Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Final Countdown; They're Back and They're More Luxurious Than Ever. Katie Wright Rounds Up the Best of the Beauty Advent Calendars

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Final Countdown; They're Back and They're More Luxurious Than Ever. Katie Wright Rounds Up the Best of the Beauty Advent Calendars

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IT'S too soon to be thinking about Advent calendars, right? Well, not if you want to get your hands on one of these beauties.

Packed with pampering products and make-up miniatures, these calendars are like the Glastonbury tickets of the beauty world - they're pricey, prone to selling out superfast and some even have a waiting list. In fact, Selfridges' original luxury beauty Advent calendar, which costs PS85, this year sold out the day it landed.

All is not lost, though. Lots more brands have got in on the act for 2014, so there's more choice than ever. Just don't delay if you want your most beautiful Advent yet...

Jo | Malone Christmas Advent Calendar, PS250 (jomalone.co.uk) ALL hail the queen of the Christmas countdown: Jo Malone's first foray into the Advent calendar category is, as you'd expect, heavenly to behold.

Expensive? Yes, but because the Georgian townhouse front hides 25 dinky drawers, each containing a Malone mini, you can refill and reuse this calendar for years to come.

The | Best Of The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, PS50 (thebodyshop.co.uk) WORTH PS83, the Body Shop's Advent calendar has been updated to include new products like the Glazed Apple Body Lotion and a Colour Crush Nail Varnish, alongside bestsellers from the Vitamin E and White Musk ranges. Plus, for every calendar sold, a charity donation will go to War Child.

NEW this year, the W7 Advent calendar is great value at less than half the PS49.95 RRP, and with plenty in stock now, it's unlikely to sell out. One for make-up lovers, behind each window of the red pop art-inspired box there's a mini lipstick, gloss, foundation, eyeshadow or glitter pot, plus a full-sized treat for Christmas Eve.

liBerTy | BEAUTY Advent Calendar, PS149 (liberty.co.uk, available from November 4) BEHIND the facade of the iconic Liberty shop, 25 pampering pots and potions await. …

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