Beauty Advent Calendar Hack for Christmas

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.marks-spencer-beauty-advent-calendar-with-christmas-lights

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!Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar contents

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: Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar contents highlights

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. Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar boxes ready to be refilledNext, 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…Ideas for a make it yourself kids Advent Calendar

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 don’t want to spend loads of money on the other boxes, so I just added a sweet or tiny toy in the other boxes.

So How Did My Beauty Advent Calendar Go Down With The Girls?

I think it’s fair to say it was a hit!


  1. Josie

    25th November 2016 at 2:52 pm

    What about putting notes in for activities you can do together? Baking biscuits, making decorations, watching a Festive film? We have a DIY advent calendar too and I’m trying to mix it up and not go all out Chocolate. I also got the Lego Starwars one thoughbut mostly that’s a Family g treat!

    1. Becky Pink

      27th November 2016 at 10:31 am

      That is such a great idea Josie, thanks! xx

  2. Lucy Hopcraft

    24th November 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Love this! … Brilliant Becky! You could re-use it year on year too.

  3. Rosy

    24th November 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Two swimming mermaids ordered! Thank you!

    1. Becky Pink

      25th November 2016 at 12:10 pm

      He he I bet they’l love them xx

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