I ordered another Beauty Advent Calendar from Beautiful Christmas NZ, and it arrived mid-November. Just like last year, I had to hide the box so that I wouldn’t be tempted to open it before December 1st!
All the gifts in the Beautiful Christmas advent calendar are from ethical, cruelty-free, New Zealand companies, so by purchasing one of these calendars, you’re not only supporting local beauty companies, you’re also supporting a local entrepreneur who puts all the beautiful goodies together.
Just like any other advent calendar, you get to open a surprise gift every day, for 25 days (from the 1st December until Christmas Day). There are 25 little parcels of individually packaged goodies; some are full-sized, some are luxury or travel-sized samples, and others are single use sachets. The daily gifts are individually packaged and numbered in recyclable brown paper bags, with a little embellishments on them, and all of these are then packed into a large black cardboard box.
Onto the daily calendar goodies: If you missed my day-by-day photo unboxing that was done on my Facebook page from 1st to 25th December 2017, you can always pop over there and have a look now. Photos of all the goodies are in an album called Advent Calendar 2017, and are also listed below.
I will eventually get around to doing individual product reviews for most of these on my blog, once they’ve all been used, and I’ll then link the posts to each product name below. If the name is in colour, it’ll be a link for you to click on, so keep checking back here, or follow my blog.
Day 1: Snowberry Intensive Renewal Face Serum (4ml luxury sample)
Day 2: NZ Spa Flax Flower Body Lotion (30ml luxury sample)
Day 3: Pasithea Cherry Cheer Bath Bomb (one full sized bath bomb)
Day 4: DQ & Co. “Swan Parade” Bag Tag (one full sized bag tag)
Day 5: Dedicated to Nature “Nature’s Summer” Gradual Glow Tanning Moisturiser (25ml luxury sample)
Day 6: Evolu Relaxing Creme Cleanser (30ml luxury sample)
Day 7: Bablis Organic Body Lotion (approximately 30ml decanted sample)
Day 8: Goodbye Sandfly Bug Repellent (40ml travel size) and Goodbye Ouch Manuka Balm (12g travel size)
Day 9: Orania Cleansing Oil (10ml sample)
Day 10: Vintage Violet Naturals “French Pear” Pure Eco Wax Soy Melts (full sized brick of 6 melts)
Day 11: Butterfly Party “Mrs Claus’ Cookies” Body Butter (20g sample)
Day 12: RoVie “After Dinner Mint” Lip Balm (4.5g full sized tube)
Day 13: Black Robin “The Green Genie” Purifying Clay Mask (6g sample)
Day 14: Linden Leaves Aromatherapy Synergy Body Oil “Pick me up” (10ml sample)
Day 15: T Leaf T “Vanilla Vice” (sample sachet, made 4 cups)
Day 16: Mellow Cosmetics Mineral Eyeliner (full size)
Day 17: Living Nature Active Manuka Honey Lip Balm (10ml full size)
Day 18: BioHoney Natural Vitamin E Cream (50g full size)
Day 19: Skye Candle & Body Shop “Rose & Geranium” Tea Light candle in tin (one tea light sized candle)
Day 20: Butterberry “Carrot & Raspberry” Eye Serum (5ml full size)
Day 21: Skinfood Gel Cleanser (100ml full size)
Day 22: Karen Murrell lipstick in “Cordovan Natural” (4g full size) Unfortunately, I received an expired tube. The expiry date printed on the bottom was August 2017!
Day 23: Annie Blackberry Squirrel earrings (1 pair)
Day 24: Arture Skincare Rose Water Glow Mist (100ml full size)
Day 25: Arture Skincare Microdermabrasion Cream (sample) and Oxygen Hydrating Night Creme (50ml full size)
For those of you who are wondering, I paid $120 for the Advent Calendar and the value of the goodies received (excluding the few single use sachets) came to just over $330, based on the current cost of full sized items (or a pro-rata value based on cost per ml for the luxury samples). I got to try some ‘new’ brands and products that I hadn’t heard of before, without having to commit to purchasing full sized items, and I had the added bonus of getting to open a surprise gift every morning for 25 days!