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Look, don't kill us, but Christmas actually is just around the corner. While it may seem way to early to even be considering Christmas ('Halloween is still a month away!' we hear you cry) the thing is, when it comes to the holiday season, you have to be prepared if you want the best of the best. 

One element of the season of giving that we love is essentially giving to ourselves everyday with a cheeky little advent calendar. 

However, today we're not just talking about any old advent calender – although the ones with the little chocolate shapes are divine. The spotlight is on big budget beauty calenders from luxury beauty brands that we're aspiring to purchase as a festive treat for ourselves (or I loved one, I suppose). 

Read on, to discover a labyrinth of sumptuous surprise calendars that make every day of December extra special: 

Net-A-Porter Beauty €176.00

Net-A-Porter is out go-to online destination for browsing through all the luxury designer clothing brands we aspire to own one day, and we could afford to nab a little slice of the glamour for ourselves via this calendar. 

The calendar includes brands like Philip Kingsley, Charlotte Tilbury, Leonor Greyl, Sarah Chapman and Omorovicza – focusing heavily on skincare with a few makeup treats thrown in. 

The Space NK Advent Calendar €280.00 

This calendar is the holy grail for those of us who are seriously invested in high end, impactful skincare. 

Space NK Apothecary's reputation for scrupulous choice of brands translates extremely well in their advent offering, with must-have products like Drunk Elephant's Marula Oil and Sunday Riley's Luna night treatment included – and it's available for pew-order now. 

ASOS The Face + Body Advent Calendar €76.04

ASOS is seriously stepping up it's game when it comes to their beauty advent calendar for 2018. 

The calendar is one of the more affordable on our list, but contains high end brands like M.A.C, Clinique, Alphah and GlamGlow. 

Online Exclusive ELEMIS Advent Calendar €170.00

Elemis's legendary advent calendar is back on the market, with a modern update for 2018, arguable one of the prettiest calendars we have ever seen, the beauty bonanza comes with almost €400.00 worth of products. 

This calendar is an online exclusive, so make sure you snap it up quick. 

L'Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar €59.00

Definitely one of the most affordable beauty calendars on our list, the L'Occitane Classic Beauty Calendar comes with a selection of the brand's iconic products. 

We spotted the advent calendar at the brand's recent Christmas soiree, and we were suitable impressed with the mix of skincare, haircare and bath and shower products. 

Balmain Limited Edition Advent Calendar €160.00 

The Balmain calender has 10 mystery doors to look behind, so for those of us who don't like celebrating Christmas too early, it's ideal. 

Focusing mostly on hair care, this calendar will have your locks shiny and scented all through party season. 

Jo Malone Advent Calendar €360.00

Containing 24 miniature candle, fragrance and body treats, this Jo Malone treat is a feast for the senses. 

The calendar isn't available for purchase until October 23rd, so get refreshing that Jo Malone website in anticipation of it's arrival.  

Diptyque Advent Calendar €350

Diptyque is one of those aspirational brands we dream of featuring throughout our homes – and this calendar is a great way to start the Diptyque collection. 

It's worth it for the candles alone, but the advent offering also includes fragrances and body products. 

The calendar will be available to order exclusively from Selfridges online this month. 

Kiehl's Limited Edition Advent Calendar €70.00

Every year, we await the reveal of the Kiehl's Advent Calendar with baited breath – and this year's certainly didn't disappoint. 

Featuring cleansers, face masks, facial serums, moisturisers and more, this products is going to get snapped up very quickly, so get shopping.

Birchbox Advent Calendar €70.00

Last year's Birchbox advent calendar sold out in less than 24 hours sooooooo we have high hopes for the contents of the 2018 update. 

The calendar is available from tomorrow, October 3rd, so you better be online first thing to snap it up. 

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty €86.15

Looking for an advent calendar with more of a dermalogical leaning? The Skin Store's carefully curated beauty advent calendar could be the one for you.

