The Selfridges Beauty Calendar

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They say money can’t buy happiness… But it can buy you beauty advent calendars.

… I’m pretty sure that’s what the saying is, but don’t hold me to that. I’ve long grown out of chocolate advent calendars, my last one being in freshers when I binge ate the whole thing at the beginning of the month after a night out. When I was younger I loved the excitement of being allowed a little chocolate before school – any excuse aye?

Last year, I was late to the bandwagon and missed out on the Boots and Benefit beauty calendars. The Benefit version is set to go on sale on October 16th and no doubt it will be an instant sell out and they’ll end up on eBay selling for double the price – hate people who do that.

The Selfridges beauty calendar went on sale on Friday – I had been checking the website furiously every day so I didn’t miss out. I had decided to treat myself to one beauty calendar this year after the 2013 heartbreak and whittled it down to this one after having a word with myself about the urge for the Jo Malone counterpart, which requires a sack of gold coins to purchase.

The box itself is designed like an old spell book, just like something you would see in Harry Potter and just feels so luxurious.

Inside, each day has a ‘spell’ which gives you a clue as to what’s inside. For example, Spell 14 – Dark, luscious, hypnotic. Blink, wink and smile at the world anew, one luxurious layer at a time – a Lancôme mascara!

Speaking of Lancôme, there are a lot of their products in this calendar and are clearly a huge sponsor. I love me a bit of Lancôme make up but have never tried their skincare so I shall keep you updated.

Here is an extensive list of everything included (I won’t tell you in which order in case you want the surprise!)

Lancôme Bi-Facial sensitive eyes instant cleanser

Lancôme Galateis Douceur gentle softening cleansing fluid for face & eyes

Lancôme Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl eye-illuminating youth activator

YSL Opium eau de toilette

Lancôme Lip Lover gloss in the shade 335

Lancôme lipstick in the shade 6 (a dusty rose)

Lancôme Hypnose Drama mascara in the shade ‘excessive black’

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Priming Potion

Armani Code Femme eau de toilette

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

Shu Uemura skin purifier

Lancôme Visionnaire advanced skin corrector

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body moisturiser

YSL Waterproof eye kohl in black

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum (finally getting to try this!)

Lancôme Advanced Genifique youth activating serum

Armani Diamonds Rose eau de parfum

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb

YSL Forever Youth Liberator serum

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Lancôme Lip Lover gloss in the shade 337

Lancôme Hypnose mascara in the shade ‘Noir Hypnotic’

Lancôme Renergie Multi-Lift day cream

Lancôme la vie est belle parfum

I obviously ripped this apart as soon as I got home and I have no idea how anyone could resist until December, but if that’s you, have an extra walnut in your stocking on me.

What beauty calendar is on your wishlist?



  1. FilipinaMacBarbie
    October 5, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    Holy Cow! How big is this calendar?

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 5, 2014 / 9:28 pm

      I'd say it's about 30cm high and 20cm thick when it's closed! It is a beast!

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