Beauty Advent Calendars

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There was a time when there were just a few beauty advent calendars out there  – now? There are DOZENS of them. It’s actually almost impossible to collate them all. So, I have picked 15 for you to have a look at, with varying prices and designs. Bear with me, this is a LONG post!

First up is this year’s calendar from Arran (Arran Aromatics have rebranded and dropped the Aromatics). Their A Sense of Christmas advent calendar (£45, ARRAN shops, John Lewis, and, contains smaller size products from After The Rain and Seaweed & Sage, as well as others. There are also four candles. arran-advent-calendar-open

It’s  HUGE gatefold calendar, which will need a big space on your sideboard! It’s lovely, if not a little ‘meh’ – the products are fab, of course, but there aren’t any little extras and not that much imagination to it.

arran-a-sense-of-christmas-advent-calendarAldi’s Lacura skincare range wowed everyone when it launched. I’ve only just discovered it, in this Cuvee Royal advent calendar form. It’s a bargainous £14.99, but the daily sample gift are quite small  – all around 2.5ml or less. It features mainly serums from the much-lauded range., and every sixth day they say, has a luxury treatment.  Available at Aldi and


BareMinerals’ Countdown to Gorgeous Advent Calendar is another big gatefold number, and the design is simple. The products are fab. I like this one. It contains makeup, mini skincare, and a cute little extra gift in the last window. It has excellent eye and lip products. Available now, £75,  from Bareminerals boutiques – go get it in the Glasgow store.


W7’s Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar is just £16.99 and is packed with 24 treats, including lipsticks, eye shadows, eyeliners and more. This is an absolute teenager’s treat this one.

w-countdown-to-christmas-advent-calendarIt has brilliant colours of nail polish in it, and lovely lip glosses, as well as some fab glitter, and  full size mascara. It’s available from The Perfume Shop



Some brands have 12-day calendars, preferring to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Lush have this, well, lush, 12 Days set, with 12 lovely products in it – and not mini, but full sizes. It contains Bubbly shower gel, Butterbear bath bomb, Golden Wonder bath bomb,  Christmas Penguin bubble bar, Candy Mountain bubble bar, Snowcastle soap, Snow Angel bath melt,  Santa’s Postbox soap, Autumn Leaf bath bomb,  Sleepy body lotion,  Satsuma bath bomb,  and Shoot For The Stars bath bomb. If you love bath bombs from Lush then this is just perfect for you! It’s £52.95 from Lush spas and stores and


Beauty blogger extraordinaire Tanya Burr also has a 12 Days of Christmas calendar. It’s a very pretty house print, with lots of glitter, and there’s more glitter inside, with gifts including Glitter Rain Nail Polish, Glitter Gold, and
Snow Day Glitter Pot, as well as lots more, all Limited Edition. It’s also on offer at Superdrug right now, reduced from £25 to £15.


Charlotte Tilbury has another 12 day offering, and it’s not numbered so you can choose which drawer to open on which day. You can also reuse this lovely box, perhaps for housing jewellery. The Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar, £150, is a mix of mini and full size products. There is a full-size lipstick in here! It’s a bit on the expensive side, but the products included are top Tilbury treats!


Clarins Christmas Advent Calendar, £95,, is jam-packed with classic Clarins. You’ll find a 50ml iconic Beauty Flash Balm behind one door. It contains a mix of makeup and skincare, from various ranges, and there are also some cute gift tags and three bag accessories in this lovely calendar that seems well worth the price tag.

clarins-advent-calendar-contentsclarins-advent-calendarThe Vintage Cosmetic Company Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar, £99, is adorably pretty, with a beautiful vintage doll’s house feel. It is tied with a pink ribbon and opens up to reveal adorable illustration and 24 doors that hide beauty tool treats. I just love that this calendar has a shower cap behind one door!


Another 12 Day cutie is the totally on-trend NPW Oh K! 12 Days of Beauty Cuteness calendar. Okay, it’s not that festive at all, but I love this, and I love this Korean inspired brand. This calendar has all sorts of silly beauty things behind the doors – think nail files, eyeliner stickers, nail stickers, hair chalk, glittery things and lots more. It’s £15 and you can find it at John Lewis



The Decleor Advent Calendar Decléor, £60 (worth £182) has two full size products, as well as 23 smaller treats fro the spa range to brighten up your December. The full size treats are Hydra Floral Cream and Hand Cream.  It’s a classy looking calendar, in black and gold, and if you are a Decleor fan, then it’s well worth it. Available from Decleor Spas nationwide,


This Studio London Beauty Calendar has a lovely hand-drawn design, and it houses 12 nail polish treats for December mornings. Perfect for little beauty fans and wannabe beauty bloggers! And its on offer at Superdrug just now for £8, down from £16. It includes glitter and high-shine polishes in perfect little sizes.


Diptyque’s Advent Calendar is £250 and available exclusively at Selfridges. It is absolutely beautiful, a true indulgence, and contains loads of miniature beauties including candles, skincare,body care and fragrance, all hidden behind 25 doors. On Christmas Day unveil the limited edition Le RoiSapin 70g candle; a rich pine scent that also combines the woody tones of resin, cedar and patchouli. Beautiful!


Here it is, the Jo Malone London Christmas Advent Calendar, which is sold out online already! Some lucky people are getting 24 drawers filled with JO Malone goodness in their life this December. It’s £280, and for that you get all sorts of Jo Malone gifts, from fragrance to body, to candles. It’s all housed in a replica of the original Jo Malone London Townhouse.

jo-malone-london-advent-calendarLast but not least, the lovely Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar, £150, John Lewis. Filled with lovely boxes, you open a box a day to reveal a beautiful treat from one of the brand’s lovely fragrance ranges, including candles, body products, hair products, and much more.


What’s your favourite Beauty Advent Calendar?