Hit the beauty mark
Do the countdown to Christmas in style with this selection of beauty advent calendars, says Katie Wright
WHO could have guessed when the first beauty advent calendars hit the shops a few years ago, that they would become such a huge phenomenon.
Back then, only a handful existed and they quickly sold out — but now there are tons to choose from, each offering 24 days worth of pampering pressies in the lead up to Christmas.
There’s a better budget range too, with calendars starting from less than €20 and going way up to three figures for luxury selections.
They still all represent excellent value for money though, with more expensive offerings worth more than two or three times what they would cost, were you to buy all the products inside individually.
And who can put a price on the excitement you get every morning, when you open the little door to find out what mini treat awaits?
So which should you choose? We’ve surveyed this year’s contenders and narrowed it down to our best buys, from bargain to blow-out.
Here are 2018’s top 10 beauty Advent calendars...
1. Baylis & Harding Beauticology Special Delivery Red Advent Calendar
What’s inside: The first Advent offering from Baylis & Harding is filled with 24 miniatures made especially for the calendar, including bath fizzers, soaps and body wash, in festive scents like Candy Cane and Peppermint Swirl. Price: €21 from Debenhams
2. Cath Kidston Advent Calendar
What’s inside: The pretty townhouse design conceals 24 little hand and body treats, like bathing salts, body lotion and hand cream, all in delightful floral fragrances such as rose, mandarin blossom, or the seasonal special Mistletoe Garlands. Price: €50 from Boots
4. L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar
What’s inside: L’Occitane fans will recognise many of the mini versions encased in this colourful collection, which was designed by French fashion house Castelbajac. Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil and Verbena Eau de Toilette are just some of the pintsized favourites found inside. Price: €59 from L’Occitane
3. The Body Shop 24 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar
What’s inside: Olivia the Owl’s 24-piece flock includes bath and body favourites like strawberry shower gel, coconut body lotion and a couple of bath bombs, plus handy accessories like a cleansing sponge and brow comb. Prices: From €80 to €180
10. The Space NK Advent Calendar
What’s inside: Packed with products from legendary make-up brands like Nars, Hourglass and Kevyn Aucoin plus luxury skincare from the likes of Eve Lom, Darphin and Goldfaden MD, the first ever Advent calendar from Space NK is a beauty lover’s dream come true. Price: €275 from Space NK
5. Ciate Mini Mani Month
What’s inside: 20 mini nail polishes in a variety of shades, from classic red and subtle dove grey, to sparkling silver and pearlescent pink - plus one full-size pot, a mini nail treatment and top coat, and a limited-edition surprise gift. Price: €56 from Debenhams
9. Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar
What’s inside: Six of the 24 treats in this ravishing red box are full size, and that includes new festive eau de toilette Muddled Plum. A range of shower gels, lotions and mini scented candles ensure you’ll be pampering yourself well into the New Year. Price: €200 from Arnotts
6. Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte’s Beauty Universe
What’s inside: Mini mascara, cream eyeshadow, eyeshadow pencil, black kohl eyeliner, matte lipstick, matte liquid lipstick, 3-in1 cleanser, mask and balm, clay mask (15ml), moisturiser primer for a radiant, dewy looking complexion, cleanser that will remove eye and lip makeup and body shimmer Price: €185 from Brown Thomas