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TSNC Big Advent Calendar Giveaway: Day 2 – Object Style

Posted on December 2, 2015

Hi Guys!

Day 2 of the TSNC Big Advent Calendar Giveaway has just started, and today I have some gorgeous copper home goodies from  up for grabs!

If you haven’t heard of Object Style, the store was born out of passion to create a virtual home for artisan design for the house, wardrobe and wedding. Fusing minimalism with femininity, Object’s founder Rachael Adams, seeks after makers and small independents from around the globe that fit this aesthetic. The creative concept store also curates a regular lifestyle blog featuring insightful content including travel, art and culture, interviews, DIY tutorials and current affairs voiced by Rachael and Object’s regular guest bloggers. I’ve included some gorgeous images from their site so you can see what they’re all about –

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Object Style are very kindly giving away a gorgeous set of copper themed goodies from their store, including a copper foil print notebook, a copper candle holder, and 3x copper coat hangers, all shown below and in total worth £37!

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All you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below, and remember this giveaway will only run for four days, so you need to be quick! It’s also open internationally, and as always please let me know if you have any questions. Good luck!


Charlotte Tilbury Book of Makeup Magic – Contents Revealed!

Posted on November 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

So, in the name of the blog, I decided to open my Charlotte Tilbury Book of Makeup Magic Advent calendar early. This is totally for your benefit of course… 🙂 so you can see exactly what you’d be getting should you wish to purchase.

I’ve had The Book of Makeup Magic for a good few weeks now, and I must admit I did initially experience a bit of buyers remorse. I mean £150 for an advent calendar really is crazy money. So I stuffed it away in a drawer, partly so stop my feelings of guilt and partly to stop me peeking in the boxes.

I’m SO glad I’ve opened it up though, I feel much better about my purchase now – the contents are AMAZING.

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Ok so the ‘book’ opens up to reveal 12 glossy burgundy boxes. I initially thought these were drawers, but nope, they’re different sized boxes stacked upon one another.

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Each box also has the Charlotte Tilbury logo embossed in gold one one side, and the contents printed on the back.

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So here are the goods! Eleven mini CT makeup and skincare products, as well as one full sized Matte Revolution lipstick. Now if you want to be pedantic, you could work it out that the lipstick is worth £23, and the mini lipstick is worth £9.66, leaving £117.34 for the rest of the products, making them £11.73 each excluding packaging.

Now if I was buying these individually, would I pay £11+ per mini product? No I probably wouldn’t to be honest. But collectively as a set, it’s such a special thing to have – wether you treat yourself or manage to get someone to buy you one, I do actually think it’s worth it.

Anyway, this is exactly what’s included –

  1. Goddess Skin Clay Mask, 15ml.
  2. Charlotte’s Magic Cream, 15ml.
  3. Wonderglow, 15ml.
  4. Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotise Eye Shadow mini in On the Prowl.
  5. Rock ‘N’ Kohl mini eyeliner in Supernova.
  6. Lip Magic Balm, 5ml.
  7. Mini K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink.
  8. Matte Revolution Lipstick (full size) in Red Carpet Red.
  9. Super Model Body, 15ml.
  10. Take it all off Genius Eye Makeup Remover, 30ml.
  11. Multi Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm, 15ml.
  12. Magic Night Cream, 15ml.

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The full sized Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red is just beautiful. I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this over the Christmas period!

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Some of the products I’m most excited about trying though are the Rock ‘N’ Kohl mini eyeliner in Supernova, just because I’m a bit of an eyeliner fanatic, and it looks like such a gorgeous deep sparkly purple colour. The Lip Magic Balm because I suffer with dry lips and I’ve heard this is fantastic, and the brand new not yet released Magic Night Cream. This won’t be available to buy until January, so those that pick up the advent calendar will be some of the first to get their hands on it.

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I know it was a lot of money, but overall I’m really glad that I bought this advent calendar, I can’t wait to try the products each day! I might do two mini roundups, one half way through and one at the end to let you know my thoughts on each of the products 🙂

So what do you think? Was this a good purchase? I”d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Every Single Candle Advent Calendar for Christmas 2015

Posted on November 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my  post, I thought rather than add all the candle based advent calendars to that post – which is really long already, and candles don’t technically fall under the category of beauty – I’ve put together a round up of all the candle based advent calendars I could find. Enjoy!

