Admittedly this post is a little late, as December is nearly over and with it disappears the advent calendar tradition for another year. However as I was only surprised with Charlotte Tilbury's The Book of Magic advent calendar a week ago (by my lovely boyfriend) I still wanted to share my thoughts on it so far incase you've got your eye on it for Christmas 2016.

The Book of Makeup Magic is a book of 12 best-kept beauty secrets, beautifully presented in 12 mini makeup cabinets. I'm only 7 days in but am already delighted with what I've received so far. The products are all minis, but some are a generous size that will without a doubt last me for some time. I like the way the products I've opened have all subtly followed a theme, starting with skin care (Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream and Wonder Glow), eyes (On The Prowl Eyeshadow and Supernova Rock 'n' Kohl eyeliner) and then lips (Lip Magic balm and a K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick).

I was already a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury, so this calendar was a no brainer for me. It goes without saying that this (like so many other beauty calendars) is incredibly costly, so not something that's financially accessible to all. However, it is something I would recommend if you do have the funds to spare. I had the Selfridges Calendar last year which I enjoyed, but this Charlotte Tilbury offering is already much better despite it only having half the days.

Charlotte Tilbury's Book of Makeup Magic costs £150 and is now sold out, however I'm hopeful that something similar will appear in 2016 - and if it does, I highly recommend it.

Have you been lucky to open a beauty calendar this year?