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Who’s excited about this year’s Beauty Advent Calendars? I mean, Christmas. Who’s excited about Christmas?

Okay okay, we all know I’m looking forward to it all and I have secretly already started to plan my Christmas. I personally can’t wait to put that Michael Buble Album on and sip on some mulled wine.

I know, again, it might seem a bit early to talk about Christmas, but when it comes to beauty calendars, you just have to be prepared. And early. You want to order early, if you want to make sure you won’t be left without one.

I love the element of surprise and that’s one of the best things about Christmas Calendars. But if you do want to know what you’re buying, it’s usually listed on the site, so you can have a peek. Then again, you can get both – if you look at contents now (because you do want to know what you’re buying), you’ll likely forget about it once it’s time to open it up.

Here are my top picks for this year’s beauty calendars!

best beauty makeup advent calendars 2019

I’ll update this list as new Calendars come on sale.

If you are shopping from Finland, here are links to Finnish stores.


Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2019 89€ ( Shop in *UK & *FI/EU )

I have to start this listing with the classic Lookfantastic calendar. It’s a safe choice that doesn’t disappoint. It has great brands and a nice variety of both full-sized and travel sized products. If I was shopping my first ever Beauty Advent Calendar, I would buy this.

Feelunique Advent Calendar  45-79€
Feelunique is launching two calendars – one which has 12 surprises and another with traditional 24.

asos Face & Body Advent Calendar 70€ 
Asos has a nice selection of brands on their Advent Calendar. It contains products for face, body and hair.  A bit of everything!

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Beauty Advent Calendar 150£
There’s something very tempting about Charlotte Tillbury’s products and this calendar is very high on my list. Great products packed in the most beautiful packaging, can it get any better? The only downside to this calendar is that you can only open 12 boxes. Then again, you’ll get better products, since the calendar contains full luxury products as well as some minis.

The Body Shop Advent Calendars 99-170£
The Body Shop is once again launching multiple calendars, but I have my eye on the Ultimate one. It carries one of my favorite product lines – Drops of Youth – besides the classic body products and more. I feel like you can’t go wrong with this one!

Rituals Advent Calendar 74,50€
Last year I bought the lighted Rituals Advent Calendar for me and Risto – and we loved it! It’s a decoration as itself, but I also loved the skincare, hair, body and makeup products it included. Rituals is one of my favorite brands – it just brings a little luxury to your bathroom.

NYX Professional Makeup 60£
NYX has some great price-quality products, so their makeup calendar has to be on this list.

Beauty Advent Calendars on a budget

You can also get beauty Advent Calendars on a budget. The cheapest on this list is just under 20€. Essence’s calendars are possibly the safest choices here. Why? Because Essence has some really nice affordable products.  Other great options are Catrice and Makeup Revolution Calendars.

Essence make your own Advent Calendar 19,90€

Essence Advent Calendar 2019 24,95€

Catrice Advent Calendar DIY 34,95€

Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar 39,95€

What Calendar are you getting this year?

A timeout from the real world – Niki Newd Signature Facial

relaxing in Niki Newd Facial

Collaboration with Evergreen Salon / the facial was gifted to me


A while back when I wrote about Niki Newd and their basically edible products, I asked you this: Do you really know what you’re putting on your skin? As in: can you read the ingredient list and understand it.

Well, now I’m asking you this: do you really know what your beauty therapist is putting on your skin? And I can almost bet you don’t. Maybe you’re dreading of going to a facial, especially if your skin is sensitive. You’re nervous of your skin reacting to something. Because let’s face it: a lot of different products go onto the skin in a short period of time.

That is exactly why I wanted to try out the Niki Newd Signature facial. It’s a completely new take on facials. It’s not about some new fancy machine. It’s about the basics. You get the fresh natural ingredients, fresh natural scents and effective yet gentle results.

And at the same time, this facial offers the greatest luxury of all: relaxation.

Niki Newd Signature Facial Review

I went to my appointment on a Monday, after a particularly rough weekend (mentally). Time seemed to slow down, when I stepped into the salon. The atmosphere was calm and inviting. I almost started to do new decoration plans in my head while taking in the beautiful interior design. There were candles burning in the corners and a soothing music playing in the background.

At this point I pinched myself: do I really get to do this as a part of my job? (Well, rarely, so I made sure to really enjoy it!)

What does the Niki Newd Signature Facial include?

The Niki Newd Signature Facial contains gentle skin cleansing with oat and yogurt, honey-lemon exfoliation, fresh mask customized for your skintype, a long and possibly the best facial massage you’ll ever get and as a bonus, you get a hand massage while the mask is doing its magic. You’ll also get to experience refreshing cucumber water and coconut milk on your face. Spoiler alert: it all feels and smells amazing.

It’s also possible to get facial extractions included in the facial. I chose this option, since my skin had some clogged pores. Riikka also managed to treat some very deep pimples I have on my jaw, the very last remains of my acne. Extracting a pimple never feels good, but it hurt less than it usually does and my face didn’t get as red as it usually gets from that.

I’m not sure what I expected from the treatment, but I left floating with happiness and relaxation. All time stopped when I lay on the bed and took in the natural scents of the products.

That’s another thing about this facial: everything smells extra good, because it’s fresh. The scents are basically from food, so you’ll recognize them and there’s something very nice about that. I’m a bit sensitive to synthetic scents and here I didn’t have to worry about that.

What results did I get from the facial?

I left from the appointment with a soft, visibly clean and glowy skin. I actually felt beautiful, even though there were a few red spots, where Riikka extracted pimples. I got rid of some blackheads and pimples, which had been bothering me a while. It always feels so refreshing getting your skin really cleansed. And frankly: I do want to get those kind of results when going to a facial. And finally, as I’ve now mentioned several times (but I can’t say it enough), I felt lighter leaving the salon. I felt calm and happy. Ready for a new week. And okay, already a little addicted to this particular facial.

Being a beauty therapist myself, I could feel that Riikka has done this a long time and the way she applied the products and massaged my face was impeccable. There really was nothing for me to do, except relax and just enjoy.

As I lay there and wondered how I was gonna tell you about this treatment, all I thought was: everyone should try this at least once. I can guarantee you won’t regret it. And: I should book another appointment for the winter.

If you appreciate the fresh natural ingredients and you’d like to leave from your facial 100% relaxed and with a glowy skin – this treatment is for you.

Niki Newd Signature Facial 120-155€ | Evergreen Salon

Mechelininkatu 15
Helsinki 00100

phone 044 9714964
Online booking

If you’re interested about food grade ingredients and how they work in skincare, check out this post about Niki Newd products. I’m still to this day using the Oat soap, which is my secret to a balanced skin. There’s also a nice code for a gift, if you end up ordering something.



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