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  • What: Diptyque Advent Calendar
  • How much: £250.00
  • When & where: From mid November at

Diptyque have really pulled out all the stops for their first ever advent calendar. A must for all Diptyque fans, this calendar is the epitome of luxury offering a selection of mini candles, 10ml EDT fragrances, body butter, precious oils, and one large candle. I am obsessed with candles at the moment, so this really is top of my Christmas list!

yankee candle Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar

  • What: Yankee Candle Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar
  • How much: £31.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

Any candle fan will know of Yankee. Creating fantastic affordable candles, they are the one stop shop for seasonal home fragrances. Their Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar is one of three advent offerings for Christmas 2015, with every day revealing a tealight or votive candle in one of 8 seasonal scents, perfect for the festive season.

Fragrances included are: Bundle Up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow Tealights, as well as a Berry Trifle, Bundle Up, Cosy By the Fire and Winter Glow Votives.

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  • What: Yankee Candle Advent House in the Snow
  • How much: £27.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

Yankee’s next fabulous calendar, the Advent House in the Snow includes a tealight candle in one of seven seasonal scents, including an extra treat on day 24.

Fragrances included are: Bundle Up, Candy Cane Lane, Icicles, Spiced Orange, Snowflake Cookie and Winter Glow Tealights and Christrmas Eve Votive.

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  • What: Yankee Candle Advent Calendar
  • How much: £24.99
  • When & where: Available now from Yankee Candle

And lastly the most affordable Yankee Candle advent calendar. This one contains 23 x tealights and one votive candle.

candywick advent calendar

    • What: Candywick Advent Calendar / Gift Box
    • How much: £24.99
    • When & where: Available now from Candywick

If you fancy something a little different from Yankee, what about the Candywick calendar? This contains a full set of 25 Candywick Scented tarts from their Christmas range, with a few wild cards thrown in. You can choose one of two options, the Advent Gift box, with each tart individually wrapped in candy stripe paper and individually numbered. A lovely treat, with a fresh tart for each day of December. They also have a Gift Box option, which contains the same beautiful fragranced tarts, minus the wrapping and numbers, perfect to give as a gift to someone special or even as a treat for yourself.

busy bee advent calendar

  • What: Busy Bee Candles Advent Calendar
  • How much: £19.95
  • When & where: Available now from 

And lastly if you’re a candle fan on a budget, the Busy Bees Advent calendar may be just what you’re looking for. It featuring 24 different high strength wax melts in their most popular Christmas fragrances, one for every evening of Advent. Your home could be smelling festive every day on the run up to Christmas!

So that’s all the candle advent calendars I’ve come across so far – if you know of any more please do let me know so I can add them!

I’d love to hear which advent calendar(s) you’re picking up this year?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2015

Posted on October 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s only just October, but we all know Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year. I’ve started thinking about getting myself a beauty advent calendar, and whilst looking into which ones were available – and realising there are SO MANY out this year, I thought I’d put together a round up of all the advent calendars I could find!

So below you’ll find all the advent calendars that are either available already, or released in the coming months – in price order starting with the most expensive. As time goes on, if I find any more I’ll add them to the list. If you know of any others please do let me know!

jo malone advent calendar

  • What: Jo Malone The Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much: £260.00
  • When & where: October 1st at  (exclusive) then nationwide from November

The big daddy of all beauty advent calendars, Jo Malone’s luxury townhouse contains 24 doors of pure indulgence to keep you going in the run up to Christmas. If you love Jo Malone’s signature colognes and luxe body creams, you need this calendar in your life.

charlotte tilbury advent calendar

  • What: Charlotte Tilbury Book of Make-up Magic
  • How Much: £150.00
  • When & where: Available from November at 

I definitely have my eye on this advent calendar. Even though it’s only 12 days, Charlotte Tilbury’s Book of Magic contains a mix of mini AND full size products. I have no idea how many are mini and how many are full sized, but I think I need this.

liberty advent calendar

  • What: Liberty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £149.00
  • Where & when: Available at Liberty from 29th October

Liberty’s advent calendar just looks so pretty, and includes some amazing brands such as Dermalogica, Diptyque, NARS, ESPA and Kiehls. It’s not cheap, but definitely worth the cash if you can afford it.

selfridges advent calendar

  • What:  Cosmic Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £95.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 22nd at 

Selfridges offer another high-end calendar, this time coming in at a pretty reasonable £95.00. This calendar contains luxury minis from brands including Lancome, YSL and Viktor & Rolf. This is definitely on my wish list!!

