The festive countdown is always one of anticipation and delight – and never more so than with a beauty advent calendar. The luxury brands have gone all out this year, with beautifully-presented boxes containing skincare treats, haircare heroes and beauty bestsellers. And the best bit? The calendars also offer excellent value, many of them worth multiple times their price tag. Here’s our edit of the best still available to buy – but be quick, they sell out fast…
This marks the 10th anniversary of Selfridges’ beauty advent calendars, which have always set the bar high when it comes to editing covetable skin, hair and make-up surprises in the run-up to Christmas Day. This year’s offering is packed with over £500 of beauty favourites, including Dr Barbara Sturm’s Glow Drops, Byredo’s 1996 hand cream, Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance lipstick, Escentric Molecules’ 01 fragrance and a Penhaligon’s candle, while the recyclable box features a pretty rose-hued illustration of the London store.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures advent calendar offers 12 drawers each containing a cult product for 12 days of celebration in the run up to Christmas. Featuring a mix of full-sized products (such as her now iconic Pillow Talk lipstick in a full size and flattering Beauty Light Wand highlighter) as well as several travel-sized ones (including a primer, eyeliner and her brilliant Magic Cream), this advent calendar is a must-have for beauty buffs.
This cylindrical advent calendar, in the Italian fragrance brand’s instantly-recognisable sunshine yellow, lets you start each day in December with a fresh new fragrance. Behind every door – each of which is exquisitely illustrated by Chinese artist Oamul, best known for his surreal, modern take on the world – is an Acqua di Parma signature, from perfumes to bath salts to candles, as well as a final surprise on 25th December.
This limited edition advent calendar will bring festive cheer to any mantelpiece, thanks to its charming Christmas illustrations by Parisian artist and graphic designer Ugo Gattoni. Every day will reveal a different product in one of the perfume house’s iconic scents, from cult-status candles like the Moonlight Fir edition and a selection of miniature eaux de toilette and eaux de parfum to metal tree decorations, which will give any home a touch of Diptyque magic this winter.
A brilliant way to try out the range of products from one the world’s leading names in skincare, this colourless advent calendar from Dr Barbara Strum reflects the brand’s stripped-backed, molecular approach. 24 of her classic treatments appear in full, deluxe and sachet sizes, from the highly effective Enzyme Cleanser to the antioxidant-rich Super Anti-Ageing Primer. The perfect present for serious skincare devotees.
Following its sell-out debut last year, the Cult Beauty advent calendar is back. The curated 32-piece edit includes skin- and haircare heroes and beauty bestsellers, from Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream to Oskia’s Liquid Mask Lactic Acid Micro-Peel – and is worth a not insubstantial £930. Plus, one advent calendar will include a “golden ticket” aka a £1000 Cult Beauty voucher. As if that wasn’t reason enough to snap one up, the brand has collaborated with Beauty Banks, a charity which supports those living in poverty in the UK who cannot afford personal care and hygiene products, with £15 from each calendar sold going towards the non-profit organisation.
The first of its kind in the UK, this beauty advent calendar is vegan, cruelty free and plastic free so that you know every time you open one of its doors, you can enjoy its ethical contents – a mix of beauty and lifestyle products with a value of £325 – guilt free. It’s also customisable, letting you choose the shade of make-up you want and the top size you take. Best of all? Three of the days involve a donation to charity, meaning that by buying this calendar, you’ve done a good deed for Christmas.