The experts at Skin Store have selected a mix of full size and mini skincare products from the likes of Caudalie Elemis, This Works, First Aid Beauty, Eyeko, Skinchemists, Omorovicza, Dr. Botanicals, Grow Gorgeous, Aromatherapy Associates, and SkinMedica. The products have a value of over €340.00, but you can pre-order it now for just €86.15. ($99.00)




Balmain is one of the hottest high-end labels around, thanks to their sell-out collaboration with H&M and the Kardashian's obsession with the brand. 

Now, the luxury company is joining forces with high street makeup brand L'Oreal Paris to create a bespoke capsule collection of gorgeous lippies.


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Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing revealed all on Instagram today, posting a picture of the new collection with the caption 'coming soon.'

There won't be just a couple of shades to choose from, with a grand total of 12 lipsticks gracing the shelves at a currently undisclosed date. 

The lippies will be made in L'Oreal's classic Colour Riche formula, but the colours come straight from Olivier.

'L'Oréal Paris and Balmain share the same strong vision of femininity and the same goal, to empower women and offer them diverse ways to express themselves,' Olivier told Vogue.

'With this collaboration, I'm thrilled to make this idea tangible for every woman around the world.'

We're dying to get our hands on every shade!



Everyone knows that one of the most annoying parts about having sister is the constant, mutual theft that goes on between your wardrobes.

She swears she didn't she "borrow" your new Zara jacket, only to see her tagged wearing in in Facebook photos the next day.

It seems that even the Kardashian-Jenners aren't immune to nabbing some style inspiration from each other's wardrobes.

Last night youngest sister Kylie rocked the red carpet in a unique, ruffled, cut-out Balmain gown at the Image Maker Awards. 


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We're used to seeing dresses with cut-out waists and arms, but this Balmain piece featured gaping cut-outs from hip to calf, showcasing the curves that the Kardashians are famous for. 

The 19-year-old makeup mogul looked drop dead gorgeous, but we had a sneaking suspicion that we'd seen this look before.

Back in November, big sister Kourtney Kardashian donned another daring version of  the Balmain design for the Angel Ball, in honour of her late father Robert Kardashian.

Kourt opted for a black style with a simple bustier top, rather than extra ruffled like little sister Kylie.

We wonder if there was a "would you be mad if I copied your dress from the Angel Ball" text sent? 



If you've been looking out for that perfect party dress, but have only came across the usual suspects, then you're going to be delighted with this lot.

PrettyLittleThing has launched a premium dress range, and we're getting serious Balmain vibes. And the best thing? They're nowhere near Balmain prices!

Whether you're hitting the club, the races, or just having a party in the house, take a look at these show stoppers:

The Kendika Gold Premium Sequin Maxi Dress – €105


The Cecilie Premium Jacket – €112


The Anisha Black Premium Dress – €140


The Anisha Green Premium Dress – €140



The Nhyla White Premium Dress – €140


The Tala Gold Premium Applique Dress – €70


The Sakara Black Premium Dress – €84


The Alania Black Premium Dress – €91


The Lorannia Premium Fringed Dress – €91


The Loriah Black Premium Dress – €91

We think we're in love…



We know Kanye is one of the most controversial stars, and his Famous music video certainly stood out from the crowd, but wait until you see his new video for Wolves.

Doubling as an Autumn/Winter ad campaign for Balmain, the seven-minute long vid is shot in black and white, features the Balmain army and even Kimmy K (Is she going to be in every single music video now?!). Oh, and did we mention Kylie Jenner also makes an appearance?

It's bizarre, Kim and Kanye CRY (?), but the clothes are pretty to look at:

Even though there's no denying Kayne is a creative genius, it's starting to turn into another Kardashian show.



Hey – we GET it: H&M X Balmain was kinda a big deal. It was a fact not lost on plenty of eager Irish shoppers: many of whom were queuing in the early hours to get their hands on a coveted piece from the killer collection.

The Irish arm of the site was also down earlier today, with last night's VIP launch at the retailer's flagship store on College Green being somewhat manic too. 

