Remember the Advent Calendar? Back in the day, the calendars were used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Starting December 1st, as each day passed, each window was opened to reveal an image, poem, or a portion of the story depicting the Nativity of Jesus.
Later, images and poems were replaced by chocolate and small toys. These are the memories from my childhood; anticipating a sweet, daily chocolate indulgence shaped in a little star, teddy bear or ornament. How I loved to pull back the window and find a tiny Christmas tree! It reminded me that the holidays were not that far away.
Today, I have something for the ladies. Who says kids should have all the fun?! Introducing The L’Oréal Luxe Advent Calendar – available October 15th, exclusively at www.loosebutton.com. Behind each window – 23 in total – is a deluxe sample from L’Oréal’s finest suite of brands –
Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and she uemura.
SPOILER ALERT! I’ve never really liked surprises, and for “research purposes”, of course I had to pop open the entire Advent Calendar. So if you’re the type of person who never shakes a gift to see what could be inside, you may want to avert your eyes. Et voilà! A month’s worth of tiny presents for yourself or someone special.
(In case you’re wondering, I’ve purposely shifted most of the products to the side, or turned them around, so you can’t see the description. Don’t want to spoil all the fun – especially if you’re buying the Advent Calendar for yourself.)
So if I won’t show you the product names, what’s the point of the big reveal? It’s like this. One of the chief complaints I’ve received from readers who subscribe to beauty boxes is that there’s not enough of what they’re looking for – for example, too many hand creams when they want to try out lip colours, or too many repeat samples of hair products. So, take a looksee! The breakdown is as follows –
Five (5) Eye Products
Three (3) Lip Products
Nine (9) Skin Care Products
Six (6) Fragrance Samples
Keep in mind that the above samples are from truly deluxe brands – something I LOVE about this L’Oréal Luxe Advent Calendar. No surprises with quasi-prestige brands you’ve never heard of, and definitely no “filler” products. So how much? The L’Oréal Luxe Advent Calendar will set you back $109, which includes a $10 gift card to spend at www.loosebutton.com towards the purchase of a full-sized item in the calendar.
Would I buy it for myself? Not likely, since I personally don’t have the discipline to wait 23 days to uncover the entire gift, and, I’ve only worn two fragrances for the past 10 years.
Would I buy it for a friend? Absolutely. I love the idea of gifting this to a special friend who is beauty-crazed – yet hard to shop for. And, bonus points for getting your Christmas shopping out of the way for December 1st!
(The Advent Calendar is huge – like 12″x 18″ – so it’s über impressive to present to someone. You know how they say good things come in small packages? Well, in this case, LOTS of small things come in a big package.)
More gift-giving ideas:
– Are you getting married over the holidays? Four words: Best Bridesmaids Gifts Ever.
– Does your child love his/her teacher? Spoil her this holiday with a special treat she’ll never forget.
– Have a teen daughter? Split the Advent Calendar; take the skin care goodies for yourself, and let her steal the makeup and fragrances (she’ll love Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill).
– Are you counting down to a special occasion? Save the Advent Calendar for graduation, prom, or another significant event – and make the days leading up to it FUN!
Mark your calendars to check out The L’Oréal Luxe Advent Calendar – available October 15th, exclusively at www.loosebutton.com.