Why should our kids have all the fun in the run up to Christmas? Every store I have walked into in the past week has a prominent display of chocolate advent calendars. Tempted as I am to get one of these for myself, I’d rather indulge in a treat that gives a little more pampering and a little less guilt.
Some of the beauty advent calendars are luxurious (and pricey) and others offer great value for money. All are beautifully packaged and promise to reveal a wonderful treat each day in the run up to Christmas.
I’ve done a round up of the best beauty advent calendars for 2015. They have become a bit of a cult phenomenon with some selling out faster than hot cakes (the Benefit Cosmetics one is already sold out). Most are already available and a few will launch at the end of October/beginning of November.
Talk about feeling like a kids on Christmas!
Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar
This is the crème de la crème of beauty advent calendars. For the second year running we see the ultimate roundup of luxurious beauty supplies, and even a full size Diptique candle. Be quick, they have very limited supply and they will sell out in moments.
- Eve Lom Cleanser with Cloth 30ml
- Nars Mini Audacious Mascara
- Dr Sebagh Repair Serum (full size)
The Damage: £149 but worth over £400. Available at Liberty.co.uk from 29 October.
Selfridges Cosmic Beauty Calendar
The Selfridges Cosmic Beauty Calendar is like having your own mini Selfridges beauty counter at home. This cult advent calendar is filled with some of the best names in beauty.
- YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer 10ml
- Lancome Hypnose Mascara 2ml
- Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 2ml
£95 at Selfridges.com from mid-October.
Clarins Advent Calendar
One of my favourite tinted lip balms is the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm. It comes in a range of wonderful colours and moisturises your lips like a dream. And it is included in this year’s Clarins Advent Calender – whoop!
- HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase 3 ml
- Wonder Perfect Mascara Black 3ml
- Instant Eye Make-Up Remover 10 ml
£60 from Clarins.co.uk
L’Occitane Advent Calendar
What’s not to love about a L’Occitane advent calendar. Hand creams, soaps and travel-size essentials come with this calendar as well as a few other decorative treats such as gift tags for Christmas gifts. It is one of the more affordable beauty calendars for 2015 and it is filled with 24 wonderful products.
- Delightful Rose Hand Cream 10ml
- Moisturising Lip Balm 3ml
- Pivoine Fora Eau de Toilette 5ml
£39 from L’Occitane.com
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendar 2015
A surprise behind each door with something special from The Body Shop. You will find some of this year’s bestsellers and they have also included a few of their latest editions for you to try out.
- Eyeshadow Brush
- Strawberry Lip Butter 10ml
- Almond Hand and Nail Cream 30ml
£60 (worth £93.50) at TheBodyShop.co.uk
Ciate Mini Mani Advent Calendar
I can’t walk out the front door without my nails painted so this is an advent calendar that I am lusting after. It comes with an assortment of nail colours and treatments and one full size nail paint pot too.
- Mini paint pots
- Mini treatments
- Crystal nail file
Jo Malone Advent Calendar
This is a complete splurge and by far the most luxurious of the lot. My all time favourite fragrance brand has an advent calendar filled with their best smellies and won’t disappoint those lucky enough to get their hands on one.
- Red Roses 9ml Cologne
- Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Crème
- Lime Basil & Mandarin 9ml Cologne
£260 at JoMalone.co.uk from 1 November.
Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2015
Oooh it is gold and it sparkles with festive glamour. 25 beauty gifts from Lookfantastic’s favourite brands which promise to give you a “beautiful glow”. The content of this advent calendar is hush-hush in terms of contents but I know it will be filled with the best beauty treats.
- Beauty, skincare, haircare and make up beauty treats
- Tips for each product from industry insiders
£70 (worth £250) at Lookfantastic.com from 1 November.
Charlotte Tilbury Book of Makeup Magic
Make up artist extraordinaire Charlotte Tilbury launches her very own 12 days of Christmas advent in November. The contents are top secret at the moment but this is what I can tell you…
- Best-selling products (lets hope the mini-miracle eye wand is one of them!)
- Some full size products
So now I am left with one difficult decision to make… Which one to get myself?