Mince pies are adorning supermarket shelves, Michael Bublé’s voice is already out in full force, and we’re starting to dig out our cosy knitwear. This can only mean one thing – the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. And what better way to get in the spirit than with an advent calendar? But forget the chocolate versions of yesteryear, because there’s now an array of options to choose from that are bursting with beauty treats from some of the best brands out there. Discover Hip & Healthy’s favourite beauty advent calendars guaranteed to cover all your beauty needs whilst adding a dose of merry cheer to your day.
We can’t deny that your willpower won’t be tested – you’ll want to open all the little doors at once – but trust us when we say that it will be worth it. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate beauty gift or you’re in the mood to spoil yourself, they’re a no-brainer.
Rituals The Ritual of Advent Deluxe 3D Calendar – £89.90
Although there are two Rituals calendars on offer this year, we’re making a beeline straight for the 3D option. Yes, you read that right – it’s 3D, and it’s amazing. Modelled on a traditional snowy village complete with cute light-up cottages and Christmas trees, there are 24 little luxuries waiting to be discovered – including four special advent candles created just for the calendar. Even better? It comes housed in a festive red box complete with big gold ribbon, ready for gifting. Unless you end up keeping it for yourself, that is…
L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar – £53
Inside this year’s bright and beautiful classic offering from L’Occitane you’ll find some of the brand’s best-selling products, including the decadent ‘Immortelle Precious Cream’, the deeply nourishing ‘Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream’, and the ‘SOS Moisture Hair Mask’ to pamper you from top to toe. It also features a fun, festive design inspired by a Provence market, drawn by French illustrator Edith Carron.
Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar – £215
Worth over £789, when it comes to luxury calendars, it doesn’t get much better than Liberty’s. Crammed full of cult favourites from the likes of Le Labo, Augustinus Bader, Bamford, Votary, Sol de Janeiro and more, there’s even a Liberty print washbag to house your new goodies and a mini Diptyque candle to set the festive mood. We’d expect nothing less.
Diptyque Advent Calendar – £320
Speaking of Diptyque, there is – of course – their calendar dedicated to all things scent. Bringing the brand’s most beloved products together in magical minis and full-size products, it contains fragrances, mini candles, and body products galore. The chic design by artist Ugo Gattoni is just the celestial cherry on top – as are the limited-edition Christmas decorations hiding inside…
Elemis 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar – £170
25 days of award-winning, luxury skincare? Sign us up. With Elemis’s offering packed full of face and body heroes, you’re guaranteed a festive glow just in time for Christmas. There’s everything from their ‘Papaya Enzyme Peel’, ‘Soothing Apricot Toner’, and – of course – the ‘Pro-Collagen Marine Cream’ to look after skin, whilst body boosters such as the ‘Frangipani Monio Shower Cream’ and ‘Sea Lavender & Samphire Body Cream’ tend to bums, tums, and everything in between.
bareMinerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar – £89
Makeup lovers need look no further when it comes to the ultimate clean beauty calendar. Part of the bareMinerals ‘Give Good, Do Good’ range, this calendar has been designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, and it’s completely recyclable. Not to mention the fact it houses everything you could possibly want to put your best face forward this festive season, including makeup must-haves such as the ‘Mineral Veil Finishing Powder’, longwear lipsticks, ‘Strength & Length Serum-Infused Mascara’, and gorgeous glosses and eyeshadows aplenty.
ESPA No Place Like Home Advent Calendar – £145
There really is no place like home – especially when you’ve got ESPA’s calendar to work your way through. With 25 self-care focused goodies inside, it’s the ultimate way to bring some zen to your life and to relax and unwind amidst the Christmas chaos. Weary limbs will be looked after thanks to the ‘Muscle Rescue Balm’ and ‘Fitness Shower Oil’, locks will be loved with the ‘Pink Hair and Scalp Mud’, and skin will be treated to spa-worthy results with favourites such as the ‘Optimal Skin Instant Facial’ and ‘Refining Face Polish’. Perfect.
Holland & Barrett 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar – £40
This 100% recyclable calendar is home to 14 full size and 11 mini products that happen to be completely vegan and clean-beauty friendly. Not only that, behind some doors you’ll find special vouchers to use in store so you can go stock up on more of your favourite beauty buys! With a focus on sustainability and good-for-you ingredients, you can expect face and body boosters from the likes of Weleda, UpCircle, Sukin, and Dr. Organic.
Cowshed 24 Day Advent Calendar – £130
The next best thing to a Cowshed treatment? Their heavenly products. Which is why their calendar is topping our list this year. With everything from sleep-inducing pillow mists and mini calming candles to natural skincare saviours, nourishing hand creams, body lotions, and bath oils galore – it ticks all the beauty boxes, and then some.
Space NK Advent Calendar The Beauty Anthology Part II – £195
Split into four ‘volumes’ complete with uplifting poetry by Charly Cox, Space NK’s calendar (worth a whopping £630, may we add) brings the crème de le crème of the beauty world straight to your daily routine. With makeup from Charlotte Tilbury and NARS, skincare from Dr. Barbara Sturm and Eve Lom, and hair and body boosters from Byredo, Living Proof, and Tan Luxe, you’ll have to exercise some extreme self-control to stop you opening all the doors on day one…
Jo Malone Advent Calendar – £320
A thing of beauty both inside and out, Jo Malone’s coveted London Townhouse calendar opens up to reveal 24 drawers of Jo Malone must-haves. There’s everything from ‘Green Tomato Leaf’ mini candles to ‘Blackberry & Bay’ body creams and ‘Pomegranate Noir’ colognes to leave you and your home smelling festively fragrant. Oh, and look out for door number 24 – there’s a little extra surprise lurking inside…
Dr. Hauschka Advent Calendar 2020 – £85
Nothing beats the gift of good skin, especially when natural, effective products have a part to play. Dr. Hauschka’s calendar houses 24 nourishing face and body products in handy travel-friendly sizes – perfect if you’re lucky enough to jet off on holiday in the new year (here’s hoping). With natural glow-getting makeup picks, soothing body creams, and plant-based face fixers, this is one advent treat not to be missed.
Nuxe Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar – £59
Whether you’re after a new signature scent, a decadent body oil, nourishing lip balm, or just some top-notch French skincare, then Nuxe’s calendar is just the ticket. Inside each bold, bright offering you’ll find some of the brand’s most iconic products, as well as a few newbies and special treats along the way. It is Christmas, after all.