Happy belated Christmas everybody! I took a few days off over the Christmas period in order to wind down, however, it ended up being my most busy Christmas in a long, long time. I had planned on sharing this post on Christmas Eve when I hit day 24 of the WE 24 Days of Beauty Charity Advent Calendar, sadly this didn’t quite materialize. Therefore, here I am, 7 days later than planned with a quick overview and overall thoughts of what was in the WE 24 Days of Beauty Charity Advent Calendar.
First and foremost, this is a calendar put together by various brands you can find in Boots such as Soap and Glory, Jack Wills, Liz Earle, and Champneys. In doing so, a small profit (we will get onto that in just a second) from the sale of the calendar is donated to the charity WE which was formerly known as Free the Children. The calendar retailed at £70 and had a value of £85, not the best granted, although, when it was marked down as the Boots Star Gift at £30 it became much better value for money. The issue I have with the charity donation is that only £2 went to the charity, I do think that it should have been a higher value than this. Especially knowing that a number of these calendars would have sold at £70 before it went on offer.
Moving onto my personal experience with the calendar, I would advise that this was purchased as a gift for me at the end of November, in fact, it was somewhat of a surprise which I was not expecting at all; I am so grateful that I had the chance to have a Beauty Advent Calendar this year and to now share it with you, albeit over a week later than intended. I was really excited to start opening the doors as I counted down the days to Christmas. Of course I realise that this is long since over with now, having said that, I thought it would be nice to share what was in this come to the end and to also share my overall thoughts on it, that way, you can decide as to whether you would like to look into picking up one next year as no doubt a similar calendar will be launched in Boots come next winter.
Contained within this calendar were 24 products from some of my favourite brands. I was also introduced to a few new brands and products that I had not tried before, therefore, I was quite pleased with the products that this did contain. For reference, within the calendar I received the following:
Soap & Glory Original Pink Body Spray 45ml, Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss Bare Enough 3ml, Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 50ml, Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Xxl Sexy Mother Clearvoyant 4ml (this is a new product to me which I am intrigued to try out) Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream 50ml, Soap & Glory Hand Food Original Pink 50ml, Mark Hill Miracoilous Nourishing Shampoo 50ml, Mark Hill Miracoilous Nourishing Conditioner 50ml, Mark Hill Freeze Hold Hairspray 50ml, No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream 15ml (using currently and enjoying), No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour Porcini 4ml, No7 Lash Impact Mascara Black 4.5ml, Champneys Citrus Blush Enlivening Shower Gel 50ml, Champneys Summer Dream Rewarding Body Soufflé 50ml, Masqd Face Tools The Blending Sponge, Masqd Face Tools The Concealer Brush, Masqd Eye & Brow Tools The Slanted Tweezer, Boots 4 Way Buffer Block (this is a bit of a filler product, probably the most disappointing one within the calendar) Boots Eyelash Curler, Jack Wills Body Wash 25ml, Jack Wills Body Lotion Five 25ml, Joules Bath Fizzer 70g, Liz Earle Naturally Active Cleanse And Polish 30ml (yay) and finally, the Liz Earle Naturally Active Pure Cotton Cloth.
Overall I liked this calendar, perhaps it is because it was a gift, perhaps it is also because it contains quite a bit of Soap and Glory which I love! Would I have paid £30 for it? Quite possibly yes, however, I would not have paid the full retail price of £70 due to the fact that there were much better offerings out there at the time. That being said, I do think that for the offer price of £30 that this is one of the better beauty advent calendars available when it goes on offer, taking this into account, I would be tempted to look out for this next year. As I mentioned previously, it would also be nice to see the charitable donation of £2 being increased as I do think that this is quite a low sum and it is after all the season of giving.