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Beauty Advent Calendars You Can Actually Purchase In The US

In my recent post about Whats Happening In November and December I mentioned that I would be opening my NARS Advent Calendar in December and Sharing it on Instagram. I also said if anyone wanted to know where you could actually purchase those coveted beauty advent calendars in the US, to let me know and I would do a post. So a few of you reached out in different places, and here we are.

This is actually the first year I managed to get my hands on a beauty advent calendar, though I had been wanting one for several years. Beauty Advent calendars are a big thing in the UK and other European countries, and it seems like there are lots of brands that put them out there. But it has been a struggle to find ones here in the US, especially of brands that I can actually use. This year has seen an increase in the advent calendars available to purchase in the US, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

If you are not familiar with the concept of an Advent calendar, they are designed usually to count down from the beginning of December to Christmas day. However there are calendars with all different time lengths involved. They are usually designed in a way that the receiver opens a little flap each day they are counting down, and inside there is a treat of some sort. We of course are specifically looking at beauty Advent calendars here, but they do come in all sorts of themes from candy to children’s toys. And you can even purchase empty advent calendars to fill with your own treasures if you are giving it as a gift. I will try to keep the focus of this post on Advent Calendars that you can actually still purchase.

 

YesStyle Beauty Box - "A KRistmas Fairytale" Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

 

YesStyle Beauty Box – “A KRistmas Fairytale” Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $129.90, but the retail value is over $300. All items are Korean products and full size. It contains a good mix of makeup, skin care, and beauty tools.

If you try to purchase this one and it is showing out of stock, do not worry. It is my understanding is this item is going to restock every Monday until all product is exhausted. So you have a good shot at getting this. But remember this is coming from China, so if you want it to arrive by the beginning of December don’t delay.

NARS Uncensored Advent Calendar

 

NARS Uncensored Advent Calendar

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $150.00. It contains 7 full size items, 3 medium-sized items, and 14 mini size items. They don’t give a value for the set. And it includes so many mini items I can’t estimate a value. But I can tell you the full sizes alone retail for $202.00.

Products inside are a mixture of various types of makeup and a couple of beauty tools. It even includes one of the spiked items from the Christmas collection this year. (This is the same one I got. They were about to sell out when I bought mine, but it appears they have restocked this item.)

 

NYX Cosmetics actually has two advent calendars out this year. The best I can tell one of them is exclusively available on NYX’s website, and the other is available on NYX’s website as well as Ulta’s and inside Ulta’s stores.

NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar

 

 

NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar 

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $65.00. It currently seems to be selling exclusively on NYX’s website, however it may have previously been offered at ULTA.

As the name indicates, this particular advent calendar focuses on NYX lip products. While other brands give a list of what is included in their advent calendars, the only thing NYX has told us is that it includes a mix of their best-selling lip products in bold colors.

NYX Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

 

 

NYX Sugar Trip 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

 

This is a 24 day advent calendar that sells for $55.00. If you are interested in a NYX advent calendar, but want more variety than just lip products you may be interested in this one.

It contains 10 of their powder products (A combination of eyeshadow, blush, and highlight.) and 14 lip products. According to NYX’s website, while the formulas are fan favorites all 24 items are supposed to be in all new fun shades. This is available currently on NYX’s website as well as at Ulta in store and online.

Charlotte Tilbury BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR

 

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beauty Universe Beauty Advent Calendar

 

This is a 12 day Advent calendar that sells for $200.00, but the retail value is $268.00. This was sold at a few beauty retailers that carries Charlotte Tilbury products, but from what I can tell it is currently only available on the Charlotte Tilbury website.

It contains a mix from what Charlotte Tilbury considers to be their must have items. It will have both makeup  and skin care. There are four full size items, two minis, and six travel sizes. If you are looking for a big luxury brand advent calendar, this is it. It is also a great way to dive into trying a bunch of the Charlotte Tilbury products at once.

 

Macy’s has three Advent calendars currently available. Two are exclusives to Macy’s, and one is not. Macy’s does offer free shipping on all of their beauty products.

Clarins Festive Surprises 12-Day Advent Calendar Set

 

Clarins Festive Surprises 12-Day Advent Calendar Set

 

This is a 12 day Advent calendar that sells for $60.00. This is available on Macy’s, Ulta and Clarins’ website. Clarins website calls this the Holiday Rituals Set, and they also offer a similar set but larger on there. They say on Clarins website this set is valued at over $152.00.

