Gone are the days where we would look forward to chomping on a cheeky chocolate (or two) each December morning. Now, we’re counting down to Christmas by peeling back those mystery doors and indulging in everything from face serums to hair mists, perfumes and scented candles.
With Christmas creeping up on us, it's only right that we put you on to the best beauty advent calendars out there. Even if you don't count yourself as a beauty fanatic, these calendars are universally adored for their value for money and their ‘treat yo'self’ vibe. Not to mention, they're the perfect way to try out a bunch of new products, whilst also amping up the festive cheer.
This year we're expecting a line-up that's more impressive than ever before as beauty brands battle it out for the ‘best beauty calendar of 2021’ title. From Benefit to Charlotte Tilbury, Clinique to Kiehl’s, there’s something for everyone in this marvellous mix. Although, be warned, they won’t be around for long, so nab your favourite while you can.
Feel Unique take advent calendar FOMO to new heights. Ranking as one of the most-anticipated beauty calendars, it never fails to sell out. This year, Feel Unique have gone bigger and better than ever before, packing their box with the likes of Huda Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Laura Mercier and Clarins. Place your orders now or risk a disappointing start to the festive season!
2021 has been full of surprises, but this festive advent calendar ensures that the last month of the year is a good one. Each morning you can look forward to uncovering everything from skincare and makeup to bath and body care as the 25 drawers are stuffed with beauty treats from your favourite brands.
Give yourself a moment away from the hustle and bustle that comes with Christmas festivities. The ESPA Hidden Treasures Advent Calendar brings a spa-like experience to your home (or anywhere in the world) as 25 mini and travel-sized beauty treats await behind 25 special doors.
Fill those 24 days leading up to Christmas with some of the most popular Dr Hauschka bath, body and skin care products. Known for their natural and organic remedies, the brand has helped millions out when it comes to soothing and beautifying dry skin. This December, you can indulge yourself in the company's best products, thanks to their carefully curated calendar. Discover what a good skin day can feel like in even the coldest of months with Dr. Hauschka.
The Jo Malone Advent Calendar is known for selling out in record time, and you'll soon see why. The generous gift box treats you to 24 luxurious bath, body and fragrance products, including Jo Malone’s most exclusive scent combinations – Myrrh and Tonka, we’re looking at you. You’ll never experience a Christmas more relaxing, as the elite calendar supplies all that you need to indulge in a knockout self-care routine.
Add a splash of glitz and glam with this sell-out advent calendar from Charlotte Tilbury. Featuring two of Charlotte's iconic makeup looks, the calendar contains goodies such as her renowned Magic Cream Moisturiser and the cult-favourite Pillow Talk Lipstick. Getting that A-lister look has never been easier, daaarling.
Who doesn't want to countdown to Christmas with one of the world's finest fashion houses? Balmain ensure that you celebrate this festive season in style with the City of Lights Gift Calendar. Arriving in two sizes (medium and large), the City of Lights Gift Calendar is all about extravagance, from the presentation to the contents. Your hair will look salon-fresh throughout all of December, and beyond.
Christmas is all about firing up candles, indulging in bubble baths and perfecting your self-care routine. This advent calendar from Rituals tantalises all of your senses as it’s filled to the brim with beauty treats that boast decadent aromas, luxe textures and prestige packaging. Expect everything from shampoo and shower gel to body mists and candles. Mums will love this one!
Decléor are helping you attain spa-like skin within the comfort of your own home this Christmas, and it's all thanks to their lavish Decléor Advent Calendar. Throughout the lead up to Christmas, your skin is exposed to some of the most indulgent bath and body treats that leave your mind, body and soul feeling totally rejuvenated.
Whilst fragrance is a classic Christmas gift, there’s nothing classic about this Acqua di Parma Advent Calendar. The high-end brand has handpicked a variety of unique fragrances, as well as bath and body products, and packed them into an impressive box for you to enjoy this festive season. Finding a new signature scent for the next year has never been easier.
