Advent Calendars 2016 – Beauty Edition

Hey folks, I couldn’t believe how many Advent Calendars I found when I started doing the post so I had to break it into two posts.

First off is the only non-beauty one I could find, the David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea. This one is also super popular and usually sells out within a couple of days of being release but was still available on the website at publishing time so act fast if you want one.


Image courtesy of David’

If you do happen to miss this one, they do some samplers of six-to-twelve teas in fun holiday-shaped boxes that would make a good substitute. Check out the selection here.

Hudson’s Bay has a few beauty advent calendars available. They are all gorgeous with deluxe-sized samples of products from each brand:


Lancome 24 Beauty Wishes Advent Calendar, $199 CAD, Image courtesy of


L’Occitane Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $59 CAD, Image courtesy of 


Estee Lauder Holiday Countdown Cosmetic set, $310 CAD, Image courtesy of 

The Body Shop has two Advent Calendars this year. Each has 24 products so I’m assuming the price difference has to do with a combination of quality/quantity of product in the higher-priced calendar. Since I was too lazy to read the contents and compare them (I also don’t know that much about The Body Shop product range as I don’t shop there), you can click the links below and compare for yourself. 🙂


The Beauty Advent Calendar, $99 CAD, Image courtesy of


The Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar, $169 CAD, Image courtesy of

To finish this round up, Shoppers Drug Mart also has two Advent Calendars:



ArtDeco Advent Calendar, $86 CAD, Image courtesy of (out of stock online but I’ve seen them in a couple of different SDMs around Winnipeg)


NYX Wanderlust Advent Calendar, $75 CAD, Image courtesy of

Sephora had a tons of gift sets but I didn’t feature any as they weren’t specifically Advent Calendars. There is lots of beautiful stuff, so feel free to peruse here.

I’m sure I’ve missed some so feel free to let me know what other, non-chocolate advent calendars you’ve found in the comments. Happy Shopping!

Spring 2014 Luxe Box Review

Way back in December I signed up for a Luxe Box from Loose Button. Since they are only quarterly boxes, I just received my a few weeks ago. Bekkie from Lipsticks and Lullabies got completely different stuff in her box than I did. She paid the extra $5 for the upgrade and I did not so maybe that’s the difference? We aren’t sure.


First of all the packaging is gorgeous. It’s a heavy, white gift box and then your products come in a silky bag, like a shoe bag or a lingerie bag. Very nice!

No Dark Shadows complexion enhancer


Full Size / $20
No Dark Shadows is a multi purpose complexion enhancer designed to conceal imperfections and dark circles under the eye area as well as highlight the complexion. Available in two universal shades – Wow (rosy tone) and Pizazz (yellow tone). No Dark Shadows will wake the eye up and highlight the t-zone. The oil-free formula is waterproof and long lasting, enhancing your complexion for up to six hours

The first thing I noticed when I opened this is how good it smells. Like lemons. Nice and cheery for blurry eyes in the morning. The product twists up from inside the brush which makes your first swipe with it a little heavy, so keep that in mind when applying. I applied it to the dark circles under my eyes and then straight down the middle of my face: between the eyebrows, down the nose and on my chin, all to hide the large(ish) pores on my face. I didn’t bother applying it anywhere else as my skin tone is fairly even. I used my beauty blender knock-off that I bought at Shoppers to blend it in. It disappears wonderfully and leaves my skin very smooth-looking and lasts all day. I typically don’t use a CC cream or foundation so I haven’t tried anything over the complexion enhancer.

Fekkai PrX Reparatives shampoo and conditioner


Sample Value: 59 mL x 2/ $10 Full Size: 236mL / $20 each

Help repair and protect hair daily with the indulgently effective care of PrX Reparatives Shampoo. Fekkai’s masterfully crafted repair shampoo fortifies and provides strength against damage.

At first I was a little concerned about liking this product as it had “Argan Extract” written on the side and so far I have hated all the argan scented things I have tried. But this was light and fresh, definitely nice. I have permed and coloured hair so I tend to use alot of conditioner but with this product it didn’t take much for my hair to feel silky smooth. Overall, I like it alot but saw the full size at Shoppers the other day for $28 a bottle, so probably won’t be buying in the future.

Gel eye pads


Full Size / $30
Close your eyes and relax with this soothing eye mask; warm or cool. May also help with headache and sinus pain.

Umm… what do I say about gel eye pads except that I’ve never worn them before. I will give these a try sometime but really, if I have five minutes to myself it’s unlikely that I’m going to use them lying on the couch with things over my eyes.

Lancome Advanced Genifique


Sample Value: 8 mL / $20  Full Size: 50 mL / $125

Award-winning serum that helps create a more youthful-looking skin by promoting natural skin renewal that is characteristic of young skin. Visible results in just 7 days. Drop by drop, skin is vibrant with youth, its tone becomes astonishingly even and its texture dramatically refined.

I am actually super pumped about this product. I have a huge line right by my left eyebrow where I tend to furrow my brows so I have been looking at line-minimizing and anti-aging products for awhile. I have been using Snoxin and Hydraluron from Indeed Labs and I’ve been really happy with that but I would like to try some other products just to see what is out there. This is just a small sample of the product so I doubt I will have enough to do the 8 weeks the website suggests to see marked results but you probably don’t need much so we’ll see how it goes.

Marc Jacobs Dot fragrance


Surprising and effervescent, energetic and alive—DOT by Marc Jacobs captures a charming, upbeat spirit with timeless sophistication. Simple and straightforward in statement, exuberant and feminine in design, DOT is a colorful Marc Jacobs creation that comes full circle with a balance of modernity and elegance.

I have been looking for a new fragrance for awhile. Buying a fragrance is the most ridiculous process in the world. Smell four to seven fragrances in the store until you realize you can’t tell which one is which anymore because your nose is overwhelmed and refuses to continue smelling. Throw a couple of those scent cards in your purse and leave, thinking you can try smelling them later. Three weeks later when cleaning out your purse, discover the cards and frantically try and remember which perfumes you had sprayed on there. Of course you didn’t write it down, you knew you would remember! (haha) Go back to the store in another three weeks, stare at bottle and will yourself to remember which one (or seven) that you liked last time you were there. Realize that it’s been so long that it’s a new season and all these perfumes are different from the last time you were there. Either give up or buy something at random that you end up hating. Repeat.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad but perfume samples are always a good idea. I’m looking forward to trying this one. I’ll let you know how it goes.

BareLoveBeauty Body lotion


Sample Value: 30 mL / $9 Full Size = 88 mL / $28

The first luxury FIRM Oil with proprietary OlioLove Technology. Bare Love Body is fueled to improve skin elasticity, vitality and overall radiance. Rich in Vitamin C,E, essential fatty acids and Omega 6 & 9. Helps improve the appearance of dry, cracked skin and protects against external factors

I have only used this product once so far. It was kinda greasy going on but made my skin feel soft for hours after. It will need further testing before I decide whether I really like it or not.

So that was my first Luxe Box and I have to say I was pretty happy with it. Looking forward to the summer box and sharing it with you.

Do you subscribe to any boxes or to Luxe Box? Which one is your favourite? Happy Shopping!