As a child, there was just something so exciting about popping the little papery door of an advent calendar, digging your fingers in, and prying out some form of sugar-laden treat in the lead up to Christmas. As beauty loving adults, there is now nothing as exciting as drawing open a little cardboard box to reveal a Jo Malone Bath Oil. Or Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick. Or Diptyque Candle. Yes, our teeny tiny chocolate bars have been replaced with equally delicious bites of beauty. In recent years, beauty brands have grown savvy and clued into our obsession with the novel and kitsch during the holiday season, tapping into a childhood tradition and capturing it afresh with iconic beauty products and gloriously beautiful packaging. And whilst we aren’t renouncing our chocolate addiction anytime soon, what better way to celebrate a countdown to Christmas – or gift on Christmas Day – than with a beauty advent calendar.
The following beauty advent calendars will gratify any burning Christmas nostalgia, and make for the perfect gift come Christmas. Because why do the kids get to have all the fun?
Charlotte has given her darlings a real treat this year, even those who have been naughty. Her Beauty Universe is full of beauty treasures; both mini and full-sized best-sellers across both makeup and skincare, housed in the most beautiful (and very Charlotte) chest of drawers. Have a very Tilbury Christmas, indeed.
Charlotte’s Beauty Universe, $295. shop now
For years now, Diptyque have championed the beauty advent calendar, with the most mighty, wondrous, lavish chest of candle-filled drawers. And as each year passes, Diptyque tell the tale of advent most deftly. This year, discover their world via 25 petits of their most loved beauty treasure.
Diptyque Advent Calendar, $610. shop now
Don’t go a day in December (or the month thereafter) with a sad, un-festive nail bed. Ciaté have your Christmas mani covered with 24 mini paint pots in a sparkly advent calendar.
Ciaté mini mani month, $86. shop now
Meet the holy grail of Advent calendars. This year, Jo Malone’s Christmas is beautifully classic; within each perfect little draw iconic colognes and candles lie wrapped in black tissue paper (product aside, its sheer size will astound you). Word from the North Pole is these have almost sold out nationwide, so best sleigh to it.
Jo malone advent calendar, $640. available in store.
A limited edition collectible advent calendar from cult makeup fave NARS, this bold beauty advent calendar is inspired by the punk fashion of the ’70s. For the ultimate beauty junkie, it features all your star-studded favourites.
Nars advent calendar, $220. shop now
Christmas has come early thanks to the connoisseurs of chic, Net-a-Porter. This beautifully curated beauty advent calendar boast 25 mini-editions of our favourite products from brands like Omorovicza, Le Labo, Charlotte Tilbury and Sunday Riley – all of which will see you through the party season – even for the detox after.
net-a-porter 25 days of beauty advent calendar, $239. shop now
Soap + Glory
Forever playful and eternally kitsch, Soap & Glory have taken their fun aesthetic and squished it into one blockbuster beauty advent calendar. Behind each gloriously pink door is a deluxe-sized sample of their best.
Soap + Glory It’s In The calendar, $79. shop now
L’Occitane’s colourful Christmas offering is one of the most beautiful to date. Filled with all the L’Occitane classics, it comes housed in an artful box featuring the designs of Castelbajac Paris; full of imagination of beauty wonder.
L’Occitane classic advent calendar, $79. shop now
The only beauty resolution you should be making this year is getting this Advent Calendar. Mecca Cosmetica have stacked their holiday box with day-making, face-changers; from foundation perfecting primers to a flutter friendly lash curler. New year, new you.
mecca cosmetica beauty resolutions, $180. shop now
The perfect entry-level beauty advent calendar; go for glam this season with 12 mini beauty products from Mecca Max. The hardest part will be not opening them all at once!
Mecca Max Counting Stars 12 Day Advent Set, $60. shop now