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Sorry (not sorry), but Christmas is just around the corner, and while it might be slightly too early to think about what gifts you want to buy others, my motto is, it's never too early to start thinking about things you might like to buy yourself. 

Selfish? Maybe, but everyone deserves a little big of self-indulgence, especially in the run up to the festive season. 

Here are 10 of the best beauty advent calendars to suit our budgets – so we can treat ourselves every day of December. 

My Mood 12 Days Of Fizzmas Calendar €26.00

It's bath season, and we want them to feel extra special. 

This 12-piece Fizzmas calendar is getting us in a serious hyugee mood. Break out the hair mask and candles!

Gloss Beauty Calendar €16.00

This is as affordable as you can get when it comes to beauty calendars. 

The 24-day advent offering includes both beauty must-haves like nail files and tweezers and makeup essentials like highlighter and brow wax. 

Sleek Makeup Can't Wait Another Day Advent Calendar €45.00

While this calendar is for a slightly bigger budget, it's well worth the 45 quid. 

It comes with 24 beauty bits from Sleek, an amazing brand. We read that their Dip-It liquid liner is included, and we freaked – it's a SHEmazing HQ fave. 

Q-Ki London Cosmetics Advent Calendar €24.99

This generously filled advent calender comes with a myriad of beauty bits. 

It even plays host to (spoiler alert) and interchangeable eyeshadow palette, so you have the shadows necessary to top up your eye look this party season in a hand-bag sized miniature. 

Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar €21.95

Another one for the bath lovers, this soap-filled calendar is a scented delight. 

Plus, you'll have enough soap to last the entire year! 

Oh K! 12 Days of Beauty Calendar €18.99

You better get on to Littlewoods quick, because this K-Beauty calendar is on sale. 

Inspired by Korean beauty trends, this cute little set is perfect for a daily pick-me-up. 

Soap & Glory It's In The Calendar Gift Set €50.00

One of the most easily recognisable bath and body brands, Soap & Glory have compiled their most popular products into this advent calendar. 

With 24 doors full of surprises, we're hoping for a combo of body products and makeup. 

Disney Mickey Mouse 12 Days Beauty Advent Calendar €10.00

One for the Disney fans, this novelty calendar is the stuff of Fantasia fantasies. 

Plus, it's cheap as chips (literally) so it's the perfect pre-pay day treat. 

Snow White 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar €10.00

If anyone knows beauty, it's Snow White – after all, she did have an evil queen wanting to polish her off for being the fairest of them all. 

This adorable Disney piece includes bath fizz, apple lip balm and a red loofah for washing away the worries of the day if you're feeling Sleepy, Sneezy or Grumpy.  

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Sugar Trip Sugar Trip 24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar €65.00

Our blow-the-budget beauty calendar inclusion has got to be the NYX Makeup treat. 

An absolute beauty bonanza, this calendar includes all the makeup essentials a girl could need for party season, from highlighters to Butter Lip Gloss. 



When a beauty product comes recommended by a celeb, it's usually likely to either A) be impossible to find anywhere or B) cost the same as a new car.

But there's one celebrity-approved beauty buy that we bet you'll have no problems tracking down. Why? You probably have a tub of it in your bathroom cabinet, that's why.

Long a favourite of baby's bums everywhere, the Irish-made Sudocrem is actually a pretty amazing skin-care treatment too.

Indeed, both Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and TOWIE star Chloe Sims count themselves as fans, with both ladies swearing by the stuff for spot-busting.

Plus, it now also comes in a cute handbag-sized tube for just €2.40, meaning you won't have to go robbing your mammy's supply.

Here are just a few of the ways celebs and beauty bloggers alike use this Irish favourite…

Killing spots
A quick dab of Sudocrem before bed for a couple of nights on the trot and you should notice that nasty red pimple fading into nothingness. "It really works," says Cheryl.


Night cream
If you've been struggling with redness and breakouts, a thin layer of Sudocrem applied before bed will work wonders. Em from MyPaleSkinBlog says she uses the stuff "a couple of times a week" to help calm her sensitive skin. Just be prepared for white-coated pillowcases the next day!


After shaving
Shaving pro or not, you probably still experience redness and irritation on your legs, underarms or bikini line from time to time. "After you shave, put on some Sudocrem and you'll be fine," says beauty blogger Petite Sal.


Beating dry patches
Elbows, ankles, knees… Apply a good helping before bed to help those pesky dry patches to become silky soft. Do this 24 hours before applying fake tan and you'll be streak-free. 


Helping with sunburn
Burning-hot sunshine is most definitely not a problem we currently have in Ireland, but as well as soothing sunburn, Sudocrem is also good for minor burns. Blistering and peeling, be gone.


As a primer
Go for a very thin layer before foundation to mattify the skin and keep make-up in place. "Since I have combination skin, Sudocrem absorbs the little oil I usually have on my nose, forehead and upper lips," says beauty blogger Hinnah Khalifa. 

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