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M&S Beauty Advent Calendar for £40 when you spend £25 across Clothing, Beauty and Home.
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M&S Beauty Advent Calendar for £40 when you spend £25 across Clothing, Beauty and Home.

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Posted 31st Oct
Beauty Advent Calendar for £40 when you spend £25 across Clothing, Beauty and Home.


The combined RRP of the full-sized products alone totals up to a massive £128.50 meaning a huge saving, even if you wanted to open it ahead of time and give out the products inside as gifts.
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Had one of these a few years ago. You end up with piles of products you don’t want/won’t use. This isn’t environmentally friendly or necessary. It would be much better if they offered you a choice of what was inside. I don’t think anyone would buy the £128.50 group of products. You could even make your own up, with all favourite products inside. You’d get better value from it!
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Had one of these a few years ago. You end up with piles of products you don’t want/won’t use. This isn’t environmentally friendly or necessary. It would be much better if they offered you a choice of what was inside. I don’t think anyone would buy the £128.50 group of products. You could even make your own up, with all favourite products inside. You’d get better value from it!
jessica.lacey31/10/2019 09:20

Had one of these a few years ago. You end up with piles of products you …Had one of these a few years ago. You end up with piles of products you don’t want/won’t use. This isn’t environmentally friendly or necessary. It would be much better if they offered you a choice of what was inside. I don’t think anyone would buy the £128.50 group of products. You could even make your own up, with all favourite products inside. You’d get better value from it!


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Check your sparks card, I had a 20% off birthday voucher so got £8 off this (obviously still had to buy the £25 worth of products but got some nice kids clothes for a Christmas present, and got the 20% off the kids stuff too). I like these calendars, have had them for the past 3 years and use most of what's in there, and gift some of the stuff I'm unlikely to use.
SniperViper31/10/2019 09:21

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I think it’s a very valid point - consumerism has gone way too far, with an over consumption of products we don’t need and with little to no regard on the impact it has. That’s not to say we shouldn’t stop buying stuff we’d like, but making better informed, more environment-conscious purchases will ensure that there’s a habitable planet for future generations to live in. Regardless of your opinion, factually we are running out of resources, and currently, there aren’t enough economically feasible recycling methods to try and recover materials from used products :-)
Just bought mine very pleased. Plus there is a 20% friends and family offer on sparks card.
My daughter worked as a Christmas temp for M&S a few years back and they sold the left over ones for a tenner to the staff. I got my money's worth on a couple of products that I often use, sold the rest on ebay even the empty calendar :). Would I bother again no, as said I am avoiding these 'sample' sizes unless I really want a sample of something as they really don't help the environment.
Cameron58331/10/2019 09:43

I think it’s a very valid point - consumerism has gone way too far, with a …I think it’s a very valid point - consumerism has gone way too far, with an over consumption of products we don’t need and with little to no regard on the impact it has. That’s not to say we shouldn’t stop buying stuff we’d like, but making better informed, more environment-conscious purchases will ensure that there’s a habitable planet for future generations to live in. Regardless of your opinion, factually we are running out of resources, and currently, there aren’t enough economically feasible recycling methods to try and recover materials from used products :-)


Yes, but we want to buy these for our wives and daughters and not think about dead puppies in the process. I understand you're trying to make a change for the greater good, but it's very similar to vegetarians (I am one). We don't eat meat, but there's still a huge demand with or without us. This product will end in someone's drain or in landfill no matter what we do.

This calendar won't even begin to match the amount of products I've amassed from hotel rooms, so go and chain yourself to a Hilton Spa if you want a real difference.
kooks6531/10/2019 09:49

My daughter worked as a Christmas temp for M&S a few years back and they …My daughter worked as a Christmas temp for M&S a few years back and they sold the left over ones for a tenner to the staff. I got my money's worth on a couple of products that I often use, sold the rest on ebay even the empty calendar :). Would I bother again no, as said I am avoiding these 'sample' sizes unless I really want a sample of something as they really don't help the environment.


