It's officially the start of Christmas. (Sorry.)

The people we love need to look away now.  Because otherwise, they're going to spoil the surprise of what they're getting for Christmas. Although frankly, it won't be much of a surprise - because we gave away YOU Advent Calendars last year, and they were a foot-stomping, rip-roaring hit.  (By giving away several pressies in time for the first window to open on 1st December, we also saved ourselves a bit of last-minute wrapping hassle.) And turns out it's worked a bit like a chain letter:  the friends we gave them to are ordering them this year for their friends - and so it goes on...

Advent Calendar ClosedIf anything, this year's calendar is even more impressive.  The contents are worth £240, and including some serious A-list beauty treats:  the famous Sisley Masque Crème à la Rose Noire (black rose mask), a classic Stila Lip Glaze, NEOM Complete Bliss Moroccan Blush Rose Organic Hand Cream, Balance Me Super Toning Body WashAromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil (one of our fave launches of 2013) - and a full-size Steam Cream!

Most sizes are trial or travel sizes, but it's a heck of an introduction to some great brands.  The calendar is previewing from today at the YOU Beauty Discovery site, so you're literally the first to see it.

Can't recommend it highly enough, for any beauty-hound.  (We've got one in the office, too - and even though we are deluged with beauty products from brands, there's nothing like the anticipation of what's in today's window...!

Meanwhile, apologies to friends and family for wrecking any surprises!

UK readers find the YOU Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar at the YOU Beauty Discovery Club site, which is£49.95 - buy here