lancome advent calendar

  • What: Lancome Advent Calendar
  • How much: £85.00
  • Where & when: Available now from 

The countdown to Christmas has never been so luxurious than with this Beauty Advent Calendar from Lancôme. Open the doors each morning to reveal a selection of their best-selling products from the Visionnaire Serum to the classic Hypnôse Mascara.

the body shoop advent calendar

  • What: The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Premium Advent Calendar 
  • How much: £80.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 1st at 

I understand The Body Shop is offering two advent calendars this year – a ‘standard’ calendar at £60.00 and a ‘premium’ one at £80.00. This contains drawers stuffed with Body Shop bestsellers,  including mini versions of skincare products , bodycare, fragrance and make-up. The premium calendar includes products worth a massive £127.00.

kerastase advent calendar

  • What: The Golden Calendar from Kerastase
  • How much: £80.00
  • Where & when: Available from November 1st at kerastase.co.uk

This is the first hair only beauty advent calendar I’ve seen, and it looks like a fantastic one! This luxury advent calendar is filled with travel size, mini and full size iconic Kerastase products, perfect for giving you beautiful hair this holiday season.

lookfantastic advent calendar

  • What: Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 
  • How much: £70.00
  • Where & when: Available for pre-order now at , released on November 1st.

I don’t have much info on this calendar, but it promises ‘luxurious surprises throughout the month of December’. It’s full of products from Lookfantastic’s favourite brands, so it’s bound to be a good ‘un!

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  • What: Clarins Advent Calendar 
  • How much: £60.00
  • Where & when: Available now from .

This is the first ever advent calendar from Clarins, and it looks amazing! It’s full of mini Clarins classics that you’ll be bound to love. Also, until 11/10/15 you can receive four trial sized products worth up to £76 on orders of £60 or more, so you’d better hurry up and grab this before it sells out!

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  • What: Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar 
  • How much: £60.00
  • Where & when: Available now from 

This is the second advent calendar Selfridges has brought out this year. So if you thought the Cosmic Beauty Advent Calendar was a bit out of your price range at £95, this looks like a great alternative. Filled with 24 luxurious miniature treats worth a whopping £226, this Limited Edition calendar includes surprises from some of the world’s best beauty brands including Caudalie, James Reed and bareMinerals.

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  • What: You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar
  • How much: £59.95
  • When & where: Available from October 4th at You Beauty Discovery

The You Beauty Advent Calendar looks to be one of the best for value for money. This calendar costs just £59.95 and you receive over £330 worth of products from brands – this is easily one of the best value calendars there is.

ciate advent calendar

  • What: Ciate Mini Mani Month
  • How Much: £49.00
  • When & where: Available from mid-October, at , ASOS and Look Fantastic

Ciate have been on the advent calendar bandwagon for a few years now, and their latest offering looks better than ever! It includes 17 Ciate mini Paint Pots, two nail toppers, three treatments, mini crystal nail file and a full-size Paint Pot for the last day.

cheeky advent calendar

  • What: Cheeky Advent Calendar
  • How much: £49.00
  • Where & when: Available at Cheeky Holborn, Cheeky at Barber & Parlour, Cowshed Spas and urcheeky.com

If the Nails Inc polish calendar doesn’t take your fancy, what about this Cheeky nail polish calendar instead?

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  • What: LUSH 12 Days of Christmas
  • How much: £49.95
  • When & where: Available at Lush shops and at Lush.co.uk nationwide from 2nd October

I’m really tempted to get the LUSH advent calendar, I love their products but haven’t used any in a while. If you’re into natural and homemade products, you should definitely check this out. makeup revolution advent calendar

  • What: Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar
  • How much: £45.00
  • Where & when: Available from  now.

Featuring 25 FULL SIZE Makeup Revolution essentials. Each window will reveal a beauty treat for you every day of December picked by the team at Revolution HQ, including a special gift on Christmas Day – a present from Makeup Revolution to you. The perfect way to celebrate the festive season with some products that you can use all year round. *UPDATE – MUR also have a ‘Beauty Chest’ advent calendar, including over £100 worth of MUR products. You can check it out .

arran aromatics advent calendar

  • What: Arran Aromatics Advent Calendar
  • How much: £40.00
  • Where & when: Available exclusively at John Lewis and Arran Aromatics.

