Selfridges Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar – The Review
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Last year I decided to treat myself to Selfridges Beauty Christmas Advent Calender. At £85 it certainly wasn’t cheap, but I knew that whatever Selfridges were offering had to be great quality and I couldn’t wait for 1st December to come so that I could pop open that first door!
The calendar itself was a box, hinged in the middle, and it was really sturdy. Each product was hidden behind a perforated door and each beauty item came out easily apart from a couple of the perfumes that had to be gouged out of the plastic casing using tweezers.
The image above shows a selection of the beauty products that came out of the advent calendar. There was a really great selection of skincare products – mostly Lancome with a couple of Kiehl’s products – and some pretty miniature perfumes. Make-up products were limited to 2 Lancome mascaras and a couple of lip glosses, plus a mini black eye pencil.
All of the beauty products that came out of the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar were premium and great quality, and it’s a great way of trying out new products. The perfumes are a great size to slot into a handbag, there are a couple I’m not too keen on so I will be giving those to my sister.
My favourite products were the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream (reviewed here), the Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara (review coming soon) and the mini Flowerbomb perfume from Viktor & Rolf (already reviewed here).
I did feel that the number of brands was a bit limited, the majority of the items were from Lancome and YSL, with 4 Kiehl’s products and 4 other branded perfumes. For 2014 it would be really great if Selfridges could get more brands to participate, particularly some of the new brands that base their products on natural ingredients. I would also like to see the number of make-up items increased too, with perhaps a mini sparkly nail varnish, a coloured eye pencil or a shimmery eyeshadow.
I have to weigh up whether this advent calender is worth £85 – after all many brands give these sample sized products away for free! But I think all things considered it is worth the money just for the sheer excitement alone. Each morning I felt just like a child again, searching for the day’s door and pressing it open to see what would be behind.
Other beauty advent calendars that were available in 2013 included Boots (a selection of high street beauty products), Ciate (24 mini nail varnishes), Benefit (a great selection of mini Benefit favourites) and You Beauty (premium products, many of them natural). I think overall I picked the best one, although a cheaper alternative would have been the You Beauty offering at £49.95.
If you’d like to treat yourself to a beauty advent calendar for Christmas 2014 look out for the brand announcements in September/October.
The Christmas Advent Calendar was priced at £85, from Selfridges. It is no longer available, but if you want to be kept up to date with Selfridges news and offers, including when 2014’s calendar is to be launched, sign up for their newsletter.
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