Again, I am pretty late with these, but like I said before, I am going to continue reviewing the advent calendars for this year as maybe this way you can still get an impression of what they were like and prepare in advance for next year. I am so sorry!
The Asos advent calendar is definitely not at its first edition, I know this for sure as I followed the reviews of the calendar last year. It was tempting to get it, but at that time and until that time everything I ever ordered from Asos had to go back. Can you believe it? This September was the first ever order form Asos that was worth keeping. Pretty unlucky there, no? Well, the luck changed and that was a huge part of what convinced me to buy the calendar, to risk getting something that in pictures did not look all that appealing. That is right, I saw pictures of the content and I was not entirely sure that I would like the calendar, but I am glad that I decided to take this small risk because the calendar content is pretty neat actually. The value of the calendar is great and the items can surprise you. For example, I was disappointed with the NYX lipstick colour, it was one that I had stayed away from but yet I tried it and fell in love with it. That is the magic of these calendars. You get items that you might not consider ever buying, but then you discover that they are special.
As for the calendar itself, I liked the fact that it is so big. It sounds crazy maybe, but I love huge packages (don’t even go there!). It looks so impressive and makes for an amazing gift. Too bad that it is supposed to be opened starting December 1st and not put underneath the tree. With a few of these you could flood the area underneath the tree which is something I always wanted as a kid. I wanted to see that classic movie scene in real life, but it was not possible for me for various reasons, most of all due to the fact that I always had pretty expensive tastes and also due to the fact that my family is really small so the number of packages was not as big as for families with many members.
Anyway, back to the calendar. Other than its impressive size, the box is made of hard cardboard which compared to the John Lewis one is a nice change. However, not all is great. Some of the items moved around and opening the doors took quite some work. First, they were hard to open and second, you had to keep a finger to where the door ended while you are pulling, in order to ensure that the calendar would not break. Hope that made sense. This is not a huge issue of course, just an observation. These things do bother me sometimes, especially when it comes to boxes that I might want to keep. This is one that I threw out long ago because it was taking too much space and with all the Christmas things I gathered in my London place, there was no way I could have kept it, but in general I prefer my boxes to open properly without having to be extra careful each time and without worrying you are going to ruin your gift.
Overall, I am happy with the calendar and I am so glad that I risked it. I managed to get mine using a student discount so I paid less for it than the actual price which makes the whole deal even sweeter. It was definitely a pleasant surprise and I cannot wait until next year to get a new one (if I am in the UK that is).
What do you think of the Asos calendar?
*Hope you won’t mind, but for a few weeks you might find yourself invaded by my emails. There are things I want to publish before Christmas. Some will contain things other than just new articles *wink.