This set comes in a reusable keepsake jewelry box. It contains a mixture of makeup, skin care, and body care items. Though the focus is definitely on skin care. There are ten travel items, one full size item, and one item that does not say if it is full size or travel.

Macy's Beauty Collection 12-Day All About Lips Advent Calendar

 

 

Macy’s Beauty Collection 12-Day All About Lips Advent Calendar

 

This is a 12 day Advent Calendar that sells for $30.00. This one is not just exclusive to Macy’s, it is Macy’s in store brand. If you didn’t know, they have had an in store beauty brand for a while now.

As the name suggest, this is all lip products in the collection. The description says it is all glosses, but it is actually 11 glosses and 1 liquid lipstick. These lip products come in a mixture of mattes, metalics, shines, and shimmers.

Macy's Beauty Collection 25-Pc. Advent Calendar Set

 

 

Macy’s Beauty Collection 25-Pc. Advent Calendar Set

 

This is a 25 day Advent calendar that sells for $150.00, but the retail value is $300.00. This was created for Macy’s. It can be bought on Macy’s website, but I am not sure if it is available in store or not.

It is filled with a mixture of skin care and makeup from brands carried at Macy’s. All items are from popular brands, a good amount are from high-end brands. The sizes, as far as ounces are given, but you would have to look each individual item up to find out if it is full size, travel, or mini. Based on what I know of all of the brands and their pricing, I think it’s a safe bet that at least half of these are going to be either travel size or minis.

 

Glossybox 'All I Want' Advent Calendar

 

Glossybox ‘All I Want’ Advent Calendar

 

This is a 25 day Advent calendar that sells for $99.00, and it has a retail value of over $325.00. You can only purchase this from Glossybox, and I believe you must be a Glossybox subscriber to purchase this one. If you want to sign up for a Glossybox subscription, use this link to save 20% off your first box. And you can use the code GBSALE to save $10 on the Advent calendar when you purchase a subscription.

This box contains a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, and beauty tools. Brands will most likely be indie brands. If you saw the preview of the UK version of the box, the US box may disappoint you if that was what you were expecting. However if you are going in as a total surprise, you should then be pretty happy.

lookfantastic Advent Calendar

 

 

lookfantastic Advent Calendar

 

This is a 25 day Advent calendar that sells for $115.00. There isn’t really any information on the retail price or what brands you will be getting, so I can’t estimate the value without going to look for unboxings. The one thing they do tell you about this box is that it includes a mix of skin care, tanning, hair care, cosmetics, branded tools, and exclusive products.

 

There are quite a few brands selling their Advent calendars on Amazon as well. You have to be careful though, as not all of the Advent calendars being sold on Amazon are being sold by the brand. Many are either from previous years or being sold at a much higher price by individuals trying to make a profit on unsuspecting individuals. I am linking to some of the ones I think everyone may be interested in that I have checked to make sure they are the right price.

 

The Ritual of Advent Exclusive Calendar

 

Rituals The Ritual of Advent Calendar 2D Set

 

This is a 24 day Advent calendar that sells for $89.00, but the retail value is $179.00. On both Amazon and Rituals website. Free shipping is available on both websites for this product.

They don’t really provide a list of what is included in this Advent calendar. There is a picture of the products that are included, but I am not familiar enough with the products to know what all of them are, just which collections they are. I know this set will be heavy on the bath and body care products and there are four candles included. But I suspect that if you are a Rituals fan, you are probably looking for that anyway.

L'Occitane Holiday 2018 Luxury Advent Calendar

 

L’Occitane Holiday 2018 Signature Advent Calendar

 

This is a 24 day Advent calendar that sells for $59.00, but the retail value is $105.00. This is available at Amazon and L’Occitane’s website. As an added bonus the brand’s website says ‘This holiday season, join L’OCCITANE in helping UNICEF improve the lives of 1.7 million children around the world. For each purchase of the Signature Advent Calendar, L’OCCITANE will help UNICEF provide Vitamin A supplement to children in the fight against preventable childhood blindness.

This advent calendar contains a mix of bath and body care, hair care, skin care, and perfumes. Just a word of warning for those of you not familiar with this brand, if you are fragrance or essential oil sensitive, this will not be the right advent calendar for you. This brand is very heavily fragranced.

