The humble advent calendar is no longer about a small piece of chocolate hidden behind a layer of foil shaped into a festive shape. Luckily for us, the worlds top beauty brands are making the count down to Christmas ever so more exciting with their best selling products shrunk down into miniatures and placed them behind a small cardboard door. EEkk!!
Got your attention? Yep it is soooo exciting and for me, makes waking up just a little easier, knowing I get to open another miniature door and discover which beauty treat I have today.
So here are my top 20 Beauty Calendars of 2016.
1. Molton Brown £150
This is edging on the more expensive of advent calendars, but does contain 24 carefully selected ‘best-smelling’ Molton Brown shower washes, lotions, body polishes and even 3 candles. Is available now from Molton Brown.
2. Benefit, ‘Girl O’ClockRock’ £34.50
This limited addition advent calendar even plays the ‘Bene-Song!’. It is only a 12 day advent, but does stock their 12 best-sellers and is worth over £68! On sale from 14 October from Benefit.
3. ASOS £50
This year ASOS has jumped on the beauty advent calendar bang-wagon and got it spot on. This calendar has contents worth over £175 and include brands such Elemis, NIP-FAB, Philosophy, Burt’s Bees and many more! These will sell out fast, so pick one up here.
4. Dirty Works £10
24 mini treats in the Dirty Works vintage design is just too cute! This advent is perfect for a teenager wanting to try some new products or beauty fan on a budget. Available in Sainsburys from November.
5. Tanya Burr £25
If you love Tanya Burr as much as I do, you will adore this 12 day calendar with limited edition products! Containing a matt lip, glitter nail polishes, eye liners and even glitter pots all festively named, your sure to be ready for the works Christmas party! Available from Superdrug and currently on special at just £15!
6. Liberty £149
One of this years more expensive beauty calendars, but is just stunning! This calendar looks beautiful and any beauty addict will be more than happy with this calendar. With products from Malin + Goetz, Dermalogica, Diptyque, Aurelia and Blink, collectively worth over £400! The calendar itself is decorated on the inside with a beautiful Liberty design and the front has a illustration of the flagship store in a winter scene. Launching at the end of October from here.
7. Sanctuary Spa £25
Packed with various body washes, scrubs, moisturising lotions, two candles and even accessories like exfoliating mitts, this calendar provides you all the tools for a relaxing treat each evening leading up to Christmas, making sure your polished to perfection! At £25 it works out at just 96p an item! Available from boots.com
8. Clarins £95
24 treasures are hidden within this crisp, white, simply designed Clarins calendar. They again have selected their best sellers to treat us with including Hand and Nail treatment, Beauty Flash Balm and Toning Lotion with Chamomile in a 50ml size! Available from Clarins in October.
9. Bare Minerals, Countdown to Gorgeous, £75
Personally I am a huuuuge bare Minerals fan, so having a mini treat 24 days in a row from them is just too much! With Marvellous Moxie Lip Glosses, Eye Shadows, a Minerals Finishing Veil it contains all products you will ever need or want to trial! Available from 1st November from Bare Minerals
10. OPI, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, £59.95
Not satisfied with a 24 day advent calendar, this one from OPI contains 25 different shades of nail polish! Working out at £2.40 a bottle, is a savvy purchase too! Available now and exclusive to John Lewis.
11. No7 & The City, £39
Packed with over £150 worth of products and tools, this is full of No7 favorites! Includes a Perfect Intense ADVANCED Eye Cream, three nail polishes, No7 brushes, a pair of eyelash curlers, Midnight Lash Mascara plus stacks more! Due for release on 28th October WAITING LIST LINK!
12. The Body Shop, £60, £80, £99
Body Shop rarely disappoint and with three advent calendars to choose from, there is one to suit everybodies budget! The Standard Green Advent is priced at £60 containing products worth £106, The Deluxe Pink Advent is priced at £80 with products worth £127.50 and finally The Ultimate Red & Gold Advent is the most expensive at £99, but is worth £187! Available from November.
With 25 windows of luxurious beauty products, this advent features 2 full size products, 19 face products and 6 body solutions, with a combined worth of over £182! Available now from Decleor.
14. Aldi Cuvée Royal Advent Calendar, £19.99
Yep that’s right it’s an Aldi Beauty Advent calendar! I am betting its brilliant! The details of this calendar have been quite hush hush, however if it’s as good value as their other products, it will be amazing! I have found out that it is a 24 window calendar, where 22 of the exclusive mini’s are promised to lift, moisturise and refine the skin! Limited to just 2 per person, launching on 9th October and can be purchased online or direct from store.
15. Feel Unique £30
Stuffed with all our favorite high street beauty brands like Decleor, Ole Henriksen, Rimmel and Bourjois, priced at £30, I reckon it will sell out fast!
16. Look Fantastic – Volume 2, £70
Containing deluxe sample sized skincare, haircare, make up mini’s and bodycare treats this advent is a lovely pre-Christmas treat for any beauty product lover. The contents are worth over £300 so a savvy save too! If you are looking to buy one this year, be sure to order sharpish, as last years advent sold out within two weeks! LINK HERE for the pre-order, release date is 1st November, go, go, go!
17. Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent, £35
£10 more expensive than last year, but does contains products worth £250! The only glitch is that you need to spend £35 in store to be able to purchase the advent calendar, so really it’s costing you £70! Currently no pre-order or order link, but rumored to be on sale on the 10th November, so set your alarms!
18. Jo Malone £280
The most expensive beauty advent calendars on this blog post, but if you are a Jo Malone fanatic, then I say treat yourself! The calendar is a very pretty Georgian house design with draws for each treat! Within each draw is either a mini perfume, scented candle or scented body cream. Available from 24th October
19. L’OCCITANE Christmas Beauty £42
The quaint French beauty brand has release yet again another beautifully presented advent calendar. Containing 24 mini versions of their best sellers and most desired products for you to treat yourself with! Total value of the products is £80 so another great value advent! Available at L’Occitane boutiques and online from 1st October.
20. Charlotte Tilbury £150
Contained within each draw of ‘Charlotte Tilbury’s World of Legendary Parties’ advent calendar contains one of the best sellers including such beauty heroes as Mini Legendary Lashes, Goddess Skin Clay Mask and Mini Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover. These mini’s are perfect to use on holiday so I say a multi use advent, but is only a 12 day one. Available now from Charlotte Tilbury