At this time of year, it gets cold and dark quickly. The festive lights, roasted chestnuts and dutch pancakes at Christmas markets, all make me look forward to Winter. But most of all, I look forward to all the products being released in time for the holiday season. I know I don’t celebrate Christmas. But I can’t help but get super excited about the amount of seasonal products released at this time of year. The Winter season is the perfect time to shop and retailers know it!
I am absolutely in love with the idea of beauty calendars. For the past few years there’s been a LOT of choice in beauty advent calendars. They range from £10-£300. Everyone from Selfridges to Amazon (yes Amazon the online shop) have produced a beauty calendar. What make these so exciting is that you get to open a new door (or box) every day and add that product to your beauty/makeup collection. I’ve listed a few of my favourites from this year below (please note: this post contains affiliated links):
- The Look Fantastic Beauty Calendar gets the top vote. It’s huge and full of a lot of full sized and luxury sample sized products. Collaborating with brands such as Elemis, MoroccanOil and Molton Brown, you really can’t go wrong with this box. Although it retails at £79, it contains over £300 worth of products!
2. The Selfridges Beauty Calendar is always a treat. Their collaboration with L’oreal means this calendar contains some of the best beauty and skincare buys. With brands like Kiehl’s and YSL this is a must have for premium beauty brand lovers. Of course with it being such a popular calendar at an amazing price (only £120), it is already sold out online as is the £149 John Lewis one (containing the brands NARS, Laura Mercier & Elemis to name a few) and the £300 Liberty of London Beauty Calendar (containing Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier and Le Labo) !
3. This effort from Amazon is definitely worth commending. The Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar looks fantastic and at £50, is not as bank breaking as the other beauty calendar offerings. With brands such as Laura Gellar, Bomb Cosmetics and Rituals inside, this is a great buy for those who want a beauty calendar with varied high street brands.
4. Even ASOS has decided to offer a beauty calendar this year. Although known largely for being a clothes retailers, it has been offering some fabulous brands under it’s beauty section for some time. Eyeko, AlphaH, Rodial and even Smashbox is available in this calendar. At £55, it is most definitely a steal. It seems everyone is well aware of what a bargain this calendar was, as it’s now out of stock!
5. Beauty Calendars are not the only exciting calendars available in Winter. I mean how gorgeous is this tea filled calendar from Fortnum and Mason? The design, execution and colours of this calendar all make it a showstopper. The rare teas, which any tea lover can enjoy with Fortnum & Mason’s fabulous biscuit selections, come at a price. £125 to be exact. If you, or anyone special in your life is a huge tea lover, then this is definitely the best gift you can give.
6. I love Yankee candles, mainly because the scents are strong and they quickly eliminate any food/nasty smells which may be lingering around the house. This Yankee Candle Advent Calendar is perfect for a candle lover, especially at only £28. Now if you are a Jo Malone fan, their gorgeous 2017 calendar offering, is already sold out.
7. Christmas time also means all the beauty companies make gift sets. This usually means, either travel sized or full sized products, all in one box, at a fabulous price. This Marc Jacobs ‘On The Prowl’ gift set, is a perfect example of lots of amazing beauty products, all in one gift set. At £99, this is the perfect gift to yourself, or a Marc Jacobs beauty fan.
8. This Burberry ‘Festive Beauty Box‘ is another example of the gorgeous gift sets available around this time. This small box, is excellent for keeping in your handbag and these cute little miniatures, are usually only available at Christmas time. Did I mention, I absolutely love mini versions of beauty products, especially if you don’t use it everyday.
9. Winter time isn’t all about the beauty products. This year, Orange Smarties lovers, were given the best gift ever by Nestle. They finally realised how amazing the Orange Smartie was (in comparison to all the others) and made a tube containing only Orange Smarties. Somebody kindly bought them for my daughter, and I very generously swapped them to a multi-coloured pack I had lying around the house and ate the entire Orange tube myself (in my defence she doesn’t know the difference). Apparently, this Orange Smarties tube is limited edition and available only in Asda (it was sold out when I went to buy another tube 🙁 ).
I absolutely love Orange chocolate (in case you didn’t realise from the paragraph above) so the Mini Orange Lindor Truffles at Christmas time are an extra special treat. I have no idea why but everything tastes so much better in mini version (I delude myself into thinking I’m eating less).
Frosty Fancies are another Christmas treat that get me extremely excited (and the Christmas drinks at Starbucks. But that’s a whole other post). A lot of people might not realise the big deal about the particular French Fancies. As you may be aware, the usual French Fancies available from Mr Kipling are not suitable for a halal diet (as it contains Carmine/ E120). So as soon as special edition ones are released, I rush to the supermarket to buy them. This soft little balls of goodness coated in fondant are a true delight. Once Christmas is over, I wait another 9 months to eat them again!
10. I’m not sure if I like this Crayola Advent Calendar for my daughter or for myself. I find it quite exciting that there’s a calendar filled with Art type goodies for me to open every day. It does say, ‘keep kids entertained whilst they wait for Santa’ in the description and that it’s ‘not suitable for under threes’. Crayola just reminds me of my childhood and at £15 I don’t think it would be a big deal if I secretly bought this for myself and pretended it was for my daughter (I’m sure I could pass off the calendar as my daughter’s whilst I secretly use all the items myself. Maybe I’ll even give her the crayons once I’m done colouring!).
Are there any specific Seasonal items you enjoy buying? Let me know in the comments below.