Best beauty advent calendars
It's beginning to look a lot like advent calendar season! We've rounded up the top makeup, skincare and fragrance picks to get your hands on before they sell out.
Yes, we know it’s only September, but you have to hop on the bandwagon fast when it comes to beauty! Here are our top picks to buy now, and what’s coming up in October – don’t forget to keep checking back for the latest updates. Now, onto the good stuff…
LUSH Advent Calendar, £185
You can snap up this sweet-smelling bath and body number now for delivery in November. There are 24 products inside, from bath bombs to perfumes, and – bonus – everything is vegan. Just imagine how good your house will smell all December.
Fortnum & Mason’s luxe beauty advent calendar is back, worth a whopping £800 this year and filled with premium makeup, skincare, haircare and more, all from Fortnum’s iconic beauty hall. Expect brands like Chantecaille, Guerlain, Sisley and Bamford. Available to order now for delivery from 24 September.
You’ll want to get your pre-orders in for this one ASAP, as it’s sold out five years in a row! There are 25 beauty bits on offer and the range of brands is as fabulous as ever, with names including Anastasia Beverly Hills, Natasha Denona and Elemis. At £85 for £460 worth of product, it’s a total barg too. Pre-order now for delivery from 12 October.
ASOS is launching not one, but three beauty advent calendars this year, but this is the one that’s likely to sell out first. Don’t let the millennial packaging fool you, either – there are some fab brands here, including MAC, Sunday Riley, Origins and Too Faced, bringing the total worth to £360. Available to buy now.
Molton Brown’s calendar has had a 2020 makeover, with Art Deco styling and holographic touches. It’s as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside too, with 25 chic-smelling goodies including festive baubles, mini candles and eau de toilettes. Available to buy now.
Rituals Advent Calendars, £59.90 and £89.90
How flipping beautiful is this 3D pop-up advent calendar from Rituals? 2020’s Deluxe Calendar is filled with everything from mini candles and fragrance sticks to luxe serums and shower gels – all smelling exquisite, as you’d expect. Prefer a slightly more budget option? Pick up the equally beautiful 2D option for £59.90. Available to buy now.
Nail polish addicts, step this way. Ciate London’s classic calendar is back for 2020, and this year they’re introducing their new natural Plant Pot nail formulation, made with 80% natural origin ingredients and using only biodegradable glitters. You’ll get 22 mini pots, one full-sized glitter and a Watermelon Lip Oil to boot. Available to buy now.
Glossybox subscribers can pick up the 2020 advent calendar now (at a discounted price of £80, too), but non-subscribers will have to wait until 30 September to add this to their basket. Brands on offer include Fenty, Huda Beauty and Glossybox’s own skincare line, which launched earlier this year.
Thinking of giving your skincare routine a total overhaul? What better way than with 25 of Elemis’ best-selling products, worth a whopping £403? The Elemis beauty advent calendar for 2020 goes on sale 14 September, so set your alarms now to scoop this one up.
For a luxe beauty offering, you can’t go far wrong with Net a Porter’s 2020 advent calendar. Expect brands like Chantecaille, Hourglass, By Terry and Dr Barbara Sturm. Whispers on the grapevine say this one’s due to drop on 21 September, so sign up to the waitlist now.
L’Occitane Advent Calendars, £53-£99
L’Occitane have two advent calendars available this year: the Classic, designed by award-winning French illustrator Edith Carron and costing £53, and the Deluxe, costing £99. Both are packed with delicious bath, body and skincare picks, and are due to launch on 24 September. Sign up to the waitlist now.
We’re big fans of Space NK’s mega-colourful design for 2020, and the contents of this year’s advent calendar are just as covetable. Split into four categories (self-care and grooming, pre-party prep, disco-ready makeup and post-party restoration), the Beauty Anthology II contains the likes of Jo Loves, Drunk Elephant and Byredo, and is worth a whopping £480. Available to pre-order 23 September. Sign up to the waitlist now.
If quirky British fragrance is your bag, then you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for Penhaligon’s advent calendar, launching this month exclusively at Selfridges. It’s filled with 24 treats including plenty of miniature perfumes, candles and hand creams.
THE hot ticket item for Christmas, the Jo Malone advent calendar always sells out despite the price tag, so you’ll want to be swift when it lands online on 1 October. Expect 24 miniature versions of the brand’s best-selling fragrances, candles and body products with an extra special something on the last day. Sign up to the waitlist now.
Another luxe beauty classic, the Liberty advent calendar is typically stunning this year, with its stand-out Standen print from the Liberty Classics collection. Inside, brands include Diptyque, Hourglass, Bamford and Le Labo, with 19 of the 25 drawers including full-sized products. Yes please! Due to land 7 October. Sign up to the waitlist now.
Jo Loves Advent Calendar, £300
We’re loving the chic wreath design of this year’s calendar from Jo Loves, and it’s excellent value too. Not only do you get 24 deluxe travel-sized body products, perfumes and candles, you also get a full-size surprise on Christmas Day and a voucher to spend on a 100ml Jo Loves fragrance of your choice. Due to land on 8 October.
It’s hard to believe that 2020 marks only the second Cult Beauty advent calendar, as last year’s was an instant hit. This year, expect an excellent range of brands including Natasha Denona, Hourglass, Milk Makeup, Votary and Jo Loves, worth an impressive £930. Plus, £15 from every sale is donated to charity Beauty Banks – best get two, then! Due to land 12 October. Sign up to the waitlist now.
If you want to get your hands on this Boots bestseller, you’ll have to be quick – last year’s sold out online in just two days, and had a waitlist of 226,834 people. 2020’s calendar, which is due to launch on 15 October, looks to be just as popular, especially as this year ten customers will find a hidden golden ticket worth £1000. Talk about a merry Christmas. Sign up to the waitlist now.
Back and glitzier than ever, the Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar features 12 deluxe or full-sized products from the Pillow Talk queen herself, including a couple of new products from this year’s launches. Sign up to the waitlist now.
The Body Shop Advent Calendars, £50-£130
In a somewhat bonkers turn of events, all three of The Body Shop’s advent calendar offerings this year have been and gone – they launched and sold out in August (we know). Luckily, there’ll be more stock coming later this year, so now’s the time to decide which one you want and sign up for alerts.