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 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!
Ava actually gasped with delight to find today’s #adventcalendar surprise! (It’s a plastic unicorn, FYI) 😍 The picture is a bit blurry but I managed to capture her joy so I don’t care ❤️Isn’t it amazing how excited kids get at something so little, really magical. She’ll be six this week, and she’s so grown up in lots of ways, but still so little too. #Christmas #joy #excitement #christmasmagic #advent