The limited edition Cherish Advent Calendar by Arran Aromatics is an exclusive launch for Christmas 2015. It’s filled with 24 luxurious treats from their best-selling bath, body and home fragrance collections, including mini versions of their beautiful soaps, shower gels, body lotions and candles.

loccitane advent calendar

  • What: L’Occitane Noel Approche Advent Calendar
  • How much: £39.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 22nd at 

So I googled it and Noel Approche means ‘Christmas is coming’ in French! L’Occitane’s advent calendar contains 24 best sellers behind it’s doors. If you’re a fan of the brand this is a must have!

no.7 advent calendar

  • What: No7 25 Days of Beauty Wonders
  • How much: £38.00
  • Where & when: Available from October 28th at .

No.7’s advent calendar is packed with mini skincare, makeup and accessory treats – as well as a few full sized products. This is also a complete bargain as you’re getting £148 of products for £38.

salon services advent calendar

    • What: Salon Services Advent Calendar
    • How much: £35.00
    • Where & when: Available now from Salon Services

This fantastic looking budget advent calendar contains 24 hair and beauty treats, including brands such as OPI, TIGI, Lord and Berry and many more.

benefit advent calendar

  • What: Benefit Party Poppers
  • How much: £34.50
  • Where & when: Available from October 15th at 

Benefit’s advent calendar is back for 2015 – the Party Popper calendar contains 12 mini benefit favourites to mark the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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  • What: Sugar and Spice Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £25.00
  • When & where: Available now from Freemans

I’m not actually familiar with Sugar and Spice – I found this on Google. This is a lovely looking advent calendar containing 24 cosmetics, nail polish, jewellery and hair accessories. It looks like a great bargain!

tanya burr advent calendar

  • What: Tanya Burr Deck The Halls Advent Calendar
  • How much: £25.00
  • When & where: Available now from 

Featuring twelve Tanya treats in special edition shades – two nail polishes (under the sea and carnival night), two pairs of lashes (girl next door and party girl) adhesive, two shimmer pots (twinkling moon and twinkling gold), three midi lip glosses (macaroon, candy frost, bewitching), two nail files and a mirror.

mands advent calendar

  • What: M&S Advent Calendar
  • How much: £25.00 when you spend over £25 elsewhere in M&S
  • When & where: Available from November at nationwide

This fantastic M&S advent calendar is filled with 24 festive treats worth over £200, from some amazing brands including Rodial, Neal’s Yard, REN, Stila and Cowshed.

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  • What: W7 Advent Calendar
  • How much: £23.95 
  • When & where: End of October (Date TBC) at The Perfume Shop, The Original Factory Shop and Fragrance Direct.

A new addition to this post, the W7 Advent Calendar is packed full of 24 mini cosmetic treats for eyes, face, lips and nails. The calendar contains 7 mini nail polishes, 3 super sparkly glitter pots, 3 mini tubes of lip gloss, 6 lipsticks, 3 single shadows, and the ultimate gift: the W7 Absolute Lashes mascara!

house of fraser advent calendar

  • What: House of Fraser Colour Couture Advent Calendar
  • How much: £20.00 
  • Where & when: Available at from October.

The House of Fraser beauty advent calendar features its own-brand – Colour Couture, House of Fraser has made this super budget friendly at only £20.00.

bomb cosmetics advent calendar

  • What: Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar
  • How much: £19.99
  • Where & when: Available now from 

If you love bath bombs and you’re on a budget, the Bomb Cosmetics advent calendar could be perfect for you. It includes 24 day’s worth of mini Bomb Cosmetics goodies to last you through December.

flutter advent calendar

  • What: Flutter Advent Calendar
  • How much: Was £12.00, now £8.00
  • Where & when: Available now from .

The perfect gift for young teens, this beauty advent calendar contains a collection of mini cosmetics for eye, lip and nails, and a sweet little mirror. At only £8.00 it’s an amazing bargain!

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  • What: It’s Kissmas Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much: £5.00
  • Where & when: Available now from 

The cheapest of them all, this beauty advent calendar is only a fiver, and perfect for younger nail product fans out there. For just £5 you receive all of the following: x2 cuticle pushers, a fine tip nail art brush, nail caviar (2.5g), nail dot tool, x2 nail files, nail glitter stars, nail jewels 1g, x9 nail polish 2.5ml, heart shaped nail stickers, chain shaped nail stickers, nail tape, 2 designs of nail wrap, heart shaped stencils and a pair of toe separators.

So there we have it! There’s such a great selection of beauty advent calendars on offer this year. I’d love to hear if you have your eye on any of these? xxx