Marks and Spencer, the British high street retailer, is back with a new beauty advent calendar. Oh how I missed this one! In 2020, the brand decided to forgo their usual advent calendar and focused more on gift sets, but I am really glad it is back. M&S was the first beauty advent calendar that I purchased back in 2016 when there were not that many such calendars available. This is so exciting!
Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar Contents
- Autograph Colour Balm Lip Shine
- Pure Super Hydrate Day Cream
- Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Leave in Treatment
- Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner
- Nails Inc Tis the Season To Sparkle Nail Polish
- Prai 24K Gold Wrinkle Night Cream
- Percy & Reed I Need a Hero Wonder Balm Hair Primer – review
- This Works Stress Check Rollerball
- Stila Stay All Day Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner
- Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30 – One of the best lip balms ever. It is simple and clear so it can come across as boring, but it is actually pretty nice. It took me a while to discover this…
- Apothecary Calm Body Wash
- Fragrance Society Orange, Bergamot & Lemongrass Hand Cream
- Shay and Blue Tallulah’s Camellia Eau de Parfum – The fragrances are high quality. Almost Jo Malone like (if I recall correctly the brand’s founder actually worked fro JM). I do not know what this specific scent is like, but generally I ended up liking every Shay&Blue fragrance.
- REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
- Eyeko Black Magic Cocoa Edit Mascara
- REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash – The formula of this product is nice, but the scent is not my cup of tea. It takes some getting used to.
- Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream
- Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – Loverly cleanser, but the scent while nice, can come across as too strong.
- Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose – This is my favourite version of the product. I found it to be more gentle on the skin, but still effective.
- REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Energising Hand Cream
- L’Occitane Shea Shower Oil
- L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream
- Philip Kingsley Pure Colour Frizz Fighting Gloss
- Philip Kingsley Elasticer Therapies Egyptian Jasmine and Mandarin
- Prai Ageless Hand Creme
Price and Value
The beauty advent calendar retails for £300 (the actual value of the calendar), however you can get it for £40 if you spend £30 across the retailer’s other departments such as home or clothing.
I know that some of you might wonder about this, but even though Marks and Spencers has country specific websites, the calendar seems to be available only on the UK website.
Grab the advent calendar here.
Like I said in the intro, I a really gal that Marks and Spencer has deiced to release a new beauty advent calendar this year. Truly missed it last year. Now, if only the conditions were the same as before Brexit or I were still in the UK…. I considered going through third parties and paying custom fees, but there is too much paperwork involved. So jealous of those of you who can grab the calendar. Just kidding! I do hope you will enjoy it.
Content wise, well there are no real surprises. Sam as every other year, Marks and Spencer included their best selling brands in the advent calendar. They included a mix of own brands and some of the brands they carry. I won’t get into just how amazing their beauty department is. I went on and on about this in the past and could perhaps take over this conversation, but I want to focus on the advent calendar a bit more before I let you explore by yourself (if you are still here that is. I would not blame you if you dashed onto the M&S website). The idea is that the M&S beauty department is actually better than most people give it credit for. You just need to know how to look for offers and give it a real shot.
The actual products included in this beauty advent calendar from Marks and Spencer’s are some products most of us are already familiar with, especially if we ever purchased the calendar in the box or any of the beauty boxes they release over the course of the year. These products seem to be staples in the M&S portfolio, but there are some new additions such as newer launches – i.e Apothecary, Pure or newer versions of the same products such as in the case of Philip Kingsley.
Products comments are available above.
And if you are worried about the extra £30 you need to spend – there is no reason to be. I highly recommend the M&S Essentials clothing range. It is high quality and last quite a long time especially compared to pieces by fast fashion retailers. I particularly like the cotton tops as they are versatile and comfortable. You can wear them at home, you can were them underneath a suit jacket and still look professional – you get the idea. The jeans at M&S are also pretty good, especially some of the cotton rich ones – they do tend to sell out quite often. I also wanted to recommend a pair of laced up animal print boots that I am obsessed with, but they are sold out. I got them from my local website and they are so comfortable :). The are many other pair of boots available though and some are actually cute. The point is that there are many options out there.
Overall, while I cannot grab the calendar not this occasion, I am glad that it is back. I am also sort of glad that it came back with some of the products we know and love. I do recommend this advent calendar.
What do you think of the new M&S advent calendar?
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