It's probably also worth noting I'm not a particular fan of beauty boxes either. I can understand their appeal more as you spend a smaller sum monthly to receive a selection of products and until recently I was working my through another Perfume Society box but as a general rule I prefer to 'choose' what I spend my money on.
On one hand I'd say my age and single status would mean I'd think nothing of dropping a small fortune on a luxurious selection of products to enjoy opening daily and whilst I'm not exactly one for the 'religious' aspect of Christmas aren't we forgetting the point.
I'm old enough to remember Christmas Advent Calendars when there wasn't even any chocolate involved and you simply enjoyed counting down the days till Father Christmas dropped down your chimney. Now all of sudden on 1st December you should be snapping or instagramming the contents of whichever beauty advent calendar you chose. I just wonder how young girls especially and/or their parents are reacting to an expectation of having to spend such a sum on these type of calendars 'to keep up with Joneses'.
Take the Make Up Revolution calendar for example which is £45 and contains 25 full sized products, including a palette on Christmas Day. This is one of the 'better value' options available and it has been available for half price throughout recent weeks. Now I actually went through Superdrugs website whilst a currently 3 for 2 offer was available and 'spent' £52 on a full face of make up from primer to setting spray. I was able to include blush, concealer and eyeshadow palettes among others, picked the shades I wanted and would have received a free canvas tote bag. What would you prefer? If you are interested it's currently £20 at Superdrug which is definitely a bargain.
Then we move on to the real luxe options from Diptyque and Jo Malone which are priced at £250, that's £10 per small sample you open each day throughout December. Whilst I'd be happy if someone dropped either at my door the reality is I know for a fact there would be some scents I'm not a fan of and would I rather spend £40 on a candle I picked and burn that through the month than amass a number of smaller sample sizes - along with £210 change. Of course I'm in the minority as the Jo Malone one has already sold out!
Just last week I treated myself to a new fragrance from Jo Malone which wasn't cheap at £80 (stay tuned for more on that coming up later in the month) but it was a considered purchase to wear throughout the holiday season. Again with change from £250 it was a much better option for me.
I was almost swayed by the Marks and Spencer advent calendar. For £25 once you'd spent £25 on other products it gave me the best of both worlds of choice and 'surprises' and I liked the selection of brands available within the calendar. In the end I took a glance around my bedroom which would rival the M&S Beauty Halls and questioned why on earth I wanted to spend £50 on things that I didn't really need.
Of course if you're a devotee of the likes of Clarins and The Body Shop I can understand the appeal of having some smaller products to use for travel purposes or to try things from the brand you haven't experienced before. I do like the idea and price point of Tanya Burrs 12 Days of Christmas for younger girls and if you're a nail polish junkie some of the advent calendars for nails are beautiful - the Ciate one visually looks amazing.
Last year Ben actually brought me a charm bracelet advent calendar. Day 1 was the bracelet and then every day thereafter I'd open a new charm to add to it which was a great idea and typing this reminds me I must dig that bracelet out and wear it.
So over to you, is it just me being a Scrooge or do you not get the hype either?