Trust Me—These Are the Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2019

I get it—we're still very much in August. In fact, the sun has literally only just set on a beautifully balmy bank holiday weekend, and we definitely still have a few more days of summer ahead of us. So I can only apologise for the fact that the beauty industry laughs in the face of traditional seasons and is merrily ploughing its way into Christmas festivities with an onslaught of beauty advent calendars for 2019.

It seems basically bonkers to be thinking about counting down to Christmas while its 27 degrees outside but let's be real—the early bird catches the worm. Or, in this case, the best beauty advent calendar. 

Trust me—the very best ones (hello Birchbox, Elemis and Rituals) have been known to sell out just days after launch in previous years. So if it's important to you to count down to the birth of baby Jesus via a trail of beauty miniatures then you're going to want to get organised.

Game plan: Bookmark this page now. I'll be updating it regularly as I find out about new advent calendar launches and the opening of waiting lists. (Yep, that's right—some of these beauties aren't even on sale yet but already have thousands queueing up to be first in line.) 

For now, keep scrolling to see the best beauty advent calendars of 2019 along with their prices, contents and launch dates.

With a baby due around the festive period, I might skip the hassle of a Christmas tree entirely in favour of this beautiful 3D one from Rituals. It contains 24 luxury Rituals treats, including my favourite foaming shower gel, body mists and skincare alongside miniature candles and a reed diffuser. 

Available: 1 September 2019

For a real mix of classic beauty brands and cult discoveries, the Birchbox advent calendar always delivers—and this year's is no exception. You'll find Scandi skincare from Lumene, luxurious hair care from Oribe and French pharmacy staples courtesy of Caudalie. Plus, there's a full-size Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in the mix too.

Available: 1 October 2019

Last year's Elemis advent calendar sold out in just five days, and I can see why. With contents worth over £344, this is a truly luxurious approach to the countdown to Christmas. It contains Elemis award winners, best sellers and new arrivals as well as a full-size jar of the brand's cult hero—its Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

Available: 5 September 2019

If you're looking for a beauty calendar that's a little cooler than the rest, then you can't go wrong with Lumene's offering. The Scandi skincare brand has filled this Nordic delight with a range of its best-selling products—including its new skin tint and my go-to vitamin C serum—as well as products that are let to launch in the UK.

Available: October 2019

Possibly the fanciest countdown to Christmas that you'll ever enjoy, this bumper beauty advent calendar is worth an enormous £790 and contains 15 full-size and 10 travel-size beauty products. With brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, 111 Skin and Barbara Sturm inside, it's a real treat for lovers of makeup, skincare and haircare.

Available: October 2019

If you always feel frazzled at the end of the year, then ESPA's beauty advent calendar could be the moment of calm that you're looking for. Every product has been designed to calm the skin, body and mind and smells like a spa. Totally dreamy.

Available: October 2019

Expect to see people queueing around the block for this one when it lands at the Knightsbridge store in October. Luckily, you'll also be able to get your hands on this 25-drawer delight online—but I wouldn't hang around. There's an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, cult eye masks from 111Skin, brow must-haves courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills and one of my favourite skincare tools inside, the Foreo Luna Play.

Available: 1 October 2019

It's no surprise that this showstopper of a beauty advent calendar comes courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury. It contains everything you need to create two distinct beauty looks, including your skincare prep, and there are four full-size products inside—including the cult classic Pillow Talk lipstick.

Available: 3 October 2019

Scent lovers will be in their element with this incredible advent calendar from Parisian fragrance house, Diptyque. Containing candles, perfumes and scented bodycare, you'll have the best-smelling countdown to Christmas with this. 

Available: 16 October 2019

I'm a huge fan of French skincare brand L'Occitane, and its luxury advent calendar is a real celebration of its best sellers. From its classic Almond Shower Oil to its cult Immortelle Reset Serum, it contains plenty of treats alongside tips to help you return to nature.

Available: 19 September 2019

The Body Shop have an incredible three advent calendars up for grabs this year, but this is the most purse-friendly. Inside the beautifully illustrated advent calendar, you'll find 24 of the brand's classic bath and body treats, including some special seasonal editions.

Available: 9 September 2019

Boasting contents worth £420, this calendar is one beauty junkies everywhere will be snapping up, so we recommend setting an alarm. This advent calendar is filled with luxury brands like Emma Hardie, Elemis and Philip Kingsley, and there's even a mini Morphe makeup palette in there too.

Available: 1 October 2019 (or 5 September for pre-order)

The beauty advent calendar of dreams, Jo Malone always keep things classic with a chic 24-drawer offering of all its hero products. You'll find mini candles and colognes, moisturisers and body butters—basically everything that a fragrance fan might need. Be warned though: This one is always a sellout.

Available: 1 October 2019

Calling all Lush fans! Your prayers have been answered—Lush has just announced its first-ever advent calendar, and it's a whopper. There are 24 full-size products inside in a reusable unit made from recycled materials. You'll find festive favourites and a few throwback products inside, but with only 500 calendars available, you'll have to move fast.

Available: 29 August 2019

This year's beauty advent calendar from ASOS is right up my street thanks to its mix of cult products like the Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner and Dr. Jart Face Mask, but it also contains some great beauty basics like a Wet Brush and Origins Spot Remover to see you beyond the Christmas season.

Available: September 2019

The award for the cutest advent calendar boxes might just have to go to Lancôme. And they don't just look good on the outside either—they're filled with some of the brand's best-selling makeup and skincare products, including my favourite Hypnôse mascara.

Available: 4 September 2019

If you're into your classic beauty brands, then John Lewis has really come up trumps with this year's beauty advent calendar. For 2019, expect to discover products like Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, Becca's best-selling Champagne Pop Highlighter and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream.

Available: 9 September 2019