Christmas is fast approaching, and with that comes a long list of things to do: buying presents for your loved ones, RSVP-ing to parties, getting aesthetic treatments done so that you’ll look your best during the holidays – you get the idea. But amidst the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget to take time for yourself.

That’s why you should get a beauty advent calendar (or two, we won’t judge). Besides being a great way of treating yourself to a present every day, beauty advent calendars also make for the perfect chance for anyone looking to try out products without committing to a full-sized item.

If you end up liking something from the calendar, you can always return to buy the real thing. If not, no harm done, right? That said, advent calendars usually fly off the shelf really fast.

We’ve put together a list of calendars from some of our favourite beauty brands, but be sure to act fast before the items all sell out.

The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar, $229

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Every year, we can’t help but to look forward to The Body Shop’s holiday collections. This year is no different. The brand has rolled out not one, not two, but three advent calendars. Our favourite has got to be the ultimate advent
calendar – it’s the most luxurious one out of the three and contains 26 items in total.

Each box also includes a daily trivia to inspire and empower you.

ASOS Face + Body Advent Calendar, $129.69

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ASOS may be better known for its selection of trendy clothing, but don’t dismiss their beauty offerings just yet. This ASOS advent calendar contains 25 products from well-loved brands like Dr. Jart+, Clinique, NARS, Origins and First Aid Beauty.

All in all, it’s a bang for your buck.

Sephora Collection Frosted Party Advent Calendar, $80

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With a 4.5 star review on Sephora’s website right now, the Sephora Collection advent calendar is definitely something to look forward to.

Besides makeup, the calendar also has plenty of self-care items, such as bath bombs, shower jellies, masks and a handy mirror.

Clarins 24-Day Advent Calendar, $188

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This one’s for all you skincare enthusiasts out there – the calendar is mostly comprised of skincare items, such as cleansers, moisturisers, pampering masks, body lotion, scrub, and a treatment oil.

There’s also a few makeup items perfect for people who gravitate towards understated fuss-free looks.
Diptyque Advent Calendar, $560

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Love perfumes and scented candles? Then you absolutely have to get your hands on this gorgeous advent calendar from Diptyque.

There are 25 windows in total, each containing a mini candle, scented oil, roll-on perfume, or a quaint lucky charm.

L’Occitane Nature’s Calendar, $79

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This year, L’Occitane’s holiday collection aims to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. Besides some of our favourite products from the brand, L’Occitane’s advent calendar also includes sustainability tips on how to help the planet.

Net-A-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, approx. $400

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This highly coveted black-and-white beauty advent calendar from Net-a-Porter was already sold out once, and then restocked. In short, you have to act fast in order to get your hands on it. It contains 15 full-sized and 10 travel-sized skincare, body and make up products from brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley, Barbara Sturm and Marc Jacobs Beauty.