Now I’ve never been that much into the whole beauty advent calendar thing myself – they’re usually a bit expensive (okay, seriously overpriced), and how long do those mini make up products really last? And let’s not forget the year Zoella released an advent calendar for like £50 with glitter and stickers inside. They’re a bit of a rip off, let’s be honest.
However, Boots appear to have finally found my weakness with this calendar, and I’m not sad about it. Because behind those little rose gold doors (amazing colour palette, by the way) are Harry Potter themed beauty products. I’m talking Golden Snitch bath bombs, wand-shaped make up brushes, lipstick and nail polish – all with a magical wizarding world twist, hidden behind a breathtaking Hogwarts castle. When you can’t have the real thing, I guess this is basically second best, right?
And for £35, it’s far more affordable than your average beauty calendar. I’m looking at you, Charlotte Tilbury. It also has the full 25 doors, because for some bizarre reason many beauty calendars only include 12 doors. This just makes no sense to me at all – you’re literally buying half a product. For essentially double the price.
Available online from 1st October, and in store from 4th November, the countdown is officially on. Although if you’re buying it at the beginning of October, do you really have the self-control to wait 2 WHOLE MONTHS to open it? Whilst the Hogwarts castle just sits there, tempting you? I’d struggle, I’ll admit.
This isn’t the first time Boots have released a Potter-themed collection. Last Autumn, the store launched a huge range of Hogwarts-inspired products for beauty-obsessed muggles, including make up bags, hand cream and lip balm.
The range also featured four eye shadow palettes all inspired by the Hogwarts houses, with stunning shades of green for the cunning Slytherin and gorgeous golden tones for a loyal Hufflepuff. And because magic isn’t just for the wizarding world, there was a set of incredible colour changing lipsticks. Hopefully we’ll get to see some of this spellbinding make up in the advent calendar!
If make up isn’t your thing, Merchoid are selling a Harry Potter advent calendar with some slightly, let’s say, less useful contents. Temporary tattoos, a pencil, a badge, stickers, stamps, a sharpener – did someone say Zoella? And for the price of £39.99 – uh, no thank you.
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Images via Boots/Harry Potter/Wizarding World
Taylor Williams is an 18 year old college student who wrote an article about a job at a zoo and then somehow was allowed to keep writing. Either her A Levels in English Literature and English Language paid off, or The Hook just desperately needed people. When not being a top quality journalist, she enjoys buying way too many books, binge-watching Netflix and trying new flavours of gin (currently enjoying Turkish delight - will keep you updated).