LUXURY ADVENT CALENDARS FOR 2018


It seems to have only been the past couple of years where ‘Beauty Advent Calendars’ have really taken off and have now become a firm favourite when it comes to counting down the days until Christmas!

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Ranging from high street brands to those that are more luxurious, there really is a calendar out there for everybody and luckily for you, I have 3 to share with you! 2 of these Advent Calendars are Male Grooming and Beauty and my third one (which I couldn’t resist sharing) is a chocolate one as I like to stick to tradition and let’s face it, there’s a unique taste that tastes so much sweeter out of an Advent Calendar as opposed to its original packaging am I right…?

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MANKIND ADVENT CALENDAR

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Mankind have released their yearly Advent Calendar and it is an absolute show-stopper! It is humongous and is absolutely incredible which features 25 full sized Male Grooming products such as Elemis, Argentum, Marvis and many more. Mankind have also released their special Christmas Collection Grooming Box which I will have more details on in the next week where you may be able to get your hands on one… Intrigued? Keep checking back for more details soon!

To view Christmas gifts and ideas from Mankind, click here!

L’OCCITANE BEAUTY CALENDAR

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The L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar contains 24 gorgeous little best-selling gifts from the brand which ranges from their Shower Oils, Hand Creams, mini Fragrance samples as well as Shampoos, Conditioners and Shower Gels! A perfect treat to indulge your loved ones in or indeed a perfect treat for yourself this Christmas!

Worth £85, this Beauty Advent Calendar retails for £49 which is available to purchase here.

HOTEL CHOCOLAT DARK CHOCOLATE ADVENT CALENDAR

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One of my favourite Chocolatiers is Hotel Chocolat and having worked with the brand before on creating content, I couldn’t resist treating myself to one of their Advent Calendars this year! I asked my followers which type of flavour I should go for as this year Hotel Chocolat have gone all out with an expansive range such as Milk, Caramel, Dark, White, Supermilk and 100% Dark Chocolate. The overall majority vote went to Dark Chocolate which was just as well as Dark Chocolate is my favourite flavour!

To purchase and to have a look at their full range of Advent Calendars this year, click here.

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Over the course of December I will be revealing what is behind of each door/box over on my Instagram Stories so please join in and countdown with me! To follow me on Instagram and to keep up, click here.

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I hope you have enjoyed my selection of Male Grooming/Beauty Advent Calendars this year alongside a traditional Chocolate one!

Are you a fan of Male Grooming/Beauty Advent Calendars? Or do you prefer to stick to the chocolate kind? Will you be treating yourself or a loved one to one of these this year? Have you already got your Advent Calendar? If so, which one have you got? I would love to hear from you so leave me a comment below and don’t forget to click the ‘like’ button!


HOTEL CHOCOLAT - EXTRA THICK EGG


One thing that I always look forward to when it comes to Easter-time, is that it is that time of year where you can stuff your face with as much chocolate as possible! I mean, sometimes this isn't the only time but anyway, enough about that...

For this post, I had been very kindly gifted the Extra-Thick Egg from Hotel Chocolat and as a huge lover of dark chocolate, I received this in the 'Serious Dark Fix' edition!

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HOTEL CHOCOLAT - 'SERIOUS DARK FIX' EXTRA-THICK EGG

As you open up the Easter Egg you can expect to find truffles, pralines, caramels that all showcase the cocoa and all of which are 70% dark chocolate. The 10 chocolates contained within the Easter Egg are:

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  1. Gin Truffle
  2. Marzipan Selector
  3. Chilli Praline
  4. Simple Dark Truffle
  5. Praline 80%
  6. Chairman's Rum Truffle
  7. Red Wine
  8. Salted Caramel 70%
  9. Dark Dizzy Praline
  10. Gianduja

A sublime Easter treat either for yourself, or a loved one! To purchase this Easter Egg, click here!

Have you shopped with Hotel Chocolat before? What is your favourite chocolate by them? Do you like the sound of this Extra Thick Easter Egg? Have you already purchased an Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat? Do let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you and don't forget to click that 'like' button below!


VALENTINES WITH HOTEL CHOCOLAT


No Valentine's would be complete without some heavenly chocolates and what better gift than the Hotel Chocolat's 'Valentine Chocolate Box'!?

Filled with 27 delicious bite-sized treats ranging from heart-shaped caramels, fruits, tipples and pralines, these are the goodies inside!

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  • Perfect in Pecan
  • Rasberry Daiquiri
  • Champagne
  • Vanilla
  • Chilli Caramel
  • Passion Fruit
  • Salted Caramel Kiss
  • Nuts about Raspberry
  • Salted Espresso

Each chocolate flavour comes 3 times, ideal for sharing with your loved one and that cheeky third one could be an extra treat for yourself, right? I won't say if you don't...

To purchase Hotel Chocolat's incredible Valentine Chocolate Box, click here!

Have you shopped with Hotel Chocolat before? Which is your favourite chocolate? Will you be treating your other half to this Valentine Chocolate Box? Or will you be treating yourself!? Do let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you and don't forget to click the 'like' button!


