Whether you’re after luxurious treats or value for money, there’s a beauty advent calendar for everyone.
The countdown to Christmas is always exciting, but beauty advent calendars make each morning all the more special.
From Jo Malone and Charlotte Tilbury to Marks & Spencer and The Body Shop, the high street is filled with a wide range of beauty advent calendars, and tucked behind the doors lies an assortment of cult skincare, must-have make-up and addictive perfumes. The only difficult decision to make is whether to buy one for yourself or someone else.
Historically, beauty advent calendars sell out pretty quickly - and we have no doubt that it’ll be the same story this year. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most sought and fought over options for 2019. But be quick…
Jo Malone Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Harder to get your hands on than a Willy Wonka golden ticket, Jo Malone’s Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar is one of the most sought-after festive launches year-after-year.
Behind each of its 24 doors lies a Jo Malone treat spanning across its colognes, fragrances, home products and bath & body range. This includes brands favourites such as Blackberry & Bay Cologne (9ml) and English Pear & Freesia Body Crème (15ml), as well as new Jo Malone additions such as Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne Intense (9ml).
Jo Malone’s Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar is available from jomalone.co.uk and selected boutiques from 1 October.
The Ritual of Advent – Deluxe 3D Advent Calendar
Rituals is bringing some much needed serenity to Christmas this year.
Behind its 24 doors, you’ll find body and soul gifts, including hero products like the new Amsterdam Collection Body Mist, Mini Candles from the renewed Private Collection and The Ritual of Namaste Hydrating Ampoules.
The Ritual of Advent is also available in a 2D version for £59.90. Also designed with 24 doors, this version includes special products like the Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel Sport andThe Ritual of Namaste Pure Face Oil.
Both advent calendars will also contain four new Advent Mini Candles, all of which have been designed exclusively for The Ritual of Advent. Each one will be hidden behind a door to be opened on every Sunday of December, in line with the tradition of Advent.
The Ritual of Advent Deluxe Calendar, £89.90, available from 1 September 2019 at RITUALS.com and from the 1 October in Rituals Cosmetics stores and selected Department Stores.
NET-A-PORTER Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar
With 25 drawers packed with a wide range of make-up, skincare, haircare and bath & body products; Net-A-Porter’s Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar, £225, is as exciting as it is luxe. Each day, you’ll discover a treat from brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Dr Dennis Gross and Larry King Haircare. As if that wasn’t enough, from the 23 products, an impressive 15 of them are full-size, while the remaining 10 are available in convenient travel sizes.
The Net-A-Porter Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar, £225, launches 1 October at net-a-porter.com
Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar
This year, iconic department store Fenwick has created a beauty advent calendar, £150, that is as impressive as it is beautiful. Fenwick’s 2019 Artist in Residence, Julie Verhoeven, has design a magical cover based on Christmas fairies.
As for what’s tucked behind the incredible design? Those lucky enough to get there hands on one will get 24 days of the department store’s bestselling skincare, make-up, hair, fragrance and body products, which includes brands like MAC, The Ordinary, Charlotte Tilbury, Shiseido, REN, Estee Lauder and Aveda. In fact, some drawers have two treats in them, meaning you get an impressive 27 items in total.
Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar, £150, available at fenwick.co.uk and all Fenwick stores from 21 October
The Body Shop Christmas Advent Calendar
Like last year, The Body Shop is releasing not one, not two, but three beauty advent calendars for 2019.
In line with the brand’s charitable ethos, each calendar will contribute towards a young girl’s future. The Body Shop has teamed up with Plan International, a global children’s charity that helps to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all around the world. If you shop with The Body Shop between November and December 2019, you’ll be supporting Plan International to provide skill to 1,500 girls in Indonesia and Brazil.
As for the calendars themselves, you’re spoilt for choice. Each one features a design inspired by the brand’s very first Brighton store, which opened in 1976. The Beauty Advent Calendar, £49, is filled with 24 products across The Body Shop’s iconic bath and body range. While the Deluxe Advent Calendar, £69, and the Ultimate Advent Calendar, £99, contain 25 iconic products, including its skincare collection and bestselling make-up. Plus, each day has a message that celebrates incredible women in history. Truly inspirational.
