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Before anything else - today marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, and the signing of the Armistice. Thirty-two men from my Gramps's village went out to fight, in 1914. Only thirty-one returned. The War touched every corner of the globe, in one way or the other. This, for me, is a moment to remember the fallen, and to pledge to do what we can to bring about peace and avoid war. We will remember.

Right. On to less solemn things. Giveaways. I have my Holiday giveaway starting out today, in a bit. I also have the results of the Autumn Giveaway. I know some of you were quite impatient for this one; my apologies - I went through the entries in five days, which is a bit of a record for me, TBH!

A couple of things to get out of the way:
  • If I do not hear back in 48 hours, I will choose another winner.  
  • Once I hear from the winner, I will post as soon as possible - within the same week, depending on when I get nip out to the PO.
  • If the post office tells me I cannot ship something among these, I will have to replace them with other makeup products.
  • International postal systems are now cautious, so there could be delays of eight weeks or more since each postal system and customs tends to examine everything multiple times. Also, as I found out last time, there WILL be delays if there's inclement weather, tsunamis, or any kind of incident as well.
  • Your prize will be sent either tracked/recorded/signed-for, with proof of postage.
  • I am not responsible for duties, surcharges and other taxes or if the product is damaged, delayed or lost in the post. All I can do is offer my sympathy and commiserations.
  • If the prize is lost in the post, I'll be sad and can give you the proof of postage and tracking details, but that is all.
Now let's get to the pleasant stuff - the winner!
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Beauty Expert's Advent Calendar for 2018 is here. It contains 12 products, all full-sized, with a net worth of £450. The calendar costs £100 and ships worldwide.
The calendar is spa-centric, and primarily has skincare and bath and body products. Even so, there are two makeup products.
The packaging is beautiful, and indicates the luxurious brands included. Inside, you have 12 drawers. The material is sturdy, thick cardboard, and you can repurpose the box to store lipsticks, or makeup brushes. I use it to organise my makeup brushes. Very handy.
You can view my 2017 unboxing and review here
Scroll down for the contents and spoilers of the Beauty Expert 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2018.
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Very quickly, an update for you about all the beauty advent calendars of 2018, including discount codes.
I've already done a post here about more than 40 different beauty advent calendars available this year, and that post includes all the spoilers.
Here, I'm not going to be giving you spoilers. Instead, you'll find discount codes, along with what is already available now. I'm updating everything in the 40+ calendars post as well, but not everyone goes back to check, so this is all the latest information for you.
At one point, I was very unenthused by some of the advent calendars of this year, but that's gone now, and I'm very excited, particularly by some of these. Also, the discount codes make them all the more attractive - I bought Feelunique's advent calendar at some £39 OFF (including a bunch of Guerlain and Inkey List, but I only paid £119 for the whole lot).
I'm not counting the ones that are sold out already - Fortnum and Mason has come and gone, as did Harrods, but the latter has been brought back owing to major demand.
Scroll for updates and discount codes for the best beauty advent calendars of 2018.
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Possibly THE best beauty advent calendar of 2018 is the ELLE Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar. This is ELLE's debut Advent Calendar.
There are 24 products, of which SIX are full-sized. Best of all? The brands and the products. Lots of new things in here. No Eve Lom cleanser. No Omorovicza mist. No Lipstick Queen mini. Different products, from different brands. There's an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. A Dr Dennis Gross Vitamin C serum. A month's membership to Beauty Pie. A NailsINC polish.
You had me at no Eve Lom cleanser. Honestly!
The calendar costs £125, and is worth more than £340. It is designed by Richard Quinn, in an exclusive print. The curator is Elle's beauty director Sophie Beresiner. I have a nasty feeling this one will not only sell out immediately, but also cross the £200 price-mark next year.
The ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar 2018 is available HERE on preorder. £125, worth £340+.
Here are the beauty advent calendars currently available:
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Deep breath, everyone. The Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar for 2018 is here, available for pre-order. It is their first Advent Calendar up for sale. And, YES, it ships worldwide, tracked, free!
My expectations were very high when I heard that Space NK was doing an advent calendar this year. I knew it would be very high-end, very luxurious, and I'm right - the calendar is priced at £250, and is worth more than £600. There are 25 products inside. Worldwide shipping is free.
Pre-order the Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar 2018 here.

Other beauty advent calendars now available worldwide:ASOS 24-Day Advent Calendar
John Lewis Advent Calendar
Decleor Advent Calendar
Selfridges Beauty Workshop Calendar
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