It’s almost that time of year again and Christmas is definitely in the air. I can’t believe we’re just over a week away from December; this year has been a really busy one for me, and it feels like time has just flown by. December 1st marks the first day for Advent calendars and I’ve seen some of the best ones yet. I’m sharing the best beauty Advent calendars for 2017 so you can find the one that’s perfect for you! There are so many different options at various price points and they’re all worth taking a look at.

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The Body Shop consistently has some of my favourite Advent calendars. Every year, their team creates calendars and holiday gifts based on a theme, and this year was all about “kidulting,” embracing your inner child and having a little fun. They have four calendars available this year: 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure ($139 – my personal favourite), 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Ultimate ($169), 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Standard ($99) and 24 Days of Beauty ($69). They each feature a slew of The Body Shop favourites and hide cute games and messages behind each box. Oh, and this year a portion of every holiday gift purchased will go towards International Alert to help Syrian refugee children.

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L’Occitane has one of the most luxurious Advent calendars ($69) out there – it’s jam-packed with fab skincare and body goodies that will have you feeling amazing all holiday season. This year, they’ve also introduced a Premium Version ($134) of their Advent calendar for an even more luxe experience.

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If you’re a lipstick lover, the NYX Cosmetics Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar ($65) is a must-have. This calendar features 24 days of lippies, including their Butter Gloss, Lip Lingerie and Matte Lipstick, in a range of gorgeous shades. It’s the perfect way to widen your lip wardrobe and you can share the shades that don’t work for you with your pals!

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If you really want to spoil yourself or someone special, the Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box ($250) is the way to go. This 12-day calendar is full of both full size and deluxe minis of some of her best-selling items like the Magic Cream Moisturizer and Lip Lustre Lip Gloss.

 

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This year, Quo has two Advent calendar options. The 12 Days of Colorful Healthy Nails contains 12 pretty Quo by Orly shades, while the 12 Days of Beauty has some of their favourite makeup items to get you holiday ready. Both are priced at $40 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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The Kiehl’s x Kate Moross Advent Calendar ($89) is another that will have you feeling fantastic this season – with 23 skin and body products and a surprise inside, you’ll be able to find new favourites and fall back in love with others. I love the design of this one, which was created by artist Kate Moross.

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I can’t wait to dig into the Decléor Hello December Surprise Me! calendar. It’s full of deluxe samples from their bestselling ranges – and it even includes three full-size products to add to your collection. This luxe calendar is a skincare addict’s dream come true.

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Hands down, Artdeco has one of the best calendar’s for beauty lovers every year. This year’s calendar ($86 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is no different and I highly recommend it. It’s made up of 20 full-size products, 3 samples and even comes with a bonus Optimum points offer – pick up a couple for gifts and your girls will love you.

PS. Now might be a good time to pick up your calendar for this year so you can take advantage of this weekend’s Black Friday specials!

 

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Well, winter has finally hit Toronto.  It snowed last night and all day today and we now have a fluffy white layer covering everything (of course, I’m the girl who didn’t get snow tires put on yet, so driving is a real chore).  Anyways, it’s cold, dry and the wind sure has bite… And my skin is feeling the pain from it.  I need serious moisturizing this time of year, and I figured that Kiehl’s would be the perfect line to turn to help me out.

This holiday season, Kiehl’s has released Limited Edition packaging for four of their most loved products – Creme de Corps ($38-63 CAD), Ultra Facial Cream ($56 CAD), Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter ($46 CAD) & Calendula Herbal Extract Oil-Free Toner ($49 CAD) – giving them a fun and festive look for this special time of year.  The labels were designed by well-known graphic artists Craig and Karl, and are bright, colourful, and definitely vanity display worthy.

The Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is a personal favourite, and is such a necessity this time of year.  It’s rich and luxurious, and instantly bathes the skin in a deeply hydrating layer of moisture.  It absorbs beautifully, leaving my skin feeling silky smooth.  It’s so perfect for applying right out of the shower or before throwing on pjs and cozying up in front of the fire with a warm cup of hot chocolate.  And for the face, nothing beats the Ultra Facial Cream at a time when the skin is oh-so-thirsty and fighting the weather.  It’s perfect for providing deep, much-needed moisture without being greasy, for skin that feels healthy and radiant.

Not only are these products an amazing addition to anyone’s skincare routine, with their Limited Edition packaging they make fantastic gifts for someone who like to indulge and treat themselves.  Wouldn’t they make the cutest gift set?  My friends at Kiehl’s agree, and they’ve decided to gift one of you a set containing a few of these great Limited Edition products – the Ultra Facial Cream, Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter and Calendula Herbal Extract Oil-Free Toner.  Want to show this set off?  Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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