A Guide to Online Advent Calendar Competitions

Sharing Saturday: Online advent calendars

 

Yep, another advent calendar sharing saturday. The last one I promise and probably the most exciting one because I’m introducing you into the world of online advent calendar competitions – which are free to enter! I enter them every year and for the past couple of years have won several prizes. They’re great fun, a tad bit addictive and easy to take part in. There’s so many that I’m not going to list them, I’m just going to explain the types of competitions and then give you some sites where fabulous people have listed all the advent competitions they find.

 

Type of Advent Competitions

 

Instant Wins

Instant wins are basically competitions which involve clicking an advent window, bauble or bingo ticket and instantly winning a prize. Expect a lot of ‘sorry you have not won this time….’ messages, but wins do happen! Last year I won my Star Wars BB-8 Sphero droid from one of these 😀 I highly recommend Tombola’s advent calendar as you always win something on it.

 

Fill out a Form

Like instant wins, you have to click on the advent number for the day and instead of getting an instant notification you have to fill in your details. Sometimes you’ll need to answer a question, or count how many santa hats are on a page. A winner is the selected and notified at a later date. If you don’t want your email spammed I suggest making a new one just for competitions.

 

Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunts require you to hunt around for an item, usually something christmassy like a santa hat, gift or candy cane. Sometimes these will be static, i.e. on a certain page/product, while others will be random. One that has a random chance is Top Cash Back which has a daily clue for a guaranteed humming bird (the treasure you need to find) and can randomly pop up on other pages as you browse the site.

 

Social Media

Social media has made it so much easier to join in competitions, especially at advent time. These take place on facebook, twitter and instagram, and I’ve seen a few using snapchat as well this year. You have to like/follow the account/page and then follow the instructions. These usually involve sharing/retweeting, answering a question or tagging friends. It’s good because you can see how many people are entering, but don’t be put off by this! I’ve had some success with social media competitions and last year also had a company send me a wee little gift in response to something I said. There are real people running these competitions so every so often surprises can happen.

 

Bloggers

Several bloggers are posting advent calendar competitions as well, and they tend to use rafflecopter or gleam which is a little widget that asks you to do things. These include commenting, following social media accounts, sharing/retweeting etc. Some of my favourite ones to watch are Tanned Beauty Addict and Thou Shall Not Covet who have amazing prizes up for grabs!

 

Pass the Parcel

One of the most popular competitions is Marks and Spencers Pass the Parcel competition, in which you use the application on Facebook and pass parcels to friends and family – they then pass them back to you. The last few years the M&S one has become insanely popular and closes within days. It is worth it if you can play it though! Another one we’ve won on in the past few years 🙂 Other companies, such as Joules, have started doing their own pass the parcel and I’m sure some others will pop up too.

 

Lists of Competitions

So, now you’ve read about them… are you ready to see what’s out there?!  Here are my favourite sites for finding advent competitions. You’re also welcome to follow me on twitter as I will be retweeting any I enter too!

Keep in mind – Some competitions have started already, while others that last for 12 days before christmas will open at a later date. So it’s worth while checking back at these sites for new competitions!

 

Loquax

The Prize Finder

Advent Competitions

Money Saving Expert

Save the Student

 

Tips & Tricks

If you’re new to comping check out Super Lucky.me’s Tips and Tricks to handle advent competitions!

Let me know if you take part in any and especially if you win something! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

 

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30 Beauty Advent Calendars for 2016

Sharing Saturday: Alternate Advent Calendars - Beauty

 

I love advent calendars, however, opening little doors just for a tiny bit of chocolate isn’t as appealing as it once was. I’ve been doing online advent calendars (I’ll introduce you to some at the beginning of December when they open!) for several years now, and last year I came across beauty advent calendars! This year I kept an eye out, found several different beauty ones as well as some other alternative advent calendars. So over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting the best ones I can find, starting last week with food and drink calendars. This week it’s time to show you the best beauty advent calendars for 2016!

Beauty advent calendars are a fantastic way to try some new products, as well as get travel sized goodies for travelling. I’ve split this one up into categories depending on what the advent calendars contain so that you can pick one that’s right for your needs!

 

Make Up

 

1 – House of Fraser Advent Calendar from House of Fraser, £20.00.

2 – Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £30.00.

3 – Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar from Superdrug, £15.00.

4 – W7 Cosmetics 2016 Advent Calendar from Groupon, £12.98.

5 – Technic Cube Beauty Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £10.00.

6 – MAD Beauty Bright Lights Advent Calendar from Mad Beauty, £19.99.

 

 

Nails

 

1 – Accentra Advent Calendar – Nail Polish from Amazon, £23.41.

2 – Boulevard de Beauté Nail Art Advent Calendar from Amazon, £19.99.

3 – Ciaté London Mini Mani Month 2016 Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, £50.00.

4 -Cheeky Advent Calendar from Cowshed, £50.00.

5 – Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Accessorize, £30.00.

6 – Pretty Professional Make Up Gifts – Christmas Nail Polish Advent Calendar from Amazon, £10.20.

 

Mixed Products

 

1 – 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar from The Body Shop (3 varieties available), £60.00, £80.00 and £99.00.

2 – Clarins Advent Calendar 2016 from Boots, £95.00.

3 – Feelunique Magic of Beauty Calendar from Feel Unique, £30.00.

4 – YOU Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 from You.co.uk, £69.95.

5 – Dirty Works Beauty Calendar from Sainsburys, £15.00.

6 – The Beauty Advent Calendar from ASOS, £50.00.

 

 

Body, Bath & Shower

 

1 – 12 Days of Christmas from Lush, £52.95.

2 – Sanctuary The Let Go Days of Christmas Advent Calendar from Boots, £25.00.

3 – Arran Aromatics A Sense Of Christmas Advent Calendar Gift Set from John Lewis, £45.00.

4 – Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar from Amazon, £15.91.

5 – Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, £150.00.

6 – Nuxe 10 Beauty Treasures from Feel Unique, £49.00.

 

 

Other

 

1 – Accentra Men’s Wellness and Beauty Advent Calendar from Amazon, £17.82.

2 – Beard Oil Christmas Advent Calendars from Not on the High Street, £30.00.

3 – ClarinsMen 12 Days of Christmas set from Selfridges, £65.00.

4 – Ghost 12 Days of Christmas Eau de Toilette Advent Calendar from Superdrug, £25.00.

5 – The Vintage Cosmetic Company 12 Days to a Beautiful Christmas Gift Calendar from Feel Unique, £58.50.

6 – Star Wars Fragrances Advent Calendar  from Amazon, £12.01.

 

 

Any of these tickle your fancy? Have you had a beauty advent calendar before, if so which one? Do you prefer one that has specific things (i.e. make up or skin care) or one that has a mixture? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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