Beauty advent calendars – are they really worth it? For the last few years, it seems as if the likes of beauty and lifestyle calendars have been growing in popularity. What happened to the days when we used to be happy to get a small square of chocolate each morning. Now it seems we all want the luxury items at a fraction of the cost. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you are getting value for money.
Beauty advent calendars – Where it all began?
I must admit that I have never been a huge chocolate lover. There were countless times where I’d forget to even open the window of my advent calendar before school. In reality, I just wasn’t that excited about it. My mum secretly knew this and so set about making her own advent calendar for me. She collected different chocolates, sweets and accessories that she knew I would like. Fair play to mum, she really thought about it and I found myself opening the doors each morning to the likes of Frys Turkish Delight (my favourite), as well as festive earrings and hair bobbles. To me, that meant more because it was tailored to what I would like and enjoy and I appreciated the items I received.
The beauty advent calendar hype begins
A few years ago, I noticed that bloggers and Youtubers were starting to talk about and unbox these beauty advent calendars. I’ll be the first to admit that I was sucked in. At that particular time, my blog was very much focused on reviews of products and so I thought this would be a great way to try out new products. Things that were usually out of my budget suddenly became reachable. I can even remember the first beauty calendar I had – a Sanctuary Spa one. I paid about £20 for it and loved opening the doors every morning. Now, just two years later, I’ve seen a similar calendar retailing for £40!
The second beauty advent calendar I bought was the ASOS one last year, which again, I loved. This time I paid £70 for it which now looking back seems extortionate. Having said that, I was really happy with the contents and the size of the samples I was trying I As an added bonus, I wrote reviews about the products and over time, gained a wider audience. The same year, I decided to treat my mum to a beauty advent calendar too and so bought her the M&S one. You had to spend £35 to be eligible to purchase the calendar for £35. The products received and the look on mums face each morning as she opened the little boxes, was well worth the money.
My overall thoughts on advent calendars
The beauty and lifestyle calendar videos have started popping up all over YouTube already even though its only October. I won’t deny that I have been looking to see if there is one that catches my eye. However, they all seem so much more expensive for what you actually get. I’ve even looked at a budget friendly one from Wilko but after watching an unboxing of it, I soon realised that it wasn’t worth it. I can’t help but think that over the last couple of years, this hype has resulted in them being more expensive with less quality products. I won’t say that I’ll rule out buying one, because in truth, I’ve got my eye on the Yankee Candle one. However, I’m certainly thinking it over more and want to buy something that will benefit me and my life. I’d rather that than just get more products that will probably sit in a drawer for months before being used or given away.
What are your thoughts on the beauty advent calendar craze?
Do you intend to buy one? If yes, what will you choose? If no, why? I’d love to know!
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