Advent Calendars used to be a childish gimmick reserved for confectionary and toy brands, but thank heavens for the handful of beauty brands who started releasing them a few years ago because now they are one of the HOTTEST gifts on the market. Everyone from department stores, beauty brands and beauty retailers seem to offer a version now so we are looking at the very best of them for 2016 to help you make your choice.
Unfortunately, many sell out the minute they are released and by the time you see them touted by your favourite Instgrammers you’ve already missed out. Don’t worry though, there are still heaps around that you’ll love. Treat yo’self, ladies!
I love Boohoo for picking up fast fashion with no time to spare, and this year we can do it with Beauty Advent calendars too! They have 4 on offer – Beauty Christmas Advent, Cube Advent, Glamour Girl Cosmetic Advent and Ice Queen Cosmetic Advent. Each of them are an absolute bargain and come with 24 full-sized and petite beauty products.
Available globally from Boohoo
Nail lovers across the globe insist that the Ciate yearly advent calendars are one of their most favoured collectables. This year the ‘Mini Mani Month 2016’ Nail Polish Advent Calendar is gorgeous boxed in purple and rose gold packaging, contains 22 mini lacquers, 1 full size lacquer and a rose gold glitter nail file.
Australia $85 from Look Fantastic
USA $59 from Sephora
UK £50 from Look Fantastic
L’Occitane en Provence
24 luscious, pampering beauty gifts from L’Occitane are sure to get you feeling fine ahead of the Christmas festivities. The selection includes some of their most prized products as well as some their newer releases.
UK £42 from L’Occitane
NYX Professional Makeup
Want makeup, makeup and more makeup? NYX has you covered with their limited edition Wanderlust Advent Calendar. Inspired by cities from around the world, the beautiful illustrated case includes 25 products to treat you right up until you can rip open those other pressies under the tree.
The Body Shop
This year there are two advent calendars on offer from The Body Shop. Our pick is the 24 Happy Days Deluxe Advent Calendar for it’s cute pink and red colour scheme and affordable price point that delivers a mix of deluxe mini sized and full sized products.
Australia $159 at The Body Shop
USA $125 from The Body Shop
UK £80 at The Body Shop
I’m not sure you’re going to be able to find a better deal than the Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar. There are 24 treats with a combined value of £230 and includes some of my all-time favourite beauty brands, such as Foreo, Too Faced, Tweezerman, BeautyBlender and Eve Lom. It’s limited-edition and a bargain so don’t leave this one till the last minute.
Available globally for £65 from Selfridges
The heavenly scents of Diptyque fragrances are available as perfume, candles and more. With their 2016 Advent Calendar you get a curated collection of the most iconic Diptyque products, including a 70g Limited Edition Roi Sapin Candle.
Australia $485 from Mecca Cosmetica / Maxima
French beauty keeps on delivering with the Nuxe Beauty Countdown Calendar. This one is only a 10-day pack but at least your skin will feel as soft as a fresh rose (and probably smell like one too) when the sun rises on Christmas morning.
Australia – Available internationally for £49 from Feel Unique.
USA $49 from ULTA
The Magic of Beauty calendar was created in collaboration with fashion illustrator Meredith Wing. It contains 12 days of beauty surprises from brands such as Percy & Reed,Ole Henriksen, Bourjois Paris and PÜR Cosmetics, plus a discount code to get 10% off these products on your next purchase should you fall in love with something in particular. Makeup, skincare and body care all for just £30!
Available globally from Feel Unique
We know Estee fans are fiercely loyal so if you know one, grab them the 2016 Holiday Countdown Calendar. The gorgeous box set lets you start each day with a little luxury, including 24 beauty surprises from their best-selling skincare, makeup and fragrance.
Australia $450 from David Jones
USA $275 from Nordstrom
UK £205 from Selfridges
The Beauty Advent calendar from ASOS could possibly be my favourite. Aside from the fact it comes with free shipping worldwide, this 24pc reusable calendar gift box comes filled with skincare, makeup and haircare products from the likes of Dermalogica, Elemis, Philosophy and much more.
Available globally for £50 from ASOS
Countdown to Gorgeous is a spectacular limited edition set for makeup fans. There are 24 top bareMineral products shrunk into deluxe minis to delight you each day in the lead up to Christmas.
Australia $115 from Mecca Cosmetica / Maxima
UK £75 from bareMinerals and Boots
Have you started all your gift shopping yet? Do you plan ahead or do you leave things to the last minute? Let me know by commenting below!