It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas in my book and particularly so if you are shopping for beauty fanatics as most of the holiday sets are released in October and sell out quickly because they are great value. My first port of call for makeup shopping is Debenhams because they stock a huge variety of brands and also, I can earn points on my Beauty Club Card, which I can later spend on more gifts or (more likely) on myself! They also offer next day delivery or click and collect, both of which are very convenient. One of the brands that does Christmas Sets really well is Benefit and I want to share my thoughts on two of their holiday sets with you today.
The first is a Debenhams exclusive and it is their San Francisco Winter Wonderglam Advent Calendar. There are so many brands selling advent calendars this year but Benefit was one of the first beauty brands to sell one and I like that they have kept it at a reasonable price (£34.50 or €39.50) because there are some very extortionately priced calendars out there. This calendar contains 12 mini sizes of Benefit's best-selling products. I would suggest opening every second day from December 1st if you can, which will bring you up until the 23rd of December but you might prefer to open daily for 12 days - it's entirely up to your own preference or if you receive it as a Christmas gift, you will have something to open during the traditional 12 days of Christmas - Dec 25th - Jan 6th, which will help stave off the post-Christmas blues! If you don't want to know the contents, then skip down to the next set!
All of the products are mini sizes, yet there is definitely enough in each product for you to decide if you like it enough to purchase the full size and they would also be perfect for travelling. I am going to be away from home this Christmas so I know what I will be packing!
The contents are:
They're Real! Tinted Primer
They're Real! Mascara in Jet Black
Roller Lash Mascara in Black
They're Real! Remover
Gimme Brow in Shade 3
Stay Don't Stray in Shade 01
It's Potent! Eye Cream
Overall, I think this is a brilliant Advent Calendar because every product in it is very wearable & although minis, they are good sizes. I personally like the bright pink packaging although it doesn't look particularly festive! Buy here in the UK and here in Ireland.
Next up is the Benefit BAYBalicious Makeup Gift Set. This is described as a full face kit because it contains products for the lips, eyes, cheeks and brows, one of which is full size and the rest are minis. All of the products are housed in a collectible tin with a tips and tricks guide. The value of the products is over £50 but the set is priced at £29.50. What I love about this set is that it contains some products that I know I love and others that are new to me - that's the real beauty of Christmas beauty sets.
This particular set contains a full size They're Real! Duo ShadowBlender in Beyond Nude, which contains a universally appealing shadow duo and an applicator, which I personally am not keen on but it would be convenient for on the go makeup or to have into your bag if you decide to go out after work & want to spruce your eyes up.
It also contains mini sizes of the following:
They're Real! Mascara in Beyond Black
Gimme Brow in shade 3
High Beam Mini
They're Real! Double The lip in the shade Lusty Rose, which is a creamy lipstick/lip liner hybrid in a beautiful neutral pink-nude shade
This is another really lovely gift set from Benefit - at £29.50, I think it's great value. You can buy here in Ireland. There's a wide variety of other Benefit sets available here so there should be something to suit all of the beauty lovers in your life and don't forget to use your reward card to earn points while you're shopping. You can read more about it here.
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do you have many beauty lovers to buy for? I'd love to hear!
Don't forget to enter my Hourglass giveaway here.
Thanks for reading!