CHOCOLATE-filled Advent calendars may be delicious, but the sad thing is those chocs disappear rapidly as the days go by (while the sugar guilt doesn’t).
A box of 24 beauty treats, on the other hand, brings you weeks of fun as you play with all those make-up minis and finally get your hands on the skincare heroes you’ve been meaning to try for years.
And this year, there are more than ever to choose from.
From surprisingly affordable to the seriously luxurious, these are the calendars that will ensure you wake up happy this Advent...
Candles, eye masks, bath soaks and more... Sanctuary Let Go Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar, €32.50, Boots, has everything you need to counteract festive stress (and a few more treats besides), all 24 minis beautifully scented of course.
Perfect for teens and tweens who are just starting to experiment with make-up, the Flutter Beauty Advent Calendar, currently €9.30, down from €13.95, Superdrug, is packed with eyeshadows, lip glosses and balms, all housed in an adorable pooch-covered package.
Worth more than €175, the No7 Bright Lights Big City Beauty Calendar, €54, Boots, is great to try out (or stock up on) the Protect & Perfect range, as it comes with five favourites from the line, as well as heaps of No7 make-up, so you can get glam for all those Crimbo parties.
So popular that it’s sold out online, you’ll have to head in store to get your hands on a L’Occitane Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, €56, which contains many of the brands bestselling hand creams and a bevy of bathing miniatures too.
Featuring beloved brands like Dermalogica, Cowshed, Elemis and Philosophy, ASOS The Beauty Advent Calendar, €58, is as cool on the inside as it’s marble-patterned exterior suggests.
And with a total value of just over €200, it’s a beauty junkie’s idea of heaven
www.asos.com plus p&p
BareMinerals debuted their first Advent calendar this year and boy, are we glad they did.
Countdown to Gorgeous, €95, brings together 24 of the brand’s make-up must-tries, including six gorgeous Marvelous Moxie lipglosses and the famous Lash Domination Mascara.
For manicure maniacs, it simply has to be Ciate’s Mini Mani Month, €59.45.
The London skyline-themed calendar comes with one full size and 18 mini polishes, plus nail-art goodies and a limited-edition surprise, so you’ll have months of perfect manis to look forward to.
www.lookfantastic.com free p&p
This year the Clarins Advent Calendar, €120, comes in a cute, candy coloured box. Featuring a selection of the brand’s uber-effective skincare, plus make-up, bag charms and gift tags, the 24-piece haul is worth nearly €175.
One of the first beauty brands to launch an Advent calendar, this year the Body Shop has a trio to choose from at €99, €140, €135 price points, with every purchase helping to support rainforest preservation.
The 24 Happy Days Ultimate Advent Calendar, €160, is a pretty pink box filled with bath and make-up minis, worth €250.
It’s one of the most expensive Advent calendars on the market, but Charlotte Tilbury’s World Of Legendary Parties is a gift apart.
It comes with 12 travel-size beauty products, including Magic Cream Moisturiser, Wonderglow Skin Primer, and Pocket Pout Lipstick in Jessica Red.
The celebrity make-up artist’s pretty Advent box could the start of a new beauty affair. €195, Brown Thomas.