Do you remember as a kid when you would dream of getting the most elaborate advent calendar full of decadent chocolatey goodness? The reality would usually fall short when your parents would buy the most boring one at the supermarket that had less than a gram of chocolate behind each window.
Now as an adult, we’re all still longing for that magical advent calendar that satisfies all of our wildest hopes and dreams. Whilst we may have outgrown the barbie or lego themed calendars, there are still plenty out there fit for us adults who still have the whimsical excitement of a child.
To save you the heavy lifting, we’ve curated a list of our seven favourite adult-approved advent calendars, filled with beauty essentials.
Esmi Advent Calendar
Skin care junkies rejoice—Esmi’s advent calendar is full of ‘feel good’ skincare products for your month of wellness leading up to Christmas. By the time Xmas Day rolls around, you’ll be glowing thanks to a month of opening doors to Esmi’s hydrating eye serum, booster mask, volcanic sand exfoliant, cleanser and balancing face oil, plus more.
L'occitane Classic Advent Calendar
Want to go to France for Christmas? Don’t we all. Unfortunately that’ll be off the cards for this year. However, you can get the second best thing. The L'occitane Classic Advent Calendar is full of beautifully smelling bath and body treats hidden behind colourful provincial doors for a little bit of festive luxury. With everything from hand cream to serum inside, you’ll be too busy smelling and sampling to even think about your lost holiday plans.
Lancôme Advent Calendar
This gorgeous beauty advent calendar isn’t just full of incredible skincare and beauty products, it’s also a fab decorative piece for your bedroom or bathroom, with a tiny Eiffel Tower surrounded by Parisian buildings to open every day in December. Inside are 24 of Lancôme’s most favoured products with over $780 worth of goodies to sample.
Benefit Shake Your Beauty Advent Calendar
One for the make-up lovers, Benefit’s fun-loving advent calendar features 12 of their best selling and fan-favourite beauty treats so you can try out a new look every day. From primer to bronzer, you’ll be all set for that swanky NYE party you’re planning to go to.
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar
You’re in for a world of joy if you gift yourself one of Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendars, which feature 24 of their most popular beauty products. With shampoos, cleansers, face masks, facial serums, moisturizers and more, it’s like they knew exactly what was on our Christmas wish list.
YSL Advent Calendar
Opulence and luxury are what you tend to think of when you hear the brand YSL, and their advent calendar does not disappoint. Sure it’s pricey, but would you expect anything less? As well as a few of their signature scents, the 24 best-selling products in here also include skincare, make up, nail polish and an exclusive charm.
24 Days Of Clinique
Make your holiday shine? More like make your holiday forehead shine-free thanks to Clinique’s calendar of beauty treats. You’ll get a taster of their iconic three-step skin care, their best-selling lip colour, a cult-favourite make up remover and plenty more.
Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
So you could employ a full time dermatologist for the month of December, or you could just buy the Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar and get the same result plus the fun of opening a new cardboard window everyday. There’s a reason this brand is an international favourite, and you’ll find out why after about day four of your Christmas countdown.
Sephora Collection Wild Wishes Collection
On first impressions Sephora’s 2020 advent calendar may just look like another makeup advent calendar, however it is slightly different because it features products from a plethora of brands, not just one. So you get a lucky dip style calendar of products, allowing you to discover new products and get a larger supply of your favorites.
Image credit: Esmi, Lancome, YSL, Clinque