A Sneaky Peek Into My Marks And Spencer Advent Calendar

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marks and spencer advent calendar

I haven’t had a chocolate advent calendar for years and when the fad of Beauty Advent Calendars came out last year I was fascinated but never jumped on the bandwagon. This year I knew I didn’t want to miss out so when the first details came out I was busy checking them all out.

I think I made a final decision about twenty times and spent more time researching them than I had anticipated. Firstly I wanted the YouBeauty one but then changed my mind because it was around £60 and I wasn’t sure i’d love all the products. Then I wanted the Lush one because I knew i’d love all the products but again it seemed a little pricey.

My agonizing struggle lasted week and I kept coming back to one, the M & S Beauty one. Looking at what was inside there were loads of brands I knew I already loved Stila, Burt’s Bee’s, Philip Kingsley etc, and a whole load more that I knew I wanted to try. Plus the £25 price tag had me hooked.

It was only when I realized you had to spend £25 in the beauty department to get it at £25 that I started to waver. The advent calendar came out and instantly sold out online but it took me three trips to the store to commit. I ended up buying products in store which I knew I would have purchased online sometime soon to justify spending the extra money but finally it was mine.

m and s beauty advent calendar

The advent calendar features twenty four perfectly stacked boxes each with a decent sized product including makeup items, hair-care, skincare and more and even though I know what’s inside I don’t know what I am going to get each morning.

On Tuesday morning (1st December) I got the Philip Kingsley elasticator hair-care product which I had actually used before but it’s a really good size so I am happy to have a replacement.

And this morning (2nd December) I got Burt’s Bee’s lemon butter cuticle cream. The first thing I noticed about this was the smell, it literally smells like the most beautiful lemon cream icing. I actually don’t own any cuticle cream so a great addition under day two.

Do you have an alternative advent calendar this year?
December 2, 2015
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  • I was gifted the body shop one. I am loving beauty advent calendars! But I still wish they had a sneaky chocolate in to satiate my appetite x

    • I don't miss the chocolate because if I had a small taste i'd want to devour tonnes of the stuff haha x

  • I don't have any. Saw a lot of them around this year. Maybe next year.

  • I was on the fence about buying this one, It looks really good! In the end I bought the Tanya Burr one as it was really affordable and a chocolate one! xo


    • Oh I was looking at the Tanya Burr one! Can't wait to see what's in it x

  • I really wanted one but refused to pay the price. I wish I picked one up now. This one looks great.

    • I chose this one because of the price, I wanted to not pay much but get decent products. Such a hard choice x

  • I have this Calendar and absolutely love it so far x

  • I've seen many advent calendars that the choice was overwhelming, but this price tag seems sensible, and the products seem good!

  • I have never seen these Advent Calenders before, great post hun. x

  • OOOh looks great! I always mean to get a beauty calendar but the best I end up with is a cadburys one lol.

    • If you're going to have a chocolate one though Cadburys is the way to go! x

  • I think beauty advent calendars are such a fun concept! I wanted to try the Makeup Revolution one (as they are cruelty free) but couldn't justify the pennies

    • The Makeup revolution one did look good, maybe if there's stock left they'll go on sale and you could grab one? x

  • The wife has this calendar and every morning I hear a 'ooooh' when she opens it :o)

  • Aha, I've got the m&s one too. I also have the YouBeauty one – it is fab, I get it every year and it's never disappointed. I've been absolutely chuffed to bits with this first m&s calendar, particular overjoyed at the sizes of the treats. Often they're tiny samples but these sizes are really decent. Tx

    • Yeah the M&S one is really decent sized items so I am happy. Maybe next year i'll get the YouBeauty one too as I was super tempted x

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  • This looks like an awesome Advent calendar. I didn't even realise M&S did one. I have an MUR one which I am loving so far.

    • I spent ages researching haha so I had way too many choices x

  • It does smell amazing, I can't stop using it. x

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