I' m with you on this, let's think more about what we need.
SniperViper31/10/2019 09:49

Yes, but we want to buy these for our wives and daughters and not think …Yes, but we want to buy these for our wives and daughters and not think about dead puppies in the process. I understand you're trying to make a change for the greater good, but it's very similar to vegetarians (I am one). We don't eat meat, but there's still a huge demand with or without us. This product will end in someone's drain or in landfill no matter what we do. This calendar won't even begin to match the amount of products I've amassed from hotel rooms, so go and chain yourself to a Hilton Spa if you want a real difference.


True, but if we all make a small effort we can make a bit of a difference, look at the plastic bags. I hear that some hotels are moving towards dispensers for shower gels and shampoos not as nice as the little ones but may help. I too am guilty of having a soap bag full of the stuff in my cupboard.
I bought the Summer beauty box and I think there was about one item in it that I actually used up and liked (the Ren shower gel). I found most of the skincare way too heavy and greasy for my skin (which is oily/combo) and the cosmetics just didn't suit me either. I really only got it to try the brands out, and I still felt a bit conned. A lot of the "value" in that one came from one of those wildly overpriced single-use sheet masks, for example It seems to be similar brands in this pack, so I would recommend checking the reviews of full sizes on the M&S website if you are thinking of buying this for yourself. I think only the L'Occitane hand cream is something I have actually bought, and that is £8, so I wouldn't pay £40 for this.

If you are looking for a box of stocking-filler/Secret Santa gifts, or you like the look products inside and want to try a load of small sizes, it's probably fine though.
I had their beauty boxes for the past couple of years and used them as a game on Christmas eve. We (ladies) all took it in turns to pick out numbers from a hat and then open the corresponding drawer. We swapped bits between us so all ended up with 6 items each. The number 25 we rolled a dice for and the first one to roll a 6 got the main prize. I had kept the boxes with the intention of refilling them myself with more personalised products that I knew everyone would definitely like or swap, but never got around to it. I am definitely going to do one this year myself as the game is a bit of fun. We have also done it one year with quiz questions, but then if you have someone who knows everything, they end up with the most so gave that a miss the following year.
Also 10% on Quidco for how long who knows
SniperViper31/10/2019 09:49

Yes, but we want to buy these for our wives and daughters and not think …Yes, but we want to buy these for our wives and daughters and not think about dead puppies in the process. I understand you're trying to make a change for the greater good, but it's very similar to vegetarians (I am one). We don't eat meat, but there's still a huge demand with or without us. This product will end in someone's drain or in landfill no matter what we do. This calendar won't even begin to match the amount of products I've amassed from hotel rooms, so go and chain yourself to a Hilton Spa if you want a real difference.


Great defeatist attitude. With that mentality, why not eat meat then?*

Hotels do give stuff away and people tend to use it. A larger percentage of the contents of this will not be used however, so is probably more wasteful. Great idea from the person that said they split the contents.

* In case it's not clear, I'm not telling you to eat meat. I think vegetarianism is great.
I really wanted this but after having look at the items inside I'm not sure.
As others have posted, I found some of the fancier products a bit too greasy for my skin and the one product my skin did like, it's not in this box. The only thing in there that I liked from last year is the pillow mist, which smells gorgeous.
Smithington01/11/2019 10:01

Great defeatist attitude. With that mentality, why not eat meat …Great defeatist attitude. With that mentality, why not eat meat then?*Hotels do give stuff away and people tend to use it. A larger percentage of the contents of this will not be used however, so is probably more wasteful. Great idea from the person that said they split the contents.* In case it's not clear, I'm not telling you to eat meat. I think vegetarianism is great.


Defensive attitutude? She's moaning about consumerism on a website where the tag line is "what is it, it's a good deal I'll buy it anyway". I'm all for points of view, but keep yourself out the lions den.
@sniperviper HotUKDeals (specifically a thread about beauty related advent calendars) is hardly the lion's den, is it? But as you say, everyone is entitled to a point of view.

PS, I had said defeatist, not defensive. But let's not argue
Edited by: "Smithington" 1st Nov
Thanks for posting we have added your thread to the Highlights page
Can you just immediately return the £25 of M&S clothes after buying this for the reduced price (£40)?
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