From Jo Malone to Charlotte Tilbury


It may only be August but this year’s beauty advent calendars are already landing on our desks.

In case you missed it, chocolate advent calendars are so 2004 and now it’s all about getting your beauty fix at Christmas. After all, who doesn’t want the excitement of opening a door to find a deliciously decadent beauty product to pamper yourself with throughout the whole month of December?

This year, the leading beauty brands have upped their game and released some of the most incredible advent calendars we’ve ever seen.

Indulgence is this year’s theme and some of our favourite brands, such as Jo Malone, Charlotte Tilbury, L’Occitane and Net-a-Porter, have set the bar very high.

Each calendar is jam-packed full of goodies from small bottles of perfume to handy travel minis of skincare, make-up and hair products you simply can’t live without.

There are so many to choose from even we have been overwhelmed. However the choice means there really is a beauty advent calendar for everyone – so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect one for you, or your loved one.

What better way than to count down to Christmas with your very own Jo Malone advent calendar? This year’s offering is filled with 24 miniatures behind each door, including the much-loved Blackberry and Bay Cologne (9ml) and English Pear and Freesia Body Créme (15ml) alongside new additions such as Bronze Wood and Leather Cologne Intense (9ml), giving you a beautifully scented option for each day.

The hotly anticipated Boots No 7 Advent Calendar has arrived, but sadly it is under wraps until late October. However, we can reveal that behind each door will feature some of the best No 7 skincare and make up products worth up to £174, plus seven lucky people will find seven golden tickets that are hidden and are each worth £700 which is redeemable on all No 7 products.

Calling all beauty lovers: the first ever Cult Beauty advent calendar is here, and it’s seriously impressive. The beauty retailer’s new calendar features an incredible edit of the world’s most-wanted products and big beauty players such as Huda Beauty, Dr Barbara Sturm, Augustinus Bader and Laura Mercier. Worth over £680, each drawer reveals a dazzling selection of goodies, making this the ultimate treat for yourself or a loved one this Christmas. Plus, one lucky buyer will win a Golden Ticket worth £1,000 Cult Beauty pounds to spend – what more would you want?

Following the huge success of its beauty advent calendar last year – which sold out within two weeks – Feel Unique’s incredible offering is back and better. The luxury calendar features 24 skincare, makeup and hair care products in a box design inspired by the aurora borealis. You’ll find a combination of deluxe and full sized products from luxury brands such as Rituals, Nuxe, Huda Beauty, Perricone MD and Aveda to make that Christmas countdown even more special than before.

Available to preorder from 16 September and to buy from 10 October

Feel Unique, £45

Inside Feel Unique’s 12-door calendar, beauty lovers will find some of their favourite and most coveted products ranging from skincare and make up to haircare. The calendar box also has an intergalactic theme, making the countdown to the Big Day even more special as you unveil some of the most coveted beauty products available. Expect to find goodies such as Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow (7ml) , Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF 30 (15ml), Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liner Pumpkin (1.2g) and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (30ml).

Available to preorder from 16 September and to buy from 10 October

Lush, £195

For the first time ever, Lush has unveiled its limited edition beauty advent calendar jam-packed full of all your favourite cruelty-free, vegan and handmade products including bath bombs, scrubs and its packaging free lipsticks. The calendar box is also made from recyclable materials and contains 24 full size lush products, including five retro products from way back when. But you’ll have to be quick; the British brand only made 500 of them.

Available from 29 August

Charlotte Tilbury, £150

Amongst everything else she does, Charlotte Tilbury aces her annual beauty advent calendar. This year’s Glittering Galaxy of Make-up Magic is jam-packed of full-size and miniature products to create two stunning beauty looks and is only £150. Expect to find a full-sized cult-favourite Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, Eyes to Mesmerize in Star Gold and Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamond, as well as mini versions of Take It All Off, Legendary Lashes and the Multi Miracle Glow. DARLINGS.

Available from 3 October

bareMinerals, £79

Clean beauty lovers will be pleased to know that this year’s offering from bareMinerals contains 24 of its best-loved products across face, colour and skincare in both mini and Deluxe sizes. Count down to Christmas and discover beauty favourites such as the Mini Mineral Veil, Mini Pressed Bronzer, Mini Lash Domination Mascara and Skinlongevity Deluxe Sample, plus more.

