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Countdown to Christmas

November 10th, 2022

November 10th, 2022

Now it’s November we can start to mention the C word.  Yes, Christmas is firmly in sight, which means it is almost advent calendar time.  We love a good beauty treat each morning, so here’s our rundown of our favourites this year.  Whether you’re looking to splurge for a friend or relative, or looking for a budget-friendly one for you, we have the low down!

 

W7 are spoiling us with a choice of two calendars, one with 24 days and the other with 12, both working well for the budget conscious this year.

W7 Beauty Blast Advent Calendar 2022 (£19.95) is the ideal gift for makeup lovers. Containing a wide range of W7’s best-selling products packaged in individual gift boxes. The beauty surprises include an assortment of both full size and travel size hair accessories, makeup and beauty products. What’s better is the Beauty Blast Advent Calendar is made from individual cardboard boxes to support W7’s mission to reduce the waste of single-use plastic.

12 Days of W7 Advent Calendar 2022 (£14.95) Why should the fun end after Christmas?! This is the ideal makeup gift or stocking filler for everyone for the 12 days after Christmas.  With a treat to be opened daily after the magical lead up to Christmas Day, you’ll find 12 days of colourful beauty surprises. Great quality makeup and beauty gifts to treat friends and family in the lead up to New Year’s Eve.

 

A perennial favourite, MAC haven’t disappointed this year. The MAC Cosmetics Advent Calendar 2022 (£165) is worth a huge £400 and contains 16 full-size products alongside 8 minis. Inside you’ll find everything from the new MACStack mascara to iconic lipsticks (including a mini of the infamous Velvet Teddy) and there’s even a Powder Kiss Eyeshadow.  Twelve lip products, 5 eyeshadows, 2 liners and mascara are joined by 5 other beauty essentials. Comes in a keep-forever box, wrapped in bubbles and bows.

 

Mylee Advent Calendar 2022 (£65) with 12 products worth £92, including six exclusive UV/LED curable festive colours, this is the perfect calendar to get your nails party ready.  Alongside the crème and glitter polishes you will find their hero 5-in-1 builder gel in French Rose, No Wipe Top Coat Gel Polish, Moon Dust Cushion Powder Pen and Gold Dust Chrome Pen to give a chrome finish, Cuticle Oil Roller Pen and a double-sided nail file.  You can definitely have yourself a mani little Christmas.

 

Always one of the first to sell out each year, Charlotte Tilbury’s offering this year is Charlotte’s Diamond Chest of Beauty 2022 (£150).  Another with only 12 doors to open, it does include 5 full-size and 7 travel ready products worth over £245 within each jewel-handled drawer.  Full size products are Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir, Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, Colour Chameleon in Golden Quartz, Brow Fix and Matte Revolution in Catwalking.  The minis are Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, Wonderglow, Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner in Barbarella Brown, Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara in Super Black, Mini Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Hot Gossip and Mini Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray.

 

Beauty Works Advent Calendar 2022 (£180) is the brand’s most extravagant to date. It may only have 12 doors, but behind one of them is a full size, limited edition curling tong that’s only available inside the calendar. Plus it features everything you need to ensure you start the new year with your sleekest, shiniest, healthiest hair yet.  Worth £300, the contents include: Limited Edition GOLD Professional 25mm Curl Tong & Heat Resistant Bag, Gold Silk Hair Turban, Bronze Dressing Brush, Restore Mask, Heat Protection Blowdry Crème, White Detangling Wet Brush, White Microfibre Towel Hair Turban, Hair Perfume (Revitalise), Argan Serum, Pearl Nourishing Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Duo, Anti-Frizz Serum and sectioning clips.

