I love a bargain and I love beauty products. So I couldn’t resist the Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar. And I wasn’t about to wait until December to open it, because I had a plan.
It’s £35 when you spend £35, and as I was spending that on some slippers and school uniform (how rock ‘n’ roll am I?) I decided to go ahead. It’s currently sold out online but there are loads in the shops, so don’t panic!
Beauty Advent Calendar contents
I plan to use most of the contents of the beauty advent calendar for Christmas presents. The only problem is, I want to keep most of the goodies myself!
Not bad right?
The contents of the Beauty Advent Calendar work out at £1.40 each, so I think that’s a pretty good deal. I do think it’s a bit strange that there are two nail varnishes in virtually the same colour, but apart from that, it’s a nice range of goodies. There are a some nice bits of make-up and skincare, some body care and beauty tools.
As I say, I want to keep it all, but have been fairly restrained and am just keeping these:
I love Neal’s Yard, Burt’s Bees and REN and think the other products look nice and relatively chemical-free. I already use this Ultrasun Face SPF in the summer and it’s great: this little tube will be perfect for going away next summer.
reusing the beauty advent calendar
So now I have allocated the rest of the goodies to presents, I have the empty boxes and Christmas Tree shaped box. So, like the good recycler I am, I am planning to reuse it as an Advent Calendar for Ava and Thea. I need to find a high place to put it, so I don’t get any little peepers. Next, I need to decide what to put in to the lovely Christmas boxes. They are fairly big, so I think chocolate coins, mini gingerbread men, Lego figures, stationary… but then I’m stuck! Here is what I have bought so far…
Both girls love mermaids, and I found these swimming ones at The Range, for £5.99 each. I can just about fit both into one of the larger boxes.
I plan to have just one mini treat in each of the other boxes and get them to take turns. Am I mad for trying that? We did it last year, so I hope they will be OK with that.
I don’t want to spend loads of money on the other boxes, or just fill it with sugary treats.
So over to you, do you have any ideas? I’d love to hear what you think, please leave me a comment!