Christmas is well and truly on the way. The supermarkets have started blasting The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” and last week, the John Lewis Christmas advert sent the internet into a meltdown once more—I mean, who doesn’t love Moz the Monster. And a massive part of this Christmas prep is the annual purchase of a beauty Advent calendar, and if you haven’t already sorted yours, we suggest you get moving.
Yep, we may still have a good few weeks before December rolls around but these beauty advent calendars are like gold dust. They racked up mega-long waiting lists, and many have already sold out, including Liberty London’s, Elemis’s and Jo Malone’s. I know: Who are these über-prepared people, and how can we be more like them?
Not all is lost, however, as there are a fair few calendars still in stock, like this incredible four-drawer cabinet of beauty wonders by LookFantastic (£79). But it’s selling out fast, so if you want a December fuelled with the joy of opening a tiny cardboard door to reveal a new beauty product every single day, you’re going to have to get you orders in ASAP.
So to avoid disappointment on 1 December, click through to reveal the 43 Advent calendars guaranteed to make the Christmas countdown a whole lot more exciting.
FeelUnique’s Advent offering may be one of the more affordable ones available, but it doesn’t scrimp on products. Inside you’ll find miniature versions of bestsellers from Jurlique, Nyx, Rimmel and Inika along with a packet of those oh-so-useful Invisibobbles.
Okay, okay, this one may be pretty pricey, but as it contains everything you need to make yourself and your home smell divine while you’re entertaining over the Christmas period, we reckon it’s a worthy investment.
Inside The Body Shop’s Advent calendar, you’ll of course find a few pots of its iconic body butter, but alongside it, you’ll be treated to a host of lip balms, hand creams, shower gels and makeup tools—including the best pair of eyelash curlers you’ll ever try.
We’re sworn to secrecy as to the exact products that lie inside the drawers of LookFantastic’s calendar, but let’s put it this way: You won’t be disappointed by the mixture of full-size bottles and larger-than-average samples. The contents are worth over £300.
When it comes to mineral makeup, we’re nothing short of obsessed with BareMinerals Tinted Mineral Veil Finishing Powder. Luckily, you’ll get a pot of it inside of this calendar, as well as more lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows than you’ll know what to do with.
If you agree that there are few things in this world as satisfying as the first swipe of a fresh, untouched lipstick bullet, get ready to experience that joy every single day throughout the run-up to Christmas. From creamy, satin-finish bullets to matte liquid lipsticks, Nyx’s Advent calendar is set to make December that much more colourful.
The only fault we can find in Liz Earle’s Advent calendar is that it only has 12 doors. Thankfully, inside each one is a skincare treat so efficacious that we can look past that. Yes, there’s a Hot Cloth Cleanser, and yes, we’re obsessed too.
Inside the first of two Advent calendars by Rituals this year, you’ll find a bottle of Foaming Shower Gel (which we can’t get enough of) and a jar of Sea Salt Hot Scrub that will slough away that grey winter skin just in time for the Christmas party.
Clarins obsessives, listen up. This Advent calendar is bound to brighten up those 12 grey mornings in the lead-up to the big day. If winter hasn’t been so kind to your lips, you’ll be grateful for the day that delivers the Lip Oil, and we’re particularly excited to uncover the miniature candle. That’ll go very nicely on the side of the tub, thank you very much.
Perching chic miniature bottles of Molton Brown’s delightful bath creams and shower gels on the side of the tub is a sure way to impress guests, and with this Advent calendar, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so.
If you know makeup, you know that Makeup Revolution has somewhat of a cult following thanks to its wide range of products that work just as hard as so many luxury alternatives. If you didn’t know, then this Advent calendar is a good place to get acquainted with the brand. You’ll be coming back for more, we promise.
Behind the 12 doors of Charlotte Tilbury’s calendar lies every single component required to create a killer smoky eye–and–red lip look for your Christmas party, plus the essentials to soothe your hungover skin the morning after. Oh, and miniatures don’t get much cuter than the teeny-tiny pot of Tilbury’s cult Magic Cream.
If you’re a serial holidayer, consider L’Occitane’s Advent calendar your full set of toiletries for the next six months. Inside, you’ll find shampoos, soaps, body lotions and hand creams, each weighing in below that 100-millilitre carry-on limit.