COUNTING DOWN 'TIL CHRISTMAS WITH HOTEL CHOCOLAT


Every year without fail, I had always treated myself to an Advent Calendar from Hotel Chocolat and this Christmas was, of course, going to be no exception, only this time I had been gifted the Advent Calendar by Hotel Chocolat!

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I am much more of a 'dark chocolate' person as opposed to 'milk chocolate', so I had been gifted with their Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar! This year there is a much wider selection of Advent Calendars to choose from such as their;

  1. Milk
  2. Chocolate
  3. Caramel
  4. White
  5. For 2
  6. Up to Snow Good
  7. Supermilk
  8. 100% Ecuador
  9. The Grand Advent Calendar

As today is the 1st December which officially marks the beginning of Christmas, I cannot wait to open up each door and count down the days until Christmas with each dark chocolate treat! For more details and to get inspired by their Chocolate Gifting, click here and to purchase any of the Advent Calendars mentioned, click here.

Have you shopped at Hotel Chocolat before? If so, what did you buy? Did you buy your Advent Calendar from Hotel Chocolat? Which one did you choose? Did you manage to get your Advent Calendar in time, or will you be playing catch up!? Do let me know your thoughts as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click that 'like' button below!


HOTEL CHOCOLAT LITTLE MONSTERS HALLOWEEN HAMPER


TRICK OR TREAT?

Whether you're staying in or dressing up to go out this Halloween weekend, one thing is for certain, Hotel Chocolat have provided the Ultimate 'Little Monster' Halloween Hamper for those who prefer choosing the 'treat' option!

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A wide array of spooky and fun treats to choose from, the Little Monster Halloween Hamper contains:

  • Cryptopher the Vampire - 16 scarily scrumptious Halloween chocolate shapes, all solid Caramel Chocolate
  • Oozy Eyes - Molten Caramel in White
  • Tiddly Vampires - Milk Chocolate
  • Witchney the Witch Tiddly Pot - Dinky drops of 40% Milk Chocolate
  • Skull Chocolate Lollies - Solid White Chocolate & Solid 40% Milk Chocolate

My personal favourite out of the Hamper has to be the Oozy Eyes as they are simply delicious and do indeed look rather spooky!

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I am sure this will come as no surprise, but unfortunately, the Little Monster Halloween Hamper has now sold out online, but do click on their 'Check Store Stock' to see if this is available to purchase in your local Hotel Chocolat store. Perhaps another alternative would be to 'Build Your Own Hamper' which allows you to select your favourite chocolate treats to gift to a loved one, but let's be honest, we all know that loved one is yourself... I'm saying nothing!

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Will you be trying out these Spooky Treats from Hotel Chocolat this Halloween? Have you already tried any of these? If so, which ones and how did you find them? Have you shopped with Hotel Chocolat before? Which is your favourite chocolate from them? Do let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click the 'like' button!


HOTEL CHOCOLAT - FATHER'S DAY SLEEKSTER


Without fail every time I head back home from London, I always visit the Hotel Chocolat Boutique at King's Cross, and I go there each time because Hotel Chocolat is one of my favourite chocolatiers! My personal preference? The Dark Rum Truffles Selector, they are heavenly!

With Father's Day coming up, what better way to treat your Father, than to provide him with a wide array of delicious chocolates from Hotel Chocolat? All in the form of the Father's Day Sleekster!

From boozy nibbles, fruity truffles, white to dark to milk chocolate, to creamy caramels and pralines, this Sleekster offers up the perfect gift for this Father's Day.

Within the Father's Day Sleekster, there are 27 mouth-wateringly good bitesized chocolates such as;

  • Raspberry Smoothie - Pressed raspberries blended with cream, sealed in milk.
  • Caesar - Light-as-air praline mousse piped into a Supermilk cup.
  • Fudge Sundae - Rich, stick toffee, smooth hazelnut and mellow milk.
  • Carrot Cake - A national treasure, reinvented with real carrots and walnuts.
  • Cherry Deluxe - A kirsch-soaked cherry suspended in amaretto cream, double sealed.
  • Caramel Cheesecake - If you're going to do it, do it right. Sour cream tang with French butter caramel.
  • The Brownie - Dense, cocoa-rich and nibbly, all sealed within 50% milk.
  • Florentine Isabelle - The bite of Florentine over the melt of soft praline.
  • Peanut Butter - Nothing but smooth peanut butter in 50% milk.
  • Billionaire's Shortbread - Generous with caramel, abundant with cookies, and lavish with smooth hazelnut.
  • Eton Mess - Strawberry mousse, crisp meringue, and high-cocoa white.
  • Dizzy Praline 70% - Ultra-smooth, deeply satisfying signature praline, 70% dark.
  • Going Nuts - Hazelnut crunch, melting praline, double-sealed in Supermilk.
  • Mousse au Chocolat - The perfect balance of cocoa and cream.
  • Champagne - Uplifting cream truffle with a splash of Champagne.

Out of the chocolates featured within the Sleekster, the Billionaire's Shortbread, Eton Mess, Raspberry Smoothie and Cherry Deluxe are all my favourites! 

You can purchase the Father's Day Sleekster here.

Have you eaten from Hotel Chocolat before? Which have you tried? Do you have any favourites from Hotel Chocolat? If so, which ones? Let me know your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you, and don't forget to click that 'like' button! 


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