14 Beauty Advent Calendars to Feel Festive, Pampered

11:53 AM 11/19/2018

by Meg Hemphill

Because a chocolate shaped like Santa doesn’t compare.

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Advent calendars — those festive open-a-door-each-day countdowns to Christmas — have come a long way from a picture of a winter scene with little doors that you struggle to open only to reveal an unsavory disc of chocolate. Fast-forward to fantastic 2018, when doors and drawers open to reveal everything from gin (cheers!) to gourmet cheeses, charms that create a 24-piece bracelet and, yes, sinfully delicious chocolates. Naturally, prestige beauty brands have jumped on the pre-Christmas bandwagon, offering their versions of daily gifts from fragrances to face serums, eye shadows and lip glosses. Here are the 14 chicest calendars that any beauty buff — yourself included — will delight in opening daily.  

  • Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty

    What you get: Petite versions of the retailer’s best sellers, including Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme (Lady Gaga’s worn it), Dr. Dennis Gross moisturizer (Zoe Kravitz and Selena Gomez are the derm's clients) and beloved Leonor Greyl shampoo (Kate Upton’s a fan). Because there’s every travel-size product you could need, this is an ideal treat for anyone heading out of town for the holidays ($208, net-a-porter.com)

  • NARS Uncensored Advent Calendar

    What you get: Makeup junkies will love the daily thrill of opening one of the 24 spiked drawers to reveal a cult fave from the beloved beauty brand. Mostly in mini sizes, the items include lipsticks, lip pencils, Laguna Bronzing Powder and bestselling Orgasm Blush, natch ($150, narscosmetics.com). 

  • Jo Malone London Advent Calendar

    What you get: Unfold the box to reveal 24 drawers stocked with cologne, candles, body cream and hand wash. Fans of the brand—Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Victoria Beckham—would love this daily scent indulgence ($450, jomalone.com).

  • Susanne Kaufmann White Holiday Calendar

    What you get: Two dozen natural products from Austrian innovator Kaufmann. Behind each window is an elegant glass bottle filled with the brand’s most popular concoctions—among them silky bath oil, nourishing hair mask, creamy body butter, healing bath salts and anti-aging skincare ($178, credobeauty.com).

  • Diptyque 2018 Advent Calendar

    What you get: Who wouldn’t want 25 treasures from beloved Parisian fragrance house Diptyque? The miniatures include candles and fragrances. Christmas never smelled so good ($425, diptyqueparis.com).

  • Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beauty Universe

    What you get: Consider this a sampler of hero products from the makeup artist that counts Amal Clooney, Kate Moss and Penelope Cruz as clients. The 12 must-haves are a mix of full and mini sizes and include Full Fat Lashes mascara, Hollywood Lips and Matte Revolution lipsticks, Magic Cream and Wonderglow ($200, charlottetilbury.com).

  • Atelier Cologne Luxury Advent Calendar

    What you get: Two dozen scents from the French fragrance house in every form: Colognes housed in leather cases, soap, hand cream, body lotion and shower gel. The unisex colognes make this ideal for him or her ($350, sephora.com).

  • Sephora Once Upon a Castle

    What you get: Ideal for a younger product lover, this 24-piece set of Sephora Collection items includes hairbands, lip stain, nail polish and blueberry body wash ($45, sephora.com).

  • Kiehl’s Skincare Advent Calendar

    What you get: Twenty-four of the brands favorites, in travel sizes, such as the Ultra Facial Cleanser, Hand Salve and Lip Balm #1. A great option for men or women, especially ones who love petite products for the gym bag or travel kit ($70, kiehls.com).

  • Space NK Advent Calendar

    What you get: Hidden in each of the 25 pull-out drawers is a mini hair, skincare or makeup product from celeb-beloved brands including Christophe Robin (January Jones swears by it), Eve Lom (Keri Russell is a fan), Ouai (Drew Barrymore loves) and Natura Bisse (Catherine Zeta Jones-approved) ($250, spacenk.com).

  • L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar

    What you get: 24 days worth of travel size treats, ranging from skincare to haircare to body care and fragrance, all in L’Occitane’s signature scents like almond, verbena and cherry blossom ($124, usa.loccitane.com).

  • Dermalogica 12 Days to Glow Advent Calendar

    What you get: Fans of the brand, who include Mindy Kaling, will love the 12 travel-size skincare saviors including Daily Microfoliant, BioLumin-C Serum, Skin Smoothing Cream and the beloved Sound Sleep Cocoon night cream ($135, dermalogica.com).

  • The Body Shop Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar

    What you get: 25 drawers full of skincare, body, bath and makeup products, including 14 that are full size. Each one comes with a daily suggestion for improving your world, like starting each day with 10 minutes of yoga. Anyone who loves beauty companies with a conscious will dig this calendar ($225, thebodyshop-usa.com).

  • Molton Brown London Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar

    What you get: Inside each of the 24 drawers is one of the British brand’s scented treats, including fragrances, hand creams, shower gels and five mini candles ($250, moltonbrown.com).