Okay, we’re definitely adding this one to our baskets. Molton Brown are famous for their lavish bath and body products – their yearly advent calendar being no exception. Arriving with a swisher-than-swish exterior, the calendar sits beautifully on any bedside table and contains everything you could ever need for a relaxing night in. From body lotions to mini candles and oils, this beauty advent calendar is perfect for anyone deserving of a real pampering session.
This one is for the skincare savvy. Kiehl’s ensure that your complexion is protected from the cold December weather and those Christmas parties by boxing together their cult-favourite products. Throughout the festive season, you can uncover everything from their iconic Ultra Facial Cream to the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and give tired the skin the TLC it deserves.
NYX are loved for supplying beauty on a budget, and their Christmas advent calendar ensures that you bag yourself even more savings. Filled with 24 makeup essentials, including iconic lip, face and eye products, this calendar gives you so much more bang for your buck. Swapping choccies for cosmetics has never been easier!
Susanne Kaufmann knows exactly how to spoil the skincare-obsessed. Looking fantastically festive in red, this treasure trove is stuffed with 25 of the brand's best-selling and most-sought after products. If you take pride in your skincare routine, then you do not want to give this a miss.
Clinique is the beauty brand that’ll help you spruce up your skincare routine for winter, and beyond. The 24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar boasts best-selling and award-winning formulas from top to bottom. Peel back the magical doors to discover the likes of the Moisture Surge Hydrator, Take The Day Off Makeup Remover and Chubby Stick Lip Balm.
Know a big Benefit fan? Or maybe you’re one yourself. Either way, this advent calendar makes the ideal gift for the brow-obsessed. Helping you celebrate Christmas in style, the cosy keepsake box is packed with Benefit’s iconic brow products (Gimme Brow included), as well as the cult Hoola Bronzer and BADgal BANG mascara.
Huda Beauty and Wishful Skincare come together to bring you the ultimate House of Huda 12 Door Advent Calendar. For 12 days, you’re spoiled with Huda Kattan’s best and most-sought after beauty products, including the fan-favourite Obsessions eyeshadow palette.
Other than Christmas day itself, December is a month packed with endless festivities and celebrations. Revolution ensure that you are always party-ready with this epic advent calendar. Brimming with makeup essentials, including lipstick, highlighter, eyeshadow and fixing spray, it’s all the glam a gal, or guy, needs.
Dr. Barbara Sturm is back with her second-ever advent calendar. This year it’s home to 24 extra-special skincare treats, including the iconic Enzyme Cleanser, Brightening Serum and Glow Drops. Whilst the calendar itself might cost a pretty penny, it allows you to fast track your way to a pro-grade skincare collection.
Catering to both men and women alike, this inclusive Christmas countdown calendar is adored for its selection of hair, skin and body products. From rich shower gels to glow-enhancing face masks, the Nuxe Beauty Countdown Gift Set preps you and your skin in style, ready for the festivities that lay ahead. Don't let the party season dim your shine; instead, maximise it with some of the best skin-loving goodies from Nuxe.
Men like to be spoiled too. BARBER PRO has stuffed this deluxe box with its best-selling grooming products, including a supreme set of eye masks and face masks. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your favourite gentleman, this advent calendar keeps the excitement of Christmas alive.
Haven’t got enough time to squeeze in a nail appointment? Fear not, as Mylee treat you to 12 gel nail polishes that are perfect for DIY Christmas manicures. Your fingertips will look fab when wrapped round a prosecco glass, opening prezzies and tucking into xmas dinner.
Feeling inspired? We hope so! It’s time to make December your most pampered month yet. With these beauty advent calendars by your side, you'll feel so cool, calm and collected that the stress that comes with present buying won't even faze you. If you’re after gift ideas, why not check out our Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas for Her Under £100 or our list of the Best Stocking Fillers for Her? You’re welcome.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.