Tis the advent calendar season already and whether you buy a Chocolate one or a beauty one…. they’re back. Personally, I love an advent calendar with a twist. I think it comes from years of good old Dairy Milk (although let’s be honest they’re in the top 5). Now, as an adult, I love to treat myself to the beauty one. It gives me a chance to try a whole variety of products that I would never usually try.
I have found, over the past few years, a couple of really good gems in advent calendars that I now swear by and recommend at any opportunity. They’re also great for that little extra treat, kind of a ‘To me, From me’.
I thought I would put together a post of the top 10 beauty advent calendars to buy this Christmas. As 2020 has been the mother of a year … go on… treat yourself…
We have to start off with the very traditional (for me) Glossybox Advent Calendar. The 2019 calendar was always going to be a tough one to beat. Have they done it in 2020?… yes they have. With big names such as Lee Stafford and Pixi Beauty included it has already been a hugely successful calendar and has already sold out. Shock horror! Every year they sell out super early so I usually make sure my name is on that pre-order list or I set a notification on my phone for launch day.
Featuring a beautiful marble swirl design with touches of Glossybox pink and metallic gold containing 25 beautiful products I almost guarantee you will love.
I love the fact that The Body Shop, without fail, always offer more than one advent calendar. 2020 brings 3 lovely calendars; Make It Real Together Advent Calendar £50, Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar £70 and Make It Real Together Ultimate Advent Calendar £130.
I feel like, since the age of 10, The Body shop in some form has been part of my routine. For me it started off with the Teatree face wash and then it escalated into hair, nails, makeup… you name it and I have probably tried it.
By offering a variety of different calendars and pricing at low, medium and high effectively The Body Shop have managed to not single out any of its clientele. Quite Genius really. Each Advent Calendar offers 24 or 25 items ranging from Mini to Full size. There truly is something for everyone.
Arriving in a beautiful recycled cotton display bag this is one you’re not going to want to miss this year. Inspired by nature and the magic of Provence, inside each pocket you will find a full sized or luxury travel sized product from hand creams to oils to cleansers.
At £160 (worth £230) it is a real treat for yourself, but one that is very worth it. The calendar is completely reusable and is one you can use for years to come. The design is perfect enough to fit in to any design of home. Sleek and simple yet beautiful.
Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar this year is purely for the makeup lovers. It has strayed away from its usual 24/25 doors and this array of products is hidden behind just 12 doors. Having said that, don’t expect traditional, this calendar is a bundle of surprises. The box offers a variety of travel and full size products. Spoiler- the full size products you will receive are a full sized Matte Revolution lipstick, a full sized eye shadow and a full sized Hollywood Beauty Light Wand.
This is a lovely chest for any Charlotte Tilbury beauty lover.
I have only just heard that Amazon do their very own beauty advent calendar and I was very surprised to see how reasonable it is for the products included. Worth well over its £60 price tag at £215, the calendar offers 24 gorgeous windows with 24 big branded products. From Elf to Nip+Fab the calendar is great for those who like to try a whole variety of products from different brands. The majority of the contents are full size items with a few deluxe sample size thrown in there too.
This is a really nice gift for a loved one or relative that loves beauty.
The Limited Edition 2020 Mac Advent Calendar is one I have been super excited to see. Packed with 24 of Mac’s most popular items this is one 100% you do not want to miss. A real mix of full size and mini items available with different shades of lipsticks included. Worth over £300 they are limited to three per customer due to popularity so get in there fast if you want them before they sell out.
If you love simple and everyday useable then the Nivea Ski Lodge advent calendar is for you. There are 24 different products from the NIVEA range from shower gels, hand lotions and face wipes to lip balms and deodorants with some being full size and some mini. Although at the cheaper end of the scale the advent calendar itself is a great purchase.
This advent calendar is a box entirely made up of full size products (yay). A price tag of £40 leaves us with an even bigger smile. With 25 boxes to open the Makeup box offers a huge variety of items including an assortment of exclusive makeup, tools and accessories, including eyeshadows, lip glosses and makeup brushes. Although Revolution is a cheaper makeup brand with not as high a quality to the likes of MAC, the quality for the price is always very very good. The calendar is definitely aimed at those who want a variety of makeup for an affordable price and at £40 it is a price that a lot more people can afford this year.
One the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…. 12 days of Clarins! Worth over £135 this gorgeous box offers 12 absolute gems. The box contains a full size Natural Lip Perfector and SOS Primer and 10 travel-size treats, this is the same products as in their 2019 box but it was a good’un then and it’s still a good’un now.
The Ritual Advent Calendar -£59.90
If anyone knows me they know that the way to my heart is with Rituals. Countdown to a wonderful Christmas with this unique 24 door advent calendar. Rituals never fail to think about each individual little detail and this advent calendar is not excluded from that. Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas and to mark the beginning of this festive period a candle is lit. Therefore, the calendar includes 4 candles which can be lit every Sunday until Christmas has arrived. But it’s not just candles that are included, Hand Balm, Shower Gel and Candles just name a few. The 24 goodies are the 24 best sellers so be prepared for a very excited December.
Compared to previous years advent calendars the mark has officially been stepped up.