Seeing as though I enjoyed writing up this post so much last year, I had to come back with a 2017 edition of my picks of the Beauty Advent Calendars on offer this Christmas. When I say Christmas and I’m typing this in November, it may seem a little bit premature. But shockingly, the majority of the best calendars out there are already sold out. So I’m making sure this post isn’t a waste of a read by including the ones that you can still get your hands on.
Have a read below…
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Naughty & Nice Magic Box’ Beauty Advent Calendar, £150
It may be very similar to last year’s version, but undoubtedly, the Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar is still a perfect choice. Featuring 12 of its best sellers, it includes a nice mix of makeup and skincare, and for its price tag you can expect a few full size treats included too.
LookFantastic ‘Beauty in Wonderland’ Advent Calendar 2017, £79
I absolutely love the Alice in Wonderland-inspired packaging on this Look Fantastic calendar. Although the price has gone up slightly this year, with several full sized products on offer I can definitely justify its worth with a value of £300. Brands include Illamasqua, Caudalie and Crabtree & Evelyn.
Bomb Cosmetics Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar/The Bomb Advent Calendar, £19.99 each
I was introduced to Bomb Cosmetics earlier this year when I received a handful of their bath blasters for my birthday. If you’re a lover of all things bath-related and you’ve not yet tried this brand, then I’d recommend giving at least one of these advent calendars a try. Not only beautifully scented, but if you check out their website you’ll see the amazing attention to detail on each product.
Buy it here…(and receive 20% off)
Lush 12 Days of Christmas, £67.50
For the more well-known bath brand, Lush has brought back its 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar. With a selection of bath bombs, shower gels and bubble bars, Lush have included a couple of festive classics such as Snow Fairy and Golden Wonder this time round. I’m not sure how the £15 increase from last year can be justified when it doesn’t even include one from their new jelly bomb formula, but I do like that they have decided to include just one soap this year.
Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, £40
Amazon have stepped up their game and joined the beauty advent calendar band wagon this year, by introducing a budget-friendly version of high street treats. The packaging is rather classy, and with brands including Essie and L’Oreal, this is a winner for beauty newbies.
Beauty Expert 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar, £100
After doing a bit of research for this post, I came across the Beauty Expert for the first time. I am so glad I did! This simple, yet beautifully packaged advent calendar ticks all of the boxes when it comes to cult beauty brands. With a value of £350, if you’re willing to splurge a little more to try a bit of skincare luxury, this one is definitely the right choice.
Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, £250
Now for the biggest splurge of all; the Harrods beauty advent calendar. Coming in at a hefty £250, this is a truly indulgent purchase if you’ve got the room. Featuring an amazing selection of well-known brands from Nars to Omorovicza, it boasts quality as well as quantity with a good selection of makeup, skincare and bath/body in a sturdy yet exquisite festive box.
Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar, £35 (When you spend £35 on Home or Clothing)
I absolutely adored M&S’s advent calendar last year so much that I bought one; a great selection of brands such as Nuxe and Alpha-H, and at a favourable price. I’ve noticed that they’ve stuck to similar products this Christmas, but if it works, why change it? What I’m not so keen on this time round is the packaging; having to shuffle the boxes round to get to the relevant day…. what were you thinking Marks & Spencer?!
Iconic London Girl About Town Gift Box, £150
The packaging of this is cute yet classic; from the monochrome illustration to the black ribbon detail, you can tell Iconic London have chosen a look and feel of quality. With a value of £250, I wouldn’t be sure if this calendar is as much of a good deal as some of the other higher end choices, but if you’re wanting to try Iconic London then they have certainly picked their greatest products. Included are its best selling Illuminator and Evo Brush.
L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, £49
For something a little bit different, L’Occitane have both a luxury and more budget-friendly advent calendar on offer. If you’re into your bodycare, especially hand creams, this one is for you. I love how rich and lavish their products are in terms of scent and moisture, and the array of soaps, shower gels and body lotions in this adorable French-inspired calendar really show that off.
Now for the ones that unfortunately are sold out, but most definitely would have made the cut;
- Benefit SF Winter WonderGLAM 2017 Advent Calendar, £34.5o
- The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar, £150
- Estée Lauder Companies Advent Calendar, £125
- QVC’s TILI Advent Calendar, £40
- John Lewis Advent Calendar, £149
- SELFRIDGES 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, £120
- ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar, £55
So that’s my round-up of this year’s beauty advent calendars! If any of my picks have inspired you to purchase a beauty advent calendar this year, let me know below in the comments below.