Making My Own Beauty Advent Calendar

Making My Own Beauty 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?



  1. October 26, 2016 / 5:31 pm

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

  2. October 27, 2016 / 12:15 am

    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

  3. LaaLaa
    October 27, 2016 / 7:27 am

    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

  4. Jo Wiggins
    October 27, 2016 / 1:27 pm

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

  5. October 27, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    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

  6. October 27, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    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.

  7. Melanie Edjourian
    October 27, 2016 / 5:24 pm

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

  8. Joanna
    October 27, 2016 / 5:31 pm

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

  9. October 27, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    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

  10. October 27, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    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.

  11. October 27, 2016 / 9:11 pm

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

  12. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    October 27, 2016 / 9:29 pm

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

  13. Jodie Whitham
    October 27, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    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

  14. October 27, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    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

  15. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    October 28, 2016 / 11:44 am

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

  16. October 28, 2016 / 1:50 pm

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

  17. October 28, 2016 / 5:27 pm

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

  18. Natasha Mairs
    October 28, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    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!

  19. October 29, 2016 / 12:10 am

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

  20. Francesca Nelson
    October 29, 2016 / 7:25 am

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

  21. October 29, 2016 / 9:38 am

    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

  22. Beautyqueenuk
    October 29, 2016 / 10:05 am

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

  23. Louise
    October 29, 2016 / 11:55 am

    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

  24. Tanya Brannan
    October 29, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    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!

  25. Viki Marden
    October 29, 2016 / 9:15 pm

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

  26. Angela Milnes
    October 29, 2016 / 10:21 pm

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

  27. October 29, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    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!)

  28. October 29, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    What a lovely & thoughtful idea! Well done you 🙂

  29. October 30, 2016 / 2:19 pm

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

  30. Kira L Curtis
    October 30, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    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!

  31. October 30, 2016 / 9:25 pm

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

  32. Rosana McPhee
    October 30, 2016 / 10:03 pm

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

  33. Ayesha Farhad
    October 31, 2016 / 11:34 am

    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!

  34. Hannah Latoya Bond
    January 26, 2017 / 10:53 am

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

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