The best beauty advent calendars to snap up before the festive season
By Abbie Schofield
Believe it or not, it’s time for beauty lovers to start thinking about Christmas again. September is the month when brands release their coveted beauty advent calendars full of goodies to unveil each day of December – and they always sell out. We’ve compiled a list of the best beauty calendars out there and will keep updating it, so you can get one before they go!
Beauty Advent Calendars 2020
Elemis 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Calendar
The 2020 advent calendar from beauty giant Elemis is all about celebrating your skin with a bestselling beauty treat behind each door. From the iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (in full size) to Papaya Enzyme Peel, it will be a struggle to not tear open each door as soon as it arrives. It’s worth an impressive £400+, so it’s a great way to explore the brand as well as top up on your favourite products.
How much: £175
On sale date: 14th September at elemis.com, although you can sign up for early access here.
The Body Shop Make It Real Together Advent Calendar
The Body Shop is launching three advent calendars this year – the regular, big and ultimate. The Make It Real Together Calendar contains 24 small surprises, like lip butters, hand creams, body butter and shower gels and is an affordable £50. The Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar has 25 products inside, but they are a combination of full-size and minis (like a full size full-sized Banana haircare duo), while the Ultimate version has 25 new and bestselling products inside, including the cult Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. With The Body Shop, there’s a beauty advent calendar for every budget. Plus, they’re donating 1.8p from every transaction between 13th October 2020 to 31 December 2020 to the charity End Youth Homelessness.
How much: Regular – £50, Big – £70, Ultimate – £130
On sale date: Now at thebodyshop.com
12 Days of Heaven Calendar
Heaven’s calendar includes over £600 worth of full-size and travel-size skincare and grooming products to give you flawless skin in the countdown to Christmas. Designed for both men and women, or for a couple to share, each product has been handpicked by Heaven founder Deborah Mitchell, from bestsellers like the Black Bee Venom Mask to a mini Affection candle.
How much: £190
On sale date: Now at shop.heavenskincare.com
L’Occitane Advent Calendar
L’Occitane have launched two beauty advent calendars this year. The Classic Advent Calendar is £53 (worth £87) while the Luxury Advent Calendar is £99 (worth £130). Designed by French Illustrator Edith Carron, the calendar itself is a chic addition to your home this winter, and its contents are even better. From hand creams to hair masks, behind each window is a divine treat for a pre-Christmas pamper.
How much: Classic – £53, Luxury – £99
On sale date: Now at uk.loccitane.com
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar
Jo Malone London’s beauty calendar takes the shape of its iconic townhouse, and this year it’s decorated with shimmering balloons. A truly luxurious advent calendar, inside each dinky drawer are Jo Malone London’s famous colones, travel-size bath and body products and miniature candles. There’s even something extra-special behind number 24 – how can we resist until Christmas Eve? The calendar launches exclusively online in October for two weeks before it becomes available in store.
How much: £320
On sale date: Now at jomalone.co.uk and in store
Fortnum & Mason Beauty Advent Calendar
Fortnum & Mason’s luxury calendar is worth over £800 and includes 30 beauty products inside the 25 red and gold drawers. 14 of the gifts are full-sized while the other 16 are deluxe samples. Standout products include a Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Cream, Sisley Black Rose Skin Cream and Mask, Aurelia Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser and a Bamford B Silent Pillow Mist.
How much: £195
On sale date: Now at fortnumandmason.com
Molton Brown 2020 Advent Calendar
Molton Brown’s beauty calendar is inspired by the Roaring Twenties. The elegant box opens up to reveal a holographic print designed to emulate a sparkling 1920s chandelier. 24 mini versions of Molton Brown’s iconic bath and body products are inside, from heavenly scented shower gels to luxurious skincare.
How much: £175
On sale date: Now at moltonbrown.co.uk
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