2014 beauty advent calendars:The lowdown

Beauty advent calendars have become seriously popular over the past few years. This year seems to have created a bumper crop, so I’ve put together a comprehensive list to help you decide which one is the perfect choice to grace your mantelpiece through December (or open immediately if you’re impatient like me. Ahem.)

beauty advent calendars 2014
You Beauty Discovery £49.95 - includes luxury samples and full sized products from brands such as Sisley, Laura Mercier, Aromatherapy Associates, Benefit and more, the contents are worth over £240 – out now

No7 25 days of beauty secrets £35 - 25 (yes, you even get one for Christmas day!) minis from the No7 range with contents worth over £130. Online and in Boots stores from 29th October

Elemis 12 days of beauty £59.50 - 12 luxury Elemis products, available now - not your traditional advent calendar as there are only 12 doors, but it's packed full of lovely treats for face and body and would make a gorgeous early Christmas gift for someone special. Inside you'll find everything from the Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm to the Pro Radiance Hand & Nail Cream and my favourite the Papaya Enzyme Peel. I say buy this one as a treat to yourself to make up for all the hard work you'll be doing throughout December.

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar £50 –  this is completely stuffed with some of the Body Shop's best sellers, along with new products like their Colour Crush nail polishes and Glazed Apple collection. There's a good mix of travel and full-sized products and let me tell you, this bad boy is heavy! As an added bonus, The Body Shop are also donating to their chosen charity War Child every time you buy selected Christmas gifts, including the advent calendar. It's in selected stores only, out now.

W7 Countdown to Christmas £29.95 - one for all you makeup lovers, this is a good budget buy that's full of nail polish, mascara and lip treats. It's a little harder to track down as it's not on their website yet, however I did find a version of this on the TK Maxx website for a bargain price of £19.99.

L’Occitane £45 – There are 13 pampering treats from Provence inside this calendar, because 13 is the traditional number of desserts to have on your Christmas table in Provence (a tradition I mgiht have to borrow myself). There are lots of their key products hidden away inside so is an excllent way to test out the brand if you're new to them, or just a great treat for you (obvs) or someone else. It's online from 3rd November.

Yankee Candle £21.99 - not quite beauty, but we all love a good scented candle and Yankee Candle do a fab range for Christmas. This is full of tealights in six seasonal scents and is perfect if you fancy something a bit different. Out now.

Selfridges Enchanted Spells £85 -  containing a mix of products from Lancome, Kiehl's, YSL and more, this is a beauty lover's dream. They're all good sized minis or travel sizes, and will make a lovely treat for December. Out now.

Jo Malone £250 - the most luxury of them all, this is heaven for Jo Malone addicts. Yes it's pricey, but if you've got money to burn and want some lovely fragranced products, this is the one to get. It launches in Harrods on 20th October/nationwide 10th November.

Liberty £149 – Another pricey offering, but one that looks so pretty and it's full to the brim of different brands from their beauty halls. It comes in a signature Liberty print and inside you'll find the likes of Nars, Espa, Diptyque, Weleda and Deborah Lippmann. It launches in November and will no doubt sell out very quickly despite the price!

Ciate Mini Mani Manor £49 - I've bought this calendar every year since it started as I love the variety of nail polishes hidden away inside it. You get 23 mini Ciate polishes (plus one full sized!) in lots of different finishes and makes the perfect gift for nail polish addicts. There are 17 cult Ciate shades, 5 exclusives, 1 full sized and a set of festive nail transfers included. It's out now and can be found in Selfridges, John Lewis, ASOS and Ciate online.

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown £60 - There are 24 minis tucked behind the doors, with iconic products like High Beam, That Gal, PosieTint and more. Now, this launched yesterday (16th Oct), however Benefit are going on my naughty step as they sold out in hours after only producing a (very) limited amount. Rumour has it that more will be launched on 1st November so keep your eyes peeled if you're desperate for one.

Primark Jewellery Advent Calendar £10 - another non-beauty one, but I couldn't resist popping this into the list! A bargain option at only £10, Primark have put together 24 days of jewellery, with a mix of earrings, midi rings, charm bracelets and necklaces behind each window. The designs are all very cute and dainty and would make a lovely gift for fashion lovers.

Which one takes your fancy?



  1. Primark do actually do a beauty one as well, I almost bought it the other day!

  2. I'm still weighing up the Selfridges one but a small part of me that loves an irrational spend wants the Jo Malone! x

  3. Wow, didn't realise Primark were doing one! Yankee candle has got my eye as I love their festive scents so much!

    1. I think the Yankee candle one will be very popular - who doesn't love a scented candle :)

  4. I love them all! Bought the Yankee candle one the other day, must hide it now as I really warn to open it!


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