Melbourne Cup is over and so the retail world is officially turning its eyes solely to Christmas! One highly sought after Christmas offering that gets snapped before December even arrives are the strictly limited release beauty advent calendars! What’s that you say? You heard right: switch the weird daily chocolate out for a bite sized beauty product and the 12 or 24 days before Christmas get a major dose of end-of-year treat yo’self!
The offerings available in Australia do not match the bounty of gorgeous options in the UK, but nevertheless there are some great choices to add some beauty-induced cheer to your December! 15 in fact, and here they are:
There’s a great range of products in Clinique’s countdown calendar – it contains makeup, skincare and fragrance! Reasonable value too when you compare it to some of the other big name cosmetic houses.
I was initally a bit dubious on the quality of the ASOS pack, but there’s some great brands contained within (think Burts Bees, Dermalogica, Model Co) and the contents is estimated at £175!
3. The Body Shop
The Body Shop has two offerings this year with the most exquisite packaging! This juicy pack contains skincare, makeup, bodycare and accessories. While the little sister calendar (below) has a similar mix of products, the quality and value of this pack is a little higher.
4. The Body Shop
The Body Shop’s second advent calendar also has a mix of makeup, skincare, bodycare and accessories – valued at over $200. A slightly cheaper alternative to it’s pink sister above!
The LookFantastic advent calendar has a high level of mystery surrounding its contents but also insanely good reviews! They say it contains haircare, skincare, bodycare and makeup and is worth more than £300.
6. NYX Cosmetics
An advent calendar for lips and lids – the NYX Advent Calendar is packed with 12 soft matte lip creams and 12 mini eyeshadows in a range of brights and softer hues. Despite NYX being stocked at Priceline, the calendar is not available in Aus so this one needs to ship from the UK.
7. Ciaté London
For those who love polished paws, this is the set you’ve been waiting for! Packed with 22 polishes and 2 x accessories this calendar packs a lot of punch!
Benefit have shrunk their usual offering of a 24 day advent colour to a 12 day version. The result? All the good stuff and none of the fillers. A great alternative for the festive season at a more accessible price point!
9. L’Occitaine En Provence
L’Occitaine’s Advent Calendar is laden with little luxuries you’ll want to take in your handbag or beauty bag when you travel.
10. Molton Brown
LookFantastic is also distributing the luxurious Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar. This pack contains body lotions, hand washes, hair care and homewares (? Yeah not sure about that…) to amp up your festive season. Loving the classic packaging!
An option for the man-folk! Skin, bath and haircare essentials for men. Not available in Australia, the Clairns Men 12 days of Christmas set also comes via the UK.
12. Technic 12 Day Cosmetic Advent Calendar Christmas Countdown
Another 12 day option, this calendar is the cheapest on our list at just over $20 and contains a range of makeup items. Would caution that you get what you pay for to a certain extent with beauty products, but this may be a great option for girls starting to experiment with makeup!
13. Charlotte Tilbury
Luxury plus with Charlotte Tilbury’s World of Legendary Parties holiday Advent Calendar! Containing Charlotte’s best known products. The $295 price tag definitely makes this a true festive luxury… but I dare say it won’t disappoint through the 12 days of Christmas!
14. Estée Lauder
I have saved the most luxurious calendar of all for last! Estée Lauder’s Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar contains the brand’s best skin care, makeup and fragrance and even includes a couple of full-sized products. It is truly a gift to yourself at $450! Limited availability.
Couldn’t pull together a list of advent calendars without including a DIY option. I love this idea so much of creating a calendar for a loved one that includes things you know they will absolutely love. Target has a couple of options, this one’s my favourite.
If money was no object I think I’d indulge in the Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties calendar. So much luxurious loveliness! In the more realistic price range, I think the L’Occitaine calendar will have lots to love! Ultimately if you head for a brand whose products you love, you’re unlikely to be disappointed! (NB: if your calendar of choice is sold out, try eBay and Amazon – often they’ll pop up for resale!)
Are you planning on indulging in a beauty advent calendar this year? Have you had one before? Is there one you’ve seen is available in Aus that I’ve not included? Lets chat more in the comments below!