The Body Shop’s advent calendars, from £49, available at thebodyshop.com and all Fenwick stores from 9 September
NUXE Beauty Advent Calendar
From its cult dry oil Huile Prodigieuse to its popular lip balm, French brand NUXE is all about nourishing skin and hair. In this year’s beauty advent calendar, £59, NUXE is offering 24 products that are all about taking some time for yourself.
NUXE Beauty Advent Calendar, £59, is available at uk.nuxe.com from 1 October
Atelier Cologne Luxury Advent Calendar
With 24 deluxe perfume products on offer, the Atelier Cologne Luxury Advent Calendar, £250, is every perfume enthusiast’s dream. It’s also the perfect way to discover new scents to suit you.
For this year’s advent calendar, Atelier Cologne has put the orange fruit at the heart of its Christmas offering. While it’s associated with summer, it’s als a traditional treat found in Christmas stockings - something Atelier Cologne wanted to celebrate. Plus, the orange is the star of its iconic Cologne Orange Sanguine, giving you a whiff of the Amalfi Coast this holiday season. Alongside scents, you’ll also find shower gels, body lotions, travel sprays, soaps and full-sized hand creams.
Atelier Cologne’s Luxury Advent Calendar, £250, will be available at selfridges.com and in Selfridges stores from 1 October
NYX Love Lust Disco Advent Calendar
With it’s high quality formulas and affordable price tags, the Stylist beauty desk are big fans of NYX Cosmetics - and it’s Love Lust Disco Advent Calendar, £60, is the perfect opportunity to try a range of products from the brand for yourself.
This year, the brand is focusing on the sultry glam of disco, and has packed its calendar with 24 full-sized products across its lip, eye and face item. Yep, 24 full-sized products worth £210, but yours for £60.
NYX is also offering a smaller calendar, filled with 12 lip products spanning across its cult gloss and lipstick collections. And yes, all of these 12 products are full-sized, too.
NYX Love Lust Disco Advent Calendar, £60, will be available from 1 September at superdrug.com and in Superdrug stores
Birchbox Countdown to Beauty Advent Calendar
Every month, Birchbox treats its customers to an array of beauty products to try and test. So, it’s not surprising that it’s Countdown to Beauty Advent Calendar, £70, is loaded with 25 surprises from sought-after brands like Oribe, Lumene, Bumble and Bumble, Caudalie and Aveda. As if that wasn’t enough, day 25 will unveil a full-size Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - just in time to wear on Christmas Day.
Molton Brown Beauty Advent Calendar
Described as a ‘clandestine celebration of fragrance experiences’, Molton Brown’s beauty advent calendar, £175, is an exciting option to see you through the festive season.
With gorgeous packaging inspired by The Roaring Twenties, there are 24 doors filled with its rituals and home infusions ranges. Even better, each day brings a new delicious scent to try in your home. Lavish or what?
Molton Brown Beauty Advent Calendar, £175, is available from 18 September at moltonbrown.co.uk and in Molton Brown stores
ESPA Precious Moments Advent Calendar
A truly indulgent treat, this calendar is designed to encourage you take time to look after your skin, body and mind - something that’s especially important at Christmas.
Each of the 25 drawers has been packed with a hand selected ESPA treat, including bath oils, moisturisers, candles and more.
Last year’s sell-outs
More and more 2019 Christmas beauty advent calendars are being unveiled as the weeks go by, so watch this space.
In the mean time, here’s some of last year’s bestselling beauty advent calendars to help give you a sense of what’s to come…
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Universe Makeup Gift Set
Charlotte Tilbury is pulling out all of the stops with this year’s magical beauty advent calendar. Each day you’ll get mini treats, including the Multi-Miracle Glow, iconic Magic Cream and her Full Fat Mascara. It also has makeup bag staples like Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk and Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren. Consider yourself spoiled this Christmas.
L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
Count down to Christmas with the best of the best from L’Occitane with their luxury advent calendar offering. This fun calendar offers 24 miniatures of the best skincare and bodycare. Every day will be a pamper session.
The 12 Days of Liz Earle Advent Calendar
With a new look and stellar line-up of goodies for 2018, Liz Earle’s advent calendar lets you experience a luxurious surprise each day with a dozen miniature skincare favourites, botanical body-care and hair-care heroes. It includes the popular Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Superskin Concentrate among other beauty favourites – a perfect way to prep your skin for Christmas.
