SPOILER ALERT: 2017 Holiday Advent Calendar round-up!

SPOILER ALERT: 2017 Holiday Advent Calendar round-up!

I love everything about the holiday season: mulled wine, snowball fights, warm sweaters, vampy lips and ADVENT CALENDARS! So this year instead of doing a few reviews on some of these calendars, I decided to start a shopping list of sorts to help you wade through the sea of commercialism! Here are my TOP 12 PICKS for advent calendars. From tea to beauty to one #bougieAF calendar at the end.

Note: if you don’t want to know what’s inside any of these, LOOK AWAY FRIEND!

Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar 2017

24 Days of Davids Tea – $45 CAD
I look forward to this every year and picked mine up during the presale a couple weeks ago. There are 24 different teas contained within a small tin inside each drawer. Some are seasonal, some are caffeine-free, some are herbal, but all are amazing. Each tin is about 2 servings. I should be unboxing this in a week or so!

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What’s inside?
Carrot Cupcake, Candy Cane Crush, Raspberry Cream, Lemon Pound Cake, Caramel Shortbread, White Cranberry Bark, Walnut Orange Scone, Let It Snow, Santa’s Secret, Organic Saigon Chai, Alpine Punch, Buddha’s Blend, Forever Nuts, Glitter & Gold, Coffee Pu’erh, Organic North African Mint, Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine, Organic Cream of Earl Grey, Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, Hot Chocolate, Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, Chocolate Macaroon, Organic The Spice is Right.

Saje 12 Days of Wellness advent calendar 2017 2

Saje 12 Days of Wellness – $109.95 CAD
My new obsession is Saje essential oil blends. I use these to make my house smell nice, to cure headaches, to relieve muscle pain. And this year’s advent calendar is such a cool concept, like a travel passport of oils.

“Blended with ingredients grown natively in each region, these limited edition blends celebrate the vibrancy of our diverse planet. Let’s show gratitude for the world that we live in and all that it has to offer.”Saje 12 Days of Wellness advent calendar 2017

What’s inside?
American Mint, Rio Revival, Mumbai Mantra, Madrid Mornings, Bali Bliss, Tuscan Sun, Silk Road, Sahara Sunrise, Central Americano, Pacific Tide, North Star.

Ole Henriksen 12 days of ole glow 2017 advent calendar 3Ole Henriksen 12 Days of OLE Glow – $82 CAD ($132 value)
I only really have experience with Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum and Vitamin C facial wipes (the orange product line) and I like what I have tried. This calendar is a great way to try the best of the best from the brand and build up your arsenal of cute minis that are good for travel!

Ole Henriksen 12 days of ole glow 2017 advent calendar 2What’s inside?
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Truth Serum
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer
– 1 oz/ 28 g Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub
– 1.7 oz/ 50 mL The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser
– 0.1 oz/ 28 g Transforming Walnut Scrub
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Invigorating Night Transformation Gel
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Nurture Me Moisturizing Cream
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Uplifting Transformation Eye Gel
– 0.25 oz/ 7 mL Uplifting Transformation Eye Cream
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Force of Nurture Intensive Hand Cream

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Lancome “Holiday Wonders” Advent Calendar – $199 CAD
One of the pricier calendars on my list, but it’s worth it. The Lancome calendar comes with 24 very generously sized products, including some of my faves like Energie de Vie Sleeping Mask and a Matte Shaker lip tint!Lancome advent calendar 2017 1What’s inside?
La Vie est Belle Body Lotion, 50ml
Douceur Tonique, 50ml
Ô de Lancôme shower gel, 50ml
Energie de vie liquid care, 30ml
Douceur Tonique, 15ml
Énergie de Vie Sleeping Mask, 15ml
Absolu Precious cell day cream, 15ml
Effacernes 01, 15ml
Rénergie Multi Lift Yeux, 15ml
Douceur galateis, 15ml
Hydrazen night mask, 15ml
Visionnaire sérum plus, 10ml
Génifique Sérum, 7ml
Miracle EDP, 5ml
Génifique Yeux Light Pearl, 5ml
Teint Idole Ultra 02, 5ml
La vie est belle Eau De Parfum, 4ml
Matte Shaker 378, 3ml
Hypnôse star waterproof 01, 2ml
Hypnôse Doll Eyes 01, 2ml
Absolu Rouge Cream 06, 3.4g
Blush Subtil 02, 6g
Blush Subtil 021, 2.5g
Khol eye pencil mini, 0.7g

Lush 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar 2017LUSH 12 Days of Christmas – $114.95 CAD
I LOVE LUSH SEASONAL COLLECTIONS! Especially the Christmas one because OMG this stuff is so cute and smells amazing. This year’s calendar has a lot of the same classics from last year including everyone’s favourite Sleepy Hand & Body Lotion, and there are also some new products like the Santa’s Christmas shower gel that smells like COLA!

