If beauty advent calendars don’t signify that Christmas is completely over commercialised, then I don’t know what does. It seems that we are now no longer satisfied with receiving gifts on the actual day – we want gifts every day in the month running up to the big day.
I remember advent calendars as a little girl. Back then advent calendars just featured little cardboard windows that you would open each morning to reveal a nativity-inspired picture. If my parents fancied pushing out the boat I had one with chocolates in. And, as a chocoholic it took all my will power not to devour all the chocolates in one sitting.
Still, I’m not complaining. It does, after all, give you something to look forward to every single morning, and, let’s face it, a mini beauty treat every single day is way better than chocolate.
So, with this in mind, here are three of the best.
Featuring some of Benefit’s most popular products, including They’re Real! Mascara, High Beam, POREfessional, Roller Lash, Gimmie Brow, Hoola powder, It’s Potent Eye Cream, and Stay Don’t Stray to name just a few. Ok, so you don’t get a gift every single day – there’s 12 items in total – but it’s purse-friendly price means it’s ideal for those on a budget and its wide selection of products means it’s a great gift for someone after a selection of all the basics
Clinique is just one of those brands that’s always a winner, featuring great products that do what they say on the tin. This is Clinique’s second advent calendar, after the sell-out success of their 2016 one. So, what’s in it? A curated collection of 24 of Clinique’s most popular skincare and makeup products, including Liquid Facial Soap, Take the Day Off Makeup Remover, Pep Start Hydro Blur Moisturiser, Clinique Smart Night, Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, Pop Lip Colour, Lash Power Mascara, Powder Blush, and Cream Shaper for Eyes to name just a few. I love the fact that this includes a fabulous mix of both makeup and skincare products, and, as Clinique has so many die-hard fans it’s bound to be a winner. It’s all housed in packaging that is bright, simple, and clean. A great mid-priced option
With the Elemis advent calendar, you really do get a gift every single day. Packed full of a selection of hero products and award winners, this is the ultimate advent calendar for lovers of luxury skincare. These include the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, Soothing Apricot Toner, Cellular Recover Skin Bliss, Hydra-Boost Day Cream and Pro-Collage Marine Oil. Each product comes stored in its own little box, which are packed together like a jigsaw. It’s pricey, but totally worth the indulgence.