L'Occitane Holiday 2018 Luxury Advent Calendar

 

L’Occitane Holiday 2018 Luxury Advent Calendar

 

Yes L’Occitane has two Advent calendars, this is their Luxury one. It is a 24 day Advent calendar that sells for $124.00, but the retail value is $139.50. This is also available on both Amazon and the brand’s website.

Like the Signature Advent Calendar, this Luxury Advent Calendar also contains a mixture of  bath and body care, hair care, skin care, and perfumes. Obviously this box is more expensive both in price and retail value, but you get your best deal on the other one.

Ulta 12 Days of Beauty

 

Ulta 12 Days of Beauty

 

This is a 12 day Advent Calendar that sells for $18.00, but it has a retail value of $74.00. This is available exclusively through Ulta.

This contains all makeup. It is a mix of various makeup products from lipstick to highlight. You can almost do a full face of makeup with the contents.

 

 

Sephora Wish Upon a Star Advent Calendar

 

 

 

Sephora Wish Upon a Star Advent Calendar

 

This is a 12 day Advent Calendar that sells for $36.00, but its retail value is $85.00. It is available exclusively at Sephora.

This Advent calendar contains mainly beauty tools, though there are a couple of items that will fit more of the role of cosmetics.

 

There are also several Advent calendars out there that do fit into the beauty category, but are probably not what the majority of you are looking for in a beauty advent calendar. However, some of you may be interested so here is a short list of some Advent calendars that contain things like nail polish and perfume.

 

Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Nail Set

OPI Online Only Nutcracker Advent Calendar Mini 25 Pack

Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar

Atelier Cologne Discovery Advent Calendar

Atelier Cologne Luxury Advent Calendar

 

Tell me in the comments if you are going to or already have purchased an Advent calendar. Which one? Did I miss your favorite Advent calendar on this list?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subscription Box Review – Macy’s Beauty Box September and October 2018

How the Macu's Beauty Box arrives

I have another subscription box review for you. If you missed the last subscription box review, we took a look at the new beauty box Yes! Oh Yas!. You can also find all of the subscription box reviews I have done by going to any page here on the blog, find the green bar under my logo and click on the down facing arrow. You should see a search box and you can search for subscription box reviews.

For this review we are going to take a look at two moths from a box at once. We will be looking at the Macy’s Beauty Box for the months of September and October of 2018. I wanted to take a look at both months at once because by all accounts everyone has said that the September box was unusual for this subscription.

 

Service Name: Macy’s Beauty Box

 

Price: $15 a month and no charge for shipping (You do get a Macy’s coupon in the box each month that does help offset the cost a bit)

 

Where Is It Available: Direct quote from Macy’s website:

Macy’s Beauty Box is currently only available in the 48 contiguous United States. We cannot ship to PO Boxes, APO/FPO/GPO address, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. Territories at this time.

 

Who To Get It For: This box doesn’t really offer gift subscriptions, but you could order it for someone else with a bit of finagling. You can also get the box for yourself. This box is best for someone who prefers a skin care heavy box and enjoys trying more high-end products. While any age can use it, it does appear the majority products are more targeted towards women 40 and over.

 

What You Get: Each month you are to receive five deluxe sample sizes(meaning no packet size samples), a bonus item (this could be a packet sample or perfume but usually a perfume), a collectible cosmetics bag, and a coupon to use on beauty products at Macy’s.

 

Drawbacks: If you don’t like getting mostly skin care in your subscription, this probably won’t be for you. Also, if you are not really a Macy’s shopper the advantage of the coupon that comes with this subscription is probably not going to actually make it worth it to you.

 

The Details: Every month your order arrives in a Macy’s box.  It’s the same kind of box any other Macy’s order arrives in.

How the Macu's Beauty Box arrives

When you open the box you will find your bag for the month and small brochure that has all the info on what you received.

Bag from September and brochure for the Macy's Beauty Box

The above picture shows how the bag from September came out of the box. The brochure for this box posts spoilers on the front, so if you are the type that likes to be surprised as you take your items out, you might want to avoid the brochure until you are done.

Inside the brochure you will find a list of the products you received. They also tell the price of the full size version. And inside the brochure is where your coupon for the month is located. (Just a side note about the coupons, they are usually $5, but sometimes they send out $10 coupons. You have about two months to use them. And you are not required to spend a certain amount. The only requirement is it be on a beauty purchase)

Now lets take a look at each of the months individually and what came with it, starting with September.