 

A skincare lover’s dream, Kiehl’s calendars always deliver on every level – from packaging to contents and price point.  Kiehl’s Advent Calendar 2022 (£99) has 24 doors, featuring a mix of full size and deluxe samples that are perfect for travelling.  Contents include Creme de Corps, Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and the newly launched Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro Dose Serum. Consider it ideal for existing Kiehl’s fans or as a great entry point into the brand.  The packaging features holiday-inspired designs by Made By Radio, incorporating energetic colours and quirky, spirited elements to celebrate the wonderful world of Kiehl’s by bringing their eclectic community of characters to life.

 

Bare Minerals Clean Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar (£99) is another 12-piece collection.  Count down to the holidays with this limited-edition advent calendar featuring 12 vegan makeup and skincare favourites in full sizes and minis. Behind each door is the gift of healthier, more beautiful skin.  Full sizes are Ageless Night Concentrate, All Over Face Colour in warmth, Loose Eyecolour in Queen Phyllis, Mineralist Eyeliner in Onyx, Mineralist Lipstick in Courage and Mineralist Gloss Balm in Love. Minis are Pureness Gel Cleanser, Skinlongevity Serum, Skinlongevity Eye Cream, Smoothness Bare Haven Moisturiser, Maximist Mascara and Mineralist Lipstick in Honesty.

Formulated without talc, parabens, formaldehydes, synthetic fragrance and gluten.  Packaged in fully recyclable plastic-free boxes made with recycled materials.

 

We always lust after the Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar (£245), and this year is no different. Worth £1,065 and containing 30 products, 20 of which are full size, the Liberty offering goes above and beyond what we’ve come to expect in December.

This year’s expertly-curated edit brings together cult buys, niche names and fresh launches from the world-renowned beauty hall: think skin care from Votary, UOMA Beauty makeup, home fragrance from Liberty and Le Labo parfum, as well as buzzy new products from exciting brands like The Seated Queen and Sam McKnight, this year’s beauty advent calendar has its highest value yet, Plus, there’s a special surprise hidden in five of the calendars – a £1,000 golden ticket to spend at Liberty. Housed in a recyclable box adorned in Liberty’s Peacock Manor print, it looks fabulous too.

 

Sustainable, circular skincare brand UpCircle have launched their inaugural 12 Days of UpCircle Beauty (£99.99) calendar this year. Featuring 12 brand new and exclusive, limited-edition products made with by products from other industries that would otherwise go to waste, worth £178.  The brand have listened to customer feedback, and the included products are those that have been most requested by their users.  The most popular products in the calendar (voted for via a QR code) will join the permanent range.  There are also three golden tickets hidden among them, each one worth £100 in UpCircle Beauty credit.  Hidden behind the doors are Oat Cleanser, Lip Balm, Shampoo, Bath Salt Bag, Cinnamon & Ginger Soap Bar, Cedarwood + Geranium Floral Candle, Luxury Bath & Body Oil, Hand Cream, Mini Face Mask, Gua Sha, Chai and Coffee Foot and Hand Scrub and Home/Pillow Mist in Lemongrass and Grapefruit.

 

L’Occitane are offering three advent calendars this year, in their Reusable, Luxury and Classic ranges. We love the L’Occitane Hand Illustrated Reusable Advent Calendar (£165) This eco-alternative is made from 100% recycled cotton and can be used for years to come, but be quick as it always sells out.  Including a curated selection of the brand’s most iconic products, worth over £235, it contains the coveted Immortelle Divine Cream and Overnight Reset Serum amongst a variety of luxurious Provençal treats.  If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of the calendars last year, you can refill it with your favourite L’Occitane goodies and reuse it again.  Order the curated Reusable Advent Calendar Refill (£120) on line, with 24 products worth over £197.

 

If you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly then the brand’s Classic Advent Calendar (£55) may be the one for you.  It includes favourite travel-sizes worth £101 from the iconic Almond and Verbena shower products, to the Shea Butter Hand Cream and more. Beautifully designed with intricate illustrations by Éva Offredo, this calendar is a great way to countdown to the holidays. Plastic-free and made with 100% recyclable cardboard from sustainable forestry.

 

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