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This year I treated myself to the You Beauty Advent Calendar (2014) after lusting after it last year but leaving it far too late to buy, I ordered it back in November and have been counting the days until 1st December when I could start opening it. I deliberately didn't check the contents before ordering as I wanted some nice surprises but knew I'd love the stuff as I know what was in last years offering.
I'm on day seven now and am nothing but happy with everything I've received so far, I'm reviewing it so early as I'm sure the other advent calendar doors will reveal equally nice surprises and it really is a joy to wake up to.
My only criticism is that while the outside of the box is decorated nicely the inside (which is what you see when you open the calendar out for display) isn't Christmassy at all and just has the doors marked out with some italic numbers on them. Even my partner, who has zero interest in my You Beauty calendar, mentioned the dullness of the decoration and said they could have designed some baubles or holly sprigs to fill in the gaps.
I love the way the doors are shaped to fit the bottle or tube inside, it gives you an idea of what you're going to get but only a generic idea as in you know it's going to be a tube of something or a flat bottle of something else - the nail varnish wasn't much of a surprise as the door looked like nail varnish but apart from that I've had lovely surprises each morning when I've opened that date's door up.
The calendar cost £49.95 (with an extra fiver or so delivery) and according to You Beauty the contents are worth around £240 - the sizes are more generous than samples although the extra-pricey brands obviously come in smaller sized tubes, the Laura Mercier primer I received on day two was 30ml (the 'for sale' size in Boots is 50ml) while the Essie nail varnish is full size. I'm pleased that financially it won't take many more days until the calendar has paid for itself, plus I'm really chuffed to be getting all these wonderful products from wonderful brands to try out - luckily so far the gifts have all been things I haven't used before so December for me is a cosmetics voyage of discovery thanks to the You Beauty calendar.
Last year I treated myself to the You Beauty advent calendar which - if you are interested - is available again this year at youbeautydiscovery.co.uk for 49.95. The contents are said to have a value of around 240.00 - of course the value to YOU depends on whether you want what’s inside but fortunately they always give a full listing of the contents to help you decide. This year I’m not buying because I have far too many beauty products already and I need to use up a lot before I start buying more.
If you want to be ready for Advent, you still have time to order.
Last year I decided that I was ‘worth it’ and after analysing what I could expect to find inside, it was clear that IT was worth it too. In an ideal world the contents would be a surprise but very few people – myself included – are going to part with £50 without a pretty good idea of what they’re getting.
My preference is for skin care products rather than hair care or colour cosmetics and I needed to be sure that I’d get enough goodies that a few duds wouldn’t matter. Last year there were lots of things I wanted and the things I didn’t want went to friends and family.
My parcel arrived within a couple of days of ordering, delivered by a courier firm. I was immediately impressed by the heft of the parcel and the size of the calendar. It’s jointed in the middle and tied with a thick white ribbon bow. On the 1st of December I took it out, untied the ribbon and set up the calendar on the window sill. There were twelve windows on each side, some shaped to hint at what might be inside, others very anonymous. I kept each of the products until Christmas so I get a double present – the gift of opening and then later the gift of using (or giving away). Last year’s started well with an ultra-expensive Sisley rose masque and continued with a Caudalie hand crème in a 30 ml tube - perfect handbag size.
I spend a lot on good products but I am inclined to get into a rut and buy the same few things over and over again. If you struggle to justify the cost, then think of it as an average of 2 pound per item and it doesn’t seem so bad. You’ll most likely struggle to make that back by reviewing the products but you can of course recoup some of the cost in that way.
When my sister showed me this advent calendar that her boyfriend had bought for her I couldn;t resist asking my mam for one and luckily for me she was feeling generous enough to buy me one! They cost £59.95 before Christmas from latestinbeauty.com, but they're selling them off at half price now Christmas has been and gone.
It's presented really well and looks so pretty so it really would make a lovely gift. It coes in a large white box which has 2 flaps on the front that open out to reveal all the numbered doors behind. The flaps are tied at the front with a lovely pink ribbon which looks really girly and pretty. Each door is a different size as behind each one is a different beauty product. It really is a great idea for any girl who loves her beauty products.
Obviously as it is an advent calendar there are 24 doors, each with a different gift behind, so that's 24 different products you get to try out. The items include makeup, skincare, hair products, bath products and beauty accessories, and a candle.
I won't list every item in the calendar as I think a long list of items would just be unnecessary padding, but to give an idea of what is included, makeup items included a mini size of Benefit's They're Real Mascara, a Miranesse lip gloss, Bellapiere eyeshadow and Mavala nail polish, skincare included a Balm Balm lip balm, a mini L'Occitane hand cream and mini Philosophy cleanser, and haircare included minis of Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer, Richard ward Volumiser Root Booster and Jo Hansford Intensive Masque.
There were a total of 7 full-sized items, the rest were all miniatures or sample sizes, and some of them were really tiny whereas some were more generous. I think overall though there was a very good mixture of items and looking at the high end brands included I would say it's definitely worth the money overall.
I really loved opening this calendar every day to a new surprise and it's allowed me to try products that I normally wouldn't have been able to because they're too expensive to buy the full size when you don't even know if you're going to like it. I would recommend this calendar and if you want to try out lots of great products I would say go and order one now while it's half price!