September 218 Macy's Beauty Box

In the background you can see the bag unrolled. It was quite large, and the first thing that was unusual about this month. It is a drawstring gym bag I think. Most of these bags have a theme, and this months was all related to things you use pre and post workout. Inside this months brochure was a $10 coupon. Here is what is in the bag from left to right:

  1. Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Deodorant – The full size which is 1.7 oz sells for $27. What you receive in the box is the mini size, which is 1 oz.. From what I can tell, you can purchase the mini size on its own. You can get it in a 3-Piece set. I estimate the value to be about $15.89 for this size.
  2. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap – The full size is 16 fluid oz. and sells for $11. What was sent in the box is 2 oz. and can not be purchased at Macy’s. I estimate the value for this size to be $1.38.
  3. Yuni Shower Sheets – A 12 pack is the only thing available on Macy’s website. There seems to be a discrepancy between what the brochure says the price is, and what it is on their website. The brochure says $22, and the website says $15. We only received one in the box and I am estimating the value based on the price listed on the website. I estimate it to be $1.25.
  4. Sunday Riley Good Genes – This is available in two sizes on Macy’s Website, so I have linked to the search page that shows both. In the brochure they have the 1 oz, size listed, and that sells for $105. The size received inside the box was .17 oz., and I estimate the value to be $17.85.
  5. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Super Strawberry – A full size of this product is .1 oz. and sells for $18.50. The mini size that is sent in this box .04 oz. You can’t buy this on its own at the moment, but I believe there have been times you could at Sephora. You can get it in set, but that is it. I estimate the value to be $7.40.

Bonus Items: So it says you get one bonus item, but the couple of months I have gotten this, we received two. It has been fragrances both time, and each time they sent both a woman’s and a man’s from the same brand. This month it was from Jimmy Choo. The woman’s fragrance was Jimmy Choo Fever and the man’s fragrance was Jimmy Choo Man Blue.

My personal thoughts on this months bag is that, overall as a theme and the bag that was sent, it’s not what I like. There were some products I am happy to try. I had been wanting to try the Sunday Riley Good Genes, but finding it hard to bite the bullet and buy it without trying first. And the Yuni Shower Sheets seem like a good thing to me. I definitely have uses, just not for the gym. I do like Chubby Sticks, but this color and one other seems to be the only thing they put in sets, so I already have a bunch of this same color. I most likely will pass it on to someone or put it in a giveaway. Same pretty much goes for the bag and the rest of the products.

 

Now lets take a look at what arrived in the October box:

Macy's Beauty Box for October

October’s theme is all about the eyes, and I think the products make more sense in this box. Not that the previous months didn’t make sense to the theme, but this one you just don’t have to think nearly as hard about it. The makeup bag has a set of lashes on one side, and on the other side it says All About The Eyes. This months brochure included a $5 coupon to use. Now lets take a look at the products received, going left to right:

  1. Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker in Black Noir – This product was actually sent in a full size. That was a little surprising from a sample bag. It is .041 oz and sells for $20.
  2. Bareminerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer – The full size sells for $19. There doesn’t seem to be any information on how many ounces of product you get in a full size, so I can’t really calculate an estimated value for the sample. However, I can tell you the sample size is .05 oz.
  3. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex – The full size is .5 oz. It sells for $62 on Macy’s website. The size sent in this months box is .1 oz. I estimate the value of this item to be $12.40
  4. philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel – The full size is .5 oz and sells for $24. This is another item that I am relatively certain I have seen available for sale in the mini size at Sephora on occasion. The mini that was sent is .1 oz. and I estimate the value to be $4.80.
  5. Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara – The full size contains .33 oz and sells for $25. The size received in the bag is .06 oz. I estimate the value of this item to be $4.54

Bonus Item: This month also came with two fragrance samples, one for women and one for men. This time both samples are from Calvin Klein. The women’s fragrance is Calvin Klein Women Eau de Parfum. The men’s fragrance is Eternity for Men

My personal thoughts on this months is slightly more complicated that the box for September. I love the bag that was sent. And overall, I think I will at least try most of the products. I thought it was nice there was a full size product included, and its price alone is more than the box itself. But there isn’t really anything in the box I felt excited about. I don’t hate the box, but I’m not ecstatic either.

 

Where To Sign Up: If you are interested in trying this box out for yourself you can sign up on Macy’s Website in the Beauty Section.

