Countdown the holidays with these beauty advent calendars

THE countdown to the holiday season is always an exciting business. Glittering decorations, catchy carols and special bargains at the mall…oh, my gosh, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year!

For beauty enthusiasts everywhere, Christmastime also rings in another cheer: Beauty advent calendars! These are special packages usually containing a range of products from your favourite brands — from serums to cleansers and lipsticks to nail polishes — and are absolute must-haves.

Do take note that many of these advent calendars come in very limited quantities. So you better be quick if you want to get a hold on the exclusive pieces. We take a trip to the shelves to hunt down some beauty advent calendars that caught our eyes this year. 

Kiehl Limited Edition Advent Calendar 

First up, can we just take a moment to sing praises for the box? Designed by Helsinki-based artist Janine Rewell, Kiehl’s advent calendar comes in a packaging that just says “HOLIDAY!”. The collection includes 24 of the brand’s most well known items. Some highlights include the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque and Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.

Sephora Collection Frosted Party Advent Calendar

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There is simply something magical about snow and Sephora is tapping into this fantasy for its diverse collection. Packed inside the oh-so-adorable penguins-decorated box are make-up, bath products, skincare and an array of beauty accessories. If anything, this advent calendar packs plenty of surprises. Be sure to look out for the super cute penguin brooch too.

L’Occitane Premium Beauty Advent Calendar

This advent calendar from the French beauty brand comes in a fabulous mobile packaging. The two towers actually rotate 360-degree to reveal a bunch of holiday surprises. Some of these include the Immortelle Essential Water, Almond Milk Concentrate and Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream. Take note that this is a purchase-with-purchase exclusive only.

Clarins 24-Day Advent Calendar

If you have always been eyeing the wide-ranging products from Clarins, Christmas is a wonderful time to check them all out. The collection features 24 of the top skincare and makeup items from the brand. There’s the Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D that brings bold dimensions to your lashes as well as the Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask, a cooling cream gel eye mask.

Lancôme Holiday Advent Calendar

With its electrifying neon pink packaging, this advent calendar from Lancôme is definitely pretty in pink! The collection features some favourite beauty essentials to keep you looking fabulous and feeling festive throughout the holidays. Apart from perennial favourites like the Advanced Génifique and Rénergie Lift range, the advent calendar also includes a few L’Absolu Lacquer minis and other makeup items. 

Biotherm 24 Days Of Skincare Advent Calendar

Looking for something that is suited for both him and her? This collection of skincare essentials have got both genders covered with its wide-ranging items that would keep any couple ready for the holidays. Look out for highlights like the Life Plankton Essence, Blue Therapy Amber Algae Revitalize and Lait Corporel Hydrating Milk.

NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust Disco Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar

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Your holiday beauty looks are pretty much covered with this superb makeup collection. Featuring 24 of NYX’s “greatest hits”, the advent calendar comes with a stunning selection of lip products (creamy lipglosses, metallic lip creams and matte lipsticks, just to name a few).