Five years ago, beauty advent calendars weren’t really a thing, but now, they sell out within days of launching.
In fact, the first beauty calendar that circulated was from nail and make-up brand Ciate – who packaged up little mini versions of their polishes and hid them behind numbered doors. The idea took off and now you can pretty much get any sort of beauty calendar you want – from hair to make-up, nails and skincare.
This year, the deals are better than ever, with some calendars offering full-sized products as well as mini testers. So, snap up a bargain while it’s still on the shelves because these top calendars are the hottest picks on offer….
There’s a version for men too, but this one has a whole range of best-sellers from skincare to shower essentials and make-up.
This tanning brand is loved by famous faces like Kylie Jenner, and now they’ve put 12 full sized bottles of their tan, oils, moisturisers and shampoos into one box. Bargain!
This beautiful calendar has 12 of Iconic’s cult products, from the classic EVO brush to the must have Illuminator – and they’re are full-sized!
Soap & Glory It’s a Calendar, Girls! £40 – new stock coming soon to Boots
This has proved so popular, it’s sold out. But, don’t fear – it’s coming back. With some of the brand’s best-sellers like Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks and Scrub of your Life body buffer – this really is great value for money.
Calendars don’t come much prettier than this one. It has 24 mini products from spa brand Cowshed, including shower gels, bath oils, lotions, toners and hand creams. Perfect for any skincare lover!
A hugely premium calendar containing some of the most coveted beauty products of the minute, Beauty Expert’s calendar contains a whopping £349.99 worth of products.
It’s not actually out yet, but you can be first in line by joining the waiting list.
Lookfantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar, £79 (worth over £300!)
In this gorgeous giant box you’ll get nine full-sized products, as well as 13 skincare treats, 3 beauty tools and seven cosmetic samples – all from brands that Lookfantastic stock including Urban Decay, Illamasqua and Molton Brown.
From their own brand Colour Couture, they’ve packaged up a mix of mini and full-sized make-up essentials like eyeliner and mascara, as well as nail polishes and accessories.
In this you’ll find 18 mini pots of Ciate nail polish and six windows that house some nail care essentials.
Elemis Countdown to Radiant Skin Calendar, £150 (worth £319!), launching exclusively at Elemis.com on November 1st
There’s 24 boxes containing Elemis hero products – including a full-sized tub of their Marine Cream and a mini Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.
L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar, £89 (worth £129!)
This 24-drawer chest is full of luxury minis from the brand, including favourites like their Divine Cream and a Terre de Lumiere perfume.
The Beauty Countdown by Estee Lauder, £125 (worth £197), launching at the end of this month
This star-shaped calendar has 25 drawers to take your right up to Christmas day. It also houses some Lauder make-up and hair favourites from brands like Clinique, Origins, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Smashbox, GlamGlow and Michael Kors.
The Home of Natural Beauty by Holland & Barrett, £35, in stores from October 18th
There’s a calendar for everyone, and this is aimed at natural beauty-lovers. It’s only a 12-day version, but you do get all paraben, micro plastic and SLS-free products from brands like Dr Organic and Beauty Kitchen.
The ESPA Advent Calendar, £100, launching end of October
This box has 24 doors, with an ESPA skincare miniature behind it – like their cult classic Skin Rescue Balm. All the product sizes are 3ml-15ml.
Back and restocked by popular demand, this sought-after calendar features some of Asos’ best beauty brands like Smashbox, Eyeko and Cowshed. There’s 24 products, and on the 25th day you open a window with a discount code.
For nail lovers, this calendar contains 25 shades of OPI varnishes – including metallics, shimmers and glossy formulas. All minis but at least they won’t be left to dry up!
Bath and body brands Rituals have launched their deluxe calendar this year, which features 24 of their most luxurious mini products – all hung on a 3D style tree.
Last but not least, cult British skincare brand Liz Earle have created a beautiful 12-box calendar, which holds some of their most-loved goodies- like the hot cloth cleanser and superskin concentrate. All the product sizes are between 15-50ml.