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Start the gift giving early with these advent calendars—the perfect way to ring in the season.
Step into the festive season with a little gift for someone (or yourself—we won’t tell) that counts down the days until Christmas. There are so many advent calendars to choose from this year, that we wouldn’t mind taking one of each.
Expect to find 22 gifts in this 24 day calendar—including two deluxe samples of the Nude Foundation and the Pure Minerals Gentle Cleansing Powder.
This clock-shaped calendar features 12 festive treats from the beauty brand. Expect bath bombs, shower goodies, and soaps among other seasonal favourites.
The Canadian mountain design hides chocolate goodies—expect milk and dark chocolate bells and mini salted caramels as well as new treats.
This beautiful wooden calendar features 24 drawers. The calendar comes empty so you can fill it with whatever goodies you want—and can use it for years to come.
This one-stop beauty shop is offering 24 days of Christmas goodies with its advent calendar. Expect fan favourites from the store’s house brand.
Budget beauty brand The Face Shop includes a bounty of beauty masks alongside other pampering must haves.
Look for several full size goodies from this west coast-based brand including the cult favourite Peppermint Halo.
Celebrate 24 days of delicious treats with Squish gummies—a favourite flavour for each day.
Countdown with this 24 day calendar from The Body Shop. Expect to find seasonal favourites (like the Spiced Apple Lotion) as well as new goodies (like the Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask).
If you haven't already, introduce yourself to Charlotte Tilbury's beauty brand with this advent calendar—it features all of her hero products.
Let the holiday countdown begin! Nyx is offering beauty picks inspired by different locations around the world. Open the door to Morocco, Prague and Rome—and find vibrant beauty items to boot.
Count down the days until Christmas with this festive tea advent calendar. Each day contains a new tin of tea—to warm up as it cools down outside.
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Deck the halls this holiday season with dazzling picks and tips from our plus-size style star, Meredith Shaw.
Full disclosure: my favourite colour is sparkle. Sequins, rhinestones, beading and appliqués aren't just for the likes of Las Vegas showgirls (hello, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez!); they're also available for us mere mortals to delight and dazzle in. I realize not everyone is a fan of the more-is-more approach to holiday dressing, but maybe that's because of some absurd notion that having a curvy body relegates you to a life on the sidelines in a boring LBD. That's rubbish! No matter your size, you deserve to be in the spotlight—and the holidays season is the perfect time to dip into twinkling embellishments and gilded trimmings. From subtle sparkle to full-on shine, here are my steadfast ways to add twinkle to your outfits this season.
1. Sparks Fly
Keep your blazer or blouse looking cool, not corporate, by choosing one with a bit of draping—and a whole lot of sparkle. Wear it with dark skinnies and neutral heels, and you'll slay at any holiday soiree.
2. Tailor made
A-line skirts and dresses used to be my go-to because they highlight the waist and slide over lumps and bumps. Oh, how wrong I was. A pencil skirt is super flattering; the trick is to find one in a thick material with enough structure so it acts like shapewear. If skirts aren't your thing, try glittering trousers.
3. The party dress
When it comes to office parties, keep the silhouette sophisticated with a sheath dress—glittering, of course—that hits just below the knee. But if the bash is with friends or out on the town, let your sexy self roar by rocking a plunging neckline. Either way, all eyes will be on you!
4. That bling thing
You can go from frumpy to festive with a few carefully chosen accessories: an embellished clutch, a sequinned scarf, metallic pumps or a twinkling belt. Don't play it safe with just silver and gold tones; look for navy-, magenta- or hunter green-hued sparkles and chromed finishes.
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