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    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 21st Sep 17, 4:43 PM
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    Beauty advent calendars 2017 - are you buying one?
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    • 21st Sep 17, 4:43 PM
    Beauty advent calendars 2017 - are you buying one? 21st Sep 17 at 4:43 PM

    Are you thinking about getting a beauty advent calendar this year? Which ones are you looking out for?

    There's up to 50% off beauty advent calendars at Superdrug (see our blog 'Beauty advent calendars out now – bargain buy or breaking the bank?') but do you use them as intended or do you split them up as gifts?

    Forumite american dreamer has already suggested some on the shop but don't drop board, but feel free to let me know if there's any I've missed and I'll add them in
    Last edited by MSE Rhiannon; 21-09-2017 at 4:50 PM.
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    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 21st Sep 17, 5:17 PM
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    Daughter wanted the Beauty and the Beast one but it is OOS.
    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 21st Sep 17, 5:49 PM
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    No.

    As I have mild rosacea, I tend to find I cannot use most of the products in them. Especially as most have sample sizes you can get free at counters anyway.
    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 22nd Sep 17, 5:03 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 17, 5:03 PM
    No.

    As I have mild rosacea, I tend to find I cannot use most of the products in them. Especially as most have sample sizes you can get free at counters anyway.
    Originally posted by donnac2558
    Do you ever use the samples to make your own calendar, or in a hamper?
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    • tanyab
    • By tanyab 23rd Sep 17, 6:35 PM
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    I want the John Lewis and Marks and Spencers one
    • elsien
    • By elsien 23rd Sep 17, 6:40 PM
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    If it's not got chocolate in, it's not a proper advent calendar.
    Otherwise for me it's an expensive gimmick full of stuff I'd never use.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

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    • marrowgirl
    • By marrowgirl 24th Sep 17, 10:29 AM
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    I bought the M&S one last year, opened all the doors the day I bought it and shared the goodies with my mother in law & sister. It was quite a good price to try products I would not have otherwise however when I looked at a couple of the prices of the items in store they were so expensive I won't be buying full size. I will probably buy the calendar again this year.
    I will look after Christmas again to see if there are any other ones s on sale too.
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 27th Sep 17, 10:40 AM
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    If it's not got chocolate in, it's not a proper advent calendar
    Originally posted by elsien
    ^^ This

    I'm afraid to say, as someone who rarely buys cosmetics and skincream etc I agree with this
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    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 2nd Oct 17, 1:38 PM
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    ^^ This

    I'm afraid to say, as someone who rarely buys cosmetics and skincream etc I agree with this
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Ooh, I'll take your xmas present back then
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    • By MSE Andrea 2nd Oct 17, 1:58 PM
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    Ooh, I'll take your xmas present back then
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    • indiepanda
    • By indiepanda 2nd Oct 17, 4:24 PM
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    I really enjoy opening the beauty calendars but I still have a lot of products left from prior years calendars so this year I am going to resist temptation and focus on using up all the goodies I've already got. Looking at quite how much I have it might be 2020 before I can justify getting one!!!
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 2nd Oct 17, 7:12 PM
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    They are so tempting but I think I will give it a miss unless I get given one as a gift. I won't be asking for beauty products/toiletries as gifts so hopefully that will keep my stuff down. I feel a bit of inner calm every time I get to chuck out a used bathroom product.
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    • By indiepanda 2nd Oct 17, 7:20 PM
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    They are so tempting but I think I will give it a miss unless I get given one as a gift. I won't be asking for beauty products/toiletries as gifts so hopefully that will keep my stuff down. I feel a bit of inner calm every time I get to chuck out a used bathroom product.
    Originally posted by lucia22
    I know the feeling - I am trying to focus on using up part used products to get my stash down. Especially things like part used sample/travel sizes where I took something on a week away and then it wasn't full enough for the next trip so I started another one. Get some nice quick wins using those up - sometimes just a day or two of use and they are done!
    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 3rd Oct 17, 10:23 AM
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    They are so tempting but I think I will give it a miss unless I get given one as a gift. I won't be asking for beauty products/toiletries as gifts so hopefully that will keep my stuff down. I feel a bit of inner calm every time I get to chuck out a used bathroom product.
    Originally posted by lucia22
    Oh I know, recycling something from the bathroom is like

    I do use a lot of minis, though I normally refill the bottle for holidays rather than recycling them
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    • By MSE Andrea 3rd Oct 17, 11:36 AM
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    Did someone mention recycling?

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    • By MSE Rhiannon 3rd Oct 17, 11:48 AM
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    Did someone mention recycling?

    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    As often as possible in fact, I have the thing where I can't decide if I should keep the bottle to reuse 'just in case' or if I should recycle it you always need it after you've recycled it!
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    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 3rd Oct 17, 7:57 PM
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    I bought the M&S one last year, opened all the doors the day I bought it and shared the goodies with my mother in law & sister. It was quite a good price to try products I would not have otherwise however when I looked at a couple of the prices of the items in store they were so expensive I won't be buying full size. I will probably buy the calendar again this year.
    I will look after Christmas again to see if there are any other ones s on sale too.
    Originally posted by marrowgirl
    I bought the M&S one too last year, but I'm a good girl
    I opened each door on it's day
    I'm thinking about getting the bloom one this year.
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 4th Oct 17, 11:36 AM
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    I really like the idea behind these make-up/beauty calendars. My issue is that you don't really know what you're getting until you've opened it and tried it out.
    • fixx
    • By fixx 4th Oct 17, 1:09 PM
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    I really like the idea behind these make-up/beauty calendars. My issue is that you don't really know what you're getting until you've opened it and tried it out.
    Originally posted by mickeymouse303
    Most of them you can find a full list of contents online - there are lots of bloggers and others e.g. magazines doing reviews with full contents list.

    I agree, I wouldn't buy one without knowing what was in it, and knowing that it was worth it for me.

    Chances are this year I'll get the M&S one - I really did get a lot of value from it last year. 3 of the items have now become recurring must-buys for me, and I'd not tried them before. And virtually everything else I enjoyed using also.
    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 5th Oct 17, 3:45 PM
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    Most of them you can find a full list of contents online - there are lots of bloggers and others e.g. magazines doing reviews with full contents list.

    I agree, I wouldn't buy one without knowing what was in it, and knowing that it was worth it for me.

    Chances are this year I'll get the M&S one - I really did get a lot of value from it last year. 3 of the items have now become recurring must-buys for me, and I'd not tried them before. And virtually everything else I enjoyed using also.
    Originally posted by fixx
    We will be doing the same, plus potentially some videos when we can get our hands on some that aren't out yet
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