Available from 13 September

Jo Loves, £300

The Jo Loves advent calendar is the perfect treat for yourself or someone you love. It features 24 deluxe miniature products, including 8x10ml fragrances, 8 x 85ml Hand and Body Cleanser, 4 x 85ml Hand and Body Lotion, 1 x 85ml Pomelo Shampoo, 1 x 85ml Pomelo Conditioner, 6 x 35g Votive Candles and one full size Christmas Trees Home Candle behind the 25th door, the perfect treat for Christmas morning.

Available from 8 October

Net-A-Porter, £225

The annual Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Christmas Advent calendar is what dreams are made of. It includes 15 full-size products and 10 travel size products from makeup and skincare to haircare and bath and body. Notable products include Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil (15ml), Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel (60ml) and Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Hydrating Masks (0.35ml).

Available from October

Harrods, £250

Following the sell-out success of the two previous calendars, Harrods is back with its 25-door beauty advent calendar with products that have been handpicked from the range of products available in the luxury department store’s new Beauty Hall. The calendar features make-up, skincare, haircare and more, from Huda Beauty’s Demi Matte Lipstick to the celeb favourite 111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask and Penhaligon’s fragrance and an Ex Nihilo candle.

Available from 1 October

ESPA, £130

The much-awaited ESPA Precious Moments beauty advent is here for the festive season and is the perfect addition for anyone wanting to truly wind down throughout the festive period. Behind 24 doors, you’ll find a plethora of limited edition and handpicked products to help you truly look after your skin, body and mind, including Tri-Active™ moisturiser (15ml), Restorative Bath Oil (15ml) and a Winter Spice candle (70g), as well as the Skin Rescue Balm (3g), Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Tube (15ml) and Smooth and Firm Body Butter (£15ml).

Available from October. Join the waitlist here

Pukka, £9

If you love tea, you’ll love Pukka’s new advent calendar. It features 24 different blends of tea to enjoy a brew a day leading up to Christmas. Each tea is organic and suitable for all tastes and occasion.

Available online from 4 September and in stores from 16 September

Nivea, £40

Behind each door of Nivea’s Winter Wonders advent calendar this year, you’ll find sumptuous face and body products that are well known and loved. It contains 18 full size or travel-friendly Nivea products from refreshing cleansing classics, such as NIVEA Daily Essential Extra Gentle Eye-Makeup Remover to pampering must-haves such as the Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion. There are also six beauty bonuses such as a makeup sponge, eye mask and shower puff.

Available from 16 September

Nivea, £40

Pamper yourself this year with Nivea’s 18-door advent calendar which features all of the brand’s caring classics from the MicellAIR Skin Breathe Micellar Water 3-in-1 Make-Up Remover and the Good Morning Fresh Skin Refreshing Face Mask. There are 18 full size or travel-friendly products to choose from, plus six beauty extras such as a cleansing mitt, sleeping bask and body sponge.

Available from Sept/Oct

Fortnum & Mason, £195

After selling out within two weeks last year, beauty aficionados will be pleased to hear that Fortnum & Mason’s beauty advent calendar has returned for a second year. Containing 25 luxury items handpicked from Fortnum’s beauty floor from skincare and makeup to haircare and wellness, the advent calendar will be enough to satisfy beauty lovers everywhere. Expect to find serums, night creams, candles and bath oils to make that countdown to Christmas that little bit more special.

Available from late September

Lumene, £89.90

Inspired by Finland’s breathtaking nature of the Finnish landscape, Lumene’s beauty advent calendar features 24-luxury products from the entire range, from the Glow Boost Essence to the Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask. If you haven’t yet delved deep into Nordic beauty, this calendar is the perfect way to discover Lapland’s best kept beauty secrets to achieve glowing skin.

Available from October/November

Decleor, £85

Discover new beauty treats through December with Decleor’s new advent calendar. It contains 24 skin saviours suitable for every skin type from the brand’s bestselling ranges and features 8 full size products as well as 16 deluxe sizes. Expect to find Decleor favourites such as the Green Mandarin Sun-Kissed Cream, Intense Nutrition Lip Balm and the Aromessence Neroli Amara Hydrating Oil Serum.

Available from October

The Body Shop, £49

The new advent calendars have been inspired by the streets of Brighton, the spiritual home of The Body Shop where Anita Roddick opened her first store in 1976. The original advent calendar is filled with 24 goodies from The Body Shop’s iconic bath and body ranges.

Available from 9 September

The Body Shop Deluxe, £68

The Deluxe advent calendar has 25 specially chosen treats hidden behind 25 doors, including icons from the Drops of Youth and Oils of Life skincare collections, alongside makeup bestsellers.

Available from 9 September

The Body Shop Ultimate, £99

The Ultimate has everything you love from The Body Shop and more. It features products from the Drops of Youth and Oils of Life skincare collections and make-up, plus every day has a message that celebrates the achievements of brilliant women who dreamed big and made history.

