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Shoppers say M&S's £340 beauty advent calendar for just £45 'beats the rest by far'

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Now considered a sure-fire way of spending the lead up to Christmas, beauty advent calendars have grown exponentially in popularity over the years, with some of the most coveted versions from the likes of Liberty, Lookfantastic and Fortnum & Mason seeing sales from as early as September.

They've been in such demand already this year, that iterations from Harrods and Elemis have already sold out, with John Lewis's offering well on its way to featuring that dreaded "out of stock" banner.

But if there's one retailer we've been patiently waiting on to drop its version for 2023, it's Marks & Spencer.

Back for another year, this time bigger and better than ever before, M&S's Beauty Advent Calendar is filled with £340 worth of products for just £45.

The only caveat? You have to spend £35 on home, beauty and clothing in-store or online. But let's be honest, hitting that spend cap won't take long. That's at least two Christmas gifts! So, really, it's for your benefit.

Packed with a range of sought-after brands like Clinique, Philip Kingsley, REN, Origins and more, this lavish beauty advent calendar, complete with a reusable cosmetic vanity, can be yours for £45 when you spend £35 on home, beauty and clothing in-store or online. 

£45 at Marks & Spencer

Available to snap up now, the advent comes with a selection of 25 hand-picked items — 11 of which are full-size — stretching across a range of beauty categories like make-up, skincare and haircare.

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The advent calendar comes housed in a reusable cosmetic case that can be used far beyond Christmas. (Marks & Spencer)
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Expect a range of best-selling items from coveted beauty brands like Clinique, REN, Murad, Philip Kingsley and more. (Marks & Spencer)

£45 £340 at Marks & Spencer

As for the actual contents of the calendar, there's a whole host of beauty gems from brands like Clinique, L'Occitane, Origins, Philip Kingsley and more.

We love the look of the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrator (£14), Murad Essential-C SPF (£36), Apothecary Revive Clarifying Mask (£9.50) and This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon (£25) in particular.

Not stopping there, the advent calendar itself comes packaged in a reusable cosmetic bag that can be used far beyond the festive season.

Available now, we recommend picking yours up as soon as you can, as we don't see it hanging around for long...

What's inside M&S's Beauty Advent Calendar 2023?

  • Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara 8.5g (full size)

  • Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Fragrance 10ml (full size)

  • Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel 150ml (full size)

  • Leighton Denny Renovate Nail Repair Cream & Buffer 10ml (full size)

  • Percy & Reed Turn Up The Volume Volumising No Oil Oil 60ml (full size)

  • Pixi Lip Lift Max 2.7g (full size)

  • Pixi Brow Tamer 4.5ml (full size)

  • This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon 100ml (full size)

  • L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 75ml (full size)

  • L’Occitane Verbena Shower Gel 250ml (full size)

  • Apothecary Revive Clarifying Mask 75ml (full size)

  • Origins Ginzing Energizing Gel Cream 30ml

  • Aveda Botanical Repair Styling Creme 40ml

  • Clinique Moisture Surge 100 hr Hydrator 15ml

  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Booster 20ml

  • Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo 20ml

  • Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner 20ml

  • Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Sun Cream SPF30 25ml

  • Apothecary Meditate Hand Cream 30ml

  • Nails Inc Magenta Nail Polish 10ml

  • Nails Inc. True Gold Shimmer Nail Polish 10ml

  • Dr.PAWPAW Overnight Lip Mask 10ml

  • Clinique Pop Lip Colour 2.3g

  • Filorga Hydra-Hyal Serum: Hydrating Plumping Serum 7ml

  • Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multipurpose Oil 10ml

  • Cosmetic Bag

What the reviews say

Reviews for the advent have already started trickling in, with shoppers saying it's full of "useful products and great brands". One even said it "beats the rest by far". The only point a few buyers have pointed out is

  • "My daughter and I wait for this calendar every year. As always beats the rest by far. Contents good as always. It's a great way of trying different products out without too much outlay. Personally I like the bag better than the usual cardboard box as I will find a use for it as I did the year a tin was used."

  • "I buy this every year the products are all great and it’s such good value for the price."

  • "I really like the advent calendar this year. Some of the products/brands I already use regularly and I'm looking forward to trying some new ones. I'm also happy that the make-up/nail colours are much more wearable than previous M&S beauty boxes!"

  • "This year's calendar is even better with a large range of products for hair, skin and make-up, including wearable shades of nail varnish and lipstick."

  • "Really excited to receive one [of] these for the first time. I usually send my sister-in-law one, which she loves. Everything is such great quality."

Shop now: M&S Beauty Advent Calendar | £45 from Marks & Spencer

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