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Mega blogger Zoe Sugg, or Zoella, has been forced to defend herself after criticism of an advent calendar from her lifestyle brand went viral this week. 

An number of people have taken to social media to critique the cost of the calender, which retails for €65.00 for 12 days of 'special surprises.'

Originally, people were unhappy with the high cost of the item, but videos showcasing what the calendar includes causes uproar, with many declaring the products to be 'tat' and 'cheap.' 

The advent calendar includes: a bag of glitter confetti, a candle,stickers, a Christmas bauble, a purse,a candle holder, room spray, a note pad, a pen, two cookie cutters and a fluffy key ring.

'A ridiculously overpriced advent calendar with a few knickknaks. DO NOT BUY,' reads one review on the Boots website. 

In a new YouTube video, Zoe has addressed the criticism.

'The retailer can decide how much they sell that for, that's completely out of my decision making, I don't have the right to make those decisions,' she said, in a video titled Christmas Adverts and How We Met.

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'I know that there are some of you who might not have known that.' 

'I don’t want people to think I’m sat at home, like, counting fifty pounds every time someone buys this calendar and thinking that was a conscious decision I made to rip people off.'

‘Because if you know me, you know that there’s not a bone in my body that would think that way.'

'And it makes me so sad that anyone would think that was my intention, because that is 100 per cent not my intention, my intention was to make a product I thought you guys would love.’

However, Boots responded to one dismayed Zoella fan who asked for a justification for the price of the calendar on Twitter. 

The Boots Help Twitter page responded: 'We sell all products at the recommended retail price, as set by the manufacturer and supplier.'

 

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Due to the drama, Boots have slashed the price of the calendar. 

It is now available as the Offer Of The Week at half price, coming in at €32.50. 

Zoella has had a bad week when it comes to both business and her social presence, as fans dug up a number of tweets from the vlogger's past which appear to show the online star mocking members of the LGBTQ community. 

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Okay, so it officially November – meaning we can comfortably talk about the festive season without seeming crazy. 

FINALLY! 

Anyway, we're all super excited for the decorations, the lights, and the Advent calendars. 

Gone are the days of your standard Advent calendar, with 24 relatively shi**ty chocolates in it. 

In recent years, we have seen some of our favourite beauty brands hop on the bandwagon, creating stunning Advent calendars bursting with gorgeous goodies. 

2017 might just be the best year yet, and we have done a round up of the best beauty Advent calendars on offer – the perfect way to count down to the big day! 

Act fast though – they're selling out! 

1. No7, €50.

2. Jo Malone, €360.

3. Sleek Cosmetics, €45

4. The Body Shop, €70.

5. L'Ooccitane, €59.

6. ASOS x MAD Beauty, €14.85.

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7. Morris & Co, €45.

 

8. Clarins, €120

 

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Zoella fans, prepare your Christmas wish lists.

It seems that the world's biggest blogger is gearing up for Christmas just a little early (no harm in being prepared) with the launch of her epic advent calendar.

The blogger has already launched a successful beauty biz, which was followed by an equally successful lifestyle range, so it's not surprising that the YouTuber wants to add some festive aspects to her empire.

 

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The Zoella All You need is Xmas advent calendar is currently available to order online from Boots, and we're getting our order in early. 

Rather than focusing on confectionery treats, the boxes are filled with little trinkets, homewear and beauty pieces.

According to the description, the 12 treats include 'beautifully scented candles to stunning accessories, stationery, baking goodies and other special surprises.'

From what we can glean, (spoiler alert) there is definitely a scented candle, an orange-infused room spray and a very special Christmas bauble encased inside. 

So for that major Zoella fan in your life, this could be the perfect pre-Christmas pressie.

Or just treat 'yoself, no judgement here. 

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We have been seeing so many alternative advent calendars this year, from wine to gin– and everything in between.

However, the latest one may just be the strangest advent calendar yet, and we sort of love it. 

Cheese Advent Calendar

Annem Hobson, a food blogger from London, has invented a cheese advent calendar… and has become our ultimate hero as a result. 

Cheese Advent Calendar

Each day contains a delicious piece of cheese, from cheddar to brie!

A CHEESE advent calendar exists and why has no-one thought of this before?!

The kicker is that Annem won't be ready to distribute these amazing calendars until 2017, so we'll have to wait.

Cheese Advent Calendar

You can register your interest over on cheeseadventcalendar.com, where you'll get updates on Annems cheesy progress.

However, if you simply cannot wait until next year, why not make your own?

Cheese Advent Calendar

Annem posted instructions on her blog, so we can all have our very own cheese-filled calendar. 

Thanks BRIE to God. 

 

 

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It's that time of year again when all you want to do is come home from work or college, lunge into your PJs and drink a nice class of wine.

Well, now you can everyday in the run up to Christmas with this WINE advent calendar (because, who needs chocolate or gin?!)

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And it's not your average 'Lidl, €7' wine, it's the proper fancy stuff.

Each glass of wine is selected by an expert sommelier, and it claims that each glass gets better as the days go on.

The Vinebox website says: "Bold and aged reds built for fireplace chats and wool blankets.  Rich whites as refreshing as unraveling your scarf after a mad dash inside from the cold.  12 different glasses of wine hand-curated to perfectly accompany this holiday season.

"Enjoy a new wine every night, with selections from renowned regions including Burgundy, Barolo, Bordeaux and more! Naughty or nice, these wines are sure to impress."

We'll be guzzling our way to Christmas, so.

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The run-up to Christmas just got a whole lot better now that there's a GIN advent calendar.