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What’s inside?
Golden Wonder Bath Bomb
Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb
Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb
Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb
Snow Angel Luxury Bath Oil
The Snowman Bubble Bar
Twilight Shower Gel
Santa’s Christmas Shower Gel
Christingle Body Conditioner
Sleepy Lotion
Golden Pear Soap
Baked Alaska Soap

LOccitane 2017 holiday advent calendar 2L’Occitane Advent Calendar – $69 CAD
So I don’t have a ton of experience with this brand but I do know I love their Almond hand cream! Plus this calendar looks like some great value. These aren’t cheap crappy products inside, these are generous trial size of some of their most popular stuff!

LOccitane 2017 holiday advent calendar

What’s inside?
– 1.1 oz/ 32.5 mL Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel
– 0.3 oz/ 8.9 mL Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream
– 0.3 oz/ 8.9 mL Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
– 1.1 oz/ 32.5 mL Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
– 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Aromachologie Sugar Cube
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Citrus Verbena Shower Gel
– 0.7 oz/ 20.7 mL Almond Milk Concentrate
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Shea Light Face Cream
– 0.3 oz/ 8.9 mL Almond Delicious Hands
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Shea Ultra Rich Body Lotion
– 1.18 oz/ 35 mL Aromachologie Shampoo Dry and Damaged Hair
– 1.18 oz/ 35 mL Aromachologie Conditioner
– 1.1 oz/ 32.5 mL Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel
– 0.8 oz/ 24 mL Soap With Verbena Leaves
– 0.25 oz/ 7.4 mL Arlesienne Mini Eau De Toilette
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Shea Butter Ultra Rich Shower Cream
– 1.1 oz/ 32.5 mL Almond Shower Oil
– 1 oz/ 30 mL Verbena Shower Gel
– 0.3 oz/ 8.9 mL Shea Butter Dry Skin Foot Cream
– 0.1 oz/ 3 mL Shea Butter Lip Balm
– 1.7 oz/ 50.3 mL Arlesienne Soap
– 0.8 oz/ 24 mL Shea Butter Milk Soap
– 0.3 oz/ 8.9 mL Verbena Hand Cream
– 1.7 oz/ 50.3 mL Almond Delicious Soap
Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Magic Box Advent Calendar 2017
Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Magic Box – $250 CAD
Definitely a luxury, treat yo’self calendar, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Box has 12 of her best-selling makeup treasures. I am already obsessed with the (exxxpensive) Goddess Clay Mask and Magic Cream. What other trouble can I get myself into with this treasure trove?

Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Magic Box Advent Calendar 2017 2

What’s inside?
Colour Chameleon in Mesmerising Mink (full size)
Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean (full size)
Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Unleash me (full size)
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame (full size)
Full Fat Lashes Mascara (mini)
Goddess Skin Clay Mask (mini)
Magic Cream (mini)
Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Balm, Mask (mini)
Rock n Khol Eyeliner in Amber Moon (mini)
Supermodel Body (mini)
Take It All Of Eye Makeup Remover (mini)
Wonderglow Face Primer (mini)The Body Shop 24-days-of-beauty-advent-calendar-2The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar – $69 CAD ($154 value)
You know The Body Shop puts out some of the best beauty, bath and skincare advent calendars around. This year, they have quite a few in different price points, but I found this one to be the most reasonably priced and best value.


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What’s inside?
Lip Butter Mango 10ml
Shower Gel Mango 60ml
Soap Frosted Plum 25g
Shower Gel Coconut 60ml
Nail File
Shower Gel Pink Grapefruit 60ml
Soap Frosted Berries 25g
Hand Cream Coconut 30ml
Eyelash Curler
Body Lotion Mango 60ml
Loofah White
Soap Vanilla 25g
Eye Definer Black 1.1g
Facial Cleansing Sponge
Shower Gel Strawberry 60ml
Lip Butter Shea 10ml
Gentle Eye Make Up Remover Camomile 60ml
Hand Cream Almond 30ml
Gloves Bath Red
Body Butter British Rose 50ml
Brush Brow/Lash Comb
Born Lippy™ Lip Balm Strawberry 10ml
Body Lotion White Musk 60ml
Glitter Dust Gold 1g

NYX-Lippie-Countdown-Advent-CalendarNYX Cosmetics 24 Days of Lip – $65 CAD
I honestly don’t know how I’ve managed to avoid buying this already. It’s 24 different NYX lip products, pretty much a beauty lover’s dream. It also looks like a lot of the lipsticks are full size and the glosses/liquids are very generous trial size.

