10 beauty advent calendars for your best December ever
There are two types of people in this world. You either get anxiety at the mere mention of the number of days until Christmas (less than 70, eek!), or you have a countdown clock on your phone, Mariah and Buble queued at the ready and your tree up in October.
If you're the latter, hello, and welcome. You're among friends here.
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Can recite whole scenes from Love Actually, dedicates space in the linen closet to colour coordinated bauble organisers, has the perfect gift for each friend and loved one already in a dedicated app (if not already wrapped and carefully hidden) and a Pinterest board of adorable/delicious festive treats to whip up for your workplace. Also: Christmas Pyjamas. And sweaters.
I mean not us, but we've heard of people like that. *Cough*.
Regardless, if you're filled with the Chrismas spirit and you're here on beautyheaven, you're likely to get as jazzed as us when the season and love of beauty products entwine in a relatively new phenomenon known as beauty advent calendars.
Hit the road, cheap tiny chocolates hiding behind flimsy paper doors! Beauty-filled versions allow you to discover new makeup and skincare items each day of December as you count down to Christmas Day. And they're mini, so way cuter and more appealing than regular-sized products, right? The only tough bit is holding yourself back from jumping ahead and opening doors before their day!
This year there are more options than ever before but if you're interested, you'll need to get in seriously quick. These babies sell out fast as they're usually limited in number. If they're not on sale already, call up and get your name down on the waiting list.
Spoiler alert! Here are the best on offer for 2019 and some of the treats you can expect to find inside:
If you're an established fan of a brand, the best thing about advent calendars is stocking up on handy travel minis of all your faves while also discovering some new gems. Clinique's advent calendar has the perfect mix of makeup and skincare, and look at that brush! Available from November 4.
The Body Shop, $259 (red), $425 (green), $189 (purple)
This year The Body Shop has not one, not two, but THREE beauty advent calendars of varying levels of indulgence. While the purple version has some simple hand and body treats, the green has more advanced skincare options and extras (tools and fragrance) and the red sits somewhere in between.
Jo Malone, $795
One of the first beauty houses to bring out an advent calendar, it's been a number of years now since these bumper luxury releases started selling out in stores. We hear there are fans here in NZ that put their names on the waiting list as early as January to ensure they get one of the coveted Christmas calendars. These delightful drawers are filled with mini candles, scents and skincare treats from the British fragrance house known for its chic and understated cream and black packaging. Available from October 28.
MAC Cosmetics, $365
Makeup lovers just can't go past this spectacular star-shaped surprise from MAC. Inside you'll find mini lipsticks and lipglasses, eye shadows and more! Available from November 4.
Estee Lauder, $159
Predictably, Estee Lauder is all class with its gorgeous golden edition that resembles an incredibly glamourous backgammon board. Inside there's a divine mix of makeup and skincare minis, and even a tiny fragrance or two! Available from October 21.
A gal can dream! Online luxury retailer Netaporter has a spectacular advent edit of some of the world's best high-end beauty brands. If you want to impress someone, give them this! It reminds us of that story we heard of an engagement proposal hidden in an advent calendar. If you tried it with this we'd be too busy swatching and sniffing to notice the ring!
Skincare buffs will delight in what's in Kiehl's festive advent offering. The classic packaging and kind-to-skin formulas in the masks, cleansers, moisturisers and even a shampoo and conditioners are perfect to share with a partner of the opposite sex too. The stunning illustrations inside and out by artist Janine Rewell are an amazing addition to your holiday decor. Available from October 21.
Mecca Max, $66
Forget a partridge in a pear tree, have your own 12 days of Chrismas with the Mecca Max advent. With 12 little surprises inside, either wait til the 13th to start or open one every couple of days - there's always those days you forget anyway! Inside you'll find glimmering and glam makeup that's perfect for party season or packing. Available from October 30.
Another 12 days version, or it would make a stunning gift to open all at once! Natio's advent calendar is a pretty mix of pinks and plums, with some very handy tools too! Available from Farmers.
Arguably we've saved the best for last and yes it's very pricey but look how glorious it is! Okay we'll stop gushing, but with mini fragrances and candles(and even metal Christmas tree decorations) that have made this French brand famous the world over, there are few people that wouldn't be head over heels for Diptyque's beautifully-boxed advent set.
* Do you indulge in an advent calendar each year?