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2021’s new batch of beauty advent calendars that has me crossing off the days.

2021’s new batch of beauty advent calendars that has me crossing off the days.

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2021’s new batch of beauty advent calendars that has me crossing off the days.

THE countdown is officially on — but nevermind December 25, it’s 2021’s new batch of beauty advent calendars that has me crossing off the days. It may seem ‘too soon’, but these bargainous boxes fly out faster than a certain red-nosed ruminant, so be sure to get yours, well, early doors.

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The Body Shop Share the Love Big Advent Calendar, €120
SHARING is caring, but I’m keeping this pop-up beauty, with 25 tip-to-toe goodies worth €174.65, all to myself.
Don’t worry, though, as charity partner Family Carers Ireland will still feel the love when you pick up one of the calendars, packed with Body Shop favourites from bath bubbles to body butters, this winter.

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M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, €45 (when you spend €35)
THE contents of Marks & Spencer’s cult calendar makes for a very ‘nice list’ indeed: cleansing balm, face cream, eyeliner, mascara, and that’s before you even go south of the neck.
By now practically an annual tradition, the coveted tin is once more packed with the high street hero’s own bestsellers, such as its Autograph Colour Balm Lip Shine, as well as treats by Stila, Ren and This Works, among others.
To buy all 25 items individually would cost €420, but you can nab this set for a tenth of that when you spend €35 on clothes, home or beauty — a total steal.

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Rituals The Ritual of Advent, €59.90
GOOD luck resisting the urge to immediately open all 24 doors on this show-stopping countdown calendar, available at Brown Thomas and Arnotts.
It probably won’t help if I tell you there’s a stress-busting Ritual of Jing Pillow & Body Mist and radiance-boosting Ritual of Namaste Anti-Aging Serum behind two of the doors, will it?
Spoiler alert: you’ll also find scented candles, bath oil and hand lotion in the gorgeous gift set with a retail value of €120.

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PS 12 Days of Lash-mas False Lash Advent Calendar, €16
PENNEYS, got a whole lotta things for Christmas, got a lash set just for me, fa-la-la-la! I’ve got the store’s iconic Christmas jingle in my head since clapping eyes on this selection of 3D, 5D and faux mink falsies, perfect for party season — and now you do too.

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Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar, €109
HOW cute is this festive design by French artist Marylou Faure? Not that that’ll stop me from demolishing it to get at the 24 travel-sized face, hair and body saviours inside.
Forget frankincense, and give me the brand’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, just one of the famously efficacious skin care products it contains, any day.

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L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, €65
YOU’LL be glowing from head to mistletoe this December 25 after slathering on all 24 treats from the luxurious French brand. No judgement if you jump ahead to try and find evergreens like the Shea Butter Hand Cream or Almond Shower Oil. But it’s the new Overnight Reset Serum I’m pining for.

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Beauty Works 12 Days of Christmas Gift Calendar, €90.45
GOOD hair day? You’ll have more than 12 of them thanks to this lush supply of treatments for your tresses available through littlewoodsireland.ie.
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