Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2015

Posted on October 4, 2015


Hi Guys!

I know it’s only just October, but we all know Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. I’ve started thinking about getting myself a beauty advent calendar, and whilst looking into which ones were available – and realising there are SO MANY out this year, I thought I’d put together a round up of all the advent calendars I could find!

So below you’ll find all the advent calendars that are either available already, or released in the coming months – in price order starting with the most expensive. As time goes on, if I find any more I’ll add them to the list. If you know of any others please do let me know!

jo malone advent calendar

  • What: Jo Malone The Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much: £260.00
  • When & where: October 1st at Harrods (exclusive) then nationwide from November

The big daddy of all beauty advent calendars, Jo Malone’s luxury townhouse contains 24 doors of pure indulgence to keep you going in the run up to Christmas. If you love Jo Malone’s signature colognes and luxe body creams, you need this calendar in your life.

charlotte tilbury advent calendar

  • What: Charlotte Tilbury Book of Make-up Magic
  • How Much: £150.00
  • When & where: Available from November at Selfridges.com

I definitely have my eye on this advent calendar. Even though it’s only 12 days, Charlotte Tilbury’s Book of Magic contains a mix of mini AND full size products. I have no idea how many are mini and how many are full sized, but I think I need this.

liberty advent calendar

  • What: Liberty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £149.00
  • Where & when: Available at Liberty from 29th October

Liberty’s advent calendar just looks so pretty, and includes some amazing brands such as Dermalogica, Diptyque, NARS, ESPA and Kiehls. It’s not cheap, but definitely worth the cash if you can afford it.

selfridges advent calendar

  • What: Selfridges Cosmic Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £95.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 22nd at selfridges.com

Selfridges offer another high-end calendar, this time coming in at a pretty reasonable £95.00. This calendar contains luxury minis from brands including Lancome, YSL and Viktor & Rolf. This is definitely on my wish list!! the body shoop advent calendar

  • What: The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Premium Advent Calendar 
  • How much: £80.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 1st at thebodyshop.co.uk

I understand The Body Shop is offering two advent calendars this year – a ‘standard’ calendar at £60.00 and a ‘premium’ one at £80.00. This contains drawers stuffed with Body Shop bestsellers,  including mini versions of skincare products , bodycare, fragrance and make-up. The premium calendar includes products worth a massive £127.00.

lookfantastic advent calendar

  • What: Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 
  • How much: £70.00
  • Where & when: Available for pre-order now at Lookfantastic, released on November 1st.

I don’t have much info on this calendar, but it promises ‘luxurious surprises throughout the month of December’. It’s full of products from Lookfantastic’s favourite brands, so it’s bound to be a good ‘un!

you beauty advent calendar

  • What: You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar
  • How much: £59.95
  • When & where: Available from October 4th at You Beauty Discovery

The You Beauty Advent Calendar looks to be one of the best for value for money. This calendar costs just £59.95 and you receive over £330 worth of products from brands – please note this is the 2014 calendar image, I’m trying to get hold of the 2015 one now!

ciate advent calendar

  • What: Ciate Mini Mani Month
  • How Much: £49.00
  • When & where: Available from mid-October, at Selfridges, ASOS and Look Fantastic

Ciate have been on the advent calendar bandwagon for a few years now, and their latest offering looks better than ever! It includes 17 Ciate mini Paint Pots, two nail toppers, three treatments, mini crystal nail file and a full-size Paint Pot for the last day.

cheeky advent calendar

  • What: Cheeky Advent Calendar
  • How much: £49.00
  • Where & when: Available at Cheeky Holborn, Cheeky at Barber & Parlour, Cowshed Spas and urcheeky.com

If the Nails Inc polish calendar doesn’t take your fancy, what about this Cheeky nail polish calendar instead?


  • What: LUSH 12 Days of Christmas
  • How much: £49.95
  • When & where: Available at Lush shops and at Lush.co.uk nationwide from 2nd October

I’m really tempted to get the LUSH advent calendar, I love their products but haven’t used any in a while. If you’re into natural and homemade products, you should definitely check this out. makeup revolution advent calendar

  • What: Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar
  • How much: £45.00
  • Where & when: Available from Superdrug now.

Featuring 25 FULL SIZE Makeup Revolution essentials. Each window will reveal a beauty treat for you every day of December picked by the team at Revolution HQ, including a special gift on Christmas Day – a present from Makeup Revolution to you. The perfect way to celebrate the festive season with some products that you can use all year round.

loccitane advent calendar

  • What: L’Occitane Noel Approche Advent Calendar
  • How much: £39.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 22nd at loccitane.co.uk

So I googled it and Noel Approche means ‘Christmas is coming’ in French! L’Occitane’s advent calendar contains 24 best sellers behind it’s doors. If you’re a fan of the brand this is a must have!

no.7 advent calendar

  • What: No7 25 Days of Beauty Wonders
  • How much: £38.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 28th at Boots

No.7’s advent calendar is packed with mini skincare, makeup and accessory treats – as well as a few full sized products. This is also a complete bargain as you’re getting £148 of products for £38.

benefit advent calendar

  • What: Benefit Party Poppers
  • How much: £34.50
  • Where & when: Available from October 15th at benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Benefit’s advent calendar is back for 2015 – the Party Popper calendar contains 12 mini benefit favourites to mark the Twelve Days of Christmas.


