refillable, so you can refill it … Alternatively, the bestselling crackers are a bit of a Christmas classic. And bear in mind that a deluxe (ie gigantic) candle is the same price as the calendar and yet will last you all year …

4 We are especially impressed with L’Occitane‘s offerings this year – the Classic is €59, and the Luxury is €99; both are worth more. With a bright colourful design by fashion house Castelbajac Paris, each calendar is packed with 24 products, ranging from Almond Shower Oil to Divine Cream and Terre de Lumiere fragrance. An annual favourite. At stores nationwide.

5 Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beauty Universe (€185, worth over €250) is limited edition. From mini mascara to travel sizes of Wonderglow and  Magic Cream, this calendar is full of all the products you ever wanted to try. At Brown Thomas. www.charlottetilbury.com.

@SarahHalliwellBeauty

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