Making My Own Beauty Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Last year I bought the Marks and Spencer advent calendar which was a great calendar (worth looking into this year) and it was housed in a large box which had 24 individual boxes to open filled with goodies. As the boxes were not sealed/ glued I knew it would be something worth keeping so I hoarded the box away after Christmas and pulled it out of my cupboard the other week to do something with it. I remember last year when I told my mum about my beauty advent calendar her eyes lit up and she seemed enamoured by the idea of it but couldn’t justify the cost so I knew that my old box was going to go into making her her own beauty advent calendar.

Over the past month or so I cancelled a few of my beauty box’s (Birch Box and My Little Box) just because I am getting sampled out. I have small bottles of everything imaginable coming out of my ears and drawers full of things which I either don’t use often or don’t use at all, and about four bottles of Philip Kingsley’s Elasticator. As soon as my box’s started appearing after last Christmas instead of just throwing/ giving away products I didn’t need/ wouldn’t use/ had loads of I started putting aside anything I thought my mum might use and a few weeks ago I created her her own beauty advent calendar.

Splitting up items into skin care, hair care, body stuff and makeup I chose enough items to make an awesome advent calendar and set about making it look as awesome as I can. Fortunately, the boxes are quite spacious in last years’ Advent Calendar box which meant even larger shower gels/ hair sprays and things I didn’t think would fit in the boxes did. I spread out the different products so it wasn’t just four skincare products one after another so it almost alternates between the four sections (this is something more advent calendars’ need to do!)

All of the items are nestled in their little boxes ready to be opened and put a smile on my mum’s face, and after a pretty tough month I know she’s going to love it and she deserves to be treated. It’s also nice to know my samples and products are going to a good home. The only thing I have left to do is buy some tissue paper so I can wrap some of the smaller items up so they don’t move around too much.

Have you ever thought about making your own advent calendar?

October 26, 2016
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34 Comments

  • Reply Joanne Mallon

    What a lovely thing to do! Your mum did something right in bringing up such a thoughtful daughter, you are a credit to her.

    October 26, 2016 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Olivia Jade

    Ah I love this idea so much, it’s such an adorable thing to do. I am tempted to do something similar for mine! x

    October 27, 2016 at 12:15 am
  • Reply LaaLaa

    Such a beautiful idea, I’ve never even thought of it – well I made one as a child in school lol – but as an adult I’m not too fussed with advent calendars but this would be fun and thoughtful xo

    October 27, 2016 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Jo Wiggins

    What a lovely idea. I’ve always wanted a beauty advent calendar, I’d love a Benefit one x

    October 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply mydreamality

    This is an incredible idea! Now you’ve got me thinking about subscribing to beauty boxes and keeping those duplicate bits for next years calendar. x

    October 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Colette B

    Oh what a gorgeous idea! Your Mum is going to be so pleased to get all those little treats!
    I’d love a beauty advent calendar myself.

    October 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    What a fantastic idea it would eve make a great homemade gift for someone close.

    October 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    This is such a good idea I’m sure your mum is going to love it!

    October 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Nicol Wong

    i love the idea of doing it yourself. I’m planning on doing one for my sister. i know it’ll definitely brighten her day up

    October 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I had never thought of making my own advent calendar but its a nifty idea and it means that it will all be personalized to taste.

    October 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    This was a really nice way to use those extra products. I’d be excited to open a new one each day.

    October 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    This is such a good idea! I never thought of doing this x

    October 27, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Jodie Whitham

    You’re the best daughter! This is such a lovely idea 🙂 honestly only heard of beauty advent calendars this year and keen to sample some! Maybe I will make my own next year, but don’t feel it would work out cheaper just yet! x

    October 27, 2016 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Now this is such a good idea! I do like some of the bits in the advent calender’s out there but there is always bits that just aren’t me and this would combat that. x

    October 27, 2016 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    That’s such a good idea. Perfect for those crazy people that don’t like chocolate 😉

    October 28, 2016 at 11:44 am
  • Reply clairecly

    What a brilliant idea, I absolutely love it! I need to use up all my samples too 🙂

    October 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    Not thought about it but that’s a really lovely idea and I am sure your mum will love it

    October 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    I love making my own advent calendars for the kids, but never thought of making a beauty one. May just have to do this with my sister. I make her one and she makes me one!

    October 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Don't Cramp My Style

    Oh I like the idea! I am doing my own calendar- but I like the small beauty parts in it!

    October 29, 2016 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Francesca Nelson

    This is such a good idea!! I don’t know why I don’t think of things like this!! Well done!

    October 29, 2016 at 7:25 am
  • Reply North East Family Fun

    WOW this is such a fantastic idea as a gift for a friend or family – I’m going to give it a go next year I think. Thanks for the inspiration x

    October 29, 2016 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I kept mine as well and I am not sure what to do with it x

    October 29, 2016 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Louise

    This is such a sweet idea! When I was younger, my mum would fill an advent train with chocolate. I prefer chocolate advent calendars as opposed to beauty ones but I can see the appeal x

    October 29, 2016 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    What an absolutely idea!! I would love to receive this as a gift, and If I get a calendar like this, I’ll be saving it up for the next year!

    October 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Viki Marden

    That is a brilliant idea 🙂 I would love to create something like this x

    October 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    This is such a fab idea Rhian. I am making an advent calendar for Sylvia and it is going to be a book one. 🙂

    October 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Ali

    What a lovely idea! I had this calendar last year and I thought I saved it to do the same but I can’t find it now (we moved house in between!)

    October 29, 2016 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bear =]

    What a lovely & thoughtful idea! Well done you 🙂

    October 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    What a lovely idea, I have so many samples so I really should do this for someone x

    October 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I’ve been wanting to make my own advent calendar for a while now because I’ve seen so many great ideas but don’t have anyone to do one for just yet. What a lovely idea for your mum!

    October 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Nayna Kanabar

    This is such a lovely idea and I am sure your mum is going to be thrilled with it.

    October 30, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Rosana McPhee

    I need to sort out the advent calendar for this year. My friend exchange calendars with her mom – quite sweet. R

    October 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Ayesha Farhad

    This is such a good idea! My sister would love something like that! Definitely going to make one and gift it to her! She is going to be over the moon!

    October 31, 2016 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    This sounds like a great idea. i will have to keep it in mind for this year x

    January 26, 2017 at 10:53 am
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