  • What: Sugar and Spice Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £25.00
  • When & where: Available now from Freemans

I’m not actually familiar with Sugar and Spice – I found this on Google. This is a lovely looking advent calendar containing 24 cosmetics, nail polish, jewellery and hair accessories. It looks like a great bargain!

tanya burr advent calendar

  • What: Tanya Burr Deck The Halls Advent Calendar
  • How much: £25.00
  • When & where: Available now from Superdrug

Featuring twelve Tanya treats in special edition shades – two nail polishes (under the sea and carnival night), two pairs of lashes (girl next door and party girl) plus adhesive, two shimmer pots (twinkling moon and twinkling gold), three midi lip glosses (macaroon, candy frost, bewitching), two nail files and a mirror.

mands advent calendar

  • What: M&S Advent Calendar
  • How much: £25.00 when you spend over £25 elsewhere in M&S
  • When & where: Available from November at Marks & Spencer nationwide

This fantastic M&S advent calendar is filled with 24 festive treats worth over £200, from some amazing brands including Rodial, Neal’s Yard, REN, Stila and Cowshed.

house of fraser advent calendar

  • What: House of Fraser Colour Couture Advent Calendar
  • How much: £20.00 
  • Where & when: Available at House of Fraser from October

The House of Fraser beauty advent calendar features its own-brand – Colour Couture, House of Fraser has made this super budget friendly at only £20.00.

bomb cosmetics advent calendar

If you love bath bombs and you’re on a budget, the Bomb Cosmetics advent calendar could be perfect for you. It includes 24 day’s worth of mini Bomb Cosmetics goodies to last you through December.

So there we have it! There’s such a great selection of beauty advent calendars on offer this year. I’d love to hear if you have your eye on any of these? xxx

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New From DKNY: Be Desired EDP

Posted on October 2, 2015


Hi Guys!

I was so excited to be invited along to the launch of DKNY’s latest fragrance, Be Desired last week. I don’t want to go too much into the party details, but it was held in a beautiful rooftop garden, with the new fragrance dotted throughout the space so everyone could try it out – oh and they had real flamingos too, which I was amazed by. It wasn’t exactly your bog standard party…


Anyway, Be Desired is the latest addition to DKNY’s ‘Be Delicious’ range of fragrances – which I can’t believe launched over ten years ago now!

Be Desired includes top notes of orange, blackcurrant, violet leaf and iced grapefruit, heart notes of acacia flower, cassis absolute, Asian jasmine and Turkish rose, and base notes of Cedar, cashmere and amber wood. On initial spritz the fragrance is quite green – and a bit sharp (or so I originally thought) I was on the fence at first, but within moments it settles down to a beautiful fruity yet floral scent, definitely reminiscent of the original Be Delicious fragrance, but with a modern twist.

I’ve worn it a few times since the event and I actually love this fragrance now! It’s such an uplifting, fresh fragrance, it’s perfect for every day wear.

Be Desired features a new floral element, the lush and creamy sensual tones are infused with a green floral direction. The scent instantly draws you in with a sparkle of orange oil combined with tart blackcurrant and dewy violet leaves. Iced grapefruit teases the senses with a vivacious energy. Exotic elements bring a succulent texture to the bouquet of jasmine samba and turkish rose. Precious woody notes of cedarwood and vibrant amber wood create an unforgettable essence of the new fragrance.

DKNY Be Desired is £69 for 100ml, £50 for 50ml and £37 for 30ml. It will be available nationwide from 14th October 2015.

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Makeup Revolution: The Matte Blush Collection

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Makeup Revolution just don’t stop do they! They’ve only been around for about a year and a half and at a guess I’d estimate they’ve produced well over 500 products by now. Crazy stuff!

Ok so today I have their latest blushers to show you. This is the Matte Blush collection, including six large flat pan blushers with glossy black bases and clear flip top lids…


Don’t they just look so pretty!?


Ok so the first two shades are New Rules on the left and Beloved on the right. Yes New Rules does look pretty intimidating – would I reach for this shade? Probably not automatically, but in fact it does look lovely used very sparingly. (This is actually a great shade for a pale english rose complexion) Beloved is a bit more of an easier shade on the eye, but it’s actually brighter than in the photo. This pretty pinky peach is perfect for brightening the complexion.


