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Thinking of getting a beauty advent calendar this year?

For years, I've stood firm on my loyalty to the classic advent calendar, without paying too much attention to the beauty calendars. It was actually only until last year that beauty advent calendars made me realise the value associated with them - I was working at a magazine at the time, and was gifted one by Rituals that was fantastic. I used most of the products during December but the saved some of the mini products for travelling and they came in incredibly handy.

This year, there are some pretty insane advent calendars out, which make for the perfect gift and run-up to the festive period. I've included all the best ones I've seen, suitable for any budget from £20 to £200. It's the most wonderful time of the year, after all.




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It seems as though the impact of Christmas is set to arrive so much earlier this year. Brands and retailers have already brought out the first phase of their holiday packages and exclusive deals ahead of the prime shopping season. This month's shopping list includes key pieces that are great to take you through the warmer months, the latest beauty product I'm obsessed with and cosy additions to your autumnal wardrobe.

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The latest beauty drops, ranging from the incredibly popular Fenty Beauty highlighter to a new stick foundation that's set to be game-changing.

Victoria Beckham Eye Foil, £28

After an extremely successful collaboration last year, Estee Lauder and Victoria Beckham are back with a new and bold collection inspired by VB's favourite cities.The eye foils are one of the newest products she's launched. The cream foil creates a metal shine for a vinyl-like finish and comes in a variety of shades.

YSL All Hours foundation, £33.50 and concealer, £22

YSL's latest foundation drop is the All Hours foundation, that supposedly lasts up to 24 hours. The foundation is full coverage, with a buildable texture and rich coverage that leaves a polished and even finish. It's set to be quite different to the cushion foundation (read my review here), with longer staying power and different consistency.

The All Hours foundation is waterproof, oil-free and has SPF20 - perfect for those looking for SPF within their foundation and a base that will cover. The All Hours foundation is accompanied by the new All Hours concealer, which implements the same formula and provides a medium to full coverage finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand, £29

After years of successful products, any new launches by Charlotte Tilbury are set to be a success. She recently launched her eye palette (shop it here), as well as her new beauty flash wand. The wand is in a rose gold highlighter and comes with a cushion application, which I personally love in products because it makes it super easy to blend. No doubt the product is going to a hit!

Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick, £30

The latest beauty launch by Nars is their matte foundation stick that's perfect for on the go coverage and touch ups. The foundation has a soft-matte finish that is blendable and easily buildable for coverage. Usually stick foundations are on the heavier side when it comes to coverage so it's great to see a product that lets you layer the product before you're completely caked in it. Out now and retails for £30.

Fenty Beauty highlighter, £26

I mean, Fenty Beauty is the beauty brand that everyone has been talking about for the past few weeks. Since the launch of the brand at Harvey Nichols (where Rihanna herself turned up), people have been going crazy for the brand and the quality of the products. The highlighters provide long-wear cream powder and can be worn both during the day time and then transitioned into evening. This has got to be my next beauty purchase! Available exclusively at Harvey Nichols in the UK, shop it here.

Are any of these products on your radar? I personally can't wait to try the Nars foundation stick as I'm a huge fan of their foundations (read my review of the Nars tinted moisturiser) and the VB eye foil -I think this is perfect for the party season.

All products are shop-able below! Hope you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Instagram (@alarabasul) for daily beauty updates! x



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