So yup… we LOVE us some H&M X Balmain. But in other parts of the world, it was positively manic. So manic, in fact, that there were RIOTS. 

Grown men and women fighting tooth and nail to get their hands on a dress, jacket, boots, or jewellery. 

Here, SHEmazing! looks at the five most frightening incidents of Balmayhem:


Toulouse, France:


Istanbul, Turkey:


#part2 #hmxbalmain #hm #balmain #balmaination #balmainparis #balmainarmy #balmainxhm #handm

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Warsaw, Poland:


Zagreb, Croatia: 


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: 



Expectation has been sky-high – and evidently scores of Irish folk have been only DYING to get their hands on a piece of Olivier Rousteing's talent.


Peek… #HMBALMAINATION @hm @hm_ireland

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Yes, with doors opening at 6pm, lucky VIP invitees have been flocking to H&M's flagship store on College Green in Dublin's city centre for the retailer's high-profile collaboration with label of the moment, Balmain.


@angelascanlon on the decks tonight! #hmbalmaination #balmain #shemazing

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Social media was this evening flooded with snaps of some of the purchases made – as well as the lengthy queues to get in.


2 of balmains biggest fans @hm #BalmainBoys

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Officially for the rest of us, the collection goes on sale at 9am tomorrow in the College Green shop and on H&M's website. Undoubtedly, demand will continue until the items sell-out. 

Elsewhere around the world, the queue to get into H&M's flagship outlet at Orchard Building in Singapore began on Monday, while on Fifth Avenue in New York, lines of shoppers are also well-established by now. 


Two very #HappyBunnies having bagged our #HMBalmaination goodies #eeekkk @abbie.devereux_stylist

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In Sydney, those first in the queue at the Pitt St Mall were being paid hundreds of dollars by eager fashionistas.

As one 19-year-old student there explained to the Daily Telegraph: “I’ve gotten $200 from someone who asked me to buy a dress for them.

“The dress costs $200 and she handed me another $200. People are really desperate for the clothes in the collection but not willing to line up overnight.”


#hmbalmaination @hm

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Oxford Street in London is also already extremely busy, as is the Avenue K store in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.


No stock left but at least I'm in #hmbalmaination #balmain @hm_ireland @balmainparis

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Understandably, the hashtage #HMBALMAINATION has been the top trending item in Ireland this evening. 



Only Kendall Jenner could manage to show both her nipples and her bum in the same outfit and STILL look classy.

The 19-year-old model stepped out in Paris last night with pal Gigi Hadid, and both catwalk queens donned sheer Balmain numbers for the evening.

Kendall's halter-necked jumpsuit with its flowing sheer chiffon pants gave photographers an eyeful from both the front…

… And the back. Nice thong!

As for Gigi, she wore a thigh-skimming emerald green minidress with a semi-sheer nude underlay, showing off her toned pins to perfection.

The girls were at Le Gabriel restaurant for a dinner to honour Balmain's creative director Olivier Rousteing.

Both Kendall and Gigi feature in the campaign for Balmain's new H&M collection which hits stores on November 5.

Not content with the paparazzi getting snaps of her daring outfit, Kendall was sure to post a selfie on Instagram too.

Or in this case, a belfie.



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We kinda love this behind-the-scenes snap too, from fashion blogger Eva Chen.

Bums and Balmain… we bet these photos got Kim Kardashian's seal of approval.



She's definitely a fan of Latex attire – and was just days ago spotted rocking a skin-tight leather mini-skirt which flashed plenty of leg. 

It doesn't look like Kim Kardashian intends on changing up her look anytime soon either: she's been spotted AGAIN in seriously teeny-tiny attire. 

Although she kept on the same, over-the-knee black boots in suede as well as the same Balmain coat with gold-button detail, the 34-year-old swapped her beige ripped tee for a black one.

And in lieu of the leather wrap-around skirt she wore on Saturday, she instead donned a spray-on effect number – also in leather.

The reality TV star, now six months into her second pregnancy, was last night out with her elder sister, Kourtney, 36.