 

Final Thoughts: I have one more month coming for this box. I generally like to try boxes for three months before I make a final decision about keeping it or not. Honestly, I have already cancelled this one, but maybe next months will be so amazing it will change my mind about keeping it. I personally would have liked to seen an even split on makeup and skin care in this type of box.

Tell me in the comments below what you think about this box. Do you get this box?

 

 


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Looks From Week Two Of #AllDressApril

All Dress April

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This is a summary of the looks I wore during week two of the fashion challenge called All Dress April. You can see the original post about the challenge Here or check out The Looks From Week One.

Sorry I am so behind on these guys. I thought I would have more time on vacation to blog, but as it turned out I really had no time to myself at all. We were all go all the time two weekends straight in a row, with only a couple of days in between. But I am in the process of catching things up, I have a couple of other blog post that will be going up in the next couple of days.

On with the Dresses from week two. As with last time I will link anything that is still available to purchase, or alternatively anything I feel is a close alternative from the brand.

Day 8

Look For Day 8 of All Dress AprilWe had a very sudden and drastic cold spurt hit us. We went from 80 to 40 overnight. I really had to pull things out of my closet an throw it together as I don’t have a lot of cold weather dresses and skirts.

Both the cardigan and top are from City Chic. The cardigan is no longer available, however the top is still available in a couple of colors. It is available in a red called Siren and a very very light gray called Slate.

The skirt and leggings are from Torrid. The leggings are no longer available, but they have a pair of open skin leggings that would work for the same kind of idea. They have the Skull Open Stitch Leggings. And this isn’t the same Denim Skirt, but it is very similar.

The shoes are Skechers. They are the Relaxed Fit: Savvy – Dressed Up. If you are like me and float between a C and D width and have a hard time finding flats to fit you because of that, I highly recommend you check out Sketchers line of shoes. Plus they have the added benefit of being super comfy with memory foam insoles.

 

Day 9

Steampunk Look from Day 9 of All Dress April

This was from the first day of the 2016 International Steampunk Symposium. I am still working on this costume a bit, but getting close to where I want it. Lets start from the shoes up.

Boots are from Steve Madden Troopa Boots. These are the original ones that fold over and snap in different positions. They are no longer available retail that I know of, but the other versions can be found on places like Amazon.

I am wearing three skirts in this picture. They are layered and all different lengths. The longest one is a dark chocolate brown and it is from Dressbarn. The next longest is black and it is from a brand called Magic. You can find this brand in various places, I know they sometimes sell it on ModCloth. The third and shortest skirt is also black but muli-layered and it is from Torrid. Unfortunately none of these skirts are still available, and I don’t really see anything similar available.

The bronze body suit is from Fashion to Figure, and it is no longer available, nor do they have anything similar.

The corset is from Daisy Corsets. I bought mine on Zulily. I have a post coming up soon specifically about the con, I will try and add other possible options of where to buy them when I post that one.

The accessories will be covered in the post about the con, so look for that post if you are into steampunk, cosplay, or just love costuming.

 

Day 10

Steampunk look for Day 10 of All Dress April

This was the second, and last, day we were at the International Steampunk Symposium. If you have followed my blog for anytime, you may remember most of this outfit from last years trip to the con. Rather than link everything for this one, you can check out last years post Plus Size Steampunk Fashion – Or How I Became A Unicorn Queen if you are interested in how to get any of these items.

The only thing that has really changed in this costume is the corset. This one is also from Daisy corsets, and like the last one I got it from Zulily. I will also give more info on my upcoming post.

The lace top: Spindoctor

Skirt: Hips and Curves

Shoes: (even though you can’t see it here) Hush Puppies

 

Day 11

I had another down day and had to skip wearing a dress this day.

 

Day 12

Look for Day 12 of All Dress April

This was another of those super casual days for me where I was just running errands.

This is a maxi dress from eShakti a couple of years ago. I haven’t seen this design pop back up, though I don’t check their site that often. But I snagged it super cheap off the clearance rack because it was a return item.

 

Day 13

Had a second day this time I did not do a dress. I was busy packing to leave again.

 

Day 14

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We were on the road to vacation. So this was another comfortable maxi dress day for me. This one is from One World. I got this one a couple of years ago. They are sold a lot of places where I live. I know Macy’s carries this brand though. And while its too late to get this exact design, this brand always has comfortable maxis and similar designs with various vivid colors.

 

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