Available from 9 September

Macmillan, £40

Not only can you treat yourself this Christmas with a plethora of beauty products, but in doing so, you can also give back. Every sale of this Macmillan advent calendar donates £2 to the charity. It contains hero products from brands such as Liz Earle, Champneys, Botanics and Soap & Glory, ensuring you, or the one you love, has a relaxing and stress-free Christmas.

Available from 16 September

Look Fantastic, £79

Look Fantastic’s incredible beauty advent calendar is back and better with 25 products ranging from makeup and skincare to haircare and beauty tools from bestselling brands, including Morphe, OSKIA, Illamasqua, Caudalie and Elemis. Expect all your favourite beauty products in travel-friendly sizes so you can enjoy each product through the winter months and beyond.

Available from 5 September to preorder and buy from 1 October

L’Occitane, £49

The classic calendar from French-beauty brand L’Occitane features 24 irresistible beauty treasures behind each door, featuring cult-favourite products such as the Almond Milk Concentrate, the Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel and an intensive Hand Balm.

Available from 19 September

L’Occitane, £89

The luxury advent calendar takes you on a 24-day pamper journey with products such as L’Occitane’s Immortelle Reset Serum to its Almond Shower Oil and Herbae Fragrance.

Available from 19 September

Diptyque, £320

This super-luxe advent calendar from Diptyque comes at a price, but is packed full of the brand’s best-selling candles and fragrances. The calendar was created in collaboration with artist Olaf Hajek to celebrate the festivals that mark the end of the year. His artwork evokes and reinterprets the popular, colourful and flowery themes found in naive art: luck, protection and harmony. Behind 25 doors you will find a 2019 limited edition candle (70g), 13x35g bestselling candles (including Baies, Santal and Feu de Bois) and Art du Soin infused face oil (15ml).

Available from 16 October

Elemis, £165

Treat you, or your loved ones, with the ultimate luxury skincare advent calendar. With 25 little drawers full of award-winning and bestselling Elemis products, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a little bit of R&R through the holidays. The advent calendar features miniature version of the brand’s best-loved products, including the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (20g), Superfood Day Cream (20ml) and the Gentle Foaming Facial Wash (30ml). And on Christmas morning you’ll open the doors to a full-sized jar of the brand’s iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – dying.

Available from 5 September

Next, £30

Next’s beauty advent calendar is pretty impressive for the price. For £30, you’ll be treated to 24 of Next’s bestselling beauty products found in store from skincare to makeup, including eyeshadows, blusher, a lip scrub and a bottle of micellar water.

Available from October

Penhaligon’s, £350

For those wanting a fragrant countdown to the big day, this limited edition advent calendar will give you a new surprise each day. It features a range of hand and body lotions, bath and shower gels, lip balms and a beautiful candle.

Available from 4 October from selected retailers

NUXE, £59

Available from 1 October

Birchbox, £70

This year’s Birchbox offering features 25 beauty treats from the likes of Bumble and bumble, Oribe, Lumene, Caudalie and AVEDA, plus a full-size Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara.

Available 1 October. Join the waitlist here.

ASOS, £70

This exclusive beauty advent calendar is back and is full to the brim with 24 makeup bag heroes such as Laura Mercier’s Transclucent Loose Setting Powder and the hydrating Pro-Collagen Marine Cream by Elemis.

Available early September

Soap and Glory, £42

Behind the closed doors of this beauty extravaganza, you will find bath-fizzers, body-buffers and skin-plumpers on the 24 days in December.

Available late September on and Boots stores

Rituals, £59.60

The exclusive 2D calendar is perfect for a loved one or to treat yourself. It is filled with 24 luxury Rituals prpoducts including The Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel Sport, The Ritual of Namasté Pure Face Oil and different mini candles from the renewed Private Collection.

Available from 1 September online and 1 October from all stores

Rituals, £89.90

There’s no need for a Christmas tree this year when you have a Rituals one. The 3D advent calendar is designed to look like a real tree and includes 24 luxury presents to open each day throughout the month. It features products such as the new Amsterdam Collection Body Mist, different mini candles from the renewed Private Collection and the Ritual of Namasté Hydrating Ampoules.

Available from 1 September online and 1 October from all stores

Glossybox, £70

After its sell-out debut last year, the Glossybox has revealed their second Advent Calendar which features 25 products with a value of over £350. It’s embargoed so you’ll have to wait until 30 September to see what’s inside.

Available from 6 September


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