The next two are probably the easiest colours to wear out of the collection. Nude is a light peachy nude shade which would suit fairer complexions and Fusion is actually very similar to Nude, but slightly deeper and warmer with more of a lean towards terracotta. This would look gorgeous on darker skin tones.


And lastly, just look at these bad boys! Dare and Divine, are a couple of fantastic blue toned pinks. Dare is on the darker side – and I think I understand why they’ve called it Dare! Divine is a slightly more forgiving Barbie pink.


You can see from the swatches that they are all really well pigmented. Don’t let the intensity of the colours put you off though. I’ve just swatched them heavily for you so you can see the potential of the colours, with a light hand these look really pretty when applied for a hint or colour. I particularly love Beloved and Nude.


These blushers are definitely worth giving a go. For only £3.00 each they’re a complete bargain!

The Matte Blush collection is available now from Makeup Revolution.

So what do you think, do any of these shades take your fancy?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New Personalised Gifting Site: I Just Love It

Posted on October 1, 2015


Hi Guys!

This post has been a bit of a long time coming – I had one of those #bloggerfail moments when I thought I’d deleted my photos before uploading them to my post, and by then the products had already been used. Luckily I found them lurking in a folder they had no business being in, so finally here’s my post!

I Just Love It is a brand new gifting site that specialises in personalised gifts. They kindly offered to send over some lovely gifts for my husband’s birthday. What a lucky guy!

The other half is basically into some very manly hobbies, such as eating, drinking and metal detecting. (Yes I did just say metal detecting) So I thought I could cover the first two bases very well with some lovely gifts from I Just Love It!


My lovely husband does enjoy a fancy whisky – he also brews his own beer and makes his own wine. So I thought this Personalised Whisky Tasting Set (£38.99) would be a perfect gift for him.

Exclusive to I Just Love It, this Whisky Gift Set contains single malts from four of Scotland’s most famous whisky regions, with a limited release single malt from Wales’ award winning Penderyn distillery. Whiskies in the set include an Isle of Arran 10 year old, ‘Waves’ from Bruichladdich’s Islay distillery in the Southern Hebrides, Glen Garioch from the Scottish Highlands, Glen Moray from Speyside and Penderyn 41, the Welsh distillery’s international release.

I’m no expert, and I’m not sure what all this means, but apparently these are some pretty decent whiskies! They’re also presented in a beautiful hand-finished gift box with a personalised sleeve. Information & tasting cards in a hand-made envelopes, accompany each 30ml whisky, and a ‘how to taste whisky’ guide along with a tasting mat featuring a Scottish landscape provide the perfect way to enjoy the whiskies and record tasting notes.


On the theme of alcohol, I thought this craft beer set would make a lovely gift from Freddy for his Daddy – Personalised D-A-D Set Three Pack Craft Beer (19.99)

The set contains three multi-award-winning pale ales. Not only are these crisp pale ales packed with American hops and citrus aromas, the labels can be personalised with a name and a message too if you wish. Mary Jane is an intensely refreshing pale ale created by Ilkley Brewery in Yorkshire. The beautifully balanced beer has good body for such a low abv and is the unique craft brewery’s best-seller by a country mile!


And of course you can’t have a birthday without chocolate! I thought this Personalised Happy Birthday Chocolate Bar for Him (£5.99) would be fun!

We have one of those relationships where we constantly take the mick and mock each other. I thought ‘Happy Birthday Old Git’ would be a lovely gesture to include on this chocolate bar. You can have any message you like printed in it though.


And lastly, the Personalised Inferno Hot Sauce (£12.99)

What is it with men and hot and spicy things? My lovely other half likes to drown 90% of his meals with some form of pain inducing chilli sauce, so I thought he’d love this one. The skull in flames on the front sold it for me.

This smoky chilli sauce contains the Naga Bhut Jolokia chilli pepper (commonly known as the ghost pepper) – this is the hottest in the world!

All these awesome gifts as well as many more are available now from I Just Love It. Definitely check them out if friends and family have birhdays coming up!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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TSNC September Advertisers

Posted on September 30, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve been very lucky to have three lovely bloggers advertising with me in the last month, thank you ladies! Please do take a moment to check out their fantastic blogs below –

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Hi, I’m Heidi, proud author of Chronic Beauty blog. I’m an ex Beauty Therapist and Aromatherapist in my 40’s, ‘ex’ as I sadly had to give up work due to chronic pain illness several years ago. My passion for beauty and helping others never went away and, as I missed my work so much, 

I decided to write my blog. I try to use my experience and knowledge of both beauty and chronic pain to post product reviews, info and tips. It’s given me something to focus on and enjoy, whilst fighting chronic illness. I do find it hard sometimes due to pain and fatigue but have such a passion for beauty products and treatments, especially natural focused ones so, I hope it helps those who visit my blog and share my journey with me. 