Based in New York for Fashion Week – they headed for dinner at the swish Il Mulino in Uptown Manhattan (where a shrimp cocktail starter is priced at €25 and champagne truffle ravioli is €45).

Kourtney herself didn't hold back in the style stakes either: she wore a full-length satin robe under which she had on black thigh-high boots.

It was quite the family affair too: momager Kris, as well as sisters Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie were all in attendance.



Back in 2013 while expecting North, she was often criticised for wearing 'pregnancy inappropriate' clothing.

But now, and just three months away from giving birth to her second child, Kim Kardashian's attire has regularly won widespread praise.  

And certainly, the 34-year-old hasn't been afraid to push the fashion boat out with a series of daring looks.

Today in New York, she kept the style stakes sky-high with a black leather wrap-around skirt teamed with a ripped beige t-shirt.

She also draped over her shoulders a stunning, full-length Balmain coat with oversized gold button detail, completing her look with over-the-knee black boots.

The reality TV star and her rapper husband Kanye West, 38, also wowed in Givenchy last night – with Ms Kardashian in particular looking stunning in a black lace number which complemented her baby bump.

Kim is due to give birth to the couple's second child – a boy – in December and evidently has been enjoying a healthy and happy pregnancy so far. 



We all know that the modern-day Kylie Jenner is close-to unrecognisable from her former self. 

Indeed, not so long ago, the reality TV star and media personality was entirely fresh-faced and au natural. But – as anyone who's weathered those awkward teenage years will know well – a few short years can make ALL the difference. 

Arriving at the VMAs last year in a full-length silk black gown, a then just 17-year-old Kylie certainly turned heads.

But little did we know then just how much further her transformation had to go.

As if to illustrate a point, last night she wore a stunning short creation from Balmain – also one of her sister Kim's favourite designers. 

Sporting a deep tan from her recent jaunts to Mexico and St Barts, she matched the thigh-skimming number with coordinated heels, stacked silver rings and a bronze rectangular clutch. 

She also wore a jet-black wig and dramatic dark eye make-up.

Later that evening, she also changed for the after-ceremony celebrations: although she kept on the same nude shoes, Ms Jenner, 18, decided to see out the night in a black bandage dress which showed off plenty of skin.

Which was your favourite look? Kylie 2014… or either of her two outfits from 2015?



Some of her harsher critics have claimed that her use of Botox and other fillers is at times OTT – resulting in a waxen appearance.

But when Kim Kardashian arrived in London earlier today, it was clear that she'd had quite bit of work done: €200,000 worth of work, in fact.

Yes, fans may now be rather concerned that reality TV's biggest star has once and for all gone down the plastic surgery route… but they need not fear!

For the Kim Kardashian spotted in England is, in fact, made entirely of wax.

The €200,000 Madame Tussauds statue, which was unveiled today, even takes selfies – an activity perfected and championed by Mrs West herself. 

The figure also wears the same striking Balmain minidress that Kim wore for her Paris hen party two days before her wedding to rapper Kanye West (well, it's an expertly-crafted recreation, as the original is worth some €16,500).

Although, appropriately for a woman rarely seen in the same item twice, Kim will undergo a number of designer outfit changes throughout the summer: the Balmain dress will depart at the end of this month, making way for a fresh look.

And Kanye himself will shortly be arriving at Madame Tussauds in waxwork form, being placed alongside his wife of a year.

The tourist attraction – one of the most popular in the city – said today: "When we were thinking about how we should portray Kim here at Madame Tussauds London, it quickly became obvious it HAD to be taking a selfie.

"But we wanted to make it really special and create a set where guests can take a picture that will look as if they have just bumped into Kim."

The 34-year-old, who is expecting her second child, already has a wax work in Madame Tussauds New York.

Depicting her donning a hot-pink Hervé Léger dress, it was unveiled in 2010. At that launch, Kim said: "This is one of the greatest honours ever and I am so thrilled and excited.

"Now I will never have to leave NYC."