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.
Welcome to the magical world of Dior Parfums with this 24-day Advent calendar.
Uncover some of the brand’s well-loved scents that include 12 Maison Christian Dior fragrances, five bath and body treats and even four mini scented candles. Perfect for Dior fans.
Available exclusively at the Maison Christian Dior boutique at Ion Orchard.
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.
This is one Advent calendar you’ll be glad to gift to a loved one, or receive in return.
Available at Jo Malone boutiques and counters.
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.
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.
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.
Decorated to look like the brand’s French boutique, this luxurious kit boasts 10 deluxe travel- and full-sized products for a great hair day.
Our top picks include the Leave-In Conditioning Spray, Repair Mask and Argan Moisturizing Elixir to keep hair lustrous and healthy.
Available exclusively on Net-A-Porter.
Plus, it contains popular Origins’ products, like the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, Ginzing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash and Mega-Mushroom Advanced Face Serum.
Available at all Origins counters.
Make a loved ones’ beauty wishes come true with this 24-day Advent calendar.
Behind every door, a M.A.C beauty surprise awaits, from the popular Strobe Cream to a whole assortment of mini lippies and cult-favourite Pigments, to create an array of different makeup looks.
Available at M.A.C boutiques.
Not quite an Advent calendar but a box filled with the most scrumptiously scented body and bath treats from Lush, such as body lotions, scrubs, soaps and, of course, bath bombs.
That’s everything there for some bath-time fun throughout the festive season.
Available at Lush stores.
What’s better than one La Mer beauty treat? 12 La Mer beauty treats. Every one of the 12 mini La Mer products – Renewal Oil, Moisturizing Creams, Eye Concentrate, Regenerating Serum and Intensive Revitalizing Mask – is infused with the brand’s iconic cell-renewing Miracle Broth for an entire season of top-to-toe radiance.
And what makes this even more exclusive is this Advent calendar is a gift with purchase, and extremely limited in quantity. Our guess is you’ll tussle between keeping it for yourself and giving it away to your very best BFF.
Available at all La Mer counters.
Filled with the brand’s bestsellers (Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, anyone?), this 12-day calendar is what any makeup enthusiast needs.
Besides mini versions of classic faves like the Wonder Glow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash and the Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm, we love how this kit boasts full-sized products too, such as Color Chameleon Pencil in Champagne Diamonds for Blue Eyes, and Eyes To Mesmerise in Star Gold.
Available exclusively on Net-A-Porter.
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 treatment oil.
There’s also makeup items perfect for people who gravitate towards understated fuss-free looks.
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.