It’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about, the most wonderful time of the year! I can already hear the jingle bells in the distance and smell the brandy-soaked fruit cakes. Hands down, Christmas is the happiest season of all; forget about monster-mashes and sparklers, because Father Christmas is in town and to quote Elf, ‘oh my god! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!’.
But, before we even start to think about rocking around the Christmas tree, we need to prepare for Advent. And, how better to celebrate the run up to the big day than with a calendar packed full of twenty-four luxury beauty products? And a word of warning, move quick because they always sell out every year.
If you are looking to bag a beauty bargain, the Gloss Beauty advent calendar (£12.50) is available at Boots and contains products such as tweezers, nail files and cosmetic sponges behind twenty-four doors. ASOS is counting down the run up to Christmas with a twelve door ‘Beauty Extras’ calendar (£25), while Marks and Spencer’s beauty calendar (£35) features products by Pixi, Balance Me and This Works. The Body Shop’s ‘25 days of the Enchanted’ deluxe advent calendar is full of bath & body, skincare and makeup favourites (£65). Maybelline’s ‘Countdown’ advent calendar is filled with twelve favourite Maybelline products (£49.99) and is currently 20% off on feelunique.com. For sheer luxury, try Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘Beauty Universe’ advent calendar. Filled with twelve full-size and mini award-winning beauty and skincare favourites, it’s certain to make any beauty connoisseur feel merry and bright (£150). The Liberty London advent calendar is the epitome of opulence (£195), while clad in emerald green and burgundy is Space NK’s first ever advent calendar. It hosts brands such as Eve Lom, Sunday Riley and Hourglass (£250).
And for those of you who already own the entirety of Fenwick’s beauty-floor, why not give Master of Malt’s ‘Ginvent’ calendar a try (£124.95). Full of twenty-four different drams of luxury gin, this will be perfect for a little tipple whilst you do your makeup for a night out! Or, for those of you (like me) who prefer a good cup of tea to a shot of juniper goodness – and a skin and body detox while you’re at it – give Bird & Blend Tea Company’s advent calendar a try (£36). And, if you love the beauty-filled health benefits matcha gives, they also have the first-ever matcha-tea advent calendar (£65). For a relaxing and holistic treat, try the Selfridges Kikki.K advent calendar (£90). It’s full of candles and much more hidden behind twenty-four stylish doors.
So,[pullquote] it’s time to get out your Michael Bublé Christmas CD and head on down to Fenwick to see their ‘Snowman’ themed window,[/pullquote] because whether you’re ready or not Santa Claus is coming to town. Get into town to bag all your beauty bargains. And, for all you bah-humbugs out there who tell me that November is too early to put up the Christmas decorations and blast out The Pogues, ‘Fairytale of New York’, let me leave you with the wise words sung by Faith Hill, ‘if there is love in your heart and your mind, you will feel like Christmas all the time’… So merry Christmas, you filthy animal!