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What’s inside?
3 Butter Glosses in:
Crème Brulee (0.15 oz)
Sugar Cookie (0.15 oz)
Raspberry Tart (0.15 oz)
3 Butter Lipsticks in:
Root Beer Float (0.09 oz)
Ripe Berry (0.09 oz)
Seashell (0.09 oz)
2 Intense Butter Glosses in:
Berry Strudel (0.15 oz)
Tres Leches (0.15 oz)
4 Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks in:
Embellishment (0.05 oz)
Push-Up (0.05 oz)
Corset (0.05 oz)
Exotic (0.05 oz)
3 Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks in:
Stone Fox (0.05 oz)
Soft-Spoken (0.05 oz)
Vintage (0.05 oz)
4 Matte Lipsticks in:
Shocking Pink (0.08 oz)
Indie Flick (0.08 oz)
Eden (0.08 oz)
Up the Bass (0.08 oz)
3 Soft Matte Lip Creams in:
San Paulo (0.15 oz)
Copenhagen (0.15 oz)
Paris (0.15 oz)
Simply Red Lip Cream in:
Russian Roulette (0.07 oz)
Simply Vamp Lip Cream in:
She Devil (0.07 oz)
Art Deco advent calendar 2017 1

Artdeco Advent Calendar – $86 CAD
This calendar is probably not even on your radar (because it wasn’t on mine until I dove head first into the Beauty Boutique website). If you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s a German brand that’s fairly high-end and has done collabs with Dita Von Teese and, most recently, Claudia Schiffer. Art Deco advent calendar 2017 2

What’s inside?
Eyeshadow magnetic single pan
High Performance Eyeshadow Stylo
Eye Brow Pencil
Glam Stars Liquid Eye Liner
All In One Mascara
Nail Polish Top Coat
Moisture Nail Gel
Invisible Lip Contour
Clear Lash & Brow Gel
Skin Perfecting Make-up Base (sachet)
Mineral Eye Styler
Perfect Mat Lipstick
Pencil Sharpener
Powder Lip Finish
Nude Foundation (sachet)
Nail Whitening Pencil
Green Tea Hand Lotion
Art Couture Nail Lacquer
Kajal Liner
Special Offer (a coupon?)
Mineral Lip Styler
Magic Fix Lipstick Fixer
Liquid Lipstick
Beauty Box Trio (empty magnetic palette)Star Wars Lego Advent CalendarLEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar – $49.99 CAD
A little out of left field maybe, but I am a huge Star Wars fan (even bought my opening night tix months in advance). These Lego Star Wars sets always tempt me every year but I have yet to actual buy one. Maybe this year, just maybe…

Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar 2What’s inside?
• Features 7 minifigures plus a fun holiday-themed figure.
• Vehicles include The Ghost, The Phantom, Stormtrooper transport, Rey’s speeder, Millennium Falcon, Snowspeeder, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle, Y-wing, TIE Striker, Hovertank, AT-ST, blaster cannon, snow blower and a sled with boosters!
• Weapons include 3 blaster pistols and 2 blasters.
• Accessory elements include a wrench and a crowbar.
• Also includes a foldout playmat with Jakku, Starkiller Base and deep space play scenes.
Diptyque paris candle advent calendar 2017Diptyque Advent Calendar 2017 – $500 CAD (I kid you not)
So I’m walking through Holt Renfrew today minding my business and this super friendly associate strikes up a convo. I mention I love advent calendars and he shows me this Diptyque one and then proceeds to announce it was $500. So… hi can I borrow $500?

What’s inside?
– Vinaigre de Toilette (10 ml)
– Infused Face Oil (15ml)  + Smoothing Body Polish (15ml)
– 7 x EDT (7ml): L’Ombre dans l’Eau, Philosykos, Do Son, Eau des Sens, 34, Tam Dao, Vetyverio
– 15 x Mini candles: Mimosa, Baies, Roses, Figuier, Jasmin, Cypres, Ambre, Tubéreuse, Feu de bois, Pomander, Vanille, Santal, Oud, Benjoin, 34
– Full size Frosted Forest candle

So there you have it, my shopping list of Advent Calendars! And honestly, I’ve only actually picked up the Davids Tea one so far. Which one should I get next?