My advent calendar – 12 days to a beautiful Christmas

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Yes, I still have an advent calendar every year, even at my age. I’ve had chocolate calendars to countdown the days until Christmas for as long as I can remember. And I probably had a printed cardboard calendar even before then. I love opening a door every day, bring me one step closer to the big day with every chocolate treats I eat. Even my cats have advent calendars so that every member of the household can join in with the festive fun.12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-1-of-7And no, it’s not just for kids – you see, advent calendars have grown up. I can’t walk into a store or browse online without seeing calendars for adults too; mini bottles of booze, candles, jams, beer and (my favourite calendar idea of all) beauty. So this year I chose to plump for a slightly more grown-up countdown to Christmas with a calendar from The Vintage Cosmetic Co. Of course, I still have my Father Christmas chocolate calendar to enjoy too (!) but this beauty countdown is an extra special treat just for me.12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-2-of-7Once I started looking for a beauty calendar I found many different options. Some focus on nail polishes, some offer ‘seasonal specials’ from a cosmetics range, others have bath bombs, lip balms or skincare. Considering that I’ve got sensitive skin, a difficult-to-shop-for pale skin tone and will only buy 100% cruelty-free cosmetics, many of the beauty advent calendars weren’t right for me. Luckily I did find one that was perfect for my needs – and just in time for the start of December too!12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-6-of-7I picked the 12 Days to a Beautiful Christmas advent calendar for a number of reasons. Firstly, The Vintage Cosmetic Company is a cruelty-free producer – brushes are made from super-soft synthetic hair and their products are accessories rather than make-up. Secondly, there were items in the calendar that I actually needed, such as tweezers, make-up brushes, hair styling equipment and a foundation sponge. I didn’t have to worry about make-up shades not matching my skin tone or skincare products causing a reaction on my skin because each item in the box was a practical accessory, not a cosmetic product. Thumbs up so far…12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-4-of-7

The brand always delivers a sense of 1950s glamour in their packaging, and this calendar was no exception. I especially loved how the box resembled a vintage beauty salon, and the glittering gold accents dressed the powder-pink box for Christmas. Obviously, I didn’t want to open all the doors before the 1st December, but I did want to let you know what it looks like inside. So I popped open a couple of doors to take a sneaky peek, and found that the box was printed inside too with lovely messages about the products behind each door.12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-5-of-7Another reason that I chose this calendar is because it’s a money-saving option. I don’t just mean that it’s on sale right now (and you can earn beauty points too), I mean that it works out cheaper to get this calendar than if you bought all the accessories individually. If you add up the price of each product, you’re making a considerable saving on the RRP by buying them in this set rather than separately. So it’s not just a treat, it’s a thrifty shopping solution too!12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-3-of-7Let me know if you’ve got a “grown-up” advent calendar this year and what you’ve decided to go for by leaving me a comment below or tweeting me @Cassiefairy. And help me solve this problem if you can – when do I start to open a 12 days advent calendar?? Is it on the 1st December, or do I count 12 days back from Christmas day and start then? I’m not sure I can wait!12-days-of-christmas-beauty-advent-calendar-vintage-cosmetics-7-of-7

Some items in this blog post have been gifted to me and the pink links indicate a gifted product, affiliate link or information source. All thoughts and opinions in this post are based on my own experience and I am not responsible for your experience 🙂

5 Responses

  1. So apparently the calendars that have 12 days are actually epiphany calendars and you start on Christmas Day.

  2. Hi Diana, I’m not 100% sure! Traditionally the “first day of Christmas” (from the song The 12 Days of Christmas) is supposed to be Christmas Day itself and the 12 days continue beyond the new year. But I’m pretty sure than an advent calendar should be for counting down the days to Christmas, so I would probably start it 12 days before the 25th December 🙂 What do you think?

  3. Hi Sarah, thanks so much for letting me know. I checked with the brand that their brushes and accessories in this kit are cruelty-free before I published the post, but I have just searched on Logical Harmony and spotted that the brand hasn’t confirmed that ALL products are cruelty-free. Thanks very much for highlighting this 🙂

  4. I like your articles normally but The Vintage Cosmetic are not cruelty free!! You should really look into it

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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