Do pop by, relax and enjoy!

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Hi everyone, I’m Laurel or otherwise know as Lola on the Internet! My blog Lola’s Little Wonders has been running for over two years now sharing my love for all things beauty as well as travel and lifestyle thrown in! I’ve recently been sharing about my time in America on LLW as well as my weekly top 5 every Sunday! I’m also over on YouTube (just search Lola’s Little Wonders) where I’m about to start vlogging every day in September!

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Hi everyone, I’m Cherry (as in the fruit!) and I run www.cherrypieblog.com. What started out as a platform for displaying my writing portfolio quickly snowballed into a music blog and then out of nowhere – a beauty blog. You’ll find lots of reviews of purse-friendly products as well as the odd fashion and lifestyle post thrown in.

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New in from Clinique – What’s Your Line?

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Hi Guys!

Now you know I’m all about the eye makeup. So when I heard about Clinique’s new (or actually, not quite so new now) What’s Your Line? range, I had to find out what all the fuss was about.

What’s Your Line? is a new collection of eye products, including the fantastic new Skinny Stick – a super slimline eyeliner pencil, a Pretty Easy Eyeliner pen, and a Chubby Lash Mascara.



Ok, so let’s take a look at the Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara £17.50.

This is a super chunkily packaged mascara – to fit with the ever popular ‘Chubby’ theme which we all know and love Clinique for. The brush on this mascara is rather curious though… it’s pretty large, yet has very short, densely packed bustles. My instant thought was I’m either going to love it or I’m going to hate it. I have short and fine eyelashes, so choosing a mascara that works well for me can often be problematic. Well I can happily say that I love this mascara! Though the wand is large, the short bristles mean I can easily coat my lashes with pretty much one application. I like to go as bold as I can when it comes to lashes though, so I find two coats works well. The formula is fantastic, as well as being really well pigmented. This definitely does the job for me!


Next is the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen £19.00.

This super fine eyeliner pen is perfect for creating precise, clean lines with one steady sweep. As far as liquid eyeliners go, I definitely prefer pens to brushes, as I find them a lot easier and quicker to work with. The ‘Pretty Easy’ eyeliner pen really does do what it says on the tin. The tapered nib has a super fine yet flexible point which works amazingly well when creating a beautiful cat-eye flick. The formula is also 24-hour smudge and budge-resistant. This is definitely one of the best eyeliner pens I’ve tried so far.


Next is the Clinique Skinny Stick in Silver Black, £15.00.

Now I’m liking the look of this! This is easily one of the thinnest eyeliner pencils I’ve ever seen, in a twist up style so you don’t need to worry about breakage. If, like me, you can’t live without eyeliner, but you’d like a more natural look, the Skinny Stick is perfect for creating the finest line along the lash line, for a natural yet pretty no-makeup look. I have super fine and pretty sparse eyelashes, so this is wonderful for when I want a lighter look for day time. The colour Silver Black isn’t the darkest shade of black – which could either be a good or a bad thing depending how you look at it. But it is a really wearable shade, with tiny silver sparkles. There are also eleven more shades in the range, including a deeper black without any sparkle, so there should be a colour there to suit everyone.


And lastly, I also have the Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse £16.00.

Out of all of my facial features, I find my brows to be the most problematic when it comes to applying makeup. They always look wonky, or uneven or just not right in some way. This Just Browsing Brush On Styling Mousse – though the wrong colour for me – is fantastic for a brow novice like me. It tints, tames any stray hairs and fills in any sparse areas with a quick swipe of the brush. The mousse also has a 24 hour long wearing formula that’s resistant to smudging, sweating and humidity. So you don’t need to worry about your brows wearing off throughout the day!


Overall I’m really impressed with this collection of eye products. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC X Charlotte Olympia for Spring 2016

Posted on September 29, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve just heard probably the most exciting news this side of Christmas… MAC has just announced it’s latest collection will be with the one and only Charlotte Olympia next spring!

The British luxury shoe and accessory brand is probably most well known for it’s stunningly glamorous shoes, as well as their fun yet chic ‘Kitty’ cat face shoes and accessories.

Charlotte says – “The inspiration for the collection comes from my love of a bygone era that manifests itself in my day-to-day beauty look as well as featuring my design aesthetic,” The designer, who’s often caught sporting cat-eyed sunglasses and 1940s curls, added, “I have always enjoyed the ritual of dressing up and wanted to unleash my inner movie star!”

Ok so I’m predicting old Hollywood glamour here. Red lips, a flawless complexion, black cat eye eyeliner… I am SO excited about this collection, I can’t wait to see what’s going to be included! Also, I’ve been lusting after Charlotte Olympia shoes ever since I first heard of the brand – I need to get my hands on some Kitty Flats!

As soon as I find out more about the products I’ll let you guys know!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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