[Advent Calendar] Spoils


Welcome dear lovelies! I am back with much to share with you in the next few weeks. I am delighted to bring to you a few advent calendarsbut first things first; can you believe it’s mid-October (one of my favourite months) and the festive season has actually already begun? It may seem like every brand in the world is doing a version of an advent calendar this year, but to be honest, advent calendars are nothing new. Traditional advent calendars in my family are actually really special, handmade as well, and my parents go all out for the season of Advent even before the bakes and concept menus are started. 

In fact, I love that loads of brands are embracing the advent calendars, however, don’t get sucked into buying all of them unless you are independently wealthy. Instead, figure out what you want and need most. What’s more, there is also health and wellness advent calendars out there for the holiday season, and I am excited to gift some myself this year to friends and family, along with charities that we are helping. 

Thinking Outside The Box 
If you have friends and loved ones who adore diverse types of beauty and skincare brands, then gifting advent calendars may be helpful this year. Another idea is to create custom gift bags from calendars. Last year, I ended up making several miniature holiday hampers out of various items and advent calendar products for women’s charities that we worked with at work (these are also great gift ideas for traveller friends, those that look to you for guidance in the top products to buy).  

Although a little mystery can be fun and exciting, here is a guide to what’s in selected beauty advent calendars below so that you don’t have to wonder. I won’t spoil it entirely for you with the exact day the item corresponds with — I will be sharing more details of other advent calendars that I receive on my Instagram Stories. Some of you may have already seen snippets in the past two weeks. 

Overall, I really loved these boxes but like any box, there are some things that I will use and other items that I won’t use at all. Fortunately, the former was (in one particular box unrelenting in top quality) more suitable for my needs. There is more positive than not and since I don’t subscribe to many boxes, I did not have many repeat items to be upset about.  

I did think that Lookfantastic gave more full-size and specialty size products in theirs; again, deciding on which one of these to buy completely will depend on your preferences and budget. There’s variety in each one, from full-size, travel-size samples, and deluxe samples. As for price guides, most brands are seemingly listing the price(s) for full-size products, not all of the sizes that you actually receive. I have even compared this with some fellow co-workers who have purchased holiday boxes elsewhere, this is just a personal quibble. 

Are advent calendars for you? Well, here’s the thing … If you don’t spend too much money on massive amounts of product throughout the year, I think that buying a specific advent calendar is a treat. However, be smart, choose wisely and most importantly, remember, it’s okay to indulge a bit now and again. 

Glossybox (UK) - 370+ GBP - *Buy it here.* 

MUA Makeup Academy – Pro/Base Primer Oil w/Gold Flakes 
Dermalogica – Daily Superfoliant 
LASplash Cosmetics – Wickedly Divine Eyeliner 
Kat Von D Beauty – Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner 
Steve Laurent – Lip Tint 
GLOSSYBOX – Blending Sponge 
Nudestix – Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil 
Sleek Makeup – Matte Me Birthday Suit 
Rituals – Ritual of Sakura Body Cream 
Curaprox – BE YOU Candy Lover Toothpaste 
The Body Shop – Hand & Nail Cream (4 fragrances, 1 per calendar) 
Luxie Inc. – Medium Angled Shading Rose Gold Brush 
Chloé – Nomade Eau de Parfum 
PAWPAW – Original Clear Balm 
NYX Professional Makeup – Ultimate Shadow Palette Warm Neutrals 
Living proof. – Perfect hair Day In-Shower Styler 
Nails Inc – Nail Polish Golden Days Ahead 
Tarte Cosmetics – Parce Ave Princess Chisel Palette (Limited Edition) 
Mitchell & Peach – Flora No.1 Bath Oil 
Winky Lux – Uni-brow 
Dennis Gross Skincare – Professional Grade IPL Dark Spot Concentrated Serum 
3INA Makeup – The Cream Eyeshadow 313 Light Brown 
Nude By Nature – Touch of Glow Highlight Stick 
Avant Skincare – Pro-Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream 
Barry M Cosmetics – Blusher Quad 


Glossybox (USA) - 500+ USD - *Buy it here.* 

Eyeko – Black Magic Mascara 
Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scrub w/Sea Salt 
Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer – Copper Dream 
furr. - Lash Curler 
Alterna – Caviar Anti-Aging Leave-in Overnight Serum 
Doucce Fierce & Fine Graphic Eyeliner/or Iconic Freematic System Eyeshadow 
Ciaté & Luxie – Christmas Special Eyeshadow Palette and Eyeshadow Brush  
First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration – Honeysuckle 
Oribe – The Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish 
GLOSSY Makeup – Blending Sponge 
L.O.V. - Blurring Blush 
Nudestix – Lip + Cheek Pencil 
APTO Skincare – Healing Mask Turmeric 
invisibobble – Got to Glow - Holiday 
CONTEXT - Micro-Derm Regenerator 
Patchology – Moodpatch Eye Gels 
Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum 
Winky Lux -Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil 
Dr. Botanicals – Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask 
Giorgio Armani Beauty – Homme Code & Femme Code - Absolu Eau de Parfum 
Avant Skincare – Pro-Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream 
3INA - The Cream Eyeshadow - 313 
Steve Laurant - Lip gloss- eggplant 
Philip Kingsley - Elasticizer 
Absolute New York – Matte Made in Heaven Lipstick 

*Discount Code: 
Fortunately, I do have a promo code for Glossybox, for both UK & USA followers. For any 1-month or more subscription (instead of 3, 6, or 12 mo.) you can grab 20% off + (an additional 10 GBP off or 10 USD/ off of an advent calendar. *Canadian followers should be able to use the code as well.  

Use code: MADISON  


Lookfantastic (UK) 420 GBP *Buy it here.* 

Illamasqua Nude Collection Liner – Raw  
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask 
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel  
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads 20  
Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette – Solstice 
Avant Skincare Moisture Surge Overnight Treatment  
Prai Throat & Decolletage Crème  
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 
Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Bath and Shower Gel 
Bio Effect EGF Serum  
Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara  
Delilah Cosmetics Eye Brow Pencil  
Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit + C Cream 
Bubble T Limited Edition Bath Bomb  
Filorga Meso-Mask  
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist Limited Edition  
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment  
Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil 
Lord & Berry Black Eye Liner  
Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint – Tehran 
Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner 
Luxie 121 & 141 (2 brushes)  
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream  
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Hand Cream 
Morphe 9A Palette 

Although this post is NOT sponsored and not required for me to create, I do work with both brands regularly and hope that this post was helpful to anyone looking to purchase makeup, beauty or skincare driven advent calendars this season. 

What are you excited about for the holiday season?

 The goods: Advent calendars via Lookfantastic and Glossybox-c/o. All content and opinions are honestly expressed and are my own. Some affiliate links are within this post. *View privacy policy here. 

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