The holidays are (almost) here! And when it comes to our favourite festive season, you can be sure that we’re hard-pressed on finding the perfect gift for our loved ones (and also for ourselves — I mean, duh, need we say more?)
Whatever the case is, we’re merely a month away from Christmas and if you’re just as psyched as we all are about celebrating our favourite month, then we’ve got something just for you. Yes, we’re talking, advent calendars.
In the past, advent calendars were seen as a tradition for kids to help them count down to Christmas all month long. Cardboard boxes filled with indulgent chocolate and sweet treats? We dig! But as times have changed — any mention of advent calendars now are usually reserved for large, over-the-top beauty boxes, promising all the beauty products our hearts desire…
So if you find yourself trudging through the mud to find the right present for that beauty junkie friend of yours, or simply just looking for a present for yourself to splash out on, then look no further. Ranging from small bottles of your favourite HGs to the latest beauty launches that you’ve been keeping an eye on, here, we’ve rounded up the best beauty advent calendars that you can find this Christmas. Who needs love when you have this to obsess about?
1. CLARINS 24-DAY ADVENT CALENDAR
Beauty advent calendars make great gifts for a lot of reasons — one, for the fact that they’re filled with beauty essentials for us to stock up on for the year ahead.
Wake up every morning to a new surprise as you count down to Christmas with Clarins’ Advent Beauty Calendar — decked with face care, body care, make up treats, you’d be spoiled rotten with this wide assortment! In this set, you can expect to see familiar favourites like the Joli Rouge Lipstick in their iconic #732 shade, SOS Primer and Eye Contour Gel.
Clarins 24-Day Advent Calendar ($188) is available online at clarins.com.sg.
2. JO MALONE LONDON ADVENT CALENDAR
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!
Jo Malone London is back at it this year with yet another box filled with magical miniatures and treats galore! Behind every door lies some of the brand’s signature colognes, including their iconic Blackberry & Bay scent, alongside new additions to the line-up like the Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne Intense and other fragrant favourites from the Home and Bath & Body collection — including the English Pear & Freesia Body Creme for the ultimate pampering experience.
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar ($730) available at all Jo Malone London boutiques.
3. L’OCCITANE NATURE’S MAGIC ADVENT CALENDAR
L’OCCITANE’s Nature Magic Advent Calendar is set to send any skincare junkie for a spin! Loaded with many of the brand’s iconic bestsellers, it comes as no surprise that this advent calendar was a definite sell-out last year — so if you’re planning to get your hands on a set, then act fast because they’re selling the premium advent calendar exclusively at L’OCCITANE’s Takashimaya roadshow from 31 Oct to 6 Nov!
As the brand will be selling two types of advent calendars this year — the Nature’s Magic Calendar (above) and the Nature’s Calendar — customers will still get the chance to get their hands on the latter in stores as well.
L’OCCITANE Nature’s Magic Calendar ($118; with any purchase at the L’OCCITANE Takashimaya roadshow from 31 October to 6 November 2019). The Nature’s Calendar ($78 with $50 spend) will be available in stores at L’OCCITANE.
4. THE BODY SHOP DREAM BIG THIS CHRISTMAS ULTIMATE ADVENT CALENDAR
The biggest challenge when it comes to Christmas shopping lies within the task of deciding which item to go for. A lot of times we’d opt for the set that looks best under the Christmas tree, but for something that’s aesthetically pleasing and practical, then look over to The Body Shop’s ‘Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar’. Expect deliciously-scented bath and body treats, makeup products and loads of skincare must-haves — with so much to offer, we strongly suggest bagging this set before it’s all gone.
The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar ($229) is available at The Body Shop stores.
5. NET-A-PORTER 25 DAYS OF BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR
Nothing spells bougie than an advent calendar by Net-A-Porter — agree? Think — an assortment of travel-sized products and 15 full-sized favourites boxed in a luxe advent calendar that begs to be on the top of any beauty junkies’ wishlist? Hell, yes!
In this holiday blockbuster, find some of your fav beauty brands like Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury and Marc Jacobs Beauty, and even skin saviours like Susanne Kaufmann and Omorovicza packed all in one, counting down 25 days to the biggest holiday of the year.
Could this be the coolest beauty advent calendar money can buy? There’s only one way to find out.
Net-A-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar ($293.75) is available online at Net-A-Porter.com.
6. DIPTYQUE ADVENT CALENDAR
Feast your eyes folks — Diptyque’s taking things up a notch this year with this advent calendar that will set your senses on a new discovery. Bringing together an assembly of emblematic products from the brand’s collection, this calendar is set to feature items from their collections such as their Eau de parfum Fleur de Peau, Rose Water Scent Patch, Shower Oil Do Son, and this year’s limited edition Pine Protector candle!
Diptyque Advent Calendar ($560) available at diptyque Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Robinsons The Heeren, escentials Paragon, escentials TANGS at Tang Plaza, Tangs Vivo and escentials.com.
7. MAISON CHRISTIAN DIOR ADVENT CALENDAR
This might just be the most lusted-after gift this 2019. With a total product value of $650, this super-luxe advent calendar beckons with some of the most exquisite gifts you could ever ask for. Immerse yourself in the magical world of Christmas in Dior with 24 surprises to dive into including some of Maison Christian Dior’s star products such as the brand’s Oud Ispahan, Jasmin des Anges Creme and Figue Méditerranée Candle, that are sure to set your hearts ablaze.
Maison Christian Dior Advent Calendar ($650) available at Maison Christian Dior.
8. ASOS FACE + BODY ADVENT CALENDAR
Drop everything. Adding on to the lineup of calendars you can look forward to this year is none other than this one by ASOS! The new Face and Body Advent Calendar screams for attention with a spunky eclectic themed box that doesn’t look as luxe as your the other typical advent calendars, but still make a fun and affordable gift idea for your friends or loved ones. With a mix of 25 cult beauty must-haves — including skincare, makeup and haircare from brands Dr.Jart, The Ordinary and Clinique — we’re not surprised if this advent calendar is the first thing you look forward to every morning.
ASOS Face + Body Advent Calendar ($129.69) is available online at asos.com.
9. PENHALIGON’S A FRAGRANT COUNTDOWN ADVENT CALENDAR
We can only imagine that this present looks and smells like a dream.
A fragrant surprise awaits behind each door in this year’s Penhaligons’ Fragrant Countdown Advent Calendar. A Juniper Sling Body & Hand Wash, Penhaligons iconic Terrible Teddy, Rose and Violet Lip Balms — and not to mention it also comes with Father Christmas’ Limited Edition Gift Sack. What more could you ask for?
Penhaligon’s A Fragrant Countdown Advent Calendar (£350) available online at penhaligons.com.