My M&S Beauty Advent Calendar: Was it worth it?

My M&S Beauty Advent Calendar: Was it worth it?

I’ve always wanted a beauty advent calendar, and this year I had my eye on the M&S one. I’m sure you’ll have spotted it by now, a festive little village, neatly nestled together under one roof.

Now, I’d love to tell you that my husband surprised me with one, but no, I treated myself. I gave birth this year, survived the newborn days, and turned thirty, so if that doesn’t justify a gift from me to me, I don’t know what will?

The question is, now I’ve opened my final little box, was it worth it?

Twenty-five little boxes shaped like houses, the design is beautiful, and the calendar itself is constructed well. When one box is removed, the others don’t tumble down, so it’s easy to keep the whole thing neat and tidy.

With plenty of baby bits and bobs to buy, I got the calendar on offer, reduced to £35 when you spent £35 on clothes. Apparently, full price it would be £250, but I can’t believe anyone would pay that much.

Onto the contents, and admittedly I’m no beauty blogger, so most of the brands were completely unfamiliar. With that in mind, I think I’m in a fairly unbiased position, able to judge on the basis of quality, rather than be swayed by brand name.

All in all, the products were of good quality and of a decent size. The only let down was the first box, which contained a tinted body lotion, from the ‘Rosie for Autograph’ range. Just not my cup of tea, I found it greasy, and a bit of a let-down. Being day one, I started to question whether I’d wasted my money….

Picking up from there, the quality of the tinted lotion was an exception, with the other products much better. A few, glittery nail polish and nude lip glosses, weren’t to my taste, but I understand it would be difficult for M&S to cater perfectly to everyone.

That being said, it would have been nice to have a bit more variation between the products. Over a third were, at their core, moisturisers, alongside two mascaras, three primers, and two near identical lip glosses.

A few more bath or hair products would have been nice, or even basic bits of makeup…eyeliner, blusher etc. With it being so close to Christmas, a festive red lipstick or nail polish certainly wouldn’t’ have gone amiss.

On a positive note, there were a couple of products I have absolutely loved. The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleanser, and the balanceme Rose Otto Face Oil, have instantly become firm favourites, and are now part of my daily skincare routine. The 15ml cleanser is worth around £15, so of anyone doesn’t want theirs, I’ll happily take them off your hands!

Overall, opening a box each morning has been great fun, and the majority of the products are welcome additions to my make-up bag. Personally, for £35, I think the calendar has been well worth it, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for next years offering from Marks & Spencers.