An underdog in the department store world, Fenwick houses all of our favourite brands and then some. Inside this Advent calendar, you’ll find minis from cult Instagram brands including Ouai, Charlotte Tilbury and Aurelia, as well as popular classics from Clinique, Laura Mercier and Aveda. Oh, and we can’t wait to burn that AromaWorks candle on Christmas morning.
Nobody does bath time quite like Cowshed, and inside this Advent calendar lies a whole host of treats to fill your tub while making your bathroom look just that little bit more like the ones in Soho House.
Believe it or not, Amazon is a mecca for amazing beauty products. In fact, it’s where Byrdie editors shop for these cult buys. And now it has its own calendar, with products from John Frieda, Crabtree & Evelyn and Laura Geller, to name a few.
Okay, so this is pretty major. The Harrods beauty buyers have scoured the jam-packed beauty hall and handpicked 25 of the greatest products to grace the planet, packaging them up into this rather decadent calendar. We’re talking Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, and an Acqua de Parma candle—and that’s just for starters.
There are all sorts of great beauty minis inside of Birchbox’s calendar—from an Ecotools makeup sponge to a Smith & Cult nail polish and an R&Co hair spray. If you’re a Birchbox subscriber, you’ll also get it at a special price of £65.
In recent years, M&S has really upped its beauty game, introducing brands like Ameliorate, Ren and Percy & Reed to its shelves. This calendar features the best of the M&S beauty hall for a rather reasonable price. The only catch? It’s only available to customers who spend £35 or more on clothing, beauty or homeware.
On sale: Sold out online, available in some stores
Arguably the mother of all Christmas countdowns, the 24 colourful doors of Jo Malone’s calendar contain some of the brand’s most iconic products—each in miniature form. Expect travel-size candles, miniature body lotions and fragrances small enough for even the tiniest clutch bag.
Yes, this one has some great skincare options, but the thing we’re most excited about are the teeny-tiny perfume bottles inside this Advent calendar. You’ll find miniature scents from Hermès, Chloé and Guerlain, plus the new Aura fragrance by Mugler.
Kiehl’s is definitely one of our go-to brands when it comes to skincare, and this calendar offers up some familiar favourites like Creme de Corps (the best body lotion, FYI) as well as some gems we’d forgotten about, like the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.
Feeling non-committal? Rather than choose just one brand’s Advent calendar, consider Estée Lauder’s. The parent company has pulled together some of the best-selling products from across its portfolio of brands to fill this incredible Advent calendar. Expect treats from Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Aveda and GlamGlow. A dream.
If your skincare regimen needs a bit of a reboot, you’ll want a month of discovering Elemis’s hero products. If you want our advice, look out for the mini-tub of Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (nothing removes makeup quite as quickly) and the vial of Pro-Collagen Marine Oil, which will give tired winter skin a much-needed kick start.
This year’s Benefit calendar will send you on a whirlwind tour of the brand’s most iconic products, from the softly pearlescent Highbeam highlighter to the shimmer-free Hoola Bronzer to the ultimate skin complexion-blurring primer, Porefessional.
If that signature Soap & Glory scent is like catnip to you, this calendar will make sure you smell just as delicious for the entirety of December. There’s plenty of shower minis as well as the brand’s hyper-pigmented Gloss Sticks.
Is it wrong to want an Advent calendar for one product alone? On one day in December, you’ll find the brand’s Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, which is incredible at cleansing the scalp and lifting hair at the roots. Thankfully, the other 24 days are looking pretty good too, with products like bath oils, serums and face creams.
ASOS’s Advent calendar has it all: Korean skincare finds, under-the-radar brands, and some of the best-selling products from beauty heavyweights like Cowshed and Smashbox. And once you’ve scraped every scrap of cream and squeezed every drop of shampoo out of the 24 products, there’s a 20% discount card for the retailer’s new Face + Body department, so you can restock all your new beauty finds on the cheap.
Another brand that has got in on the Advent calendar action early is Decleor. By the time you’ve opened all 24 doors of this rather fancy calendar, your bathroom will start to feel more like a decadent Parisian spa. It’s got all the cleansers, eye creams and serums you will need to see you into the New Year with super-glowy skin.
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