Clarins 12 Days of Advent Calendar Skincare Gift Set
Hidden inside the floral boxing is all of the classic Clarins skincare products you need to give you flawless skin in the run up to Christmas.
Diptyque Advent Calendar
Every year, Diptyque bring out an incredible beauty advent calendar that instantly sells out - and we’re sure this year’s offering won’t be any different. The Diptyque 2018 advent calendar lets customers indulge in 25 little pleasures this Christmas. It includes a range of their iconic products to help you enjoy your favourites and explore something new.
Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box
Selfridges has decided to skip out on an advent calendar this year, opting for a selection box instead. It includes high-end skincare like Caudalie, makeup favourites such as Illamasqua and hair care heroes like OUAI. Even better, you can decide whether to space out your selection or whether you want to rip it all open in one go.
24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar
Clinique is spoiling you for choice with an advent calendar boasting 25 of its must-have mini products. It includes make-up brushes, lipsticks and liners to help you get ready for any party, along with skincare to help you prep for the next one.
Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar
It’s easy to see why Marks & Spencer’s advent calendar is so popular every year. It has an immense assortment of 25 indulgent beauty favourites, including L’Occitane, Nuxe and REN. What’s more, it’s worth over £250 but costs just £35 when you spend £35 elsewhere in store. A steal.
Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for luxury and indulgence no one hits the mark better than Harrods. Filled with a massive selection of the beauty industry’s favourites, including Charlotte Tilbury, Givenchy, SUQQU, NARS and Laura Mercier, this calendar is one not to be missed.
Susanne Kaufmann Skin Care Advent Calendar
Natural beauty lovers rejoice: Susanne Kaufmann is back with a new beauty advent calendar for Christmas 2018. Behind each of the 24 windows is one of the brand’s most popular products, including bath oils and salts, facial skincare, haircare and festive teas, each housed in miniature, recyclable glass bottles.
John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar
Every beauty fanatic’s prayers have just been answered: John Lewis has dropped details on its debut luxury advent calendar and it features an impressive array of best-selling bits. Inside you’ll find beauty products from brands like Elemis, Hourglass and Aveda. Get your hands on it quick - we bet it’s going to be a sell out.
Paul and Joe 2 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar
Cat lovers rejoice: Paul & Joe have just announced details of its 2018 advent calendar and it’s just as beautiful as we imagined. Illustations of Gipsy and Nounette (two cats belonging to Paul & Joe designer Sophie Mechaly) feature on the packaging, and inside you’ll find lipsticks, powder and hand lotions to help you countdown to Christmas.
Feel Unique The Little Beauty Parcel Advent Calendar
Inspired by fairy tales and all things enchanted, Feel Unique’s advent calendar is filled with a dreamy range of products to see you through the festive season. It contains a selection of 24 mini skincare, haircare and make-up products, including cult brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Caudalie and REN.
The ASOS Face + Body Advent Calendar
Don’t waste hours trawling through gift edits this year. The ASOS Face + Body calendar will be an undisputed success. Buy one for your nearest and dearest and treat them to the likes of Bobbi Brown and Caudalie every morning. You’ve essentially bought them 24 gifts. Read: serious brownie points.
Debenhams Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar
This is a fail-safe present with treats from well-loved brands like Elemis, Lancôme and Benefit. All bases are covered with all things beauty from cleanser to candles. Who wouldn’t be happy to receive Ouai and MAC in the run up to party season?
Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar
This Liberty advent calendar encapsulates all that is good about the iconic shop. Elegant design backed up by quality products including a Byredo hair perfume and a Diptyque candle. The inside even features their new Juno Feather print with individual drawers for each product. Perfect to recycle for next year!
Elemis Beauty Advent Calendar
This is advent for hardcore skincare fans. It includes 25 of Elemis’ finest in miniature sizes as well as some full size treats. We’re sure this will be a sell-out as soon as it hits stores.
Kiehl’s Skincare Advent Calendar
Kiehl’s, everyone’s favourite skincare brand is launching a beauty advent calendar that’s chock full of best-selling products. It includes the trademark Ultra Facial Cream, the beautifying Midnight Recovery Concentrate and a miniature version of Nightly Refining Micro-Peel. And that’s just a snippet of what’s inside this 24-piece skincare nirvana.
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