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Tuesday, 29 September 2020
The Benefit Shake Your Beauty Holiday Advent Calendar is a real surprise for 2020. The brand hasn't released an advent since 2017! With 12 days of mini and "fun sizes" this retails at £58.50. 

Contents

Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel (Shade 3)
Precisely, My Brow Pencil (Shade 3)
Hoola Matte Bronzer
Dandelion Brightening Blush
They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara
24H Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel
POREfessional Primer Original
POREfessional Hydrating Primer
Roller Lash Curling Mascara
They’re Real! Tinted Primer
BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara
Roller Liner Liquid Eyeliner
*Highlighted products are repeats from the 2017 Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

As the brand hasn't released in a calendar since 2017, I decided to compare the products to that release just to see what difference there could be. There are 7 repeated products which was the same when reviewing the 2017 calendar to the one from 2016! It seems that the brand create this calendar to reflect their most popular products, which would explain why there are so many eye and brow products and why they took a break. I do really like the cylinder style box for this but again wish the brand would do a design with some Christmas flair.

Is it worth the money?

This is a lot more expensive than previous years at £58.50, over £10 in comparison to 2017's but it does come with a £125 worth and I can see many newer products being included in larger sizes. I do feel this is worth the money but the other side of me wonders what I would do with so many eye products.

I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter & Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 27 September 2020
The Soap & Glory 24 Days To Roam The Foam Advent Calendar is a available at Boots and priced at £42.00.

Contents

CLEAN ON ME™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel 2 x 75ml
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter 300ml
THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Smoothing Body Buffer 200ml
HAND FOOD™ ORIGINAL PINK™ Non-greasy Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml
HEEL GENIUS™ Amazing Foot Cream 50ml
SMOOTHIE STAR™ Breakfast Scrub 50ml
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER Body lotion in ORIGINAL PINK™ 50ml
THE RUSHOWER™ Scent-sational Dry Shampoo 50ml
HAND FOOD™ SUGAR CRUSH™ Non-Greasy Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml
FIZZ-A-BALL™ Mini Bath Fizzers Limited-Edition in ORIGINAL PINK™ 20g
FACE SOAP AND CLARITY™ 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash 50ml
A BRUSH WITH GREATNESS™ Exfoliating Face Brush
BRIGHT + BEAUTIFUL™ Radiance-Boosting Mask 29g
PUFFY EYE ATTACK™ Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches 3g
SPEED PLUMP™ Super-Hydrating Miracle Moisture Mask 25g
POUT ABOUT IT™ Hydrogel Lip Mask 2.5g
SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Gloss in Plums Up 7ml
CLEAN A-COLADA™ Hydrating Body Wash 75ml
BUFF AND READY™ Coconut Body Scrub 50ml
A CREAM COME TRUE™ Luminous Body Butter 50ml
HAND FOOD™ CALL OF FRUITY™ Hydrating Hand Cream 125ml
THE MARVELLOUS MASSAGING FACE MITT
Soap & Glory Nail File
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

Using a similar open book structure, the design is very on brand in art as well as colour palette. I like seeing the added Christmas flair with the snowflakes on the hot air balloon. It's a shame to see, that this has 13 repeated products.

Is it worth the money?

Priced the same at £42.00, I can see that in comparison to last year, they have kept up with giving the buyer more amount in the product, but there are still a lot of repeats. For someone who brought this last year, for the first time, those repeats may deter them and I think for those who love the brand should be able to get a majority of difference to the previous years. Last years shake up was huge for the brand, I was very happy to see it but this year they've taken such a step back that I don't recommend this.

I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter & Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 25 September 2020
The L'Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar is the second released by the brand and is priced at £99.00.

Contents

Relaxing Pillow Mist 15ml
Shea Light Comforting Cream 5ml
Almond Oil Shampoo 75ml
Honey Harvest Hand Cream 10ml
Cade Homme Energizing Face Fluid 10ml
Shea Dry Skin Hand Cream 30ml
Ultra Rich Lip Balm 4ml
Cleansing 3-in-1 Micellar Water 30ml
Aqua RĂ©otier Water Gel Cleanser 40ml
Immortelle Divine Creme 4ml
SOS Shine Hair Mask 20ml
Almond Body Milk 75ml
Ultra Thirst Quenching Cream 5ml
Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm 10ml
Herbae Eau de Parfum 5ml
Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 30ml
Almond Shower Oil 50ml
Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-In-Serum 5ml
Micellar Shampoo 35ml
Immortelle Precious Cream 5ml
Le Petit Remede 6g
SOS Moisture Hair Mask 20ml
Almond Crunchy Muesli Scrub 15g
Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel 20ml
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

Again, with a little research, I was able to find that this calendar comes with 10 repeated products. The structure, although still with products in individual boxes, comes in this three drawer system which I very much prefer. Keeping the design and colour scheme very plain makes it brilliant for reuse. 

Is it worth the price?

This is now £99.00 with a £135.00 worth. That's a huge £20.00 price increase on last years but from comparing the contents, I can see more deluxe sized samples and a few full sized products. In terms of being worth the money, I personally feel that although you get more from your money on this advent in comparison to the smaller one they've released, it's still not great to have such a high number of repeats. If you really love L'Occitane and don't mind the repeats this is the better of the two to purchase otherwise I'd check out their gifting range if you still want to try the brand.

I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter & Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
The L'Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar is one of two calendars released by the brand and the lowest priced at £53.00.

Contents

Shea Butter Lip Balm, 4ml
Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lotion, 20ml
Shea Butter Hand Cream, 10ml
Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel
Cherry Blossom Hand Cream, 10ml
Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel, 10ml
SOS Shine Hair Mask, 20ml
Shea Milk Extra Gentle Soap, 25g
Verbena Shower Gel, 30ml
Shea Intense Hand Balm, 10ml
Shea Butter Foot Cream, 10ml
Almond Delicious Hands, 10ml
Intensive Repair Conditioner, 35ml
Immortelle Precious Cream, 5ml
Intensive Repair Shampoo, 25ml
Almond Shower Oil, 35ml
Almond Milk Veil, 35ml
SOS Moisture Hair Mask, 20ml
Rose Hand Cream, 10ml
Verbena Leaf Soap, 25g
Shea Light Comforting Face Cream, 5ml
Gentle & Balance Micellar Shampoo, 35ml
Limited Edition Hand Cream, 10ml
Overnight Reset Serum, 5ml
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

Last year I wasn't able to review a lot of the advent calendars on the market so this is one I had to research. L'Occitane have employed French Illustrator Edith Carron to do the design this year and although very on brand it is completely different to last year. The colour palette is more in keep with the season. It's just such a shame to see it come with 14 repeated products.

Is it worth the price?

With increase of £4.00, this is now £53.00 with a worth of £88.00. I, again, feel this is not worth the money if you brought it last year and want something new. L'Occitane has such a lovely and vast range of products that a couple of repeats to reflect brand favourites is ok, but over half the calendar's contents is a bit too much. 

I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter & Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

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