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Adventing with Marks & Spencer's Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar



For the past few years I've been experimenting with alternative Advent Calendars. I've had Ciaté nail polish advents and challenged myself to use each one each day (that was tough!), I had the Yankee Candle house calendar last year and was left underwhelmed (it's definitely a case of the bigger the better quality where Yankee is concerned). And bar that one year where I was seduced by a Thorntons "The Snowman" calendar I've successfully managed to avoid chocolate! Well done me. 


So why Marks & Spencer's? 
Well at £25 it was one of the cheapest on the market and I am all about the bargains. Yes you had to spend £25 to get it down from the original £200 sticker price but I already had a payday date with some of the newly stocked Pixi products so it was a no brainer to stick this in my basket at the same time. My friend Katrina from Sugafix.com shared the deal and I was instantly sold. It's also one of the few affordable sets available where I would buy or have bought nearly all of the contents separately and am a fan of the brands. Deals like The Body Shop are great but do I really need 20 odd products I would never ever use? Not really, although I would turn it down as a gift! This one made sense. 

What's in it? 
I tried really hard to resist taking a peek at the products inside but it was an acne emergency that forced me to look at them just incase there was a miracle spot cream inside. There wasn't but there was pretty much every other type of beauty product in there. With multiple lipsticks and mascaras, various soaps, balms, masques, repair therapies, and nourishing creams it has everything to make you feel a wee bit special. 

I shall leave you with a list of the products inside as there really isn't a definitive list available online and I know how fussy I am when choosing these things. I want to know that I'm going to enjoy at least 80% of what's inside. 

Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Mascara Mini
Stila Lip Glaze
Autograph Ultra Shine Twist-up Lip Colour
Diego Della Palma The Lipstick n.46
Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Therapy
Morgan Taylor Nail Varnish
Roger & Gallet Fleur De Figuier Hand & Nail Balm
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Moisturising Soap
L'Occitane Verbena Shower Gel
Cowshed Grumpy Cow Body Lotion
Mio Liquid Yoga Resorative Bath Soak
Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel
Butt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Rodial Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel
Filorga Time-Filler (how mysterious does this sound?!?)
PIXI Glow Tonic
Neal's Yard Frankincense Nourishing Cream
Pure Super Grape Day Cream
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial
Rosie For Autograph Nuit Parfum Eau De Parfum
Philip Kingsley Geranium and Neroli Elasticizer
Swell Ultimate Volume Masque
Josh Wood Full Bodied Shampoo
Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil

This item is sold out online however there was tonnes in stock in stores so I'd get in there. You have only a few days we can open our first box!! 


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