Advent Calendars: Which One’s on Your Wishlist?

October 7th, 2019

October 7th, 2019

As we teeter on the brink of it officially being autumn, we can’t help but feel a little bit festive here at Warpaint HQ.  With the cooler weather comes warm drinks and the promise of mince pies – but most importantly, a whole host of beauty advent calendars.  We know it seems a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but trust us – these get snapped up fast! 

ESPA advent calendar


Combining the scientific power of traditional holistic therapies from around the world with pure, natural ingredients to get you feeling your best, long-term, it’s no wonder ESPA’s products are so sought after.  Their simple, stylish advent calendar brings to mind the brand’s spa heritage, and helps you to have a little moment of indulgence every day during the busy festive period, whether that’s from treating your skin or your mind.  The 25-door calendar contains deluxe sample sizes of fan favourites like the Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial and Optimal Skin ProSerum to care for your skin, Pink Hair & Scalp Mud Tube to look after your locks, and a delicious Winter Spice Candle to leave you feeling like rocking around the tree.  ESPA’s advent calendar goes on sale today on the 4th October, and is available from the ESPA website for £130.

PAUL & JOE advent calendar


For a touch of whimsy this holiday season, reach for PAUL & JOE’s pastel-pretty Christmas offering.  The brand’s playful fashion-forward aesthetic and immediately recognisable style has made this beauty line a hit since its launch in 2001.  Designed to enhance the natural happiness that comes with fresh snowfall and festive cheer, this calendar is adorned with PAUL & JOE’s signature chrysanthemums and cats.  The cute contents will have you jumping for joy.  From a true-red lipstick that’s guaranteed to get you compliments at Christmas parties to a cleansing cream ideal for taking off makeup after a long night, this calendar offers a range of treats to indulge you for the 24 days of Christmas.  PAUL & JOE’s advent calendar goes on sale on the 1st November, and will be available from Feelunique and Beauty Bay for £80.

M&S advent calendar


For M&S shoppers, this next calendar might be verging on irresistible: the carefully curated selection of beauty products from both M&S and external brands, worth over £300, is available for just £40 when you spend £25 across clothing, home, or beauty.  Bedecked in festive red and green, this calendar makes for a great Christmas decoration as well as a gift.  It contains a great variety of brands and products, including Emma Hardie’s Purifying Pink Clay Detox Mask, which will keep your skin blemish-free and radiant, while a combination of EYEKO Lash Alert Mascara and STILA Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick will have you party-ready in no time.  This is a great option if you’d like to try out a few new brands in one go, with products from skincare and makeup to general wellbeing.  The M&S advent calendar will be available in store and online from 31st October.

Elemis advent calendar


If you’re on the search for makeup goodies, check out W7’s Beauty Blast Cosmetic Advent Calendar.  Packed full of cosmetic treats hidden behind each of its 24 doors, you won’t be able to wait for the next day.

The Beauty Blast contains: 1 x Mini Big Lash Mascara in Black; 3 x Mega Matte Lip Liner in Red, Pink and Nude; 3 x King Kohl Eyeliner in Black, Brown and Blue; 4 x Mini Glam Gloss (Glam Bam!, Super Star, So Hollywood and Too Hot!); 5 x Mini Mega Matte in Smudge, Happy, Hasta La Vista, First Class and Star; 1 x Mini Glowcomotion Highlighter; 1 x Mini Honolulu Bronzer; 1 x Mini Cheeky Flusher; 1 x Mini Banana Dreams; 1 x Mini Beam Me Up Illuminator in Volcano; and 3 x Loose Glitter Pigment Pots in Super Silver, Gilded Gold and Pretty Pink.  Costing a budget-friendly £19.95, it’s available now from w7.

2019 Advent


Just can’t wait to get your hands on a skincare offering?  ELEMIS’ luxurious advent calendar has been available since 5th September – talk about getting into the festive spirit!  Filled with 25 treats to pamper and indulge you or your loved one, this calendar is all about generosity.  Behind every door hides an ELEMIS favourite, with sizes varying from deluxe samples to travel- and full-sized products.  Spoiler alert: behind the very last door is a full-sized cult classic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which firms, smooths and hydrates skin whilst protecting it from UV damage with SPF30.  Even in winter, we love a bit of SPF.  Other highlights include the Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules and Balancing Lavender Toner, but we reckon you’ll be pretty happy every day of the season.  ELEMIS’ advent calendar retails for £165, exclusively on the ELEMIS site.

lookfantastic advent calendar


Looking for a bit of variety in your advent calendar this year?  Luxury beauty retailer lookfantastic has curated a selection of 25 products to get you having a very merry little Christmas indeed.  Not limiting itself to skincare and makeup, lookfantastic has included haircare and beauty tools as well.  Valued at a whopping £420, this calendar has an RRP of £79 – and lookfantastic Beauty Box subscribers get another £15 off.  Boasting 25 treats, this calendar can even be re-used as a vanity unit for storage – which you might need once you fall in love with the products it contains.  From OSKIA’s cult favourite Renaissance Cleansing Gel to Philip Kingsley’s famous Elasticizer and a limited-edition version of Omorovicza’s much-loved Queen of Hungary Mist, there are more than a few big names in this one.  This advent calendar launched on lookfantastic on 1st October.
Cult Beauty advent calendar

Cult Beauty

Talking of cult favourites, Cult Beauty’s very first advent calendar is launching this year, and we were very excited indeed to see what they’d included.  This colourful calendar will look great over the fireplace or on a bedside table – ready to be opened first thing in the morning.  Every day reveals a new treat, from Iconic London’s party-perfect Illuminator to Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum to give your overworked skin the care it needs.  On Christmas morning, you’ll wake up to an extra special surprise: door number 25 contains not one but ten bestselling products, as well as a little something so you can treat yourself to anything Santa missed.  If that isn’t enough to get you excited, how about the fact that one advent calendar is home to a pretty amazing golden ticket – which entitles the lucky recipient to a £1000 Cult Beauty spree.  The Cult Beauty advent calendar will retail for £195 on the site, and you can sign up for the waitlist here.

L'Occitane advent calendar


Unusually, L’Occitane is launching not one but two advent calendars.  Did you know that, in the 1950s, almond trees had disappeared from Provence?  In 2000, L’Occitane decided to reintroduce the almond tree to the region, and the classic advent calendar this year tells the story of how the trees flourished.  Charming illustrations adorn the calendar, and the 24 doors reveal a selection of irresistible travel-sized treats including an Almond Milk Concentrate to nourish your whole body and a variety of deliciously-scented hand creams that are perfect for keeping in every bag, car door and bedside drawer you own.  If you’re looking for a bit more of a splurge, check out their luxury advent calendar, whose innovative design twists to reveal 24 delightful gifts, including silky Almond Shower Oil and the indulgent Immortelle Reset Serum.  The luxury iteration tells the story of the tree of dreams, and each drawer reveals a tip on how to nurture nature.  May your skin be merry and brigh.  L’Occitane’s Classic Beauty Advent Calendar retails for £49, while the Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar retails for £79.  Both are already available to buy on the L’Occitane website.



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