Hit the beauty mark

Do the count­down to Christ­mas in style with this se­lec­tion of beauty ad­vent cal­en­dars, says Katie Wright

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Beauty -

WHO could have guessed when the first beauty ad­vent cal­en­dars hit the shops a few years ago, that they would be­come such a huge phe­nom­e­non.

Back then, only a hand­ful ex­isted and they quickly sold out — but now there are tons to choose from, each of­fer­ing 24 days worth of pam­per­ing pressies in the lead up to Christ­mas.

There’s a bet­ter bud­get range too, with cal­en­dars start­ing from less than €20 and go­ing way up to three fig­ures for lux­ury se­lec­tions.

They still all rep­re­sent ex­cel­lent value for money though, with more ex­pen­sive of­fer­ings worth more than two or three times what they would cost, were you to buy all the prod­ucts in­side in­di­vid­u­ally.

And who can put a price on the ex­cite­ment you get ev­ery morn­ing, when you open the lit­tle door to find out what mini treat awaits?

So which should you choose? We’ve sur­veyed this year’s con­tenders and nar­rowed it down to our best buys, from bar­gain to blow-out.

Here are 2018’s top 10 beauty Ad­vent cal­en­dars...

1. Baylis & Hard­ing Beau­ti­col­ogy Spe­cial De­liv­ery Red Ad­vent Cal­en­dar

What’s in­side: The first Ad­vent of­fer­ing from Baylis & Hard­ing is filled with 24 minia­tures made es­pe­cially for the cal­en­dar, in­clud­ing bath fizzers, soaps and body wash, in fes­tive scents like Candy Cane and Pep­per­mint Swirl. Price: €21 from Deben­hams

2. Cath Kid­ston Ad­vent Cal­en­dar

What’s in­side: The pretty town­house de­sign con­ceals 24 lit­tle hand and body treats, like bathing salts, body lo­tion and hand cream, all in de­light­ful flo­ral fra­grances such as rose, man­darin blos­som, or the sea­sonal spe­cial Mistle­toe Gar­lands. Price: €50 from Boots

4. L’Oc­c­i­tane Clas­sic Beauty Ad­vent Cal­en­dar

What’s in­side: L’Oc­c­i­tane fans will recog­nise many of the mini ver­sions en­cased in this colour­ful col­lec­tion, which was de­signed by French fash­ion house Castel­ba­jac. Shea But­ter Hand Cream, Al­mond Shower Oil and Ver­bena Eau de Toi­lette are just some of the pint­sized favourites found in­side. Price: €59 from L’Oc­c­i­tane

3. The Body Shop 24 Days of the En­chanted Ad­vent Cal­en­dar

What’s in­side: Olivia the Owl’s 24-piece flock in­cludes bath and body favourites like straw­berry shower gel, co­conut body lo­tion and a cou­ple of bath bombs, plus handy ac­ces­sories like a cleans­ing sponge and brow comb. Prices: From €80 to €180

10. The Space NK Ad­vent Cal­en­dar

What’s in­side: Packed with prod­ucts from leg­endary make-up brands like Nars, Hour­glass and Kevyn Au­coin plus lux­ury skin­care from the likes of Eve Lom, Darphin and Gold­faden MD, the first ever Ad­vent cal­en­dar from Space NK is a beauty lover’s dream come true. Price: €275 from Space NK

5. Ci­ate Mini Mani Month

What’s in­side: 20 mini nail pol­ishes in a va­ri­ety of shades, from clas­sic red and sub­tle dove grey, to sparkling sil­ver and pearles­cent pink - plus one full-size pot, a mini nail treat­ment and top coat, and a lim­ited-edi­tion sur­prise gift. Price: €56 from Deben­hams

9. Molton Brown Op­u­lent In­fu­sions Ad­vent Cal­en­dar

What’s in­side: Six of the 24 treats in this rav­ish­ing red box are full size, and that in­cludes new fes­tive eau de toi­lette Mud­dled Plum. A range of shower gels, lo­tions and mini scented can­dles en­sure you’ll be pam­per­ing your­self well into the New Year. Price: €200 from Arnotts

6. Char­lotte Til­bury, Char­lotte’s Beauty Uni­verse

What’s in­side: Mini mas­cara, cream eye­shadow, eye­shadow pen­cil, black kohl eye­liner, matte lip­stick, matte liq­uid lip­stick, 3-in1 cleanser, mask and balm, clay mask (15ml), mois­turiser primer for a ra­di­ant, dewy look­ing com­plex­ion, cleanser that will re­move eye and lip makeup and body shim­mer Price: €185 from Brown Thomas

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