Usually, the good 'oul chocolate ones could do the job, but we all know that this time of year can be mega-stressful, so the boozy addition is a nice surprise.

The Ginvent calendar includes 24 various gins and they all sound super delish. From London Dry, to fruit infused, we can't wait to try each one.

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Ginvent's website reads: "Each year, we select 24 Gins that provide a snapshot of the category’s depth, diversity and global reach. 

"We scour countries in search of the very best, the most unusual, the most progressive and most of all – the most sublimely delicious gins."

It continues: "We also make an effort to showcase all types of producers, celebrating the artisanal, craft makers while providing a unique chance to compare them in context to some of the familiar, larger names. 

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"It’s a chance to really discover the very best the category has to offer and will challenge your preconceptions while it titillates your tastebuds."

OK, so we need this ASAP. If you fancy getting this as a present for your BFF (or, you know… yourself), just take a gander here

It'll be so worth it.

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As strong advocates of treat yourself Tuesday, the thought of getting a little present every day is right up our (festively bedecked) alley.

While we are still big fans of a chocolate filled calendar, this year the diets are starting early and we're switching to beauty-based bundles of joy.

Counting your pennies at Christmas is important, so we've put together our pick of the best advent calendars of 2016 to suit everyone's budget, from high street to high end. 

1. Estee Lauder €250

If you feel you've been exceptionally good this year, the Estee Lauder's Holiday Countdown calendar is the splurge for you.

While the calendar is a bit pricey, it's actually amazing value for money and includes a myriad of their very best products, including their newest innovation, the Advanced Night Repair Revitalising Supreme and Creme, a best seller, the Modern Muse perfume and many many more.

Charlotte Tilbury €195

Charlotte Tilbury is officially one of the most sought after makeup gurus on the planet, and her magic cream will probably go down in beauty history as one of the handiest cult products EVER. 

If you're one of those people who's dying to try out Charlotte's full range but blanches at the prospect, the World of Legendary Parties advent calendar is one way to get the goods without the financial commitment. 

3 Kiehls, €115

Every skin care junkie worth their salt will be after the Kiehls X Jeremyville Limited Edition Advent Calendar.  

Not only is it a holy grail of high quality skin products, it's also an artistic one-off, as the unique packaging was designed by Brooklyn based Jeremyville. Featuring two full-sized products and a whopping 22 deluxe minis it's sure to be a total sellout so get in store ASAP. 

Lancome €105

Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent , Ralph Lauren and Viktor & Rolf have teamed up to create the ultimate luxury beauty hamper in the form of the Your Beauty Fairytale Come True beauty bonanza.

The pink parcel contains a whole host of the brand's best fragrances, skin care and makeup products, making it the ultimate gift for the high-end beauty obsessed.

NYX €84

One for the makeup junkies, this NYX Wanderlust calendar is pretty much a professional makeup palette divvied up into daily doses.

Containing 12 lip cream shades and 12 eye shadows, your festive makeup bag will be chock-a-block. 

ASOS €66.67

Fashion mega brand ASOS have released their first advent calendar and it's completely crammed with the best beauty bits the online store has to offer.

Featuring products from Bastiste, Dermalogica and Nip & Fab, this calendar has an eclectic mix of products, perfect if you like a surprise. 

7 L'Occitane €56

L'Occitane has a reputation for being one of the most luxurious and high quality beauty brands out there, so synopsising their best beauty buys into an advent calendar is more than Ok with us.

This product completely sold out online this week, but it can still be found in store if you're very lucky. 

Jack Wills €46

Got a teenager in your life that needs some convincing to behave this Christmas?

Look no further than the Jack Wills Xmas Countdown calendar, packed with mini beauty and body goodies. This brand is a favourite with the secondary school set so you can't go wrong.

Sanctuary €32.50

Christmas can be a stressful period, so taking some time out to relax and recuperate is a given.

Plus hot baths in winter weather are the epitome of heaven. Sanctuary's Let Go Days of Christmas advent calendar is full of both bath and beauty bits, along with some homeware products including candles and an eye mask for the ultimate chilled out evening watching Christmas movies. 

10 River Island €17

Rounding off our list is the River Island 12 Days of Beauty bundle. 

This calendar is out to get us party season ready, and includes quirky nail decals and flash lashes. Christmas parties, we're ready. 

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In case you didn't know, LOVE magazine releases an online festive advent calendar each year full to the brim with festive goodies. 

Each day reveals a new treat and it usually involves someone you love mucking about or looking incredibly gorgeous. 

This year's advent calendar kicked off to a riotous start with Kendall Jenner's hilarious mini video. 

The festive clip featured the gorgeous model dressed up as one of 2015's greatest icons, left shark. 

Yes, THE left shark from Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance. 

In a perfect pop culture combination, the video sees Kendall sneak up on herself in the shower dressed as the iconic shark in a quirky homage to that famous shower scene from Hitchcock's Psycho. 

What does it mean? Who knows, but it's bloomin' brilliant. 

Today we were greeted by Gigi in her undies and well who wouldn't want to see Gigi dance around in her undies. 

 

Today on THELOVEMAGAZINE.co.uk it's the heavenly @gigihadid @redmackey #dogwyn

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For a taster of some of the best bits from LOVE's calendar over the years, check out their new vid below. 

 

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It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts and this year Boots have got you sorted.  From beauty to homeware they have it all.

Emma Power from SHEmazing! TV caught up with the Head of Christmas at Boots to find out what we can expect this year. 

 

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