beauty advent calendars 2018

Who’s excited for Christmas? And more importantly – Beauty Advent Calendars? I know I am! It might seem a bit early to talk about Christmas, but when it comes to beauty calendars, you have to be prepared. And early. October is the time to order them, so you won’t be left without one.

I think beauty calendars are the ultimate Christmas present to yourself. Obviously you could just buy something for yourself, but for me, the element of surprise is important. There’s just something childishly exciting about it.

But if you do want to know what you’re buying –  you can usually always check the contents of the calendar. That way there are no disappointments. Or do both. Check the contents and buy the calendar – you still won’t remember every single product, so the element of surprise is still there.

Here are my top picks for this year’s best Beauty Advent Calendars!

best beauty advent calendars 2018

Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

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

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Rituals The Ritual of Christmas Deluxe Calendar 89€

This is my choice for this year. I ordered it a while ago and it’s already here at home just waiting to be opened. Both me and Risto love Rituals’ products, so I just couldn’t go wrong with this one. What’s epic about this calendar is that it’s shaped like a Christmas tree and it comes with lights!

LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar  $115

If you’re just thinking of getting a beauty calendar, I would probably choose this. It’s a safe choice. It’s one of the most popular Advent calendars after all. It contains makeup, skincare & hair products. I had this calendar in 2016 and I was very happy with it. Read my reviews here. Take a peek at the contents here.

Sleek Makeup Can’t Wait Another Day Advent Calendar £35
Very affordable, but tempting calendar! Sleek makeup has great price-quality ratio. I especially like their eyeshadows. The calendar contains for example full eyeshadow palettes, lip products and nail polishes. Full contents are listed on the link.

essence advent calendar 2018 24,94€
A very tempting calendar, not only because of the price, but because of the contents. Essence honestly has some great makeup products! And the calendar is beautiful.

The Body Shop 24 days of Enchanted Advent Calendar $45

25 Days of the Enchanted Deluxe Advent Calendar £65

25 days of the Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar £99

The Body Shop came out with three different Advent Calendars, the cheapest being only £45! All of these calendars contain products for bath, body, skincare, make up, hair care as well as some accessories. If you want to see the exact content, check out the links. The contents are listed in each calendar.

Feelunique The Little Beauty Parcel Beauty Calendar $99,75
This calendar reminds me of the Look Fantastic calendar. Great option with lots of interesting brands and products. Makeup, skincare & hair.

asos The Face & Body Advent Calendar $87
Another good option with lots of variety and different brands and products. Makeup, skincare & hair.

amazon 2018 Beauty Advent Calendar £50
Amazon sells some amazing brands so it’s no wonder they have their own beauty calendar. Last year’s calendar was pretty good, so I think this a very valuable option.

What’s your pick for this year?

Quicker makeup application with Miracle Diamond Sponge

real techniques miracle diamond sponge

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I love makeup sponges. They make applying makeup easy. They solve a lot of problems.

Are you having problems with uneven makeup application?  Try a makeup sponge. Do you find it hard to blend foundations? Try a makeup sponge. Is your foundation too thick? Try a makeup sponge. The list goes on.

If you’re still not convinced, read my post about the two makeup sponges I use the most:
A necessity – egg shaped makeup sponges!

Today I’ll tell you about the third option: Real Techniques’ Miracle Diamond Sponge. It’s great. And it makes applying makeup sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge review

The shape of the sponge is interesting, to say the least. But it’s what makes it great. The diamond shape makes it good for everything: foundation, contour, highlight, blush and powder. The fact that it has both the wide end and a very thin tip makes it very handy. I also like the sides – they are good for applying concealer under eyes.

The sponge feels soft in the use and it makes applying foundation easy. As a good makeup sponge should!

I especially like the sponge’s wide end. When I apply my foundation with that, I’m done with my foundation in just seconds. So here’s a good makeup sponge for anyone who’s in a hurry. Or for anyone, who has other things to do in life besides blending foundation all day. It blends the foundation all over my face easily. It also works great for powder. Because it’s flat, it’s good for pressing products on. When you have an oily skin, it’s good to press your products on, rather than swiping. That way the products stick to your skin better and last longer.

This also has to be the prettiest makeup sponge ever. It has a fancy marble design, which I love. And still – it’s half the price compared to a beautyblender.

Try it!

real techniques diamond sponge review

Photo of me by Susanna Pomèll