I hope you're having a good week so far. This past week I received my latest order from Studio. You might remember the little organizing trays which I've put to fabulous use in our kitchen. I adore those little trays so much I'm going to order another set :)
Also included in this latest order was something I've been curious about for a while now and have never gotten around to treating myself to. Have you ever seen a cosmetic advent calendar honeys? I'd spotted one listed on the Studio site and thought "why not!"
I don't wear make up much, well lets face it (see what I did there? :) unless I'm at work or have a doctors appointment I'm at home so somewhere along the line I think I just decided it wasn't really worth the effort or maybe that I wasn't worth that tiny bit of self care. I have to work on that.
To that end I'm expecting a delivery from Avon this week (I'll share when it gets here honeys) but for now back to the cosmetic advent calendar I ordered from Studio...
My first reaction when it was delivered was that the box is huge! I haven't had a cosmetic advent calendar before (although I'd heard of them) but I suppose I was expecting a box along the lines of the chocolate advents which appear in shops at this time of year but it's larger than those. Let's have a closer look at this set and maybe a sneak peek at the contents then shall we....
When I removed the box from it's outer cardboard box (it's sent very securely packaged against damage by being encased in an outer heavy cardboard box which is then sealed inside a large, thick plastic bag) as I said I was surprised by how large it was.
When I turned it around to look at the reverse of the packaging I was more than a little disappointed to see this large sticker on the reverse...
I mean.... spoiler alert! It stopped bothering me though when it dawned on me that I have the short term memory of a book end and wouldn't remember the contents in six weeks time anyway :) Still though, shame to spoil the surprise?
Since they have though, and since I decided to remove the shrink wrapping and throw it (and the contents sticker) away I thought I'd scan it for you so that you can have a closer look...
As you can see there is a good mix of items including:
- 3 lip glosses - 2 wand style lip glosses & tiny heart compact lip gloss (so cute!)
- 1 lipstick
- 1 lip balm
- 2 eye shadow trios
- 1 tube of lip gloss
- 2 nail polishes
- 2 eye liner pencils
- 1 lip liner pencil
- 1 cosmetic pencil sharpener
- 1 pack of stick on nail jewels
- 1 really pretty emery board
- 1 hair slide
- 1 hair band
- 1 toe divider to use when painting nails
- 2 blusher brushes
- 2 double ended foam applicators
- 1 lip brush
If you'd like to see this set on the Studio site you can find it here honeys and there is a video on youtube showing it in a little more detail which you can watch here.
I thought I'd have a quick look online to see what other types of advent sets are available and there are so, so many! Here are a few of my favourites...
Boots No7 Advent Calendar
From the illustrative photo this set looks lovely, it retails at Boots for £39 (apparently the items have a RRP of £151.95) and also includes three limited edition brushes. You can find details of how to register for this set here.
Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar
Available from Superdrug this box looks high end and would make a lovely gift. Not so much an advent calendar as a "12 days of Christmas" box - so you'd open the first box on Christmas day and so on - but the packaging is so pretty I had to include it :)
Best thing is, at the time of writing this its on offer and costs £15 instead of the normal £25! Superdrug have reduced the prices of their cosmetic advent calendars right now, so if you're interested it might be worth a look online.
Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar
The Molton Brown advent is definitely the most expensive I've listed but isn't it beautiful? It's priced at £150 (with its contents apparently worth £192 if purchased separately) so definitely way too pricey for me but I couldn't not include it because it's so beautifully packaged. You can find details of this sets contents here.
I have to say I'm impressed with the whole idea of non chocolate advent calendars, a little pampering treat behind each door :) Of course what I look forward to in the run up to Christmas each year is the annual fabulous Soap and Glory collection. Joy! Who doesn't adore Soap and Glory :)
Do you buy a non chocolate advent honeys? I think I'm very late to the party on these lovely collections of treats, it will be fun opening each little door in December :) What's your favourite treat to yourself dear ones? Till next time, smile lots and hug even more, huggles always xx