M&S Advent Calendar 2016

Beauty Advent Calendars are bigger than ever for Christmas 2016 and personally, I think Marks and Spencer's offers the most bang for your buck. It costs £35 when you spend £35+ on clothing, beauty or home - and is worth a whopping £250. 

Inside are 25 products in a mix of travel and full sizes from reputable brands including Emma Hardie, Alpha H, Nails Inc, Rodial and Philip Kingsley... I'm impressed by the mix of skincare, makeup, hair, nail and fragrance. 

Of course I don't want to spoil all of the surprises for you, so have just picked out a few personal favourites. You want to know if it's worth your while, right? (see the full contents here if you can't wait!)

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a brilliant hair mask for dry or over processed hair; the Autograph Cranberry nail polish is a stunning festive shade and no one should be without the Leighton Denny Crystal nail file (once you've tried it you'll never go back.)  

Long term skincare favourite, Alpha-H Liquid Gold is in there, along with a few gems I look forward to trying from brands like Filorga, Ren and Skyn Iceland.

Emma Hardy Moringa Cleansing Balm probably needs no introduction (it's a beaut); the Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy is a lovely pink nude and Pixi clear brow gel is great for tidy, non-crispy brows.  I'm a big fan of Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes and this mini powder brush is the perfect handbag size that will double up for bronze or blush.

Don't think I'm the only one who will be spending at least £35 in M&S this Christmas regardless, so if you're the same, I can highly recommend adding this beauty advent to your basket for another £35. Can't really argue with the price for £250 worth of beauty products that will last for many months to come... just don't hang about as it sold out in one day last year.

The M&S Beauty Advent is available from today at marksandspencer.com

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